With F.A.T. Mankei, Ferdinand Porsche has added a new highlight to Porsches' home of Zell am See.
The Zell am See region is characterised by Porsche through and through and offers Porsche enthusiasts plenty to discover: Zell am See is home to the Schüttgut, the family estate of the Porsche family; Ferry and Dorothea's sons grew up here during the war years. Ferdinand Alexander "F.A." Porsche, who shaped the design of the iconic 911 sports car, founded the design studio "Porsche Design", today "Studio F.A. Porsche", in Stuttgart in 1972 and moved with it to the town of his youth, Zell am See, in 1974. In 1944, Ferry Porsche opened a new chapter in the company's history in Gmünd in Carinthia, some 130 kilometres away. Today, the Helmut Pfeiffhofer Porsche Car Museum can be visited in Gmünd, and the hut of the Porsche design office can still be found near the former production facilities.
But Zell am See and its region are not only the focal point of the Porsche family, endowed with a particularly large number of historical Porsche references, they are also home to the International Porsche Days Zell am See and have been the venue for the GP Ice Race for several years now. The mountain passes are ideally suited for spectacular drives; here you will find rich alpine pastures, impressive glaciers and, of course, the most beautiful roads far and wide — and with the Katschberg Pass and the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, the two test tracks for the Volkswagen Beetle and the first 356 designs manufactured in Gmünd.
With F.A.T. Mankei, Ferdinand Porsche has now added another highlight to the Porsche home of Zell am See. The son of Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG, has converted the "Mankeiwirt" alpine inn at the Fuscherlacke between Fuschertörl and Hochtor into the F.A.T Mankei.
“The rebuilding of this venue with great tradition has been a great opportunity to bring my passions for cars and architecture together. My grandfather Ferry Porsche used to test the cars by driving them up from Gmünd and over the Glockner pass, right past the door here,” explains Ferdinand. “It was on one of these test drives that he found Zell am See. The Grossglockner is the red line that joins the two places.”
However, above all, Ferdinand wants Mankei to be a place where like-minded people meet to share, talk about cars, architecture and design and enjoy good food.
The Mankei is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and warmly welcomes the Porsche Clubs! The next Cars & Coffees will be held on 8th and 9th of September 2023.
5672 Fusch at the Großglocknerstrasse