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Though it was first roughly drawn by legendary car-savant Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche in the late fifties, the first production 911 did not roll onto dealership floors until 1964, soon to be 50 years ago.

To celebrate 50 years of 911-goodness, Porsche will be releasing the 911 50th Anniversary Edition. Starting at $124,000 (about $41,000 more than the base price of the current-day Porsche 911 Carrera), the special car will come with a “two-tone 3-D-effect” badge on its backside to show the world that is indeed a “911 50” edition. It will be offered in dark graphite or a light-gray metallic.

Porsche says that 820,000 911s have been sold these last 50 years.

One of many interesting tidbits about the Porsche 911 is that it was going to be named the 901, until Peugeot, the French carmaker, said it had a trademark on putting a zero in the middle of three numbers. That also happens to be the sole victory France has over Germany since the general le grand Napoléon rode his steed across the European landscape.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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