Cars that changed the world: The PORSCHE 911

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The car that for Porsche was 'The Porsche' for forty years. The 911 delivered the performance of a racing car on public roads, on the "Autobahne" and "Autostradas." and on all other roads where you could be an unobstructed motorist. Up to the Porsche GT2 from 2008, the design of the 911 has remained largely pure. This has made the Porsche a true design icon in the automotive universe.

 The Porsche 911 evolved from the Porsche 356 Speedster convertible

In particular from the 1963'er CS version thereof. As one of the purest designed, simplest and most beautiful car designs, the car was made to score fully in sunny, cabriolet-friendly California where the dollars of movie stars and producers burned the potential customers. The parallel competition model of the 356 Speedster, the 550 Spyder, was the Porsche that James Dean crashed at 30 September 1955. With that he at least made the Porsche immortal.

The first Porsche 911 Coupé presented in 1964 was designed by Butzi Porsche and was one of the first series of cars with five gears, rack and pinion steering and all-round disc brakes. The car made the dreams of which 'petrol heads' who were crazy about their Ferraris and Maserati's, but who fell for the charms of the more manageable, fiercely responsive Porsche 911 with its gearbox at F1 level.

The 911 scored on all fronts

He steered precisely and accelerated phenomenally. Moreover, he was just as deployable in the busy city as on the unlimited 'Autobahne'.

The powerful, air-cooled 6-cylinder boxer engine was characteristic of the Porsche 911. Together with the spirited, aerodynamic lines of the 911 Coupé, it became a symbol of technical 'craftsmanship is mastery'. The Spartan interior design made the Porsche more of a 'driver's car' than a status symbol for industrialists, scientists or European playboys.

Porsche has developed several versions of the 911 over time. The 911 Targa (= 'roof' in Italian ') from 1967 was conceived as a - partial - return to the old Speedster convertible idea.

To compensate for the often too high self-confidence when it came to speed and handling of the riders, Porsche came up with the design of a rollbar for the people who wanted to feel somewhat protected in the heat of battle.

The 911 Carrera RS (Rennsport) also emerged from the 1972 Coupe in 911

The Carrera RS, which has only been produced for two years, is seen by many automotive leaders and hard-core Porsche enthusiasts as the most exquisite competition version of the 911. In addition to the 2,7 liter engine, wider wheels were running, the brakes were bigger, the suspension was stiffer and the Carrera had an integrated spoiler, the 'ducktail'.

That spoiler had to keep the legendary tendency to understeer in the border area under control. That ducktail also sets the tone for the Porsche 911 Turbo, with its top of 240 km / h one of the fastest sports cars of the 1970s.

Porsche has spent 40 years refining the concept of the 911. This resulted, among other things, in the tiptronic with which the gears were operated by means of keys and the introduction of Active Suspension Management for the 2005 model year.


Under the direction of Porsche's boss Wendelin Wiedeking, bankruptcy was averted in the early nineties and Porsche returned as the world's largest independent sports car maker. Although purists reacted horribly to Porsche's (and Wiedeking's) decision to say goodbye to air-cooled engines in favor of the liquid-cooled 'next generation' at the start of this millennium, the new GT2 is proof that Porsche still delivers top toppers as it comes to performance and design.

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  1. With the experience of a 911 convertible (86) at the end of the 90s, I cannot say otherwise, that of all the classic sports cars that I had driven up to then, including English, American and French, it was a phenomenal experience. Super reliable and delicious dog panting on your neck. But oops that handling. If he breaks out, then all hands on deck, because before you know it you'll be backwards. The 911 counterpart at the time was the Renault Alpine. My favorite sports car for years. Not as powerful as the 911, but much better handling on the winding roads. Not that reliable, but hey you know, it's quirky French. And another advantage when I drive the Alpine, I often get a thumbs up, with the Porsche I was often looked at with envy.

  2. It remains a flattened Beetle, no matter how you turn it or get used to it, with too expensive parts and purchase prices.
    But unfortunately the market determines that stela.

    Grtz. Jay

  3. Dolphin,
    “The parallel competition model of the 356 Speedster, the 550 Spyder was the Porsche that James Dean crashed into on September 30, 1955. In any case he made the Porsche immortal.
    But also the Route 66!

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