This year, 2013, is a year full of significant anniversaries men should celebrate. The Battle of Gettysburg will be honored for the 150th time this July. Four Roses Bourbon is celebrating their 125th anniversary. Our favorite leather jacket company, Schott NYC, is celebrating 100 years as well as fellow New Yorker, Grand Central Station. Even the NCAA’s March Madness is celebrating three quarters of a century this year as they prep to crown their 75th victor.
However, thanks to Men’s Journal, there’s another anniversary this year that suddenly has us particularly excited – 50 years of the classic Porsche 911.
Making its auto show debut in 1963, the Porsche 911 replaced the company’s first model, the Porsche 356. Although the engine at the show was merely a mockup, it still proved to be a bigger, better, more powerful and more comfortable piece of machinery than the 356, which was more like a glorified Volkswagen Beetle in its day.
The car – designed by Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson, Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche – originally functioned under the moniker of the Porsche 901, used simply as its project number. Due to disputes in France over the rights to use a particular series of numbers though, Porsche simply changed the name of the car to the Porsche 911. Production for the 911 began in September of 1964 and didn’t reach America until 1965. At the time, the classic sports car cost roughly $6,500, which is chump change to most Porsche owners today.
That said, the Porsche 911 has had many personas over the years and has undergone a few makeovers to date. But still, the 911 stays true to “Butzi” Porsche’s original design.
Jesse Will of Men’s Journal wrote of the car, “The 2013 model is only the 911’s seventh generation, and although the redesign subtly tweaks and tones the aluminum and steel body, making it just slightly longer and lower, its quintessential sloped-back shape remains (as does its rear-engine layout.”
Read about Jesse’s experience as he drives this beautiful yet powerful piece of machinery through Connecticut on MensJournal.com.