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1951: Company founder Ferdinand Porsche dies on 30 January at the age of 75. With the class victory of a 356 SL at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the young sports car manufacturer Porsche wins international acclaim.

1953: The Porsche 550 Spyder debuts at the Paris Auto Show. Driven by an extremely powerful 4-camshaft engine, the light and agile racecar scores countless international triumphs.

1956: Coinciding with the company’s 25th anniversary celebrations, the 10,000th Porsche 356 leaves the factory. At the Targa Florio the Porsche 550 A Spyder for the first time logs an overall victory.

1960: During its very first racing season, the Porsche 718 RS 60 scores overall victories at the Targa Florio and the 12 Hours of Sebring. In Formula 2, Porsche finishes first, second and third in the 150 Miles of Aintree, Great Britain, with the Type 718/2.

1962: In April, the 50,000th Porsche, a 356 B, rolls off the assembly line. In Weissach, the first segment of the new test grounds becomes operational. In Formula 1, the Porsche 804 wins the French Grand Prix.

911 production starts

1964: The Porsche 911 launched in the previous year as the ‘901’ goes into series production. The Porsche 904 Carrera GTS likewise designed by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche is acclaimed for its exceptional design and outstanding performance.

1965: Presented as the ‘Safety Cabriolet’, the Porsche 911Targa is introduced and enters series production in 1966.

1967: Following the previous year’s success of the Porsche 906 Carrera 6, the Zuffenhausen factory team scores a triple victory with the Porsche 910 at the Targa Florio. For the first time Porsche logs an overall victory in the legendary 1,000-kilometre race on the Nürburgring.

1968: Porsche achieves its first overall victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona with the Type 907-8. The grand successes of the previous year at the 1,000-kilometre race on the Nürburgring and the Targa Florio are repeated. The 911T wins the Monte Carlo Rally.

1969: At the Frankfurt Auto Show, the mid-engine VW-Porsche 914 sports car makes its debut. In addition to the Monte Carlo Rally and the Targa Florio, Porsche for the first time wins the World Championship of Makes with the 908/02 and the new 917.

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Into the 70's and the Oil Crisis

1970: With nine of ten possible victories, Porsche captures its second consecutive World Championship of Makes. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Hans Herrmann and Dickie Attwood chalk up a first overall win in the Porsche 911.

1971: The new Porsche Development Centre in Weissach is inaugurated. In motorsport, Porsche again takes top honours in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Championship of Makes.

1972: Porsche KG goes public under Supervisory Board Chairman Ferry Porsche. As a sporting top-of-line model, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 reaches the market.

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1973: ‘Dr. Ing h.c. F. Porsche AG’ is officially entered in the commercial register. The 911 model range of the ‘G Series’ with safety bumpers is presented. In the Can-Am racing series, the Porsche 917/30 wins with ease.

1974: At the Paris Auto Show during the height of the oil crisis, Porsche presents the 911Turbo – the world’s first production sports car with exhaust turbocharger and pressure regulator.

1975: With the 924, Porsche for the first time produces a front-engine sports car in transaxle configuration. Porsche becomes the first car maker to employ a double-sided galvanising process for body steel.

1976: The Porsche 935 and 936 racecars win the double World Championship in Sports Car and Make rankings.

1977: Conceived as successor to the 911, the Porsche 928 takes new paths in technology and design. Serving as power plant of the luxurious high performance sports car is a light-metal alloy V8 engine. In addition to successfully defending its title in the World Championship of Makes with the Type 935, Porsche once again wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Type 936.

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Into the 70's and the Oil Crisisearly 70's recession, dominating the world of motorsport and into the boom of the 1980's

1981: The Porsche 944 with a 163 hp, 4-cylinder engine rounds out the transaxle model line. In Le Mans an overall victory of the Porsche 936/81 crowns the company’s 50th anniversary.

1982: With the 911 SC Cabriolet, Porsche offers an open version of its sports car classic. With the Types 956/962, Porsche wins five Team, Constructor and Driver World Championships between 1982 and 1989. In all, this racing sports car books no less than six Le Mans victories.

1984: The ‘TAG-Turbo’ Formula 1 power plant built by Porsche celebrates the first of its three World Championships. Besides the World Championship of Makes title, Porsche with the 911 Carrera 4x4 marks its first victory in the Paris–Dakar Rally.

1985: The high-performance, high-tech Porsche 959 is presented at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Shortly thereafter, it wins the Pharaoh’s Rally. In the following year, the 959 is likewise victorious in the Paris–Dakar Rally.

1988: In the 25th anniversary year of the 911, Porsche introduces the newly developed 911 Carrera 4 with all-wheel drive.

1989: The Porsche 911 Carrera appears for the first time with the novel ‘Tiptronic’ automatic gearbox system. Body versions offer a choice of Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa.

The modern era, the 1990's

1991: Porsche becomes the first car maker in Germany to equip all production models with an airbag for driver and front passenger as standard equipment.

1992: Dr Wendelin Wiedeking takes charge as Spokesman of the Executive Board and steers Porsche back onto a success course with a comprehensive turnaround package.

1993: At the Detroit Motor Show, Porsche displays the study for a roadster with boxer mid-engine named the Boxster. The totally revised 911 Carrera premieres at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

1995: With Emission Control System OBD II, the 911 Turbo becomes the world’s lowest-emission production car. In addition to the 911 Carrera 4S, the 911 Targa with power glass roof expands the model range. The Porsche 911 GT2, which can also compete in motorsport, is launched in a limited series.

Porsche Builds Its 1,000,000th Car

July 15, 1996 Porsche today produced its milestone 1,000,000th sports car. On hand for the momentous occasion at Porsche's Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen assembly plant were Professor Ferry Porsche, the honorary chairman of the supervisory board of Porsche AG, and Porsche AG board chairman, Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking. They presented the historic car, a police version of the 285-hp (DIN) Porsche 911, to the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, where it will be utilized by autobahn police.

Porsche AG has a long and proud tradition of designing and producing high-performance vehicles exclusively for the sports car market. The first sports car to carry the Porsche name, the Porsche 356, was built 48 years ago in Austria. A total of 50 examples of this model were constructed before the assembly facility was moved in 1950 to its current location in the suburbs of Stuttgart. For the next 15 years, 77,000 Porsche 356s were completed and delivered to customers in various markets around the world.

Numbering 419,000 units to date, the largest portion of Porsche's million-car total is made up of the 911 and its derivatives. Originally shown at the 1963 Frankfurt motor show, the legendary 911 retains its popularity with the 1996 model lineup of today.

From 1969 to 1975, 118,000 Porsche 914 mid-engine cars were produced before the series was replaced by the 924, Porsche's first front-engine water-cooled model. Including its successors the 944 and 968, this car accounted for 325,000 units over the next 20 years. Like the 914, for capacity reasons these four-cylinder models were nearly all built at the Audi factory in Neckarsulm.

Rounding out Porsche's million-car production total is the prestigious 928. The only sports car of its time to be awarded the accolade of "Car of the Year," the Porsche 928 was sold to 61,000 customers during its 1977 through 1995 manufacturing life.

1997: Under the motto ‘Evolution 911’ a new generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera is presented. For the first time, it is powered by a water-cooled four-valve 6-cylinder horizontally opposed engine. To satisfy high demand, the Boxster is now also produced by Valmet Automotive in Finland.

1998: On 27 March, Ferry Porsche dies at the age of 88. The decision to initiate production of the third series is announced – the Cayenne is on its way. With the 911 GT1, Porsche logs a double victory in Le Mans and can now chalk up a total of 16 overall wins.

1999: With the 911 GT3, Porsche rounds out the 911 series with an exceptionally sporty version. The Boxster S, a higher performance version of the mid-engine roadster, is available. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is presented as a world first.

21st Century

2000: At the Louvre in Paris, Porsche celebrates the world premiere of the highperformance Carrera GT sports car. The ready-for-the-road concept car features a carbon-fibre chassis, as well as a 10-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. In Leipzig construction begins on a new Porsche assembly plant for the multi-purpose Cayenne SUV.

2001: The new 911 GT2 is equipped with the PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake as standard and generates 462 hp. The new generation of the 911 Carrera receives a 3.6-litre engine with variable valve lift. Available as new versions are the 911 Carrera 4S and 911Targa.

2002: Porsche presents its third series: the sporty and off-road Cayenne SUV. The revised Boxster, thanks to VarioCam technology, achieves lower consumption and emission ratings with simultaneous power boost.

2003: Series production of the Porsche Carrera GT starts up in Leipzig. By 2006, a total of 1,270 units of the fast (up to 330 km/h) high-performance sports car are built. In addition to the new Porsche 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS, the 911Turbo Cabriolet and the 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet further expand the product line.

2004: The new generations of the 911 and Boxster sports car series are introduced in both Basic and S versions.

2005: At the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Porsche Cayman S with 6-cylinder boxer mid-engine is presented for the first time. Additionally, the model range is extended with the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S in Coupé and Cabriolet versions. Porsche becomes the largest Volkswagen shareholder. In Zuffenhausen, construction begins on the new Porsche Museum.

2006: Alongside the new 911 GT3, the 521 hp Cayenne Turbo S marks a new power peak. In Geneva, the new 911 Turbo with Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) is introduced. The Cayman with 245 hp rounds out the model range. Further new entries are the 911 GT3 RS and the 911Targa 4 models. In the American Le Mans series, the Porsche RS Spyder prototype achieves a championship victory in the LMP2 class. Expansion of production facilities begins in Leipzig. There assembly of the Panamera, commences in 2009.

2008: The all new top of the range Porsche 911 (997) GT2 hits the consumer markets, a car that laps the Nurburgring Nordschleife faster than the last Uber Porsche the Carrera GT of only 5 years earlier. With an expansion of the model range due, with a 4 door model, a smaller version of the Cayenne and Hybrid technology, the future is bright, the future is indeed Porsche.

2009:The latest generation Porsche 911 Range is launched, featuring all new fuel and environment efficient Direct Fuel Injection engines and the all new PDK Automatic gearbox.

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2011:The story continues with the all new 991 Generation of 911 launched.