The Porsche 911 is celebrating its 50th birthday this September 2013. The celebration would not be complete without a couple of well-wishers. On the 911’s part, a number of well-wishers are sending their birthday greetings, including MINI – maker of the classic Mini. Both the 911 and the Mini were considered as captivating works of art both reluctant to forsake the liveliness of youth.
At first glimpse, what you may notice are the basic differences between the Porsche 911 and the Mini. For instance, the Mini’s engine is at the front while the 911’s is at the rear. However, both vehicle models have achieved a cult status, after gaining quite a number of followers and enthusiasts. Both models are also known for one distinct attribute – speed.
By the end of 1950s, the Mini was selling as fast as hot cakes, thanks to its overwhelming appeal as a vehicle of speed. The 911 was produced as the successor to the Porsche 356, but it was able to gain a name of its own thanks to its speed on the road.
Notably, the Porsche 911 was able to survive the test of time. Now in its seventh generation, the 911 continues to appeal to young individuals through its speedy attribute.
Even after seven generations, the Porsche 911 retains a number of physical and spiritual attributes that turned it into a global icon. As a trivia, the Porsche 911 was initially dubbed as the Porsche 901 when it was first rolled out in 1963.
But the rights to using a zero in the middle of a three-digit car designation already belonged to Peugeot. As an alternative, Porsche decided to rename the 901 a year later, to 911, replacing the “zero” with “one.”
Interestingly, the 911 remains the best-selling nameplate within its segment, with over 800,000 units sold in its 50 years of existence. P.S. Also check the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition! [source: MINI]