The Porsche 911 has hit the ripe old age of fifty so grab the pipe and slippers. Throughout its life seven generations have roared-off the production line totalling 820,000 vehicles – and Porsche will mark this achievement throughout 2013 via a series of events. The Porsche Museum, for starters, will show-off four special exhibits between March 7th and March 10th. These will be an early 911 Turbo Coupé, a 911 Cabriolet Study from 1981, a 1997 road-going street 911 GT1, and a pre-series Type 754 T7. Furthermore – between June 4th and September 29th - there will be an exhibition revealing the history and development of this mighty machine. The museum will also produce an anniversary book titled “911x911”. And that will only be the start of the celebrations as Porsche will also send a 1967 911 on a world tour. It will therefore travel to five continents and visit places such as California, China, Goodwood, Paris and Australia. In the process it will make its presence felt at fairs, rallies, and other motor sport events. And guess what? Fans of this beauty will be able to follow its progress online, at: porsche.com/follow-911.
History of the Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 – which was originally known as the 901 – made its début at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963. However, Peugeot claimed it had the right to three digit names with zeros in the middle so the sports car was re-badged for its launch in 1964. The Mk1 originally had a 2.0-litre 128bhp six-cylinder engine but more potent versions followed in 1969, 1971, and 1972. The G-Series Mk2 was launched in 1973 and was significantly safer thanks to its standard-fit three-point seat belts, head restraints, and crash absorbing bumpers. This era also saw the emergence of the Turbo. The 1988 Mk3 – which was known as the 964 – was a significant step forwards too. As such, 85% of its components were new and it was available with tiptronic auto transmission. The Mk4 993 then hit the roads in 1993. This was extremely reliable and the turbo trim was the first to have a twin-turbo engine. The 996 Mk5 followed in 1997 and – unlike the older models - was cooled by water rather than air. It also had lower emissions and was far more aerodynamic than its predecessors. The 997 Mk6 from 2004 had a reworked chassis and clear oval headlights with separate indicators that paid homage to earlier models. That brings us to now. The Mk7 from 2011 has a wider track, larger wheels, and a more ergonomic cabin than its older siblings. It also looks more muscular and is one of the finest spots cars ever created. It seems the 911 is not ready for the pipe and slippers.