Throughout its career, this rear-wheel drive athlete experienced ups and downs. However, today the Stuttgart brand is unthinkable without its rear-engine talisman. The 911 celebrates its 60th anniversary in great shape: comfortable, driving, and more versatile than ever.
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It would seem that this model is a rare vehicle. But imagine, in 50 years, more than 820,000 911s of seven generations have been produced. The course of this remarkable car was not always smooth and cloudless. In its best days, this roadster was offered with a choice of four engines, depending on the modification, and in the late 1970s there were only two engines left, and the car was going to be discontinued altogether, as front-engined Porsches like the 928 seemed more promising. Fortunately, all worries were gone. Today, the iconic model is a true synonymous with the ultimate sports car.
From the very first day, racing was an integral part of Porsche’s fast stallion – a sporty and reliable car for every day. This is true even today. Moreover, the unique technologies used in the vehicle defined its memorable design for more than 60 years! Contrary to fashion, the appearance of the model remained unchanged, while engineers constantly improved the technical stuffing. At the beginning of the 70s, the 911S model became the fastest in Germany, but only professionals could use it at 100% of its capabilities. An unusual feature of the car was the rear engine, which required special skills and a special driving style. Initially, the number 911 was just another standard number that is assigned to all models. But due to the market success of this car, it was decided, as an exception, to leave this digital number for this model. This happened once in the history of the Porsche brand. The first generation of the legendary sports vehicle was discontinued only in 1974. During its existence, there were about 8 different modifications and updates. And from 1974 until 1985, they began to produce the second generation under a different serial number – 930. Although the Porsche company believes that both 911 and 930 are all one generation, it does not refute public opinion.
Ten years after the premiere, Porsche engineers have thoroughly redesigned the car. The so-called Model G was produced from 1973 to 1989. No other generation of the “nine hundred and eleventh” lasted so long on the assembly line. A special feature: striking bumpers with corrugated inserts, which were designed to meet the new crash test requirements in the US. Standard three-point seat belts as well as seats with integrated head restraints offered a high level of safety. A remarkable event in the history of “nine hundred and eleventh”. Also, 1974 was marked by another major event for the brand. It was the introduction of Turbo at the 1974 Paris Motor Show: the embodiment of power. The car left many in awe. In times of the fuel crisis and automotive restraint, the brand demonstrated its consistency – with the introduction of the first mass-produced car with an exhaust gas turbocharger. The world held its breath. And since then, the public reaction is unchanged. 1974 was marked by the production of the second-generation 911 during which the model got the same body and chassis as its predecessor, at the same time, opened a new era in terms of safety and environmental friendliness. The exhaust system was slightly modified, shock-absorbing elements were added to the front bumper, new options appeared, such as power windows, heated mirrors, and radio, and the engine range was also updated. The presence of turbocharging made it possible to increase the power of the 3.0-liter “six” to 260 hp. Forced induction technology was first tested on the Carrera RSR Turbo racing prototype, which in 1974 completed unsuccessfully in Group 5 of the GT Championship. But these failures did not prevent the model from being luxurious and performing – a true Porsche legendary automobile.
The red 1974 Porsche 911 was one of Jordan Belfort’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) cars in Martin Scorsese’s 2013 biopic The Wolf of Wall Street. The car was in the garage of the character’s mansion.
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