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Porsche 911 Celebrates 50th Birthday

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic sports cars to ever be produced – the Porsche 911.  Of course the brand wants to celebrate this special occasion and has thus announced a variety of events for the coming months.

The celebration will kick off at the Retro Classics automobile show in Stuttgart, which will run from March 7th through the 10th.  During this time, the Porsche Museum will have four special exhibits including an early-model 911 Turbo Coupe, 1981 911 Cabriolet concept, a 1997 911 GT1 and a Type 754 T7 which has been described as “a milestone on the way to the 911 design.”

Original 1964 Porsche 911 and 2013 Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Original 1964 Porsche 911 and 2013 Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Original 1964 Porsche 911 and 2013 Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Original 1964 Porsche 911 and 2013 Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Original 1964 Porsche 911 and 2013 Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Original 1964 Porsche 911 and 2013 Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Original 1964 Porsche 911 and 2013 Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Original 1964 Porsche 911 and 2013 Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Later in the year, the Porsche Museum will hold a “50 years of the Porsche 911” exhibition.  It will run from June 4th to September 29th and will chronicle the development of the legendary sports car.

The company will also send a vintage 1967 Porsche 911 on a world tour.  Over the course of the year, it will be displayed at various events across the globe including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The  911 was originally launched at the 1963 IAA International Automotive Show in Frankfurt as the 901.  Eventually it was renamed the 911 to settle a dispute with Peugeot.  It was launched in 1964 with an air-cooled, six-cylinder boxer engine that developed 128 HP (94 kW) which enabled the model to hit a top speed of 131 mph (211 km/h).

1963 Porsche 901 Prototype

1963 Porsche 901 Prototype

Since then, Porsche has gone to build over 820,000 911s which they claim makes it the “most successful sports car in the world.”

Source: Porsche

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