Sometimes it's all about being at the right place at the right time, just like it happened to us yesterday. As we were waiting to get our Porsche ready for the winter with its mandatory winter tires, one of the first Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition automobiles to arrive in the U.S. made its way into the Porsche workshop in order to get unwrapped and prepped for the showroom. Lucky enough, we were able to take plenty of pictures of this fascinating machine just for you. If you are a Porsche enthusiast just like us, then, this will be a real treat for the eyes. Interestingly enough, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay was on our wrist, which is a watch that captures the essence of the first Tudor Submariner from 1954 and was revived almost 50 years later. Just like the Tudor, this limited edition Porsche captures the essence —in so many ways— of the first 911 launched in 1963 and here it is 50 years later. Two classics, properly honored.
For five decades, the Porsche 911 has been the heart of the Porsche brand. Few other automobiles in the world can look back on such a long tradition and such continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts the world over since its debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September 1963.
Today, the Porsche 911 is considered the most legendary of all sports cars and the central point of reference for all other Porsche series. Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built, making it the most successful sports car in the world. This year Porsche celebrates the launch of this amazing automobile with a special anniversary model based on the 911 Carrera S: like the original 911, the 911 50th Anniversary Edition is a coupé with a flat-six rear engine and rear wheel drive. One great thing about this anniversary car is that it doesn't come with 130 hp like the first 911 from 1963 but with 430 hp, capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in mere 3.8 seconds —for the PDK equipped ones. Additionally, the anniversary 911 features a wide body typically reserved for the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 models. This special edition will be limited to 1963 cars, a number that represents the year of the 911 world premiere.
In order to further excel at commemorating the first 911, this 50th Anniversary Edition features several vintage inspired details perfectly executed under their very strict modern standards. The interior features a combination of gray or black leather with fabric —Pepita Houndstooth pattern— inserts for the seats, embroidered headrests with two-tone “911 50” lettering and an instrument panel with green numerals on the gauges and white hands in a nod like on the original 911. The exterior was as carefully designed as the interior and it features the quintessential two-tone 20-inch fuchs-style wheels and a very subtle chrome trim added to the front intakes, window surrounds and even to the rear deck louvers. This beautiful car is only available in three colors: Graphite Gray —pictured here—, Black Monochrome and Geyser Gray, which is really an eggshell creamy ivory color.
One design feature that we love about this car, is the perfectly executed red-silver logo that has been intelligently placed in different areas of the car such as on the back in between the tail lights, on the door-sill guards, embroidered on the headrests and on the dashboard right above the glove compartment where there is an individually numbered plate for each car. As usual, Porsche continues to impress with these impeccable design touches inside and outside the car.
Lastly, unlike all other newer Porsche keys that are all black, this one features painted sides in the exact same color as the body of the car. Another amazing classy and exclusive touch for those 1,963 prospective owners of this beauty. After enjoying the unwrapping of this car, we saw it drift away just like a yacht disappears over the horizon at sea. This exclusive Porsche starts at $124,100 USD; however, the one pictured here comes with a higher Sticker Price. Now, wouldn't you want to be one of the few lucky owners of this beauty?
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