Porsche 911, The American’s Favorite Sports Car
The Porsche 911 is the ultimate replacement for the 356 as it surpassed its predecessor in all areas such as glory, sales and supremacy.
In the late 1950s, Porsche needed to develop a true American sports car to replace the 356. The 356 was a model that was developed based on the Volkswagen Beetle. The 356 needed to be replaced because it was small and not so powerful in line with the needs of the Americans. 1963 saw the development of the Porsche and it was available for sale as the “65 model” in September, 1964.
The Americans Loved The Porsche
In 1955, the Porsche Club of America was inaugurated and today, it has over a hundred thousand members. Membership cost $64 per annum and activities includes racing, driver’s education and rallies. This vehicle is as precious to the Americans hence they have rebuffed its replacement several times. It has been cited as the main point of movies over 70 times since its development. It has also been featured in at least 71 movies.
Why is the Porsche 911 So Special
There are several features that makes this vehicle iconic, here are some of them.
- Iconic Design
- Excellent Engine Performance
- Outstanding Agility
- Increase in value over time
Over time, the price of this vehicle has changed. It started with $6,500 in 1964, rising to $116,325 as the average selling price today. At a recent RM auction, the Porsche 911 sold for $222,500.
The Evolution of the Porsche 911
1989 witnessed the development of the CIRCA. Between 1965 and 1989, power was increased from 130 Hp to 214 Hp. The price also increased from $6,490 to $51,1770. Its performance was also boosted from 0-60 mph in 7 seconds to 0-60 mph in just about 5.3 seconds. By 2012, the power has increased to 350 HP with price at $83,050. Performance was increased from 0-60 mph in just about 6 seconds.
Today, the Porsche has been transformed a lot, it has a smaller but more powerful engine with integrated touch screen technology. Its suspension was entirely redesigned and it boasts of an improved fuel efficiency. It is the world’s first 7 speed manual transmission for a passenger car.