I had done a similar post before about 5 most beautiful Aston Martins ever built, which quite a lot of you agreed with. This time, celebrating 50 years of the Porsche GT3, I have returned with the 5 most beautiful Porsches ever built!
Disclaimer: This article contains mostly agreeable information but may be biased in some areas
The 959 was actually started as a Group B rally car instead of a supercar. It was equipped with a 2.85L twin turbocharged flat six, which produced 444hp. The car was equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including a sequential turbo(the two turbos vary in size to reduce turbo lag), a carefully programmed Porsche-Steuer Kupplung all-wheel-drive system, and great aerodynamics.
The car is famous for its signature basket handle spoiler and the elongated front and rear ends. It has been a poster car for countless teenage boys of the era and let's admit it, it is still beautiful in modern day visions.
6. 911 Carrera RS 2.7
The Carrera RS 2.7 is one of the most iconic cars in the history of Porsche. The RS 2.7 was built to compete with faster cars from competing manufacturers like BMW. The original 911 was a great car, but it didn't really change a lot for a decade. The Carrera RS 2.7 was strictly built to be a homologation car to suit regulations. Although only 500 were planned to be built, more than 1,300 were actually built due to the craze for it.
The Carrera RS 2.7 went through a lot of change compared to the previous models. As you can predict from the name, the engine displacement was increased to 2.7 liters and the iconic duck tail spoiler was added to increase downforce and grip. The duck tail spoiler not only gave technological advantages, but also a fresh variation to the 911's signature line!
5. 991 Targa 4S
The 991 Targa is one of the most beautiful modern Porsches. The Targa top has been used for a long time since the 911 generation. The Targa top was actually a substitute for a conventional cabriolet, as there weren't enough space to shove the top in the rear end of the car. Although technological advancements in the later decades allowed the 911 to have a cabriolet, the Targa stood tall until the 996 generation.
The 996 Targa didn't use a metal bar frame in the middle to have an opening canvas top, the method used was more like a panoramic sunroof. It was continued until the 997 generation until the 991 Targa reappeared with a retro-looking top. Although you can't eliminate the rear glass window(early 911s were able to do so), the looks are still astonishing. It is a proud example of a retro-comeback success case.
4. 904 Carrera GTS
The 904, also known as the Carrera GTS, is the successor to the 718, which was already a legendary racer. Road going versions were strictly built only to match homologation requirements and Porsche rather focused on racing. Still, the 904 not only carried the legacy of the 718, but also exceeded it. It not only was good at racing, but also a great driver's car.
There were three types of engine used, a flat four, a flat six, and a flat eight, and every car had a fibre glass body, which made it look like a proper race car instead of a race car modified just to be on road. The curvy lines not only achieve a drag coefficient of 0.34, but also give aesthetic pleasure. The picture above shows a 6 cylinder version, also known as the 904/6.
3. 935/78 Moby Dick
The 935 series race cars competed in a 'silhouette class' racing which meant that the race cars had to resemble their donor production car. Although the early versions of the 935, like the 935/76 and the 935/77 looked like a modified 930, they had hit the walls of aerodynamics. Just simply putting bigger spoilers didn't help much. So they decided to flatten the front bonnet(cutting off the headlights which gave drag) and gave it a long tail to have more downforce. Large fender flares were added to suit wider tires and the result was quite astonishing, not only in terms of speed, but also in terms of design.
When the prototype model without the Martini livery made its first public run, people were simply dumbfounded by the bodywork and nicknamed it the 'Moby Dick' for its long tail and white body. The original was quite good, but with the red and blue Martini livery and gold wheels, it is now close to perfection. People loved the car so much that rich Porsche owners paid Porsche to make 930 Turbos looking like the 935/78 and they are the 'Flat-nose Turbos' which carries astronomical value.
2. 550 Spyder
Honestly speaking, this spot was actually for the 356. But how hard I tried, the 356 wasn't just my taste. I'm not saying it isn't beautiful, but it was too similar to the Beetle in terms of design. If this was the 7 best Porsches ever built, the 356 would be here, but sorry, this is in terms of design.
So back to the point, how did the 550 Spyder come up here? The 550 Spyder is one of the best roadsters ever built in my opinion, not only in terms of speed and technology, but also in terms of beauty. The car itself reminds me of old single seater race cars with a bit more aesthetic flair. The car is sleek enough not to look too curvy, but has a bit of flesh to not to look too bare. Compared to a woman, the 550 Spyder is more like Venus de Milo compared to modern day top celebrities. I believe I have tried hard to explain how beautiful this car is, but it seems words aren't just enough.
Okay, so people who thought, "Isn't this a 911?" Yes, you are right. But the earliest versions of the 911 were actually called the 901. The only reason Porsche changed their name was due to Peugeot who claimed that they had the right with three digit names with a zero in the second digit(205, 308). So, Porsche cleverly changed the zero in the middle to a one and the legendary name was finally dubbed.
Anyway, why is the 901 the most beautiful Porsche ever built? The answer is simple, it is the car that started the iconic Porsche design language that has been passing down for more than 50 years. Two circular headlights, a sloping roof line that leads to the beautiful rear end, and all those design languages remind us of only one thing, the Porsche 911. This car was the start for all of those 911 beauties we have seen and will be the start for future 911s too.