The History of the Porsche 911
Any car that can lay claim to being made for over 50 years is a clear indicator that there’s something right about it. For a car to last over 50 years while having a rear engine, something that many consider archaic, is an even larger indicator. All of these things factor into the current success of the Porsche 911. Read on to learn how this car came to be, and what changed it to what you can pick off the lot today.
In The Beginning
The debut of the Porsche 911, the heir to the old Porsche 356, was all the way back as the Type 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September 1963 (it would get the 911 name the next year). At the time, its air-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine delivered 130 horsepower, giving it an impressive top speed for the time of 131 mph.
One funny story from those early days was how the Porsche Targa came to be. After the original 911 and 912 were released, Porsche planned on taking the roof off of the car, but there was a slight hitch. At the time, the U.S. was debating stricter safety ratings, and it was feared that this would mean an end to convertibles as a viable option. As a result, even though the U.S.’s plans would never come to pass, Porsche created the 911 Targa, with a detachable roof and a solid upper rollbar for improved protection.
The 911 Today
50 years later, in 2013, over 820,000 Porsche 911s had been built. One can only imagine how much that translates to the 911’s current success today. There have also been a ton of innovations over the years since those early days, including switching to water cooling and introducing a fleet of new variants to meet the needs of any driver. With new leaps in technology every day, the 911 is sure to be something that’s starting trends while keeping that historical tradition.
Visit your local Joe Rizza dealership in Orland Park to see our extensive inventory of the Porsche 911.