The status of the Porsche 911 as an icon of cool, performance, sophistication, and affluence cannot be denied. For almost 60 years, it has been a symbol of historic elegance. Throughout its lifetime, the 911 has been modified for racing, rallying, and other forms of car competitions. Through it all, the 911 has stood its ground among its competitors, winning a place as one of the Cars of the Century in 1999.
1956-1963: The conception of a classic
The Porsche 911 was designed by the carmaker as an improved version of the classic 356. Prior to the production of the 911, the 356 was already a beloved car that was the first one that bore Porsche’s name. The 356 was finished with a drag-free body and fitted with Porsche's own chassis, but its upgradability finally ran out in the 60s. Porsche needed a new sports car, and it planned on making one that was a comfortable touring car but one that had different parts from the 356.
1964-1969: An icon of ‘60s cool
Even before being a symbol of performance, sophistication, and power, it was an icon of “cool.” The Porsche 911, which went on sale in September 1964, took on the general shape of the 356 but with slightly better aerodynamics. It wasn’t considered a “handsome” shape back then, but it undoubtedly created an easily-recognizable shape that spawned a classic. The gearbox was Porsche’s patented synchromesh unit with 5-speed transmission. The 911’s power was rated at 130 hp from merely 2 liters.
The 1970s: Trying times
A slightly larger 2.2-liter version of its engine was installed on the Porsche 911 in 1970, which was bumped up to 2.3 liters in 1972. It continued through the late 1970s with a lot of changes, mainly on its engine. From 125 hp in the beginning of the 1970s to the 911SC’s 180 hp in 1978, the 911 also underwent some sudden management changes. It was almost replaced by the heavier 928, but was saved by Ferry Porsche and continued in production and development.
The 1980s-present: A modern machine
During the last 30 years, the 911 has evolved into a 320-horsepower animal with a 3.6-liter engine, capable of regaining composure over bumps and road irregularities. Although the car has received just a few minor changes since 2003, it has definitely marked its place in history with its classic allure and timeless elegance