The Porsche 911
The 911, one of the all-time classic sports cars, was first shown at Frankfurt in 1963. Designed by Ferry Porsche's eldest son, Butzi, it retained the rear-engined air-cooled layout but moved up to six cylinders and two triple-choke carbs. The 911 was given a 4.5 inch longer wheelbase than the 356, dual-circuit discs all round, five-speed gearbox, IFS by wishbones and torsion bars, rear by traling arms and torsion bars. The 911N was the stripped-out German base model, and the 911L replaced both in 1967 and added choice of Sportomatic fourspeed semi-auto. This is the original 911 and therefore has plenty of appeal. Sportomatics and Targas from 1966 are not as valuable as the 5-speed.
The collectibility of these cars remains very high. With excellent reliability and reasonable maintenance costs, the Porsche 911 is a favorite among many groups. The 911 can still be had for anywhere from $11,000 to $100,000 and beyond.
At the recent Sports Car Market Magazine Insider's Seminar at Pebble beach, the panel of experts agreed that early 911's are among the best investments in the hobby today. There truly is a 911 for every car enthusiast- we give this car five stars for market appeal!
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