Do you know of any sports cars that have been produced continuously over several decades, in line with the initial concept, with successive generations and countless improvements? The Porsche 911 (1963), the Ford Mustang (1964) and the Chevrolet Camaro (1966) are all examples, but they all add at least a decade to the reign of America's oldest sports car.
Presented in October 1984 at the Paris Motor Show where it caused a sensation, the Ferrari Testarossa is now a "classic". Despite its age, it remains a very impressive car.
So beautiful, in fact, that it's considered a milestone of automotive design, and has entered the collections of one of the world's leading contemporary art museums. So daring, that Enzo Ferrari himself, usually so silent, is said to have commented glowingly on its release. So desirable, that those who haven't had the chance to drive it invent faults for it. So rare, that 77,000 of its various versions were produced.
Porsche's mark on automotive history is one that few manufacturers can claim. A symbol of sportiness, robustness, innovation, passion and dreams, Porsche has spanned the decades, creating some of the most desirable automobiles ever conceived.
The Porsche 911 is the archetypal sports car and its 60-year history is a novel. The first production 911 leaves the assembly line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen on September 14, 1964. It was an entirely new car, powered by a new air-cooled, dry-sump lubricated, 2-liter, 130 hp, 6-cylinder engine with a top speed of 210 km/h. It does not take any elements from its big sister, the 356. The 911 Turbo of series, type 930, is presented at the Paris show 1974...
Investing in classic or prestige cars can be an interesting financial investment, as long as it is made on the right models.