Porsche 911

Where do you start with the development of the Porsche 911?

Porsche 911E
Porsche 911E from 1969, photo by Charles01

Critics say that it’s nothing more than a sporty Volkswagen Beetle. Certainly its origins can be traced back to the Beetle. Hitler asked Porsche in 1934 to design and build a cheap, simple car suitable for mass production. Ferdinand Porsche and his team developed the idea and production started in 1938.

The air cooled rear engine layout from the Beetle was carried forward into the Porsche 356, the luxury sports car produced from 1948 to 1965.

The Porsche 356 shows the family resemblance has been carried forward into the 911 Attribution

The 911 started production in 1963 and the name has been marketed for more than fifty years. Inside Porsche, things are more detailed with the development broken down into different models.

  • Porsche 911 (1963–1989 although that period also included the Porsche 930, a turbo version of the original 911).
  • Porsche 964 (1989–1994).
  • Porsche 993 (1993–1998).
  • Porsche 996 (1999–2005) all-new body and water-cooled engines.
  • Porsche 997 (2005–2012).
  • Porsche 991 (2012–Present).

That’s why 911 owners and aficionados will quote the other numbers as shorthand for more detailed awareness.

The most famous and highly prized classic Porsche is the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 from 1973. I look at this seperately.

How Big Is A Porsche 911?

Length 4,290mm
Width 1,700m
Height 1,300mm
Wheelbase 2,211mm

Later developments increased the width as the flared wheel arches were bored from the 911 Turbo for some models.

Porsche 911 2.7 litre from 1976, photo details
Porsche 911 2.7 litre from 1976, photo details

A targa version of the 911 with a removable hard-top roof was introduced in 1967.

Porsche 911 SC Targa from the 1980s, photo by Mr.choppers
Porsche 911 SC Targa from the 1980s, photo by Mr.choppers

What Engine Did The Original Porsche 911 Use?

The 911 went through a series of engine changes:

  • 1964 – 1991cc flat-6 cylinder engine producing 130 PS.
  • 1966 – the 911S increased power to 160 PS.
  • 1967 – the 911T replaced the 912 with the 2.0 lire engine generating 110 PS. The standard (11 was renamed the 911L.
  • 1970 – the engine for all the 911’s increased to 2195cc with the 911T generating 125 PS, the 911E produced 155 PS and the 911S had 180 PS.
  • 1972 – the engine increased again to 2341cc (which became known as the 2.4L engine. The T had 130 PS, the E 165 PS and the S 190 PS.
  • 1974 – the engine increased to 2687cc as it was a detuned carrera RS enginewith the standard 911 given 150 PS and the 911S given 175 PS.
  • 1975 – the 911 Turbo (930 series) was introduced. This is reviewed elsewhere.
  • 1976 – the 911 was given the Turbo’s 2994cc engine without the turbos. It produced 200 PS as the Carrera 3.0.
  • 1978 – the 911SC was introduced with the 2994cc engine detuned to produced 180 PS.
  • 1983 – an 80% new engine with 3164cc was introduced with 234 PS (or 210 PS in America).
  • 1989 – power in the American version increased to 220 PS. Later in 1989, the 911 went through a major change as the Type 964 was launched.

The engine is mounted at the back and the 911 went through changes in the early years to improve the weight distribution to give better and more assured handling.

The Porsche 912 had the body of the 911 but continued to use the 4 cylinder 1.6 litre engine from the Porsche 356.

Motoring Videos

Magnus Walker’s ’66 Irish green Porsche 911 – XCAR

Porsche 911T – A German Driving Legend in Italy (English subtitles)

1973 Porsche 911E Targa – Up Close & Personal

Scale Models Of The Porsche 911

The models I’ve seen offered for sale include:

  • 1:18 Autoart 1964 version
  • 1:18 Autoart 1973 Carrera RS 2.7
  • 1:18 Autoart 1988 version
  • 1:18 Minichamps 1972 Carrera RS 2.7
  • 1:18 Welly 1973 Carrera RS 2.7
  • 1:24 Whitebox 1972
  • 1:24 Whitebox 1974
  • 1:25 Narcoral 1975
  • 1:38 Welly 1973 Carrera RS 2.7
  • 1:43 Altaya 1982
  • 1:43 Corgi 1970
  • 1:43 Ebbro 1969
  • 1:43 Ebbro 1973 Carrera RS 2.7
  • 1:43 Ixo / Altaya 1970
  • 1:43 Lenne 1979
  • 1:43 Matrix 1972
  • 1:43 Minichamps 1965
  • 1:43 Minichamps 1972 Carrera RS 2.7
  • 1:43 RBA 1972
  • 1:43 Schuco 1973
  • 1:43 Vitesse 1965
  • 1:43 Vitesse 1969
  • 1:43 Welly 1965

I’ve made it easy for you to check what models are available at what price from these websites:

eBay

Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Collectable Diecast – a specialist model retailer in America

Please check the search results carefully and change the criteria if necessary. It’s impossible to search for models of the early 911s without also finding the later 911s. I recommend that you look for years where you can, possibly unique model numbers and, if necessary, study the photographs very carefully.

I think a collection of 911 models would be interesting to show how the car has developed externally and internally.

Is The Early Porsche 911 One Of The Sexiest Cars Ever Made?

It’s hard to imagine many of the modern car designs lasting over 50 years where each update retains an unmistakeable 911 look. It looked good in the 1960s and it still looks good in the 2010s.

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