Porsche 911 Generations

Porsche 911 Generations

The heart of the Porsche brand for nearly 70 years has been the 911. The genuine continuity of the Porsche 911 is a long-standing tradition that few other automobile brands in the world can claim. Since the International Automotive Show in September 1963 where it debuted as the Type 901, it has been inspiring car enthusiasts worldwide. 911 Classic Features throughout the years included: The 911 was first unveiled in Frankfurt at the 1963 IAA Motor Show as the 901. Renamed for the market launch as the 911 in 1964, its 6-cylinder, air-cooled, boxer engine produced top speeds of 131 mph with an impressive 130 hp. Drivers could take the experience a bit slower starting in 1965 by selecting the four-cylinder Porsche 912. The 911 made its debut in late 1966 as the Targa, with a standard stainless steel roll bar, making it the first safety-equipped Cabriolet. The semi-automatic four-speed transmission 911 joined the lineup in 1967. Porsche was the first German automobile manufacturer to meet the strict U.S. exhaust emission control regulations with the 911T and the E and S variants. 1969 and 1971. The more powerful Porsche 911 evolved with the displacement to 2.2-liters in 1969 and then in 1971 to 2.4-liters. G-Series: The Second Generation Changes over its life included: 1977. Intercooler-equipped 911 Turbo 3.3 1982. The 911 Cabriolet for fresh-air enthusiasts 1983. The 911 Carrera with a 3.2 liter 231-hp engine 1989. The 911 Carrera Speedster, evocative of the legendary 356 of the 50’s 964: Classic Modern In 1988, after 15 years of production, the 911 platform was radically redesigned with the debut of the...
What Does the Porsche Crest Mean?

What Does the Porsche Crest Mean?

When you think of certain companies, their logo immediately jumps to mind. For instance, when you think of McDonalds, the arches appear in your mind almost instantly. It’s the same way with many other brands, including car companies, throughout the world. That is the genius of marketing; logos become the company and are representative of what they mean to the world. There are only a few car company logos more famous that the Porsche crest. But very few people know the story behind it. Here is the true story behind the Porsche crest. Free People’s State of Württemberg The story of the Porsche crest begins in Germany. During the German revolution in 1918, a shift in ideology took place. The monarchical Kingdom of Württemberg became the Free People’s State of Württemberg, a democratic republic. The capital became Stuttgart, Germany. The state developed a coat of arms that features the crest which can now be seen as the distinctive background of the Porsche crest. The stripes of red and black, which were state colors for the region, in two of the corners of the crest and the stylized antlers in the other two corners made huge visual impact. Stuttgart is very important to the mythos of Porsche because it is where Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the company, would become a professor and begin designing cars. He also founded a consulting firm in Stuttgart. Stuttgart The center piece of the crest is a yellow shield bearing a black horse standing on its hind legs. This appears with the name Stuttgart above it in black lettering at the very middle of the...
Euroclassics Customer Appreciation Day at VIR on Oct. 12th

Euroclassics Customer Appreciation Day at VIR on Oct. 12th

Euroclassic’s 14th Annual Driver Education and Customer Appreciation Event will take place at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on Columbus Day, October 12, 2015. This popular event is a great opportunity for drivers to take their cars on VIR’s 3.27-mile track, which is rated one of the top six road courses in the US by Car and Driver Magazine. VIR, located near Danville, Virginia and near the North Carolina Border, is a “motorsport” resort that is a vacation destination for serious drivers, car lovers and their families. Keep an eye out on our website for more information. In the meantime, save the date – October 12, 2015 for this event.   Sign up TODAY!...
How to Correctly Pronounce Porsche & Other Porsche Fun Facts

How to Correctly Pronounce Porsche & Other Porsche Fun Facts

As one of the most popular sports cars worldwide, Porsche is the definition of what a luxury car should be. Even though its modern style and cutting edge technology is continually expanding the automobile industry’s horizon, the Porsche brand is one that is rich with history and interesting details. In fact, one of the most debated topics to date revolves around the correct way to pronounce its notorious brand-name. Perfectly Pronounce Porsche: a How-To With its ever-growing status and recognition has come the increased question as to which pronunciation of the word Porsche is the right one. Is it Porsh? Porsh-uh? If you were to delve into the actual origin of the word, you would find that its root is from German descent. This may lead you to believe that the right way to pronounce it would be with the emphasis on the “uh” in Porsch-UH. While this may be following the correct German pronunciation, it doesn’t take into account that the word Porsche is, in fact, a family name. Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of the world-famous automobile brand, had his company named after him, and rightfully so. As with any name or proper noun, you don’t always speak it the way you would if it was just any ordinary word. Ferdinand’s surname is actually pronounced PORSH-uh. Because the brand was founded upon his family name, the brand would also be articulated in that fashion. And so, the age-old debate ends. Both sides can rest assured that, although the word may seem like it should be spoken one way, for Ferdinand’s name’s sake, PORSH-uh is here to stay. Possibly...
20 Famous Celebrity Porsche Owners

20 Famous Celebrity Porsche Owners

When you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury, power and performance, where do you turn? Well, according to many celebrities, the correct answer will always be a Porsche. Known for its sleek, one-of-a-kind styling and technological ingenuity, the Porsche has become a Hollywood status symbol throughout the years. Take a gander at the following list of famous celebs who hardly ever take a ride around the city without their trusty luxury vehicle. Famed Collectors While some of the names in this category are not specific Porsche collectors, they all share a mutual love and respect for rare, expensive cars. Jerry Seinfeld: An avid car collector, Seinfeld is no stranger to Porsches. From his 1970 911 S that Steve McQueen drove in the movie Le Mans to his rumored Porsche 356 that was once driven by the Dutch police in the 1960s, Seinfeld is one ultimate super-fan. Ralph Lauren: Also falling under the category of one who accumulates extraordinary cars, Lauren has added a rare 911 or two to his collection. Patrick Dempsey: It’s no surprise that Dempsey showed up on this list. It’s a well-known fact that he not only loves Porsches, but is actually a frequent racer and a partner with Porsche in its racing industry. Tim Allen: While you may not have known that Allen has an impressive car collection up his sleeve, the fact that he added a Porsche Carrera GT to it doesn’t come as a shock with its lavish features. Jay Leno: Known for his extremely large selection of luxury and classic cars, a Porsche Carrera GT fits right into his indoor, heated garage...
Porsche Rules Winner Board in Oldest Endurance Race

Porsche Rules Winner Board in Oldest Endurance Race

The globally famous sports car race called the 24 Hours of Le Mans had been held annually for decades. Since 1923, it has matched endurance with fuel efficiency and engineering to create an exciting event that’s held on a track near the French town of Le Mans called the Circuit de la Sarthe. There are many car manufacturers who participate in the race, but the most successful car maker is Porsche, which has topped the leaderboard with 17 wins in the 83 years the race has been run. Let’s take a look at some of the innovative machines from Porsche that have bested the competition. 917K Porsche shot into the top ranks of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time in 1970 with the Porsche 917K. The car took the top spot the following year as well. The 917K was characterized by its long tail and high speeds, though several modifications had to eventually be made to increase stability when racing. The 917K’s entry into the Le Mans in 1970 marked the end of the production car era, in which entrants had been required to use cars modified from those available to the general public. 936 The next Le Mans entry from Porsche to take the top prize was the 936, which won in 1976, 1977 and 1981. This open-top spyder shared both a chassis and other parts from its predecessor the Porsche 917. It had a 540 horsepower engine, and in 1976, the car went 349 laps and 4,769.9 kilometers for the win. 935 The closed-top 935 dominated racing in general in the late 1970s,...
Janis Joplin’s 1965 Porsche Has Taken a Long, Strange Trip

Janis Joplin’s 1965 Porsche Has Taken a Long, Strange Trip

Blues-rock singer Janis Joplin was a popular artist in the late 1960s who was known from her pioneering spirit, soulful lyrics and rule-breaking style. Her early death at the age of 27 was a major loss to the music community and fans everywhere. Joplin, a Texas native, struggled to break into the music scene of the San Francisco Bay area around 1965-66, but eventually joined the band Big Brother, which had a following in the area. In 1968, the band released a successful album called “Cheap Thrills,” and Joplin celebrated by purchasing a 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet. Let’s take a look at the history of the car and how Joplin made it her own. How It Started Joplin bought the cabriolet from a car dealer in Beverly Hills, Calif., in September of 1968. She paid about $3,500 for it, a serious amount of money at the time. When she purchased it, the car was painted “Oyster White,” which didn’t suit Joplin’s style in the least. Making It Her Own Joplin paid a Big Brother roadie named Dave Richards $500 to give the car a psychedelic makeover. She didn’t tell him what to paint, and he spent a month on the modifications. The final result was a colorful mélange he titled “The History of the Universe.” It features swirling colors, various vignettes and a group picture of Joplin and the other members of Big Brother on the fender. Recognition The unusually painted vehicle became one of the most recognizable in the Bay Area, and fans would sometimes leave notes for Joplin under the windshield wiper blades. The ragtop that announced...