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First 911 (1963): Birth of a Legend

2013-02-08 10:22

WORLD'S MOST SUCCESSFUL SPORTS CAR: The Porsche 911 is the world’s most successful sports car, with over 820 000 built since 1963.


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As the successor to the Porsche 356, the 911 won the hearts of sports car enthusiasts from the outset.

The prototype was first unveiled at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963 as the 901 and renamed the 911 at its launch in 1964. Its air-cooled, six-cylinder "boxer" engine delivered 94kW, enabling the sports car to rocket to a top speed 210km/h.

If you wanted to take things a little slower, in 1965 you could have purchased for the four-cylinder Porsche 912.


In 1966, Porsche presented its 116kW 911 S, which was its model sport alloy wheels from Fuchs. The 911 Targa, with its distinctive stainless steel roll bar, made its debut in late 1966 as the world's first "safety cabriolet".

A semi-auto Sportomatic four-speed transmission joined the line-up in 1967.

With the 911 T in 1967 and the later E and S variants, Porsche became the first German manufacturer to comply with strict US exhaust emission control regulations.

The Porsche 911 became more and more powerful as displacement increased, initially to 2.2 (1969) and later to 2.4 (1971). The 152kW 911 Carrera RS 2.7 (1972), weighing less than 1000 kg remains the epitome of a dream car to date.

Its characteristic "ducktail" was the world's first rear spoiler on a production vehicle.

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