Carrera was founded in Austria by Wilhelm Anger in 1956 and is famous for its sports eyewear. The name comes from "Carrera Panamerica" an automobil race held in Mexico.
Anger also developed the "Optyl" material in 1964 and Carrera now was named "Optyl".
In 1974 the company was renamed Carrera and together with Porsche developed the sunglass collection "Carrera Porsche design".
1969 Safilo acquired the brand.
The name stands not only for a brand, but also for a shape - the
legendary Carrera shape. This shape was invented and designed by the german eyewear designer Serge Kirchhofer alias Udo Proksch.
Carrera sunglasses started to become very popular again ten years ago, 'cause many young people started to use them again.