Orignally published on 2022-01-21 21:02:09 by driving.ca
Porsche has announced a new special edition model in celebration of 50 years of Porsche Design. Called the Porsche 911 Edition 50Y Porsche Design, the Targa 4 GTS-based vehicle will be limited to 750 units and pays homage to the palette of Ferdinand A. Porsche’s first watch design, the Chronograph I.
Porsche Design is a product design studio beneath the Porsche brand. Focusing on personal luxury goods, its portfolio includes watches, fountain pens, eyewear, and luggage. The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart will display a selection of these items, along with these two celebratory 911s, Ferdinand A. Porsche’s 993 Speedster, and a classic 904.
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In case it wasn’t immediately obvious from the photos, the 50Y Porsche Design is a pretty unique special, being treated to black paint, checkered seat centres, and a special grille badge. More exciting still, the Sport Chrono-equipped special features an exclusive red second hand .
Yeah, we know.
With that non-event out of the way, Porsche has actually done something worth writing about.
To represent the year of PD’s founding, Porsche Classic has treated a 1972 911 T 2.4 Targa to a full restoration and upgrade. Built to match the new production special, the car was fully stripped and rebuilt to the specifications of the original build sheet, albeit with a few customizations from the Porsche Sonderwunsch (Special Wishes) department.
Like the 2022, black paint and leather are accented by checkered seat cushions. Exterior brightwork takes a platinum satin finish and complements the iconic Fuchs wheels. Finally, the engine and chassis have been revamped according to the contemporary S treatment, upping this Targa’s power and performance.
It’s easy to pick on Porsche for charging more for a black-on-black special edition, but we are genuinely pleased to see it investing in its heritage. The breadth of the Porsche Classic program shows a commendable commitment to the endurance of the classic hobby. More automakers really ought to take note.