Last week Anatole Lapine, the designer, left us. After working mainly for GM, where he collaborated in several concept cars, he joined Porsche in 1969 as head of design, and there he stayed until his retirement in 1988.
However, he was also in charge of the 911 development. He gave us the 964, but also the G-model in 1973, which introduced the notorious impact bumpers and its black rubber bellows. It was such a successful design that it remained unchanged for 15 years. For me, they’re one of the understated icons of Porsche design.