On this day back in 1875, the car industry would be changed forever with the birth of Ferdinand Porsche. If the last name looks familiar then there’s good reason. Ferdinand was an automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company. Best known for creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle (Lohner-Porsche), the Volkswagen Beetle and the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, Porsche also designed the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first race car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

In 1996, Porsche was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and in 1999 posthumously won the award of Car Engineer of the Century.

Here are some of the reasons why…

Porsche 550 Spyder, Reign Man

550 Syder

Porsche 356, Reign Man

Porsche 356

Porsche 1966 911S, Reign Man

1966 911S

Porsche 595, Reign Man

Porsche 959