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Automobiles from 1960 > Extra about cars in 1960 I-W

Dr Ferdinand Porsche and his son, also Ferdinand (Ferry), found enormous success with the first Porsche, the 356. However, as the 1960s dawned, Porsche’s links to Volkswagen were creating limitations. The next Porsche phase started in 1963 when the 911 was unveiled. When the car reached lucky customers in 1964 (the 911 was always expensive), they found a radical evolution of the 356. The stylish lines were an admirable attempt, by Ferry’s own industrial designer son Butzi Porsche, to keep the car as pure and as functional as possible. And an entirely new flat-six engine lay under the sloping tail. It was still air-cooled, in the Beetle tradition, and its 73ci (1,991cc) offered 130bhp. But the engine had enormous potential for increasing the power. This was the key reason the 911 remained in production, fundamentally unchanged, until 1996. In its ultimate, twinturbocharged, four-wheel-drive form, it produced 408bhp. Back in 1963, Porsche showed off the car’s clever steering system which, because it ran along the floor, enabled a low frontal area, decent front luggage space, and easy collapsibility in a crash. Tail-happy handling due to the weight bias is part of the 911’s mystique; devotees relish the driving challenge that comes with sitting behind the wheel of a 911.

Porsche 911 1963

Porsche 911 1963
YEAR REVEALED  
1963
PLACE OF ORIGIN  Stuttgart, West Germany
HISTORICAL STATUS  production car
ENGINE  flat-six-cylinder, 73–220ci (1,991–3,600cc)
MAXIMUM POWER  408bhp
LAYOUT  rear-mounted engine driving the rear or all four wheels
BODYWORK  four-seater coupé, Targa-convertible and convertible
TOP SPEED  180mph (290kph)
NUMBER BUILT  456,047

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