Back in 1963, Porsche debuted the very first 911 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. And over the last 50 years, that coupe has grown to become one of the most iconic sports cars of all time. That in mind, you could easily chalk up this 50th Anniversary model as just one of the many special edition 911s that have graced our roads over the years, but dig a bit deeper and you'll see that this one is far more than just some unique paint and different wheels.

For starters, the 911 50th Anniversary Edition utilizes the wider Carrera 4/4S body, but retains its standard rear-wheel-drive configuration. Power comes from the Carrera S' 3.8-liter flat-six engine, but features a Powerkit upgrade that includes the Sport Chrono package and ups overall output to 400 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Hitting 60 miles per hour takes just 3.8 seconds if the car is fitted with Porsche's dual-clutch PDK gearbox, or 4.2 seconds if you choose the row-your-own seven-speed manual. Talk about going Over The Hill with a quickness.

Despite looking pretty tame, we're really hot on the appearance of this special 911, with its throwback flat gray paint job and new 20-inch wheels that look remarkably similar to the original Fuchs alloys of the 1963 model. Inside, you'll find green lettering on the instrument displays, white pointer needles and silver accents, and the leather seats have a fabric insert that's similar to the Pepita cloth from the original 911.

Just 1963 examples will be manufactured (we see what you did there, Porsche), with a starting price of $124,100 plus $950 for delivery. Turning 50 never looked so good. Scroll down for Porsche's press blast, and check out our new brace of images in the gallery above.
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911 50th Anniversary Edition

ATLANTA, June 3, 2013 - The Porsche 911 resolves apparent contradictions like no other sports car - such as between tradition and innovation or between exclusivity and high social acceptance, and of course between performance and efficiency. And so, Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 911 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt with a special anniversary model based on the 911 Carrera S: like the original 911, the 911 50th Anniversary Edition is a coupe with a flat-six rear engine and rear wheel drive. Its efficient performance, active sport suspension - and special body have current relevancy: the anniversary 911 features the wide body, which is typically reserved for the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 models. This special edition will be limited to 1963 cars, a number that represents the year of the 911 world premiere.

For the US market, the 911 50th Anniversary Edition will be equipped as standard with a Powerkit, which increases engine performance to 430 hp and includes the Sport Chrono Package. The 911 50th Anniversary Edition sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds (3.8 with PDK) and can reach a top speed of 186 mph (185 with PDK). The limited edition models will be available at Porsche dealers this fall and will be priced from $124,100, not including a $950 destination charge.

Porsche will present the limited edition model in time for the 50th anniversary of the 911 at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt, which opens its gates to the public on September 12, 2013. In 1963, Porsche presented the original model to the public at this leading international show for the automotive industry. Since its first presentation - initially as the type 901 - the sports car icon has excited automotive fans across the globe, and today it is considered the reference for all other sports cars. Since making its debut in 1963, the model series has progressively developed without interruption. In the process, the unique character of the 911 was always preserved. The result of this evolution over a 50-year period - which included countless race victories as well - is a sports car that fully embodies the authenticity of the Porsche brand. Its DNA is reflected in all Porsche models.

This limited edition of the 911 Carrera S includes features that have contributed to the 50-year success story of the 911. For example, the limited edition includes Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with special tuning to complement its increased track width and to add support to the exceptional cornering dynamics of the 911. The sport exhaust system outputs a fitting emotional sound. Special 20-inch wheels are a visual tribute to the legendary "Fuchs" wheels and are finished in matte black paint with machine-polished centers. Chrome trim strips on the front air inlets, the fins of the engine compartment grille and the panel between the rear lights emphasize the distinctive appearance of this limited edition model. Another technical highlight of the car's equipment is the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) with bi-xenon headlights and dynamic cornering lights.

Two unique colors are available for the anniversary 911, a darker graphite grey and a lighter geyser grey metallic. In addition black monochrome is also available. Each of the cars has a two-tone 3D-effect badge on the rear lid with the numbers "911 50". This is repeated in three color embroidery on the headrest and in two colors as a logo on the tachometer and the aluminum door sill plates. It can also be found on the cup holder panel together with the limited edition number of the individual vehicle. Other exterior characteristics of the special model are high-gloss window frames and sport design exterior mirrors on the doors panels.

There are tributes to the original 911 in the interior as well: green labeling on the instruments with white pointer needles and silver caps on the instrument pivot pins, just like 50 years ago. Another special feature is the center panels of the leather seats, which are designed with a fabric pattern reminiscent of the "Pepita" tartan design from the 1960s. The full-leather interior is designed in agate grey or black with decorative stitching, some in contrasting color. The driver and front passenger experience typical 911 driving fun in 14-way sport seats or optional 18-way sport seats plus. The gear shift or selector lever - which matches the decorative panels on the dashboard, doors and center console in brushed aluminum - comes from the Porsche Exclusive program.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      I usually find "anniversary" cars cheesy or over the top....but wow I like nearly everything about this one! The wheels work, and I even like the retro touches in the interior, but I think I would go with a different paint job if given the choice. (moot since I can't afford one of these anyway) *sigh*
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would LOVE to have one!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very good looking and I think they over did the 911 50 tag. That was the cool part of the Porsche, understated embellishments my 1971 had a single 911T on the rear lid and one on the glove box , so when a passengers got in they didn't have to ask . To remind the driver that it was a 911 50 from threshold to, headrest, dash controls, one might think they needed to keep his attention. Can’t see it from the pictures but I bet there one lurking on the center console. “Damn it I bought this Porsche, what was it again?” On the instruments,2 times, Really? When did they start putting center consoles in the beloved Porsche? Lastly if it was to celebrate 50 years along with the bit of only making 1963 of them, why not embrace the form of the first, we all know the function will follow.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Agree. Its like Ray-ban putting their logo on the lenses. Lame.
      • 1 Year Ago
      At first glance, I thought it was the photo of a VW Beetle taken from a weird angle.
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      Personally, I wouldn't opt for the Semen White paint job.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Do you find the white paint job it hard to swallow?
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love it. I stopped being a fan of 911 when that idiotic 996 came out, but fell back in love with 997, and the 991 is just pure sex. I was skeptical about the electro-mechanical steering, but Porsche was able to perfect it. Fantastic car.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gorgeous, but i don't see a "flat grey" paint job.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really like that paint job color
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