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The Porsche 911 Turns 50

The Porsche 911 Turns 50

The Porsche 911 turns 50 this year, and to celebrate Porsche will be hosting a variety of anniversary events throughout the year. To keep up to date with news and events check out the this link

The Porsche 911 saw its world debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September in 1963. Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built, making it the most successful sports car in the world.

For each of its seven generations the engineers in Zuffenhausen and Weissach have reinvented the Porsche 911, time and time again demonstrating to the world the innovative power of the Porsche brand. Although some people may state they don’t like the 911 for this very fact, we don’t think Porsche lovers out there have any complaints.

The 911 delivers sportiness and practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance, design and functionality. Ferry Porsche best described its unique qualities: “The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theatre or through New York City traffic.”

As part of the anniversary celebrations of the Porsche 911, the company will be sending out 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. Any chance Porsche could squeeze in South Africa? Anyway if we don’t get to see it in South Africa, we will still be able to follow the cars progress online at

Below is an overview of the seven generation of the Porsche 911:

1963: The first Porsche 911 successor of the Porsche 356 is unveiled. A legend is born

1973: The first thorough makeover of the Porsche 911. The first Porsche 911 Turbo is unveiled in 1974 followed by the introduction of the 911 Cabriolet in 1982.

1988: Introduction of the 911 Carrera 4 (964) just as automotive experts were predicting the imminent end of an era. The all-wheel drive Carrera 4 was also introduced with the introduction of the 964.

1993: The Porsche 993 marks the end of the air-cooled models.

1997: The Porsche 996 features the first water cooled ‘boxer’ engines

2004: Introduction of the Porsche 997. 2006 saw the introduction of the 911 Turbo, the first petrol engined production car to include a turbocharger with variable turbine technology.

2011: The introduction of the Porsche 991, which represented the greatest technical leap in the evolution of the 911.

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