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50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911

In 2013, the Porsche 911 will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The car was originally launched at the Frankfurt motor show in 1963 as the Porsche 901. However a complaint from Peugeot, who claimed that they had the rights to car names with three numbers featuring a '0' in the middle, resulted in it being renamed the 911.

There have been six different version of the 911 launched over the years, with each featuring enough modifications to ensure that it remains in touch with motoring needs at the time. Despite it not deviating from the original design philosophy greatly, the car is as popular today as it was in 1963. All Porsche 911 have been produced in the same factory in Stuttgart since 1963, with the factory still shipping out 110 cars every single day.

As well as being popular on the road, racing cars based on the 911 have also had a remarkable amount of motorsport success over a variety of different disciplines. This includes 14 separate Le Mans 24 Hours victories and 4 wins at the notoriously difficult Monte Carlo Rally.

Looking ahead to the future, Porsche have already been experimenting with a hybrid 911 which has been entered into a number of sports car motor races. The company has teamed up with the Williams F1 team to develop this technology and should help to influence Porsche 911 road cars in the future.

MoneySupermarket has put together this infographic marking the occasion:


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