Porsche the beginning
It`s hard to say exactly which is the beginning of Porsche
story. It could be in 1950, when the famous Max Hoffman
introduced the Porsche 356 to the United States. Or in 1948
when the first automobile to bear the name Porsche was introduced.
But in order to understand Porsche’s heritage and its philosophy
we need to go back to 1875, when, in September, at the home
of a tinsmith in the Bohemian village of Haffersdorf, a son was
born. His name was Ferdinand Porsche.
Since his adolescence, Ferdinand Porsche showed glimpses of
technical genius: at the age of 18, he wired family’s home for
electricity in 1893. Still, he didn’t show many signs of disciplined
engineering skills that will eventually become his trademark. Even
if the “Doctor” is usually appended to his name, it is in essence
honorary, since his only formal technical training was as a part-time
engineering student in Vienna.
By the age of 25, the young Ferdinand Porsche had entered the
field of automotive design. His first car design was already
accepted by Lohner & Co. of Vienna. Over the next 20 years,
Ferdinand Porsche, the temperamental but brilliant engineer
succeeded in associating with every major automobile manufacturer
in Germany. At the same time, he designed a dozen of the most
technically significant cars in history.
Working for Mercedes-Benz, he helped develop the most revered
Mercedes-Benz cars of all time: the SSK series. For NSU, he
designed Auto Union Wanderer and the Type 32, a precursor of the
After being dismissed from Mercedes for disagreeing with the firm’s
staid engineering policies, Porsche decided to establish what later
became Porsche A.G.: his own engineering consulting group. In a
small office in Stuttgart, the senior Dr. Porsche gathered a select
group of engineers to work under the dramatic name, “Doctor of
Engineering Ferdinand Porsche, Inc., Construction Facility for Land,
Air, and Sea Transportation.” One of his employees was his youthful
son, Ferry. His primary interest was one that any young man might
select: sports and racing cars
The senior Dr. Porsche and his team were kept extremely busy. The
consulting firm developed for Steyr (now the utility-vehicle wing of the
Steyr- Daimler-Puch combine), the Austria luxury sedan, but it did not
progress beyond the prototype stage. They worked a lot for Auto
Union, now Audi: the company developed the Front, the world’s first
front-drive economy car. They astonished Auto Union with the mid-engine
Grand Prix cars and their supercharged V-12 and V-16 engines
which, together with Mercedes- Benz racers, dominated European auto
racing for nearly a decade.
After that, the firm created its best-known designs for NSU and Zundapp.
The pair of prototypes was characterized by Dr. Porsche’s patented
torsion-bar suspension and a rear-mounted engine. Since neither
company moved rapidly enough to manufacture the designs, Porsche
sold the concept to the German government. Then, he oversaw the
construction of a plant on Wolfsburg to manufacture the design. His
drawings called the car the Type 60. The world came to know it as the
After the second World War, the Porsche Company started to create vehicles
that beard its name, and so became knows world wide. Now, nearly a
century later, Porsche became the marque and the family that created
outstanding, often unique and surely lasting contributions to automotive
engineering and design.
The Porsche 356 is the first Porsche production automobile
and it was sold from 1948 through 1965. Although many
consider Porsche 64 as being the first automobile produced
by the German company, the 64 was never mass-produced
and it was only a drivable test-mule. The 364 was created by
Ferdinand Porsche and his son, Ferry Porsche, designed by
Erwin Komenda and its engine features derived from the
Volkswagen Beetle, deigned by Mr. Porsche Senior.
The models available were initially coupe, cabriolet (luxury
convertible) and then roadster (a stripped down convertible).
Before being withdrawn in 1965, it went through several
changes. The most desirable versions were 356 “Carrera”
(often sold for well over $150,000), “Super 90” and “Speedster”.
In the late 50`s, the original selling price for a Porsche was
In 1954, Max Hoffman, the only importer of Porsches into
United States needed a lower cost, racier version for the
American marker. Therefore, the company created 356
“Speedster” that became a instant hit thanks to the low, raked
windshield (easily removable for weekend racing), bucket seats,
and minimal folding top. These days, this car is still very
appreciated as it is sold for over $100,000 and it has been used
in several films, including 48 Hours, its sequel – Another 48
Hours and Top Gun. In 1957, the production of Speedster
peaked at 1,171 cars. In 1959 it was replaced by the Convertible
D model, which featured a taller, more practical windshield,
glass side windows, and more comfortable seats.
Year after year, the basic shape of Porsche 356 remained the
same and was easily recognized and remarked, even though
changes were made, especially in the mechanical area. Coupe
and cabriolet models were produced every year up to 1965,
with the last 356B Roadster built in early 1963. The final model
build was 356 C that featured disc brakes and the most
powerful pushrod engine Porsche so far: the 95HP “SC”.
In the year that Porsche launched 911, 1964, Porsche 356 production
peaked at 14,151 cars. Still, the company continued to sell the
356C in North America through the end of 1965 as a lower-cost
vehicle. When the customers complained the price for 911 was
too high (almost twice the price of the 356), Porsche started
producing the 912, using the 356 engine. The 912model was
sold between 1965 and 1969.
56 years after the beginning of the production, Sports Car
International named 356C number ten on the list of Top Sports
cars of the 60`s. Today, the 356 is a respected car among the
collectors, as it stood the test of time. Worldwide, thousands of
356 owners maintain the tradition, preserving their cars and
driving them regularly.
Porsche 968 is basically the successor of the Porsche 944.
It has a low nose and wide wheel arches that helps accentuating
the beautiful lines of this classic shape that in a Porsche Guards
Red is a real head turner. It has also the classic GT front engine,
rear wheel drive layout with the added advantage of a rear transaxle
giving almost perfect weight distribution.
Instead of the hidden headlights of the 944, the 968 has visible
pop up headlights, similar to the Porsche 928. This brings the
look of the car inline with the new Porsche 997-911. This change
has also a practical advantage: the headlights can be washed
along with the rest of the car instead of having to pop them up to
As for the interior, it remains the same as produced in the 944,
keeping the famous “oval dash”. The designers used the same
robust materials which have given all Porsche owners many years
of trouble free motoring.
The exterior has a few differences: the door mirrors have
been streamlined with the tear drop effect and the wheels
have 5 spoke Cup design alloys. The rear bumper is more
blended and with integral rear light clusters, making it almost
indistinguishable from the bodywork. All these bodywork changes
made the 968 look a lot like the 928, and added the engine heritage,
some people have referred to it as “the daughter of 928”.
The engine is a version of the one first used on the 944 S2: it is a
4 cylinder, 3 liter, 16 valve unit. And they added VarioCam for
optimum power throughout the speed range. It has 240 HP
at 6200 rpm and a torque of 305 Nm at 4100 rpm, given by the
improved combustion chamber and inlet manifold design. At the
time of production, it was a remarkable engine, having the highest
displacement per cylinder of any car engine and also the highest
torque output of any unblown 3 liter engine. Clearly, the result of
Porsches investment in this engine paid off.
The rear-mounted gearbox is a 6-speed manual or 4 speed tiptronic.
It is the first ever mounted on a production car. The chassis has
almost perfect weight distribution and very stiff characteristics.
Usually, most cars start to fail when it comes to breaks and the
reason is that it doesn’t matter how fast the car is in a straight
line if you can’t take a bend (turn) at the right safe speed. But Porsche
brakes have always been the envy of most road sports car
manufacturers. You will notice little or no or no discernable fatigue
even under harsh use of Porsche 968. ABS adds even more
safety to the already excellent braking system. Also, what makes
the brakes so effective is that the wheels themselves are designed
to prevent the tire from coming off the rim in the event of a sudden pressure
Many consider the Porsche 64 (also known as the VW Aerocoupe,
Type 64 and Type 64K10) as being the first automobile by
Porsche. It was built mainly from parts from the Model 64 VW
Beetle and there comes the model number. Its flat-four engine
produced 50 bhp and gave a top speed of 160 km/h.
Porsche Burro designed the body after wind tunnel tests made
for the Type 114, a V10 sports car that was never produced.
Dr. Porsche wanted to enter the car in the 1939 Berlin-Rome
race. The bodywork company Reutter built three cars in
shaped aluminium. Out of the three, one was crashed in the
early World War II by a Kraft durch Freude (Volkswagen)
bureaucrat. The two remaining were used by the Porsche
family. Later on, they put one of them in the storage and used
only one. In May 1945 American troops discovered the one
put in storage, cut the roof off and used it for joyriding for a few
weeks until the engine gave up and it was scrapped. Pinin
Farina restored the remaining Porsche 64 in 1947, as it was
owned and driven by Ferry Porsche. In 1949, the Austrian racer
Otto Matte bought it and won the Alpine Rally in 1950 in it.
The Story Of Porsche Automobiles
The story of Porsche could begin in 1950 with the introduction of the Porsche 356 to the United States by Max Hoffman. It could begin in 1948, when the first auto bearing the name of Porsche came out. However, to get a real grip on the heritage of Porsche, you must go back as far as 1875. In September of that year, Ferdinand Porsche was born in the bohemian village of Haffersdorf.
Ferdinand Porsche showed indications of his technical genius at the age of 18 when he wired the family home for electricity. His only formal education was received when he was a part-time engineering student in Vienna, although the title ‘Doctor’ is often appended to his name. By the time he was 25, Porsche had gone into automotive design. The Viennese firm of Loyner & Co. accepted his first car design. Over the next twenty years, he successfully associated himself with every major car manufacturer in Germany, and he designed about a dozen of the most technically important automobiles in history at the same time.
When he worked for Mercedes-Benz, he helped to create the SSK series, while for NSU, he designed the Auto Union Wandered and the Type 32, which as an ancestor of the Volkswagen Beetle. His disagreements with Mercedes-Benz over the company’s engineering policies prompted him to establish his own engineering group, which became Porsche A.G. He collected a premier group of engineers to work under the name of “Doctor of Engineering Ferdinand Porsche, Inc. Construction Facility for Land, Air, and Sea Transportation” in Stuttgart. His son, Ferry, was one of his employees, and his major interest was in sport and racing cars.
The elder Porsche and his engineers were busy. They developed for Steyr, a luxury sedan in Austria, but this vehicle did not make it out of the prototype stage. They also worked for Auto Union, which is now Audi, the firm that created the Front, the first front-drive economy car in the world. They also created the mid-engine Grand Prix cars and supercharged V-12 and V-16 engines. These, along with the racers from Mercedes-Benz, dominated European auto racetracks for almost ten years.
The company created its most well-known designs for NSU and Zundapp. Prototypes were characterized by Porsche’s torsion-bar suspension and rear-mounted engine. Neither of the firms manufactured the designs, so Porsche sold the idea to the German government. He then provided the oversight on the construction of a plant in Wolfsburg to build the design. He called it the Type 60, but the world knows it as the Volkswagen Beetle.
After World War II, the Porsche Company began to create the vehicles that now bear the name of Porsche. Almost one hundred years later, Porsche became the marque, and the family that developed the unique and lasting contributions to automotive design and engineering has gone down in history.
The Porsche® Tradition Of Quality Performance
Since the introduction of the Porsche 365® in 1948(1), Porsche has enjoyed a proud tradition of quality production and a reputation for high performance, as well as lasting reliability. In addition to its continued financial success, Porsche plays a leading role in the automotive industry by offering consulting services to other auto manufacturers. Its amazing performance in various races such as the Carrera Panamerica and Targa Florio, has certainly helped create and maintain the reputation that Porsche now enjoys.
Because of the continued popularity of the Porsche, parts and accessories are made by a number of aftermarket and OEM parts suppliers. What’s more is that these aftermarket and OEM products tend to have a certain level of quality akin to that of Porsche. Wheels, car covers, and floor mats for Porsche come from a number of quality aftermarket part and accessory manufacturers like Wheelskins, Coverking, and Lloyd. Floor mats come in different shapes and sizes and can be custom ordered to include the Porsche emblem. Coverking, known for its fine crafted car covers, offers Porsche owners a variety of customization options.
The broad range of aftermarket performance parts available to Porsche owners is also rather impressive. Many suspension options from racing standards such as Bilstein and H&R allow for better handling, increased tire performance and longer intervals between tire swap-outs. Technological advances in chip design from Powerchip and Unichip provide increased horsepower range with increased fuel economy. Freer exhaust flow from companies such as Danske, Borla, and Billy Boat Exhaust supplements chip design and increase the power range while maintaining legal ranges of emitted exhaust.
What’s more, is that this line of quality parts and accessories are available for your Porsche, whether you own a Porsche 911®, Boxster®, Cayenne®, and of course, the highly anticipated Porsche Cayman®. In fact, parts and accessories are already available for the newly introduced Cayman from companies like Performance Products®.
(1)Some consider the first Porsche to be the Porsche 64®, created in 1938, while others believe that the Porsche 64 was in fact a VW, and that the 356 was the first true Porsche.
Mille Miglia Vintage Car Race Entry: The Famous Car Race in Italy
Race car driving has long been a passion for men. As history tells us, competition sports has been done since time immemorial and the opportunity that these fast machines has provided to go the next step in racing has been widely embraced by both the drivers and the spectators.
In the start of the 1900’s barely a decade after the First World War was finished, Italy developed its own open road endurance dubbed as the Mille Miglia, or in English the Thousand Miles. The first race was done in March of 1927 and the Italians swept the first three places.
Other European nations joined the Mille Miglia and it would take 4 years before a non-Italian driver won the coveted trophy. For more than a decade, the races became the marquee for endurance races in Europe. Many European developed cars joined the races to show their supremacy in car manufacturing.
Many cars though did not survive the ordeal and some racers didn’t even get to finish the race. But they were still magnificent race cars that were the epitome of sports cars then. Due to some accidents that killed their drivers, maimed their vehicles and also killed some spectators, the races were discontinued for a while.
The Mille Miglia races soon were resurrected after a three year hiatus during the war era. More cars from different European countries joined but it was still the Italians who dominated the events. But the races were discontinued after ten years as more accidents happened.
Today, the Mille Miglia is best remembered for the competition that took place and the prestige it gave those that came out on top. For vintage car enthusiasts though, it was the vintage race car entries that captures their fancy.
Each and every Mille Miglia vintage car race entry that competed in the race were machines that were superior in that era. Each of them had a distinct advantage over the other and those were the sports cars that people coveted then. Presently though, some people still would like to get their hands on these mechanical beauties, not to race them, but to restore them and to show to others, sharing a part of a historical mark in automotive racing.
Each Mille Miglia vintage car race entry was generally European automotive brands. In the first ever race; it was the Italian brand Om that took the first three spots. Other notable marques were Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Maserati, Moss and numerous others.
Many of these brand names still exist today and are known for their super cars that exceeds the normal capabilities of other everyday vehicles. For a selected group of car buffs, it is the vintage race cars of these well-known brands that they are after.
Fortunately though, there are still some of these vintage race cars that exist today. And the fact that they have joined the Mille Miglia gives them a distinct aura from the others even with the same brand, make and model. As a Mille Miglia vintage car race entry they can proudly wear this honor as a badge and this makes them more priceless.
If you are in the market for a Mille Miglia vintage car race entry, scouring the internet would be your best choice. You will certainly find websites that can offer you these vintage race cars, or you may at least find information where to find them.
Porsche Buying Tips – Things You Should Know
There are several key Porsche buying tips that you should know. When you decide to purchase this “must have” vehicle, know the difference between leasing and buying. Although there are advantages to them both, you must be aware of the distinctive characteristics in order to appropriately make your final decision. Because each individual exhibit contracting habits and interests, it is necessary to be prepared when obtaining ownership of such nostalgic vehicles. For instance, if you are one that enjoys driving a new car every 2 to 3 years, it would probably benefit you more to lease. On the other hand, if you are one that enjoys creating your own customizations or accumulate excessive mileage, you may want to purchase the Porsche.
Certainly, leasing a Porsche will offer you freedom. You would have not made any long- term commitments. You are essentially renting, therefore the total cash expenditure is much less. Additionally, monthly lease payments are generally less than purchase payments. Subsequently, you are able to drive a more expensive vehicle, hence the stimulating Porsche. A vehicle that is usually $500- $600 monthly to buy, may costs $450 monthly to lease. If you decide to lease a Porsche, you will not be responsible for major repair and/or maintenance issues that inevitably occur as the car ages. When you lease the car, it will typically be under factory warranty for the duration of the lease. Furthermore, many lease contracts provide additional provisions that address routine maintenance, such as oil changes.
During the time that you are considering a Porsche, one of the key buying tips that you should know is satisfaction. You will gain the comfort of knowing that the car will be eventually paid for and the classic will be your free transportation. More so, once you own the vehicle, you would have built impressive value. The Porsche does depreciate through the years, yet it will always maintain some value which can be used as a trade- in or sold privately for the car’s current value. Furthermore, if you purchase the Porsche, you will have full control over mileage. Contrarily, the leasing agreement specifies its limitations and also includes penalties for passing the limits. Buying your Porsche allows you to make any changes to fit your interests that may even increase the value. Coincidently, buying a Porsche can be beneficial with proper care for at least 8 to 10 years and 100,000- plus miles.
Test driving a Porsche is extremely imperative. Undoubtedly, you will be attracted by the combination of styling, features, price and image, but all that adds up to be is a potentially beneficial purchase. A Porsche buying tip is to also test drive the dealership. Be aware of the Porsche dealership reputation. Also, be intuitive to your immediate impression of the sales staff. Upon visiting the dealership, expect to spend at least 20 minutes with the vehicle that you are considering. When you physically test drive the car, include the freeway as well as rough surface streets. This test drive is important in that it will determine some major factors to assist with your final decision. Bottom line, trust your gut feeling. The more time you spend with the car of your dreams and making your decision, you are sure to bank on riding quality.
Financial options are actually available to you during this process. It is imperative that you are aware of your budget in order to receive affordable monthly payments. Most lenders require a 20% down payment which will assist with obtaining low monthly payments, however there are some lenders that don’t require a down payment at all. Maintenance and repair costs may be kept at a minimum if you were to maintain regular service checkups as required by warranty. You may even obtain a vehicle service agreement with the Porsche dealer. Your goal, rather leasing or buying, new or used should be to obtain quality and personal satisfaction
Jaguar XKR: The Beauty of the Beast
Luxury Autos: The dynamic duality of the 2007 Jaguar XKR is absolutely breathtaking. While its presence is magnificent, its performance is equally exhilarating. The vehicle comes directly down the middle of the road and scores colossally on both sides of the track. The XKR lives up to its pedigree of refinement, yet offers no apologies for its unbridled ferocity. This is a luxuriant well-muscled car that packs an exceptionally powerful bite. It is clearly capable of tussling with the “big cats” of this upper-echelon marketplace.
This Jaguar’s roar is not subtle. Powered by a six-speed, sequential-shifting ZF automatic transmission with paddle shifts, the XKR’s 4.2-liter DOHC supercharged V8 engine growls exuberantly. It boasts 420 horsepower, which is 120 more than the XK models. The ZF transmission allows drivers to choose standard drive, sports drive, or full-manual control. With its solid-body, all-aluminum construction, the 2007 XKR sets light on its 19-inch standard aluminum-alloy wheels. The recalibrated CATS suspension is stiffer with firmer springs and dampers. Standard DSC and traction control also contribute to a smooth, stable ride at all speeds. Fortunately, the disc brakes also were upgraded to match the XKR’s extra power.
Its exterior lines define the XKR’s over-the top essence. From the front and centered “R” in the aluminum-mesh grill to the hood louvers to the chrome side-vent trim to the jutting chrome quad tailpipes and perfectly shaped wide rear fascia, it is both brutish and chic. Coupe and convertible Jaguar XKR models are available.
The XKR’s cabin is plush with supple soft grain leather. The dashboard trim comes in burl walnut, poplar or aluminum. The round instrumentation is centered ideally for the driver along with a digital message center. There also is a seven-inch touch screen in the center stack that accesses or provides audio, climate, and navigational info. The heated sport seats, which are powered 10 ways, provide extra lateral support.
MotorWeek named it a co-winner of the Driver’s Choice Award for Best Dream Machine along with the Ferrari 559 GTB Fiorana and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Although being placed among such great cars is truly flattering and complimentary, the 2007 Jaguar XKR’s alluring appeal is peerless.
Automotive – Tvr
The TVR brand name and image is one of the most typically British of all time. The name and sight of the vehicles inspire thoughts of theatre, passion and excitement. For the past sixty years TVR have produced performance sports cars that have been amongst the worlds most revered and powerful. The cars produced are iconic and distinctive and have ensured TVR are at the forefront of car aficionados minds when the performance vehicles are discussed.
The current model range from TVR includes three vehicles. The new Sagaris, the Tuscan S and the Tuscan S Convertible. All three of these cars are prime examples of TVR’s ability to marry style and sophistication. The Sagaris uses dramatic lines and sweeps to make it the ultimate racing car for the open road. The new Sagaris is as powerful and performs as well as it looks like it should. The Tuscan S is a mark II model and the latest incarnation of the legendary TVR. Again it couples dramatic design with powerful performance to ensure anyone who uses the Tuscan S will have a drive to remember. The Tuscan S Convertible combines the Tuscan’s already memorable driving experience with the unbridled exhilaration of driving a convertible sports car. This said, the Tuscan S Convertible is not merely a coupe with the roof removed. The functionality of the car has been completely redesigned to ensure a brand new driving experience.
One of the most famous TVR’s of all time is the TVR Chimaera. This car combined raw power with the all the famous looks of a classic sports car. Some critics describe the TVR Chimaera as being all brawn and no brains, with a very loud engine and that it can at times be difficult to handle. This car has been described as offering what can only be called a proper driving experience!
Although TVR has been and still is an iconic name in the world of sports cars and the brand has many fans throughout the world there are and have been some questions over build quality which has affected the company’s reputation. Poor build quality has hindered the company for a long time and is probably the main reason as to why TVR has not seen the same level of commercial success as its rivals at Porsche and Ferrari. Unreliability issues have sometimes outweighed the advantages of the TVR range which include the fact it sounds great, drives great and looks exceptional and led to consumers, however sentimental, choosing more reliable and slightly less romantic options when deciding upon their sports car.
Two major advantages of choosing to purchase a TVR are the performance and the low depreciation rate. Some TVR’s have been measured at doing 0 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds. This statistic is one of the most impressive in the performance car field and is a major selling point. The fact that TVR’s are relatively rare cars means that they do not depreciate at the rate of some of their rivals which also makes them desirable.
TVR has a reputation for great looking cars, and for having a strong following amongst sports car enthusiasts. Although let down by reliability issues there is no substitute for the romance and passion generated by seeing, hearing and driving one of these British cars.