The swooping teardrop shape of this classic roadster contributes to its aerodynamic efficiency. Capable of reaching sixty-two miles per hour in just over fifteen seconds, the E-Type (known in the United States as the XK-E) was the fastest large-production passenger car in the world when it was introduced in 1961.
Designed by Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche (1935 – 2012), grandson of the Volkswagen Beetle’s creator, the 911 (this model circa 1965) rivals its forebear as an icon of German automotive engineering.
A close examination reveals traits inherited from previous Porsche cars, including the raised round headlights and rear-mounted, air-cooled engine. Larger and specifically faster than its immediate predecessor, the Porsche 365, and the Beetle, the 911 in the most successful competition car ever mass produced.