70 YEARS OF PORSCHE

FROM 356 "NO 1" TO THE EPIC 911 GT2 RS, WEL­COME TO OUR FULL THROT­TLE BIRTH­DAY BLAST

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We kick off our mon­ster 42-page trib­ute to the ven­er­a­ble Ger­man mar­que

THE SPORTS CAR world was changed for­ever on

June 8, 1948, when an un­sung Aus­trian clerk stamped 'okay' on the rego pa­pers for a strange lit­tle sil­ver con­vert­ible, ap­prov­ing it for road use. It was the day Porsche was born.

Nei­ther the clerk nor Ferry Porsche, the de­signer of that lit­tle sil­ver con­vert­ible – model 356 chas­sis No. 1 – could have known it would spawn a sports car jug­ger­naut that con­tin­ues to thrill driv­ers the world over, 70 years later.

The im­pact Porsche has had on the au­to­mo­tive world, both on the road and race­track, can­not be un­der­stated and its cars have been world-beat­ers since 1948. But even as sales and the com­pany grew and its rep­u­ta­tion for fast, bul­let-proof-ma­chines spread, Porsche has never lost sight of its orig­i­nal am­bi­tion: To build the world's best sports cars.

In the last seven decades, thou­sands of tal­ented de­sign­ers, en­gi­neers and test driv­ers at Zuf­fe­nau­sen, Stuttgart and Weis­sach have shown an al­most re­li­gious zeal in ex­per­i­ment­ing, in­no­vat­ing and de­vel­op­ing tech­nolo­gies that ex­tend the per­for­mance car en­ve­lope to new lev­els.

In this spe­cial, 42-page 70th an­niver­sary fea­ture we pay trib­ute to their work and some of Porsche's great­est road cars, past and present. And it's a hel­luva ride.

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