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 |  Nov 12 2012, 12:02 PM

Porsche 911

Few cars on the road today have a performance pedigree that can match the Porsche 911s. Since its introduction in late 1964, it’s been a consistent winner on the racetrack and formidable opponent on the street. With nearly 50 years of history behind it, the 911 is one of the longest-standing sports car nameplates in production.

From day one it was designed to replace Prosche’s successful 356, which was based on the blue-collar Volkswagen Beetle. With the people’s car as its foundation, the 356 inherited a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine and treacherous swing-arm suspension.

Surprisingly, the company maintained much of that DNA with the 911. However, unlike its predecessor the new sports car featured a horizontally opposed six-cylinder powerplant instead of a four. It was also air-cooled and displaced just 2.0 liters. Output was 130 hp. A sophisticated rear suspension setup was also fitted to the car, fixing a major fault of its forerunner.

Today’s 911 is perhaps the quintessential sports car. More variants and racing models have been introduced over the last four and a half decades than can be counted. Perhaps as a nod to its heritage the car remained air-cooled until 1998.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kostas.kritsilas.1 Kostas Kritsilas

    The Veyron was included as one of the 10 most important cars? I don’t understand that. It is such a limited production vehicle, and the technologies used in it are nowhere near usable on any other vehicle. If you want an important sports car that has had significant influence on the cars of today, how about the Lamborghini Muira, the first mid-engined volume production car? Its influence can be seen in cars from any number of manufacturers from Ferrari (many), Audi (R8), Pontiac (Fiero), Ford (Pantera and GT40), almost all Lamborghinis since the Muira), Maserati (Bora and Merak), and on and on. The Veyron itself uses the same layout.

    Kostas

  • Urbanwheelman

    How can the title have the most obvious of spelling errors. Importat?  Tsk. Tsk.

  • Rod

    “The Bugatti Veyron is none of this…”
    Yeah, and it’s damn ugly, too.

  • Guest

    Most disappointing list ever.

  • prius04

    The $250 price you quote for the Model T has no context.   In 1927 the average weekly wage was $30 a week or so.  Thus it took about 8 weeks to afford the car.  Today the average weekly wage is about $800 so after 8 weeks you would have about $6500.  This shows it would still be quite cheap but you would have better context.

  • Calvin_guest

    Worst list of anything that Ive ever seen ever. die. die slowly.

  • Op Industries_1

    How did the Volvo 240 “brick” not make this list??

  • Mick

    To add to the Airflow’s importance, the first car Toyota ever made was basically a copy of the Chrysler: the Toyota AA.