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Think Colour. Think Standox: The Porsche 911

is regarded as the world's iconic sports car. It was launched in 1963 to replace the equally legendary Porsche 356. The 911 design was the brainchild of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the grandson of Beetle designer Ferdinand Porsche.  

 

Porsche 356; Source: Shutterstock.com

From the mid-1960s, the 911 produced a model under the name Targa, a semi-convertible with a removable roof section. In contrast to classic convertibles, the Targa had a full-width roll bar behind the seats - a measure to meet the strict regulations in the USA.

 

Today's 911s are longer, wider and even lower than their predecessors, and they are no longer powered by air-cooled flat-six so-called boxer engines. But the family resemblance is unmistakable. The typical silhouette of the car has been preserved for more than 50 years, which is exactly what the buyers seem to want. In the late 1970s Porsche's attempt to launch the 928 - a contemporary designed successor - was ultimately unsuccessful. The real Porsche fans remained true to the 911.

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Approximately 81,000 original 911 – also referred to as Model F – were made until 1972 before the so-called Model G replaced it. To date, seven generations of the 911 have been produced in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany.

 

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Specifications:       Porsche 911E Targa

Year of construction 1969

Engine
air-cooled flat six-cylinder boxer
   
Displacement 1991 ccm
   
Power 103 KW / 140 hp
   
Speed 6500 rpm
   
Torque 175 Nm
   
Acceleration   0-100 km/h 9.0 seconds
   
Maximum speed 215 km/h
   
Length x width x height 4163 x 1610 x 1320 mm
   
Wheelbase 2268 mm
   
Unladen weight 1020 kg
air-cooled flat six-cylinder boxer