Similar to every other early-ish Porsche, the Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid didn’t look like it knew which direction the design was going either.
The Type 12 was basically an early Beetle, which make it as much of a Porsche as the Type 56. It too suffered from “it’s better with your eyes closed”.
It’s arguable that it was even really F. Porsche’s design.
Look familiar? That’s a Tatra 570 from 1931. Let’s face it. That’s a Beetle. The lawsuit over it was interrupted by the German invasion of Czechoslovakia (yay!) and was later settled.
Yeah, the Beetle is ugly. Now let’s jump back a little bit. Here’s the Type 56. The Type 56, which is not a Porsche, because Porsche wasn’t a company until 10ish years later, is going to auction this week. It’s not pretty. It’s kind of awkward. And yes, it looks like a Type 12/Beetle that got left too close to the fire.
The 356 was... better - but it still looks like a sleek Beetle. Plus, it was designed by Erwin Komenda.
The one thing that Ferdinand Porsche produced that didn’t look like a melted bar of soap was the Elefant Jagdpanzer (Elephant Tank Destroyer) commonly called “Ferdinand”.
Ferdinand died in 1951, 13 years before the 911 was produced - which was also ugly and looked like a Beetle. Which I can only assume was to keep the car “on-brand” since by that point, the typical Porsche buyer was already blind.
In all seriousness, people idolize a guy for a car he never created. The cars he did create when given full control were both ugly and ripped off or were killing machines.