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Porsche 911 celebrates its 50th anniversary


Few cars live to see their 50th year in production. Even fewer have been in continuously production for that long. The Porsche 911 is one of the time-tested few that can claim that 50-year trophy.

Inspired by Ferdinand Porsche Sr.’s VW Beetle of the 1930’s, the 911 was one of the first great sports cars to hit the streets. What makes the 911 a classic and what has allowed it to stand the test of time is how little it has changed. Porsche changes what it needs to every year, but does so trying not change anything that doesn’t need to be changed in order to increase performance. Staying true to its roots is what makes the 911 more of an icon than some American muscle cars of the 1950’s that are unrecognizable next to the modern versions of themselves. After 50 years, the 911 is still the flagship car of Arizona Porsche dealers.

The 911 has the look of an icon, as do many famous cars. What makes the 911 truly stand out and above the rest of the sports car world is its undisputed victories on the world’s most demanding racetracks. The 24 Hours of the Le Mans is the world’s oldest endurance race and one of the most famous races in the world. Porsche racing owns the most wins at the Le Mans and the 911 and versions of the 911 have been instrumental in claiming that title. Porsche’s first victory came in 1970 and its most recent title was won in 1998 using the historic Porsche 911 GT1-98. The 911 has also notched victories at tracks like Daytona and Sebring.

No car is as fast and as iconic as the 911. That is why many call the 911 “the” sports car. It has become the model of what people think a sports car is and that speaks more volumes than any victory in a race or magazine poll.  The 50th anniversary 911 will be available soon at your Porsche of Tucson dealer.

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