posted 3 years ago

Porsche 911 celebrates Half Centenary

Iconic Sports car celebrates a special birthday

A variety of anniversary events have been planned this year to celebrate fifty years of the iconic Porsche 911. It first debuted in September 1963 and is the world’s most successful sports car with over eight hundred and twenty thousand being built. The first event planned will be from the 7th to 11th March at the automobile show in Stuttgart. The Porsche Museum will have four special exhibits on display from an early-model 911 Turbo Coupé, a 911 Cabriolet study from 1981, a 1997 road-going ‘street’ version 911 GT1 and the pre-series Type 754 T7.

Porsche will also be sending an authentic 1967 model 911 on a world tour. Over the course of the year, this classic car will travel to five continents where it will be shown in places like Pebble Beach, California, China, Goodwood in the UK, Paris and Australia. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, this vintage 911 will be in attendance at many international fairs, historical rallies and motor sport events. Fans and interested individuals can follow the car’s progress at porsche.com/follow-911.

The Generations of the Porsche 911

There have been many generations of the Porsche 911 starting with the birth in 1963, ten years later Porsche gave the 911 its first makeover, then in 1988 the Porsche Carrera arrived. In 1993 the 911 with the internal design number 993 gained a reputation for exceptional dependability and reliability it was also the first 911 with a newly designed aluminium chassis. In 1997 the 996 rolled off the assembly line and represented a major turning point in the history of the 911. It retained all the character of its classic heritage, but was an entirely new car. In July 2004 Porsche unveiled the new generation 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S models, referred to internally as the 997. The clear oval headlights with separate indicators in the front apron were a visual return to older 911 models, but the 997 offered more than just style. In 2011 the car known internally as the 991, represents the greatest technical leap in the evolution of the 911, the new 911 generation raises performance and efficiency to new levels. It boasts a totally new chassis with a longer wheelbase, wider track, larger tyres and an ergonomically optimised interior which all means an even sportier yet more comfortable driving experience.

The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4, 4S models in coupe and cabriolet bodystyles went on sale in December last year priced from £77,924. These new models have a high level of performance but despite this the new 911 Carrera 4 models also offer up to 16% lower fuel consumption.