Porsche's Greatest Hits
Those Porsche chaps in Stuttgart know a thing or two about sports cars. From the late ‘50s right up to today, they’ve been making beautifully crafted and occasionally unhinged fast motors that push the boundaries of automotive engineering and – more importantly – look cool doing it. Most of them have actually become better looking over time. Although there have been are far too many variations of Porsche cars over the years to be able to list them all, these are FHM’s favourites, based entirely on a carefully calculated street-cool factor that is patented in 57 countries and made up in all of them. When you finally land that One Crore win, this is your shopping list for the ultimate FHM Porsche garage. Just invite us round when you’re ready to take them for a spin.
ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES 356
1948 - 1965
The first Porsche arrived in 1948 and was a little revolution. Styled with art deco curves, the 356 was created by the man responsible for the VW Beetle, but Porsche swiftly made the car all it's own. Replaced by the 911.
Number Built 77,776
Price At Launch Rs. 1,54,728
Value Now Rs. 67,20,000 for a mint one
Engine Rear-mounted, air-cooled 1.5 litres flat four, 60 bhp
Stats 0-60: 15.3 sec / Top: 105 mph
What does it say about you: Who needs speed when you can arrive in timeless style?
1987 - 1988
Created as a rally car with a road-going spin-off, the 959 was considered the most advanced car of its day. Essentially a 911 on steroids, the subtle curves of the original were carved into brutal square haunches. It went like stink and a version even competed in the Paris-Dakar Rally.
Number Built 329
Price At Launch Rs. 1,30,42,344
Value Now Rs. 4,03,20,000
Engine Rear-mounted, twin-turbocharged 2.8 litre flat six, 450 bhp
Stats 0-60: 3.7 sec / Top: 196 mph
What does it says about you: You have exquisite taste. Well done, sir.
MR PERFECT 944
1989 - 1993
Built as a replacement for the rather “meh” 924, the 944 was powerful, modern, luxurious and is still staggeringly handsome to look at. It was revised many times but the S2 and Turbo S models are prized. There are loads listed on Pistonheads.com worth looking at.
Number Built 16,332
Price At Launch Rs. 26,29,536
Value Now Rs. 3,36,000+
Engine Front-engined 3.0 litre in-line four, 211 bhp
Stats 0-60: 6.9sec / Top: 149 mph
What does it says about you: You’re a practical man and comfortable with a bit of ’80s retro cool.
THE MUTANT PORSCHE 914
1969 - 1976
When is a Porsche not a Porsche? When it’s a collaboration with VW. This fun little two-seater fella is a sports car of the old-school British style and a very odd-looking thing for a Porsche. This is fun of the weird 1960s variety. Far out.
Number Built 118,978
Price At Launch Rs. 2,91,900
Value Now Rs. 8,40,000
Engine Mid-engined, air-cooled 1.7 litres flat four, 80 bhp
Stats 0-60: 12.8 sec / Top: 110 mph
What does it says about you: You want crazy fun, with all the girls getting crazy, ya?