Porsche is beginning to realize that it's sitting on a goldmine of automotive history with its secret vault full of rare cars. Autoblog toured it a few months ago, and we were amazed at all of the curiosities hidden inside. Now, it's starting to let more folks in thanks to a new series of YouTube videos. The first covered the 965 prototype that shoved a water-cooled, Audi V8 into one of its cars. Next up, a mid-engine 911 that acted as the powertrain test mule for the Boxster.

The Porsche 911 is inextricably linked to its rear-engine layout. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. However, at the time Porsche was developing the Boxster, the company didn't want to lay all of its cards out of the table during testing. As opposed to using camouflage, it put a whole different car on top. The prototype looked just like any other 911 Targa of the day, but the biggest giveaway that something was amiss was the heavily tinted rear window. By obscuring it, inquisitive journalists couldn't peak at the new engine that replaced the backseat.

It might not look like anything too important on the outside, but this is a major piece of Porsche Boxster history underneath. Scroll down to watch the video about this fascinating prototype.


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      jbserra
      • 7 Months Ago
      So, the whole article is about where the engine is and the whole video completely avoids showing it. I want to see the mid-engine!
      vt8919
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'd like to know about the four door sedans in the photo gallery.
        Nicole
        • 7 Months Ago
        @vt8919
        The one with the fastback is the 989. It was designed around 1989, and was supposed to be the new flagship. But they killed the project before a fully functioning model was built. The one you see is simply a clay model.
      ekimv65
      • 7 Months Ago
      What year is the one in the photo? I really want to buy one of that year and look... Thanks for any input!
      Nicole
      • 7 Months Ago
      Man, this guy is horrible to listen to! I'm a Porsche customer, from Germany, and wish some of my money would go towards training him in English pronunciation.
      carguy1701
      • 7 Months Ago
      Cool.
      herrstreet
      • 7 Months Ago
      Comparing the 911 to the Corvette will always be a strange comparison because they are so different. The vette makes it easy to stuff a big crude motor into the car so it's always going to be fast. I've still not read a review that said, forget the price - take the Vette because it's better. But making a mid-engined 911 would be like a Vette with a turbo 4. It will have lost its trademark. Then a Caymen would just be a nice german sports car and not the Porsche with perfect manners. The 911 is what defines company regardless of the sales tallies. The problem with Porsche is it prices its cars in a strange tweener area. It's not Ferrari or Lamborghini expensive - but they smugly overprice incremental options to coax $25,000 in vanity cash out of their customers. People, buy the base model at the end of the year and you'll have an amazing car. I've driven a 997.2 Carrera S regularly and I honestly can say there is nowhere for a faster car to go faster than it is unless you go do track days. And every drive feels special. Also, Porsche IS making the 911 more mid engined - but they are doing it over time. The wheels crept 3 inches rearward for the 991.