Over the course of its manufacturing life, Porsche’s famous 911 has been adapted many times by sports teams for rallying, track racing and other competitions from its standard factory design. Nonetheless, since the car’s introduction in 1963, it has been commonly regarded as a design classic and the fundamental concept remains very little changed by the German car maker. Porsche has only taken incremental steps with redesigns slowly. For example, the car’s engine was air cooled all the way through its production run until 1998 when the Type 996 was launched.
Offered as a two door sports car in the both coupe and cabriolet versions, the 911 regularly tops polls as one of the best vehicles ever to have been turned into a production model. It is one of the most senior sports cars that remains being made and, when it gained the ripe old age of 50 in 2013, in excess of 820,000 models had been sold.
In 1967, Porsche released a Targa version which had a stainless steel roll bar as a measure to overcome what was then perceived to be a problem of safety with convertible cars, particularly in the US. Based on a successful rally version of the car, the road going Targa was given a removable roof panel and a plastic rear window.
Between 1973 and 1974, the 911 was sold as a Carrera RS and these models have subsequently become highly sought after by collectors. Nowadays, the 991 series of the 911 is sold. It is powered by a 350 horsepower 3.4 litre engine which can be increased by the addition of a power kit option.