Porsche 911

1968

  • Through constant renewal, it has never ceased to rejuvenate its image, and continues to live on from generation to generation.
  • At the heart of the Porsche system, this reference in sports automobiles was built on technical pragmatism and a constant search for reliability.
  • It has conquered all terrains from the asphalt of Le Mans, to the sands of Paris-Dakar and the snow of Monte-Carlo.

The different, unique and immortal 911. Since its inception in 1963, it has been in a permanent state of evolution, with a glittering and diverse array of models having rolled off the production line. Indeed, the 911 is more than a production model - it is a concept. A true living legend.

On the September 12 at the 1963 Frankfurt Automobile Show, Porsche unveiled an entirely new automobile for the first time since 1948, with no relation whatsoever to its previous model, the 356.

The development program for a new model was launched in 1959, under the direction of Ferry Porsche with the collaboration of engineer Erwin Komenda, the engine designer Ing Hans Tomala - who was to be assisted along the way by Ferdinand Piëch - and his own son, "Butzi", who took charge of designing the body work. The initial result of this project was the 695 T7 prototype, a four-seater coupé with a longer wheelbase than the 356, but a continuation of sorts from the 356 T6, nonetheless. Its lines remained were true to Porsche tradition, with Ferry Porsche deciding on a 2 + 2 layout for the final prototype. Butzi therefore redesigned the rear-end in a more curved, fastback style, improving its aerodynamics, with the wheelbase being reduced/increased to 87 inches. The 901 prototype had arrived!

To be continued...