Driving an Icon

February 13, 2013 – 12:57 am
1950 Porsche 356 SL Coupe

Icons are not born every minute. Some stand the test of time better – and more famously – than others.

 

Enter the Porsche 911, the gorgeous German sports car with the instantly recognizable curves, which this year celebrates 50 years of excellence. There have been seven generations of the 911 – each one considered a design classic and highly valued by enthusiasts.

 

At the time of its debut in 1963 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the then two door 911 defied convention.  For a start, the engine was at the back of the car, hanging behind the rear wheels.  The design should never have worked.  That excessive weight at the back would have – and often did – make the 911′s tail swing like a pendulum if driven too fast around corners. The pundits agreed the awful physics of the 911 would consign it to the scrap heap of nice ideas that would never work.  But Porsche, being the determined and focused German engineering company it famously is, proved the pundits wrong.

 

Today the 911 is revered as the greatest sports car of them all.  The engine still hangs out the back but its handling dynamics have been engineered over five decades to give it a degree of road holding that defies logic, and often the senses as well, with an expert behind the wheel. Think of a train on rails. A low slung, fast train where your backside is barely six inches above the track. Now hit the fast-forward button.  That’s how it feels to be in a 911 driven at the limit.

Source: woman with drive

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My favorite car was a 67 Sunbeam Alpine

2006-08-23 10:50:30 by autotek

Got it in 68 with 12kmi.I put an Abarth exhaust onit.It had a hardtop for the winter and was warm and dry.In the spring I would take it off and drive with a tonneau cover so only the drivers area was open with the top down.The heater on full blast and I was comfortable.I put in a Blaupunkt AM/FM which was a bog deal back then.I has a bookshelf speaker for the rear seat.I would tune the radio in FM between stations and it would pick up the ignition system.I would accelerate with just the front speaker then at 4krpm turn on the rear speaker.It sounded like a jet taking off,especialy when I was stoned.

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