PARIS (BBC) The designer of the iconic Porsche 911 sports car, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, has died at the age of 76. FA Porsche first designed the model in the early 1960s. The 911 first appeared in 1963, and the elegance and simplicity of its shape quickly made it a classic. It is now in its seventh version, and was recently voted one of the best cars of the twentieth century. His grandfather, Ferdinand Porsche, designed the Volkswagen Beetle. FA Porsche was in charge of the family firm’s design department when he conceived the 911 as a replacement for its first model, the 356, classic. He will be buried in Stuttgart, Austria.