Porsche History at Your Fingertips

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Having been in the web business for quite a few years now, I don’t often come across a site that surprises me or greatly exceeds my expectations. The Porsche site, however, has…several times. My latest discovery is the huge amount of historical information Porsche has online.

The Porsche History section spans all of the models through the mid-90’s and provides some nice details about each particular year including technical specifications like engine, power, displacement, fuel system, transmission, chassis, dimensions and weight, and performance. The section is broken down by Type Series, then by Model Year. A little writeup on the year for that model type gives you a nice summary and a few highlights from the factory’s perspective. Here’s a sample of one of the pages from the Road Vehicles Section:

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Here’s a link to the Road Vehicles History section: Porsche Road Vehicles History

If racing history is your thing, you can get a nice summary along with some technical specifications of the racing cars coming from Porsche . The history is broken up by year, then further broken down by racing vehicle if more than one was constructed during a particular year. Here’s a sample page from the Porsche Racing History section:

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Here’s a link to the Racing History section: Porsche Racing History

If you’d rather search by car, here’s a link to the Racing Cars section: Porsche Racing Cars

I love looking back at old Porsches and seeing what was “advanced” at that point in time. The same thing happens to me when I sit in an old car. When you stop what you’re doing and look around you, it’s easy to dream for a minute about the places the car has been, the people that have enjoyed the car, what it must have been like to drive the car off the dealer lot when it was brand new, etc. Course, it’s a little more fun to sit in the dreamer’s seat of an old Porsche 356 than a Dodge Dart.

The Porsche history section can provide some informative and fun history entertainment. And for free to boot. Check it out when you have a few minutes or want to learn something about an old Porsche model. Who knows, maybe a new must-have Porsche desire will be born.

[Source: Porsche.com]

Comments

  1. wow ryan this is great information!!! i’ve had a couple of porsche questions to ask you but maybe i can find the answers first before i take up any of your precious time

  2. Wow, that’s a really cool site. As one who knows doink about Porsches, I really need to spend some time reading trough this data.

  3. That is so cool. How many other cars might you be looking for historical info on , Whether to restore or write up about and could find no factory help other than the lengthy process of writing them and they dont archive data.?

    Porsche is proud of their past and that speaks volumes for the future of the marque.

  4. This is a cool spot on their site. Thanks for the info, it is pretty cool to look back at the development of the cars over the years.

  5. @Ryan – nice! haha

    That is really cool that they provide all of that historical info for you. Few, if any, car companies are as proud of their heritage as Porsche and most wouldn’t dream of posting all of their successes – and more importantly – their failures on their website. Really cool stuff.

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