Luxury cars have a hefty price tag that not everyone can afford but those who can get their money’s worth. Luxury sports cars often offer a wide array of customizations options to car owners to make the vehicle their own. The customizations add to the price of the vehicle and can also impose limitations especially when the owner wants to sell. As these vehicles are equipped with a high-performance engine, they come with pricey running costs. Similarly, the vehicles make use of expensive machinery and technology which will add to the maintenance bill. But those who can afford an expensive ride such as a Porsche are most likely not concerned about budget and resale price.
One of the popular luxury sports car brands is Porsche which is a brand of choice for many car enthusiasts including celebrities like Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld. For years, Porsche has launched cars that have left their mark with impeccable performance and racetrack success.
This model had two versions with the earlier version called pre-A models. The manufacturer introduced the vehicle in 1948, and until 1955 the vehicle was called Porsche 356. This two-door round and sleek coupe offered fantastic aerodynamic and was equipped with a rear engine. In 1955, the coupe was upgraded to Porsche 356A. It was not an ordinary upgrade but one that was groundbreaking for the Porsche lineage. The upgrade included a 1500cc four-cam Carrera engine that could produce 100 horsepower. The model also had the most significant suspension upgrade redefining handling for Porsche cars. This suspension was used in models up until 1965. All in all, Porsche 365A proved to be a gamechanger for the brand.
There are some cars that make history as they are associated with a known personality, as was the case of the Porsche 550 Spyder. It was the car that James Dean died in, additionally, the vehicle also managed to beat other race cars in the 1950s. The popularity of 550 Spyder was later inherited by Porsche 718. This car became famous for winning races in the ‘60s. Although it could only produce 142 horsepower, compared to the standards back in the day it was revolutionary. The vehicle was equipped with a four-cylinder flat engine that was Porsche’s signature for a generation.
The Porsche 904 was officially known as Carrera GTS by car enthusiasts. The vehicle was launched in 1964 and only lasted a year. It was replaced by a better car by the brand namely Porsche 911. Whether the vehicle was worth staying in the running longer or not is a debate for the car enthusiasts, but it most certainly was the alpha for all Porsche cars that won on racetracks.
Porsche 1967 911 S Coupe
In 1964 Porsche 911 took over Porsche 901 and then came several models of high-performance race cars, experiments, and one-offs. One of the best versions of Porsche 911 was its 1967 Porsche 911 S Coupe. The vehicle exuded fascinating aesthetics that made heads turn with its grand exterior design. This model was powerful and robust, and this was the start of the Porsche 911 as a race-inspired car.
Porsche 936 Spyder
The Porsche Spyder may not have impressed in terms of design, but it did outshine on the racetracks. It won a series of international events soaring its success rate in the late ‘70s. Equipped with a flat-six engine, the vehicle could maintain a top speed of 224 mph. The design of the vehicle assured efficient aerodynamics and power during the drive.
This upgraded model of Porsche 935 joined the racing league in 1978 and left an impact. Also known as Moby Dick, the vehicle had an exaggerated rear tail that made it stand out. The top speed of the car was over 220 mph, and the maximum brake horsepower was 850. This was the last Porsche 935 made and it was arguably the best one. The vehicle was later placed at the Porsche Museum.
Porsche 924 Carrera GT
This supercar was launched before we got the 2000 supercars as it was introduced in 1976 as an entry-level model. The Porsche 924 Carrera GT is not a memorable car, but it was inspired by the Porsche 924. The vehicle was originally designed for Volkswagen and sported a four-cylinder VW engine. The performance attributes could not justify the high price tag of $9,000. Later the manufacturer upgraded the engine to a turbo and modified it for the racetrack. The upgrade was the 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT which remains one of the coolest models of the early ‘80s by Porsche. There were only 406 units made by the manufacturer.
Porsche 944 Turbo
This vehicle was part of the Porsche 924 legacy which was unveiled in 1985 but it was from the lineage of the limited edition 1981 Porsche 924 GTP Le Mans. The modified and upgraded model of 924 improved the vehicle’s performance on the racetrack, fuel economy, strong engineering, and reliability. By 1985, the Porsche 924 had evolved into Porsche 944 Turbo which was one of the bestselling models ever by Porsche.
The all-wheel-drive norm set in sports cars today dates back all the way to 1987 with the launch of the Porsche 959. In terms of appearance, the vehicle was low-key, but it was the most technologically advanced and fastest car produced for streets. Having an all-wheel drive was a new concept back then but Porsche 959 proved it to be an ingenious one. The 0-60 mph acceleration of the vehicle was in 3.6 seconds which became the standard for supercars and remains relevant even 30 years later.
These are some of the most iconic vehicles that the manufacturer has manufactured over the years. Each has garnered popularity owing to a variety of attributes that elevated the driving experience of the vehicle. If you are a luxury car enthusiast looking for a suitable vehicle, you can consider purchasing one of the above-mentioned used vehicles.