The Evolution Of Germany’s Most Iconic Sports Car, The Porsche 911

The legendary Porsche 911 has come a long way from its beginnings in 1963. The German manufacturer is currently selling the eighth generation of the 911, referred to as the 992.

There have been countless variants of the 911 throughout the years, including convertibles, Targas, Turbos, and crazy RS models that paid homage to the automaker’s motorsport heritage. Porsche produced over one million 911s and the car has become one of the most widely-recognized sports cars in the entire world.

Porsche 901 — The Birth Of A 911

Porsche 901
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In September 1963, Porsche unveiled the 901, its successor to the 356 (the brand’s previous flagship model), at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In the following months, the German manufacturer managed to build 82 units in total. The car was then presented at the Paris Auto Salon in October 1964. That’s when the problems began.

French automaker Peugeot claimed rights to the 901’s name, as it has had a long history of three-digit model names with a zero in the middle. Porsche was forced to find a new name for their sports car and have decided to replace the zero with a one, creating the first-ever 911.