The Porsche 911 is a special car, if for no other reasons than it's been continuously produced since 1964, with nearly every generation regarded as being at or near the top of its class. But why the rear-engined icon has done so well among enthusiasts and regular drivers alike can't always be explained easily. To truly understand the 911, you have to experience the whole package, and that means driving one.

While just about every publication has raved about the Porsche, commercial director, race driver, photographer and 911 owner Jeff Zwart explains to Petrolicious why he was drawn to the legend as a young child, and why he still loves them today.

Zwart's professional and personal life are inextricably linked to the 911, and hearing him talk about the car and its history makes for fascinating viewing. Watch the video below to hear Zwart's story and see him drive a couple examples from his collection: an early 911 and the 964-generation Carrera 4 he won Pikes Peak with for the first time – a car that happens to be equipped with the 959 Paris-Dakar's fascinating torque-split transmission. Enjoy!


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      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      As talented as Petrolicious are, I wish they would make some longer documentary type videos.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Porsche 911 is and will always be the best sports/super car in the world, particularly the 993, 997 997.2 & 991 models.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beautiful video....what a story! When his dad says let's learn to drive son, it was in his dad's 911. Unbelievable.
      wonky donky.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a smashed-Beetle with the engine in the wrong place from a company with the laziest designers in the world. 911s are only cool if it's 1987 and you have a Magnum P.I. moustache.
        dss10
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wonky donky.
        Actually the engine is in the right place. With the weight over the rear when there is better traction for acceleration and when the car brakes heavily, weight is more evenly distributed over all four wheels. That’s why the 356 was competitive with Ferraris in the 50’s and 60’ and the 911 is still winning races today. It’s just physics that all….
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wonky donky.
        Fool. You can't improve upon perfection.
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wonky donky.
        It's funny because that Beetle with the engine in the wrong place continues to win races against cars who have more power and the engines in the right place.
          lewazzinaroillus
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sparrk
          you tell it spark,.."winningest sportscar in motorsport history"...don't believe it?,..do the research,..it's true!...something like now over 60,000 motorsports wins,..they must be doin' something right?,..i'll admit,..it DOES have it's engine in the wrong place?!,..but!,..leave it to those crazy germans?,..to not only OVER compensate for that flaw?,..but to go on?,..and continue to produce,..for now 50 years!?,..what has become THE benchmark sportscar,..why do you think nissans incredible gtr?,..benchmarked the 911?,..'cause they realized, it was the one to beat!,..they have beat it,.in sheer performance capabilities,..but?,..sadly for Nissan,..totally NOT!,..in the sales dept.,..where the 911 clobbers the gtr in sales numbers,..almost 1000 911's sold a month nationwide,.versus a dismal 100 or so gtr's?,..they're BOTH phenomenal cars?,..but only oneis actually winning the sales war,..just sayin'!...
      • 1 Year Ago
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