The 10 Best Porsches of all Time

Porsche as a brand holds a very special place in motoring history. The family owned, Stuttgart based company has pure engine oil running through its veins, and many of their prestigious models have helped shaped the course of car development in a wider sense. Their timeless beauty and the company’s commitment to technological and engineering breakthrough place them at the cutting edge of car design. From the very first steps as a European car maker in the 1930s to today’s technological marvels, we look at the 10 best Porsches of all time, and see why they have become one of the world’s most well respected and admired car manufacturers.

Porsche 356 Speedster
The 356 can be viewed at the genesis of the Porsche brand as we know it today. Put together in the midst of war torn Europe, the car shared a lot of its features with the universally recognised VW Beetle. In Europe, it shipped initially with a rear-mounted 1.1L engine, however the stripped down Speedster version was the American adaptation and was arguably a more beautiful car – turning the car into a very capable racer. With its lighter construction, stripped down trim and sleek, elegant 1950s style, finding a good, rust free 356 Speedster is like finding a needle in a haystack. Having said that, it’s beauty more than makes up for it and allows it to find itself on to the list of 10 best Porsches of all time.

Porsche 911 Turbo (930)
Known in Porsche circles as the 930, and the Porsche 911 Turbo to everyone else, this car was at the time of its introduction in 1975 one the fastest productions cars in Europe. Top of the range at the time, the 911 Turbo was eventually withdrawn from sale in the US in 1980 due to emission restrictions. The 911 Turbo saw the first use of the famous ‘whale-tail’, a distinctive and defining icon of 1980s car extravagance. Revised suspension and brakes were developed to make use of the extra power coming from the turbo unit – producing an impressive 256 bhp.

Porsche 944 Turbo

Many people would argue that putting an engine in the front of a Porsche just cannot be done. Porsche themselves however would disagree with these people – the 944 Turbo is an unforgettable example of affordable classic motoring and good models are becoming rare and rising in value. The turbo version introduced in the mid-’80s is the one to go for – producing a respectable 217 bhp and propelling it from 0-60mph in under 6 seconds. An interesting fact about the Porsche 944 Turbo – it was the first production car in the world to introduce both driver’s and passenger’s airbags as standard.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS
The Carrera RS – meaning Rennsport, or Race Sport in English, was introduced in 1973 and has become one of the most sought after and valued Porsche 911s around. At the time of development this was the most advanced Porsches ever made – it’s construction largely due to the fact that Porsche were at the time making ground in race and track teams across the world. There were only ever 49 cars made with most desirable 3.0L engine.

Porsche Carrera GT

The mid-engined Porsche Carrera GT was manufactured in the mid 2000s and quickly became recognised as one of the most fearsome sports cars of its generation. In many circles it’s considered as a valid Ferrari beater – its 612 bhp 5.7 V10 propelled its lightweight body to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. 604 Carrera GTs have been sold in America, out of a production run of 1,270.

Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera
Fast becoming true classics, these ‘80s gems saw a surge of popularity amongst young moneyed types both in America and Europe. The 911 3.2 Carrera deserves a place on this list if only for the fact that it was the last ever iteration of the original classic 911 series. Twinned with the original 915 gearbox, the early 911 3.2 Carreras were air-cooled and devoid of technological wizardry….they are still a very accessible and easy to enjoy 911, and exude 80’s extravagance and optimism. One of the most enjoyment 911’s out there.

Porsche 911 Turbo S
There’s no doubt about it, the Porsche 911 Turbo S is the benchmark when it comes to modern Porsches. Featuring a revolutionary all-wheel drive system, and upwards of 500 bhp, its stability, control and refinement are second to none in its class. 0 – 60 is placed within the mind-bending sub 3 second category, and the technological improvements seen over previous 911 incarnations, including a new clutch system allowing repeated launch control starts, have yet to be matched in the industry. A truly world class car.

Porsche Cayman S
The Porsche Cayman was originally derived from the second generation Porsche Boxster, and its inclusion in this list is more than deserved. It’s mid engined setup has been beautifully refined by Porsche, and its comparative affordability when compared to its big brother, the 911, make it a very worthwhile option. Easy to drive, cheaper to maintain than other Porsches but still producing 325 bhp of rear wheel drive action – what’s not to love?

Porsche 911 GT2 (996)
Nicknamed ‘The Widowmaker’ by various fraternities, the 911 GT2 ranks up there as one of the most utterly ridiculous Porsches and therefore deserves its place on this list. Initially developed to adhere to strict regulations for motorsport, the GT2 has a hair-raising reputation for sideways action and the ability to provide one of the wildest rides out there. The car doesn’t exactly ship with a feature list – no traction control, no rear seats, thinned glass and as much carbon fiber trim as you can find anywhere. This is a pure, unadulterated track car which provides the purest driving experience you’re likely to get – providing you can tame it.

Porsche 959
This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one example of true racing pedigree. The Porsche 959 was originally developed as a manic Group B rally car (requiring at least 200 street legal variants to be produced) and quickly gained a reputation when it was released as the world’s fastest street legal production car. Produced for a short time between 1986 and 1989, the car hits 60 in under 4 seconds, and is commonly believed to be a forerunner of many super cars of the current generation. The car was actually not street legal in North America until 1999, when the show and display law was passed allowing some aspects of the car to be exempt from Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

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