Cars That Stand the Test of Time

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Porsche 911
Introduced: 1964
Designed as a 4-seat replacement for the Porsche 356, the 911 debuted as a prototype at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show. Originally named the 901, the moniker had to be revised to 911 after Peugeot insisted 901 was too similar to their naming convention. On sale for the 1964 model year, the 911 was motivated by an air-cooled 1.9-liter flat 6-cylinder engine making 130 horsepower — enough to give the new sports car a top speed of 131 mph. Within a few years, Porsche introduced the 160-horsepower 911S, as well as the 911 Targa. Ten years later the 911 received its first major overhaul, and that second generation lasted longer than any other — until 1989. There would be five more generations of innovations, including all-wheel drive, turbocharging and great leaps in performance, all leading up to the current generation that debuted in 2019.

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