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The sixties

1960:

The Porsche Super 90 (with a special balance spring on the rear axle) joins the range (1582cc, 90bhp/66kW).

1961:

Karmann, the specialist coachbuilder, builds the hardtop coupe on behalf of Porsche. The roof is not removable, the silhouette of the car has a slight notch backlook.

1962:

The new top model is the 356 B 2000GS Carrera 2 (1966cc, 130bhp/96kW). Its special feature: inner-grip brake calipers on the brake discs. On 3rd April, the fifty-thousandth Porsche rolled off the line. The daily production volume at this time amounts to 50 sports cars.

1963:

The Porsche 901, the future 911, is introduced. The first version of the new six-cylinder boxer engine offers the same output as the 356 C 2000GS Carrera 2 (1991cc, 130bhp/96kW). The Porsche 356 C is introduced in late summer. The most significant innovation: four disc brakes are now standard on all models, including the regular models. There are two models: the 1600 C (75bhp/55kW) and the 1600 SC (95bhp/70kW).

1964:

Start-up of Porsche 911 production. The 356 C is selling better than ever before.

1965:

The new model series is rounded off at the lower end by the 912 with its flat-four power unit (1582cc, 90bhp/66kW) quickly becoming a best seller. Production of the 356 ends in April.

1966:

The Porsche Targa complete with roll-bar enters the range in autumn as the new open-air model. The 911 S is introduced with an even more powerful engine (160bhp/118kW). By the end of the year the 912 is out-selling the 911.

1967:

The 911 T joins the six-cylinder model series with leaner trim and a less powerful engine(110bhp/81kW), selling at a very attractive price of less than DM 20,000. US exports increase rapidly.

1968:

Wheelbase of the 911 is extended by 57mm or 2.24". To comply with US emission standards, the six-cylinder power units feature Bosch mechanical fuel injection for the first time. The 911 E (140bhp/103kW) is launched into the market, output of the 911 S is boosted by 10bhp to 170bhp. The 911 is still using carburettor technology develops maximum output of 110bhp/81kW.

1969:

To name only the most important innovations, the 911 receives a larger 2195cc power unit for the 1970 model year, introducing a new power and performance league: 911 T (125bhp/92kW), 911 E (155bhp/114kW), 911 S (180bhp/133kW). Semi-automatic Sportomatic is available as an option. The Porsche 912 is replaced by the two-seater mid-engine VW Porsche 914 available in two versions: as the 914/4 with a four-cylinder Volkswagen engine (1679cc, 80bhp/59kW) and as the 914/6 with a six-cylinder Porsche power unit (199cc, 110bhp/81kW). Particularly the low-priced four cylinder becomes a genuine success.