50 Years of Porsche 911.

50 Years of Porsche 911.

The Porsche 911 generations

Original 911 (1963)
Birth of a legend
As the successor to the Porsche 356, the 911 conquered the hearts of Sports Car enthusiasts from the outset. The prototype 911 was unveiled at the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show as the 901 in 1963. In 1964 it was renamed the 911 upfront of its market launch.

The air cooled flat-six engine delivered 130 hp, enough for an impressive top speed of 130 mph. The four-cylinder Porsche 912, introduced in 1965, was targeted at drivers who prefer to take things a little slower.

Two years later, in 1966, Porsche presented the 911 S, which put out 160 hp and was the first to feature forged alloy wheels from Fuchs. The 911 Targa, with its distinctive stainless steel roll bar, made its debut at the end of 1966 as the world’s first ever safety cabriolet.

A semi-automatic “Sportomatic” model with four-speed transmission was added to the 911 product lineup in 1967. Around the same time, Porsche became the first German manufacturer to comply with the strict American EPA exhaust emission control regulations with its 911 T, E, and S variants. The Porsche 911 became more and more powerful as displacement increased initially to 2.2 liters (1969) and later to 2.4 liters (1971).

The 911 Carrera RS 2.7, built in 1972 with a power output of 210 hp and weighing in at less than 2200 lbs, remains the epitome of a dream car to this day. Its characteristic “ducktail” was the world’s first rear spoiler on a production vehicle.
G series (1973)
The first makeover
A seasoned winner goes into production: ten years after its premiere, the engineers at Porsche gave the 911 its first thorough makeover. The “G model” was produced from 1973 to 1989 – longer than any other 911 generation.

A distinguishing feature here were the distinctive bellows-equipped bumpers, which were technically indispensable to meet the latest crash test standards in the United States at the time. Occupant protection was further improved by three-point safety belts as a standard feature as well as seats with integrated headrests.

One of the most important milestones in the 911 success story was the presentation in 1974 of the first Porsche 911 Turbo with a three-liter engine, 260 hp, and an enormous rear spoiler. With its unique blend of luxury and performance, the “Turbo” became synonymous with the Porsche marque.

The next time the engine was upsized was in 1977: the 911 Turbo 3.3 was given an intercooler and its 300 hp made it best in class. In 1983 the 911 Carrera, powered by a naturally aspirated engine, superseded the SC; with 3.2-liter displacement and 231 hp, it became a favorite collectors’ item. From 1982, open air enthusiasts were also able to order the 911 as a Cabriolet. The 911 Carrera Speedster, launched in 1989, was evocative of a legendary fifties Porsche model.
Type 964 (1988)
Modern classic
Just when many people were concerned that the end of an era might be approaching, Porsche introduced the 911 Carrera 4 (964) in 1988. After remaining unchanged for fifteen years, the 911 was radically renewed with 85 percent new parts, giving Porsche a modern and sustainable vehicle.

Its air-cooled 3.6-liter flat engine meanwhile delivered 250 hp. In purely cosmetic terms, the 964 differed from its precursor mainly in its aerodynamic polyurethane bumpers and automatically extending rear spoiler, though technically there was almost no comparison.

The idea was that the new model should captivate drivers not only with its sporty performance but also with enhanced comfort. 911 owners were now also able to enjoy ABS, Tiptronic, power steering and airbags. What’s more, the 911 relied on a completely redesigned chassis with light alloy control arms and coil springs instead of the time-honored torsion-bar suspension.

An almost revolutionary feature of the new 911 was that, right from the start, the Carrera 4 was available with all-wheel drive. The rear-wheel driven Carrera 2 didn’t arrive on the scene until six months later. In addition to the Coupe, Cabriolet, and Targa versions, customers could also order the 964 Carrera Turbo as of 1990.

Originally shipped with the proven 3.3-liter flat engine, the Turbo was upgraded to a more powerful 3.6-liter model delivering 360 hp in 1992. The 911 Carrera RS, 911 Turbo S and 911 Carrera 2 Speedster are particularly in demand today as collector’s models.
Type 993 (1993)
Final air-cooled incarnation
Right up until the present, this 911 with the internal design number 993 remains the only true love of many Porsche drivers. One obvious reason is its strikingly beautiful shape. The integrated bumpers underscore the smooth elegance of its styling. The front section is more low-slung than in the earlier models and this revamp was made possible by the change from round to polyellipsoid headlights.

The 993 quickly gained a reputation for exceptional dependability and reliability. It was also agile, as the first 911 with a newly designed aluminum chassis. The Turbo version was the first to have a bi-turbo engine, making it the standard automotive powertrain with the lowest emmission values in the world in 1995.

The hollow-spoke aluminum wheel rims, never previously used in automotive construction, were yet another innovation featured in the all-wheel drive Turbo version. The Porsche 911 GT2 was particularly aimed at Sports Car purists who cherish the thrill of high speeds.

An electric glass roof that slid under the rear window was a novelty in the 911 Targa. Yet the main reason ardent Porsche enthusiasts still revere the 993 is that this model, produced from 1993 to 1998, was the last 911 with an air-cooled engine.
Type 996 (1997)
The water-cooled power plant
The 996 model, which rolled off the assembly line from 1997 to 2005, was a major turning point in the history of the 911: an entirely new motor vehicle – without relinquishing the characteristics of the classic car. This generation, the first to be driven by a water-cooled flat engine, was the outcome of a comprehensive makeover. Thanks to its four-valve cylinder heads, it achieved 300 hp and was held to be groundbreaking in terms of emissions, noise and fuel consumption.

The design was a reinterpretation of the 911’s classic line characterized by a low cW value of 0.30. At the same time, the lines of the 996 were the result of component sharing with the successful Boxster model. The car’s hallmark were its front headlights with integrated turn signals – at first controversial but later often copied by other manufacturers. Moreover, drivers experienced an entirely new interior.

Driving comfort now also played a greater role alongside the typical sporty characteristics. Porsche took advantage of the 996 to launch an unprecedented product offensive with a whole series of new variations.

The 911 GT3, which became one of the highlights of the model range in 1999, kept up the tradition of the Carrera RS. The 911 GT2, which came with ceramic brakes as standard, was sold as an extreme sports vehicle starting in the autumn of 2000.
Type 997 (2004)
Tradition-rich and cutting-edge
July 2004 was an eagerly awaited date: Porsche unveiled the 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S models as the latest 911 generation, referred to internally as the 997. The clear glass headlights reverted to the original bug-eye design with separate auxiliary light modules in the front apron, reminiscent of the older 911 models.

The 997 convinced not only with its striking design but also with its fantastic driving performance: the Carrera’s 3.6-liter flat engine produced 325 hp while the new 3.8-liter engine of the Carrera S managed an incredible 355 hp. The chassis likewise underwent a major revamp, and the Carrera S included Porsche Active Suspension Management as a standard feature.

In 2006, Porsche introduced a 911 Turbo - the first regular petrol powered automobile to integrate a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. Following the model update in the autumn of 2008, the 997 became even more efficient thanks to direct fuel injection and Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK). Never before had such extensive allowances been made in a 911 to suit the driver’s individual preferences.

Carrera, Targa, Cabriolet, rear or all-wheel drive, Turbo, GTS, special models and road versions of GT racing cars - in the end, the 911 family comprised 24 model versions.
Type 991 (2011)
The maturity factor
This Sports Car, known internally as the 991, represents the greatest technical leap forward in the evolution of the 911. Having already set the pace in its class for several decades, the new 911 generation raised the benchmarks of performance and efficiency still further. A totally new suspension with a longer wheelbase, increased tread width, larger tires and an ergonomically optimized interior - it all adds up to an even more sporty and comfortable driving experience.

Technically, the 911 is the epitome of Porsche Intelligent Performance: even lower fuel consumption, even higher performance. This is due in part to the displacement being downsized to 3.4 liters in the Carrera basic model (yet with 5 hp more than the 997/II) as well as to its hybrid steel/ aluminum construction, which significantly reduces weight. Other technical innovations include the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and the seven-speed manual transmission.

The design of the 991 has likewise met with high critical acclaim. With its flat, stretched silhouette, exciting contours and precisely designed details, the seventh generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera remains unmistakably a 911 that has once again succeeded in redefining the standard in automobile design.

Photo contest “50 Years of 911”.

Your votes have been counted, and here are the winners of the photo shoot. Congratulations!

Whether interior, exterior or special details unique to your 911: you showed us your Porsche from its best side, and Porsche fans from around the world have cast their votes. Here are the winners of the photo contest:

1. Ingo Brockmann, 911 SC Cabriolet, Germany
2. Yousef Yahya Algahtani, 911 GT3 (997), Saudi Arabia
3. Jan Wittig, 911 Carrera (993), Germany

Porsche special prize:
Luigi Ferrante, Porsche 911 Coupé (original 911), Italy

Here is an exclusive look at the results of the professional photoshoots featuring the vehicles of the four winners.

50 years of Porsche 911.

The Roadshow 2013.

911 World Tour: Vehicle & Gallery
Model year: 1967
Color: beige (original paint)
Displacement: 1966 ccm
Power: 130 hp
Engine: flat-six engine
Date of first registration: Sept 1966
Mileage: 70,874 km

See the highlights of the anniversary tour:
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50 Years of 911, Pebble Beach
14.08. – 18.08.2013
The Pebble Beach “Concours d'Elegance” has grown into a top-ranking collector car show in the world. This year the event took place from August 14 to 18. See images of our "50 years of 911" World Tour in our Facebook gallery at facebook.com/porsche.
50 Years of 911, Los Angeles
In Los Angeles the “L.A. Motor Show” took place at the end of the season. See images of the show in our Facebook gallery at facebook.com/porsche.
USA Porsche Parade
23.06. – 29.06.2013
Traverse City, Michigan, became the Porsche capital of the USA for one week. From June 23 to 29, the 58th Porsche Parade attracted great attention in the metropolis of the US Federal State of Michigan. See images of the event at porsche.com/classic.
WEC, Sao Paolo
The FIA World Endurance Championship took place on September 1 at the “Autódromo José Carlos Pace” in Brazil. See images of the event in our Facebook gallery at facebook.com/porsche.
50 years of 911: "Jubilé 911", France
27.09 - 28.09.2013
The official Porsche Clubs France celebrated 50 years of the 911 in Clermont-Ferrand with the help of Porsche France, the Porsche Museum and the Porsche Exclusive department. Exclusive events themed around the anniversary of the Porsche 911 took place from September 27 to 28, 2013. See images of the event in our Facebook gallery at facebook.com/porsche.
Festival of Speed, Goodwood
11.07. - 14.07.2013
This year's "Festival of Speed" in Goodwood took place from July 11 to 14. Goodwood is the biggest motor sport event of its kind worldwide. See images of the "Festival of Speed" in our Facebook gallery at facebook.com/porsche.
Retromobile Classic Motorshow, Paris
06.02.2013 - 10.02.2013
The Porsche Museum, the Porsche Classic department of the Porsche Centre Vélizy and the Porsche Clubs France celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911. The Retromobile Classic Motorshow took place from February 6 to 10 in Paris. See images of the show at porsche.com/classic.
Geneva Motor Show
12.03. – 17.03.2013
The International Geneva Motor Show is one of the most important motor shows in Europe. This year's show took place from March 12 to 17. See images of the Motor Show in our Facebook gallery at facebook.com/porsche.
Techno Classica, Essen
10.04. – 14.04.2013
The world’s largest motor show for vintage, classics and prestige cars, motor sports, spare parts and restoration took place in Essen from April 10 to 14, 2013. See images of the event at porsche.com/classic.
AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix, Nürburgring
09.08. – 11.08.2013
Motor racing enthusiasts from all over Europe converged once again on the Nürburgring in August 2013 to experience the historic racing and Sports Cars in action. The AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix took place from August 9 to 11, 2013. See images of the event at porsche.com/classic.
Special exhibition “50 Years of 911”,
04.06. – 29.09.2013
The Porsche museum honored the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 with a special exhibition from 4 June to September 29. See images of the exhibition in our Facebook gallery at facebook.com/porsche.
Retro Classics, Stuttgart
07.03. – 10.03.2013
The world-famous vintage motor show Retro Classics took place in Stuttgart from March 7 to 10, 2013. See images of the event at porsche.com/classic.
Museum Advent calendar, Stuttgart
01.12. – 24.12.2013
The globetrotter is back home, on display in the permanent exhibition of the Porsche museum.
Fascination Porsche, Shanghai
14.06. – 16.06.2013
Porsche China organized an open house event hosted in Shanghai. See images of our "50 years of 911" World Tour in our Facebook gallery at facebook.com/porsche.
WEC, Fuji
The FIA World Endurance Championship took place on October 20 at the Fuji Speedway in Japan. See images of the championship in our Facebook gallery at facebook.com/porsche.
50 Years of 911, Sydney
15.09. – 20.09.2013
Porsche Cars Australia celebrated “50 Years of Porsche 911” in Sydney. See images of our "50 years of 911" World Tour in our Facebook gallery at facebook.com/porsche.
Moscow Parade
02.05. – 06.05.2013
Porsche Russia celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 with a parade through the city of Moscow. See images of our "50 years of 911" World Tour in our Facebook gallery at facebook.com/porsche.
50 Years of 911 Celebration Concert, Taipei
A special gathering of 76 units of Porsche 911 series displayed as figure 50 at Freedom Square of C.K.S. Memorial Hall, followed by Renée Fleming Soprano Recital in the evening at National Concert Hall. See images of the “50 Years of 911 Celebration Concert” in our Facebook gallery at facebook.com/porsche.

  • 911 World Tour 2013
    The centerpiece of the Porsche brand is turning 50: Join us to follow an original 911 from 1967 on its anniversary tour around the world on 5 continents. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, this vintage 911 will be in attendance at many international fairs, historical rallies and motor sport events. A unique experience - never seen before!
  • Presence of Porsche Classic
    Experience Porsche Classic and some of our most beautiful historic cars at motor shows and events.
911 World Tour:
Vehicle & Gallery
polariod world tour 2013
50 Years of 911, Pebble Beach
50 Years of 911, Los Angeles
Porsche Parade, Traverse City
WEC, Sao Paolo
50 years of 911: "Jubilé 911", France
Festival of Speed, Goodwood
Retromobile Classic Motorshow, Paris
Geneva Motor Show
Techno Classica, Essen
AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix, Nürburgring
Special exhibition “50 Years of 911”, Stuttgart
Retro Classics, Stuttgart
Advent calendar, Stuttgart
Fascination Porsche, Shanghai
WEC, Fuji
50 Years of 911, Sydney
Porsche Parade, Moscow
50 Years of 911, Taipei

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