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The original Porsche 911, introduced in 1963, boasted an impressive 130 hp @ 6100 rpm and a top speed of about 130 mph (209 km/h). By comparison, the 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S boasts 444 hp @ 5,700 rpm and a top track speed of 190 mph (305 km/h).
Ferdinand Porsche, the designer of the Volkswagen Beetle died in 1951. His son, named Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche, had already taken over the role of designer for Porsche at that moment. So both the Volkswagen Beetle and the Porsche 356 are designed by Ferdinand Porsche, but it wasn’t the same man.
In 1963 the first 911 was made. Porsche wanted to call this model series 901, but the French car manufacturer Peugeot already had the rights for this name.
The first Porsche 911 Turbo was presented at the 1974 Paris Motor Show and originally intended for a production “volume” of just 500 units. By the time the last air-cooled 911 was delivered to its proud owner on 31 March 1998, however, Porsche had built and sold no less then 32,335 Turbos to customers the world over.
The “car of the year” award exists since 1964 and is a prize given out by the car journalists. Up to 2005 Porsche has the only sports car to win this award. The Porsche 928 won in 1978 defeating the BMW series 7 and the Ford Granada. The 928 was the model that had to replace the decaying 911, and had a water cooled front engine. The fine looking 928 would eventually fail in the role of succeeding a myth.
The car was named after a book by Herman Melville. He also wrote “Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War”. Ducktail was a nickname used for the rear wing that Porsche introduced for their 911 series. Spyder is the name for their 550.
In 1967, a Targa version of the popular-selling 911 model was introduced. It included a stainless-steel rollbar to provide a solution to suspicions that the United States would outlaw open-top convertibles.
The enduring success of the 911 model is owed to American CEO Peter Schutz, who in 1980, after seeing the proposed end of production in 1981 on a chart, extended the line with a marker and told Helmuth Bott to “make it happen.
In 1992 it took 125 hours to build a Porsche 911. By 1994 the factory was down to 80 hours, thus reducing the cost of the cars.
The Porsche 911 RS entered the United States in 1993. The “RS” stands for “Rennsport,” German for “race sport” or racing. It had no sunroof, A/C, backseat or power steering
The names for both the 911 Carrera and the new Panamera Gran Turismo came from Mexico’s historic Carrera Panamericana race, where Porsche scored many victories.
The T / E / S on the 911T, 911E, & 911s means:
- T Touring
- E Einspitzung (s/p?)
- S Super