To mark seven decades of Porsche, we pick our best of a celestial breed

The first Porsche was built in 1948 in a collection of sheds on the site of a former sawmill in a place called Gmund, in Austria. Its designer had recently been released from prison where he had been interned by the Allies. The car had more than a passing resemblance to the Volkswagen Beetle – and with good reason, for the same man had designed both.

He was called Ferdinand Porsche. All its moving parts – engine,…

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