The First Porsche 911, The Birth of a Legend
Initially debuting as the Porsche 901, the prototype was unveiled at the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show in 1963. In 1964, it was renamed the 911 for the market launch. It featured a 130 horsepower, six-cylinder, air-cooled, rear-mounted engine, which was an innovation at the time, that helped keep the weight more central, and thus, improved handling. In 1964, the option for the four-cylinder 912 was available.
In 1966, Porsche introduced the 160 horsepower 911S which was the first to feature forged alloy wheels from Fuchs. The 911 Targa made its debut in late 1966 and was the world’s first safety cabriolet, featuring its distinctive stainless steel roll bar. The semiautomatic Sportomatic four-speed transmission joined the lineup in 1967. With the 911T of the same year, and the later E and S variants, Porsche became the first German manufacturer to comply with strict US exhaust emission control regulations. The Porsche 911 became more and more powerful as displacement increased, initially to 2.2 liters (1969) and later to 2.4 (1971). The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 with 210 hp engine and weighing less than 1000 kg remains the epitome of a dream car to this day. Its characteristic “ducktail” was the world’s first rear spoiler on a production vehicle.
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