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History of The 911


History of The 911


When the Porsche 911 first rolled off the production line, it had a 2.0-liter air-cooled flat-six engine in the boot. This engine design was in production until 1998. Not everyone knows that the 911 was initially called the 901. It turns out that Peugeot claimed the rights to cars with a three-digit number having a 0 in the middle, and so Porsche changed the name to 911. 


Throughout the years, Porsche made a number of styling updates to the 911 and employed various technological upgrades. In '83, Porsche upgraded to a 3.2-liter engine in the Carrera 3.2, and in the 964, they put a 3.6-liter engine. 


In 1967 Porsche believed that convertibles would be made illegal in the United States, which is why they initially designed the Targa, named after the Targa Florio race. It took until 1983 for Porsche to produce a full convertible.


1988 was a monumental year for Porsche because the 911 classic was replaced by the 964, which had a more modern design. The Porsche 993 replaced the 964 in 1993. The Porsche 993 in 1998 was the last real 911 as considered by hard-core Porsche connoisseurs. The reason for this is that 1998 was the last year they produced an air-cooled engine. In 1998 the 996 replaced the 993 and is thought to be the most overhauled 911 model since the original concept from 1963. 


In 2004 Porsche went back to their roots of the "Bug-eyed" Porsche in 2004 when they rolled out the 997 to replace the 996, which sported tear-dropped headlights. This design, produced until 2009, when the 997 came out with the Sport Classic with a "duck-tail" and Fuchs alloys to celebrate their heritage.


Unveiled in 2011, the 991 was one of Porsche's largest redevelopments, the third in the 50-year history of the Porsche 911. Turbo was a cutting-edge new design rolled out in 1975 in a 3.0, a whale tail spoiler, and their trademark wide body. In 1993 the 993 was upgraded with a second turbocharger and came with a four-wheel drive.


Over one million 911's have come through production. Porsche's claim to fame is that over 70% of their cars are still roadworthy today. Of course, Porsche has held onto their 1,000,000th car off the line and showcases it in their collection. 


On the racetrack, two-thirds of Porsche's wins have been in a 911. It isn't hard to see why the Porsche 911 is so popular, from remote dirt roads in Africa to the racetrack, and to the theatre or New York city traffic, this is the perfect car for you. 


If you have a Porsche 911 or wish that you did, call Bristow's Auto Repair, we are here to help keep you on the road no matter what you drive! Make your check-up appointment with some of the most qualified auto mechanics in the business today. We back our work with a 2-year, 24,000-mile warranty, and our entire team focuses on creating a top-notch customer service experience for you. We specialize in Porsche and BMW service and repair, so you'll know that your car is in the best of hands. Make your appointment today!

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