Porsche's initial contribution to the automotive world was the invention of an
electric motor for wheel hubs in 1897. In 1931 the Porsche marquee was
established in Germany by Ferdinand Porsche, Jr., and in 1948 the first
automobile to wear the Porsche name, the 356 Roadster, was produced. Over
25,000 Roadsters were sold in the first ten years of production. The
time-honored 911 was introduced in 1963, and is still in production today.