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ac65_1a.jpg (76096 bytes) Autocar, 2 July 1965

 

 

ROAD
IMPRESSIONS

By
BERNARD
CAHIER

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frontal area of the new
model is even smaller
than the previous
356. In the background
is the Chateau de Versailles

 

IN September 1963 the new six-cylinder Porsche was introduced at the Frankfurt Show as the Type 901. However, it was not until last summer that I had a chance to drive a prototype, which impressed me very much with its handling and performance, although the carburation was not right.
More recently, I have been trying one of the first production models whose type number has now been changed to 911. I found it to be a great improvement in every respect. Like all Porsches, it is a rear-engined car using an entirely new overhead cam, aircooled, flat sixcylinder engine. This is a 2-litre with a bore of 80mm and stroke of 66msn. With a compression ratio of 9 to 1, it gives 130 b.h.p. net (150 gross) at 6,100 r.p.m. Maximum torque is l3Olb ft at 4,200 r.p.m. The engine is fed by special triple-barrelled Solex carburettors.
The 911 bears a definite fansily resemblance to other current Porsches, yet its lines are quite different. It looks sharper, with a more square front and rear and has a longer, lower appearance. The slim, wrap-round bumper emphasizes the clean lines. With a wheelbase nearly 5in. longer than the current fourcylinder Porsche (7ft. 3in instead of 6ft. lOin) room has been gained inside, and the 911 can now be called a 2 + 2. I would not say that two people sitting in the back would be very comfortable, but they can sit there. Other comparative dimensions show a gain of more than an inch in overall width and front and rear tracks.
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Handling is neutral with very little body roll. There is not much rear-engine oversteer.

The height is roughly the same at 4ft 4in. With a total overall length of l3ft 6.7in. the new car is ezactly 5in. longer.
A wooden facia with well-placed instruments is topped with padded leather. The fully reclining seats are well designed and comfortable; in the car I drove they were covered with a combination of leather and wool cloth. The wood-rim steering wheel is placed at the right angle and on the steering column are two convenient levers controlling the wipers, turn indicators and headlamp dipper.

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