As with many manufacturers, the Porsche name comes from a founding family. Ferdinand Porsche, Sr., established an independent design firm in 1931, which created the first Volkswagen Beetle, one of automotive history’s most successful and recognizable models.
His son, Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche, Jr., helped grow the business, and in 1948 they released the first road-legal Porsche, the 356. It took two years to manufacture the first 50 Porsche 356s, but their notoriety grew exponentially from that point.
In 1963, the 356 was replaced with the most famous of Porsche’s models, the 911. The first Porsche 911 for sale in the United States arrived in 1965 with a price tag of $6,500, the equivalent of approximately $48,900 today.
Since then, the marque has grown synonymous with high performance, while it has developed a reputation for providing some of the world’s finest cars. The 911, a model line still in production to this day, is recognized as one of the most successful competition cars ever. But there are quite a few other cars that the brand has created, and we would be remiss to not acknowledge them.
The 959 is a legendary supercar that was, back in 1986-89, well ahead of its time thanks to its technology. Many regard the 959 as being the forefather for modern day supercars. Either way, one cannot simply talk about Porsche’s history without mentioning the 959.
1967 911 Targa
1967 was the first year the Porsche 911 Targa was offered, introducing the world to the removable roof panel of the 911. It was built around the early 911 models, which are, to this day, some of the most brilliant Porsche has produced. The Targa spent some time in hibernation until 2014, when the original Targa top was reintroduced back into the market.