Most Wanted Classic Cars: Porsche 911 (Part 1)

Posted by Steve White on Jun 26, 2009

The Porsche 911 is an iconic sports car that has never failed to impress automobile enthusiasts. Because of its timeless design and amazing performance, it has become one of the oldest surviving sports cars today. It has also achieved tremendous success on the racetrack, winning major international competitions such as Daytona, Targa Florio, Nurburgring, and Sebring.

The Porsche 911 was designed by legendary automobile designer Ferdinand Porsche, who had the intention of making it a sporting version of his Volkswagen Beetle. As such, it was similar to the Beetle in many ways, from the body design to the rear-mounted engine. When it first came into the market in 1963, the 911 featured an air-cooled 130 PS flat-6 engine that was capable of producing 128 hp. In 1966, a new model was introduced. The 911S had a more powerful 160 PS engine that could deliver 158 hp, and it came with new Fuchs alloy wheels. The following year, Porsche launched the 911T as well as the 911R, which had power outputs of 110 PS and 210 PS respectively. Only 20 units of the 911R were produced, and these cars are highly valued in the classic car market today.

In the year 1969, Porsche increased the wheelbase of all 911 models from 87 inches to 89ΒΌ inches to give the cars better handling. Two new models were introduced in the same year, and they were the 911B and the 911E. The 911E featured a 155 PS engine that was rated at 153 hp, and it had a very impressive acceleration speed. Between the years 1972 and 1973, all 911 models received a larger 2.4 L engine. Mechanical fuel injection was used in the 911S and 911E models, and the 911T got a carbureted engine.

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