Total 911 was saddened by news of former Porsche CEO Peter Schutz’s passing at the end of October. Schutz’s life and, in particular, his stint at the helm of Porsche should be cause for great celebration. The story is well told of how, in his early days in the job, Schutz learned of the company’s intention to cull production of its 911 sports car in favour of the transaxle models. His insistence in continuing its manufacture, famously extending the 911’s production timeline past its intended cut-off date, off the chart and along his office wall, is the stuff of legend, and perhaps the single most important moment in the car’s lifetime. Simply put, if it wasn’t for him, the 911 would have ceased production in the early 1980s, and that would have been that.
The repercussions of Schutz’s actions are huge, and still directly affect you today. For starters, you wouldn’t be reading this very magazine, which likely wouldn’t exist, and you may not even own a 911 full stop. To think of it! Of course, Schutz did far more than just save Porsche’s most important sports car ever, which you can read all about from page 64 in our tribute to the late, great former CEO.
Needless to say, I’d like to dedicate this issue to Herr Schutz, whose foresight and determination ensured we can all continue enjoying these incredible sports cars to this day. But we can all do more than that. If you own a 911 from model year 1982 or onwards, you owe a drive to Porsche’s ballsy former CEO who, at the time, appreciated the Neunelfer more than his company did. Time to get that flat six fired up!
“If you own a 911 from model year 1982 or onwards, you owe a drive to Porsche’s former CEO”