When Porsche began to assess ways of improving its successful 356 model in the mid-1950s, it soon became clear that a mere evolutionary development would in no way suffice. Such were the potential changes to the 356 that an entirely new model would be developed. The new Porsche would offer occupants more space, along with a stowage area that would allow sufficient room for a set of golf clubs. The new model’s performance level was aimed at that of the 356 Carrera 2, while matching the refinement of the ‘regular’ 356. The basic layout of the platform was to be retained, as well as Porsche’s well-known silhouette. Few sports cars have proved as versatile as Porsche’s perennial 911, a model that, for the last 50-plus years, has proved equally capable as a Grand Tourer, circuit racer, or rally car.
« A Porsche will always look like a Porsche. My grandfather took these shapes from nature, so the head lamps of the 911 maybe look a little like the eyes of a frog, but it comes from nature,and the best shapes are from nature, so why change? »
– Ferdinand Alexander Porsche –
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