In the second half of the fifties, the Porsche 356 began to feel the weight of its years and the management of the German company began to contemplate its replacement.
The Porsche 356 ( Photo Credits : www.wikimediacommons.org
This time the new vehicle had to be completely original and stopping the reuse of Volkswagen Beatle's components.
Butzi Porsche, designer of T7 ( Photo Credits : www.media-redlive.s3.amazonaws.com )
For the design of the new car, Ferry Porsche took care of the technical part, while giving the goal of stylistic innovation to his son Butzi. The guidelines involved the maintenance of the technical-stylistic approach of the 356, with the air-cooled boxer engine and mounted on the back, but with enough space to accommodate 4 people.
The 2.0 engine ( Photo Credits : www.gtplanet.net )
The mass production of such a car would have allowed Porsche to enter the Gran Turismo market by offering a vehicle at an extremely competitive price.
The T7 shortly after its assembly ( Photo Credits : www.pinimg.com )
So it was that in 1959 the T7 was born, which implemented a new 2.0 engine with a power of 130 hp with a torque of 162 Nm managed by a four-speed manual transmission. With such configuration, the car was able to reach the maximum speed of 200 km / h and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 10 seconds net.
The next Porsche 356 Abarth ( Photo Credits : www.wikmediacommons.org )
Unfortunately, the design approach was not very convincing and this led Butzi Porsche to completely redesign the vehicle, effectively abandoning the T7 to the prototype stage. However, it was the forefather of the 911 series, which is still today the star of the Stuttgart industry.
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