This year, as the seminal 911 celebrates its 50th anniversary, we feel the need to dig into some of its illustrious design history. So here goes.
Behold the 911 precursor: Prototype 754 from 1961. Its designer, F.A. Porsche, would later change the notchback rear-end design to appease his father, Ferry. In 1963, the 901 went into production with a fastback design typical of Porsche, as seen on the earlier 356.
Power came from a 1.9-liter four-cylinder generating 125hp. This engine choice was also changed to a 2.0-liter six cylinder with 130hp for production.