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Gallery: 50 years of Porsche 911

The evergreen 911 is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2013, and Porsche will be marking the occasion in style with a series of events throughout the year. We thought we'd mark the anniversary, too, by bringing you a gallery of all the important road versions you could buy over the years.

During the past 50 years, Porsche has built more than 820,000 911s, and that makes it the world's most successful sports car. It was launched in 1963 to replace the 356, and through five generations, it has continually evolved, grown more popular, and ultimately seen off the cars its maker created to replace is. Don't believe us? When did you last see a 944 Turbo or 928? Exactly.

The Porsche 911's heritage comes not only from its success on the road, but also through its racing - and rallying - exploits. From the very beginning it has been at home on circuits all over the world, earning a reputation as a versatile and dependable winner. Indeed, a good two thirds of the 30,000 race victories achieved by Porsche to date were notched up by the 911.

Here, then, are some of the most significant 911 variations from over the years.

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1997: Porsche 911

The Type 996 was another major leap in 911 design. This was the first of the water-cooled 911s, and once again, was an all-new car, sharing many components with the new mid-engined Boxster. 

The major talking point was the new engine with four-valve cylinder heads. Power, once again, took a useful hike, while noise, emmissons and fuel consumption were also reduced. The new body was more aerodynamic, and the interior had moved upmarket again with all new controls. Still great to drive, but many never forgave it for looking like a Boxster and not being aircooled.

Vital statistics
3387cc, 296bhp, 1320kg


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