And it joins the other 700,000 cars still on the road. Pretty amazing run.
Of all the purpose-built sports cars in the world, only the Mazda Miata and Nissan’s Z-cars have sold in higher numbers than the Porsche 911, and while great, those hardly fall into the same category as the rear-engined icon that scored over half of Porsche’s race wins . Of course the fact that Porsche sold 32,365 911s last year makes it obvious that the brand’s core model won’t ever outsell its SUVs, but the 911 remains the dream it always has been, as well as a physics-bending weapon in higher tunes.
Porsche is set to celebrate the 911 with a world tour featuring a milestone example of the breed.
The manufacturer has built one million examples of its iconic sports car since 1963. The 1,000,000th car is on its way to Europe, the US and Asia before settling down at the excellent Porsche Museum in Stuttgart.
Marrying modern technology with retro looks, the special car is based on a 2017 Carrera S model featuring Porsche’s latest 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and seven-speed manual transmission.
Finished in a classic shade of non-metallic Irish Green, the model features a few touches that hark back to Porsche’s original 911 coupe.
The steering wheel and dashboard are finished in mahogany, as opposed to aluminium or carbon fibre, the seats feature houndstooth trim similar to what you find on a 911 R, and the instruments take inspiration from that model, the most collectable Porsche in recent history.
The one-off Porsche 911 Carrera S – commissioned by Porsche itself for display at the Porsche Museum – was treated to a number of special upgrades in honour of the extraordinary milestone.
The car was refined by bespoke personalisation department Porsche Exclusive and several special design elements allude to the very first car from 1963. Inside, the leather seats feature a pepita pattern found on the original, while the circular dashboard instruments are finished with silver surround in a similar vein to the early models.
Naturally Porsche couldn’t let the occasion pass with aesthetic touches alone, therefore the engine has been tuned to deliver 445bhp. This has the effect of cutting the 0-62mph time to 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 194mph.
Speaking at Zuffenhausen – where the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman are also built – Porsche Chairman Dr Wolfgang Porsche said: “54 years ago, I was able to take my first trips over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road with my father. The feeling of being in a 911 is just as enjoyable now as it was then.
“That’s because the 911 has ensured that the core values of our brand are as visionary today as they were in the first Porsche 356/1 from 1948”.
Although this one-millionth example of the 911 will eventually settle into its display at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, before then it will embark on a world tour to promote the model’s longevity with stops include the Scottish Highlands, the Nurburgring, the United States and China.
And ti finish this off, which do you think is better ? The new 1,00,000 911S, or Alex’s 1969 911 ?
This article was not written by me, nor were the images taken by me.