Skip advert
Advertisement

Porsche 911 - Best classic sports cars

Early Porsche 911 tick lots of classic car boxes. They're rare, desirable, and still highly relevant today

The Porsche 911 has come a long way since the early days, when it was conceived as a more modern, luxurious and comfortable step up from the company’s first sports car, the 356.

It’s a little known fact that the very first 911s weren’t 911s at all. Porsche initially called its new machine the 901, but Peugeot owned the rights in France to model numbers with three digits and a zero in the middle. Porsche had to rethink, and fewer than 100 cars were sold before 901 was changed to 911.

While the 356 had a horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ or flat four-cylinder air-cooled engine mounted at the back, the new 911 boasted a flat six making 128bhp – although a 912 version was also available for the US market using a development of the 356’s engine, and later the 2.0-litre VW four-cylinder from the mid-engined Porsche 914.

Advertisement - Article continues below

It was the birth of an icon, as the 911’s basic layout and shape hasn’t really changed much for decades, although the 911s steady evolution means current models are a world apart from their predecessors in technology and performance terms. The first sign of that process came in 1968/9, when Porsche moved the 911 to fuel injection and lengthened the car’s wheelbase to help address its reputation for twitchy handling. The early carburettor and short wheelbase versions are now some of the most collectible 911s around.

Over the years, the classic 911 grew in power and performance, with 2.7-litre RS models and 3.0 Turbo models adding to the car’s legendary reputation amongst passionate Porsche enthusiasts in the 1970s and ‘80s. Amazingly, through constant evolution, the original 911 series lasted all the way up to 1989 when the Type 964 series 911 arrived to replace it.

Best classic sports cars

  1. Jaguar E-Type
  2. MGB
  3. Ferrari 250 GT
  4. AC Cobra
  5. Porsche 911
  6. Ferrari Daytona
  7. BMW 507
  8. Lotus Seven
  9. Austin-Healey 3000
  10. Sunbeam Alpine
Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

New Porsche 911 with hybrid power ready to be revealed on 28 May
New Porsche 911 front 3/4 round a track
News

New Porsche 911 with hybrid power ready to be revealed on 28 May

In addition to styling tweaks and updated interior, the updated 911 will feature a new electrified powertrain
13 May 2024
Best rear-wheel drive cars 2024
Best rear-wheel drive cars - header image
Best cars & vans

Best rear-wheel drive cars 2024

Rear-wheel drive is often praised as the drivetrain that delivers the most fun. Here are 10 cars that do exactly that
15 Mar 2024
Best track day cars to buy 2024
Best track day cars - header image
Best cars & vans

Best track day cars to buy 2024

Whether you're looking to shave tenths off your lap time or simply want to have fun on track, these are some of the UK's best track cars
4 Mar 2024
Best supercars on sale 2024
Best supercars - header image
Best cars & vans

Best supercars on sale 2024

These are the cars at the absolute pinnacle of performance, driving thrills and head-turning style, the best supercars on sale…
23 Feb 2024

Most Popular

Skoda Scala vs Citroen C4 2024 twin test: which is the best-value family hatchback?
Skoda Scala and Citroen C4 - front tracking
Car group tests

Skoda Scala vs Citroen C4 2024 twin test: which is the best-value family hatchback?

The revised Skoda Scala takes on Citroen’s C4 in the battle to be the best-value family hatchback
18 May 2024
Cheap EV charging comes to public chargepoints via new ‘Plunge Pricing’ app
Octopus Energy’s Electroverse
News

Cheap EV charging comes to public chargepoints via new ‘Plunge Pricing’ app

Octopus’ ‘Plunge Pricing’ events promise to save electric car drivers an average of £6.50 per charge
17 May 2024
Best electric cars to buy 2024
Best electric cars - header image
Best cars & vans

Best electric cars to buy 2024

These are the EVs that should be on your shortlist if you’re thinking about making the switch
17 May 2024