The Porsche history

A string of legendary road and race cars has borne the name of Ferdinand Porsche, one of the 20th century’s finest automotive engineers. The marque he founded has been synonymous with performance cars since the 1950s, and its most famous product, the Porsche 911, has been a sports-car icon for…

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Rinspeed X Trem 1999

Strictly-speaking, the Rinspeed X Trem is a pickup truck rather than a car. But an open twoseater with an on-board hovercraft would always be a vehicle that transcended boundaries. Rinspeed X Trem 1999 YEAR REVEALED  1999 PLACE OF ORIGIN  Zumikon, Switzerland HISTORICAL STATUS  prototype ENGINE  V8-cylinder, 332ci (5,439cc) MAXIMUM POWER  347bhp LAYOUT  front-mounted engine driving all four wheels…

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Renault Zoom 1992

The chaotic free-for-all that is parking in Paris has often provided inspiration to French car designers. In the 1950s, for example, the little Reyonnah tandem car had wheels on outriggers that could be folded inward so it could occupy parking spaces little wider than a motorbike’s. Renault Zoom 1992 YEAR REVEALED  1992 PLACE…

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Mercedes Benz F300 Life Jet 1997

Carmakers have long shunned the idea of offering three-wheeled cars to their customers. Motorcycle manufacturers never promote anything that detracts from pure, two-wheeled excitement. Mercedes Benz F300 Life Jet 1997 YEAR REVEALED  1997 PLACE OF ORIGIN  Stuttgart, Germany HISTORICAL STATUS  prototype ENGINE  four-cylinder, 98ci (1,598cc) MAXIMUM POWER  102bhp LAYOUT  rear-mounted engine driving the rear wheel BODYWORK  two-canopy-door,…

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Mercedes Benz F 100 1991

Since the 1950s, Mercedes-Benz cars had tended toward costliness, but the upside for buyers-aside from fastidious build quality-was a reassuring cocktail of safety and innovation. Mercedes Benz F-100 1991 YEAR REVEALED  1991 PLACE OF ORIGIN  Stuttgart, Germany HISTORICAL STATUS  prototype ENGINE  six-cylinder, 158ci (2,597cc) MAXIMUM POWER  194bhp LAYOUT  front-mounted engine driving the front wheels BODYWORK  four-door, five-seater station wagon…

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McLaren F1 1992

Gordon Murray enjoyed the rare privilege of building a pure supercar, no-expensespared, with the McLaren F1. The ultimate roadgoing machine of its day, it remained the world’s fastest production car for ten years. McLaren F1 1992 YEAR REVEALED  1992 PLACE OF ORIGIN  Woking, Surrey, UK HISTORICAL STATUS  production car ENGINE  V12-cylinder, 370ci (6,064cc) MAXIMUM POWER  627bhp LAYOUT  mid-mounted…

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MCC Smart 1998

The iconic Smart city car has its genesis in watchmaking rather than the automotive world, because the “father” of Smart was Hungarian-born entrepreneur Nicolas Hayek, creator of the cheap and trendy Swatch timepiece credited with reinvigorating Switzerland’s watch industry. MCC Smart 1998 YEAR REVEALED  1998 PLACE OF ORIGIN  Renningen, Germany, and Hambach, France HISTORICAL STATUS  production…

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Mazda MX-5 1989–97

The original MX-5 of 1989, also called the Miata, was a smart mix of all that was best in the classic 1960s sports cars. The difference was that it used cutting-edge technology, from its all-wishbone suspension to its fuel-injected, 16-valve, twin-cam engine. The MX-5 was the product of a rigorous…

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Hobbycar 1992

This car brought the amphibious concept right up-to-date in 1992 in a vehicle bristling with novel design touches. It made a real splash on a spectacular stand at the Paris Motor Show that year. Hobbycar 1992 YEAR REVEALED  1992 PLACE OF ORIGIN  Thenay, Loire, France HISTORICAL STATUS  production car ENGINE  four-cylinder, 116ci (1,905cc) MAXIMUM…

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General Motors EV1 1996

Across America, evidence that the EV1 was once the most forward-thinking car on sale is elusive; none are owned by private drivers, and even the few EV1s displayed in museums and institutes cannot function. General Motors EV1 1996 YEAR REVEALED  1996 PLACE OF ORIGIN  Lansing, Michigan HISTORICAL STATUS  production car ENGINE  electric motor MAXIMUM POWER  137bhp equivalent…

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