The world the first Porsche 911 came off the production line into more than half a century ago was very different than the world of today. Yet through the Cold War and beyond, through the reunification of Germany, as cable TV and punk rock and cell phones and personal computers all rose, Porsche's rear-engined sports car has endured, with one generation after another rolling out of the factory and onto the streets. All those cars add up. After 54 years of production, the one millionth Porsche 911 has left the production line—from the same facility in Zuffenhausen where every other 911 has been made.
"54 years ago, I was able to take my first trips over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road with my father," Porsche AG supervisory board chairman Dr. Wolfgang Porsche said in reflection, according to a press release. "The feeling of being in a 911 is just as enjoyable now as it was then."
The Irish Green 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S comes bearing plenty of homages to earlier 911s; the paint color itself dates back to the early days of the 911 in the 1960s, and the interior is outfitted in wood, leather, and old-school black-and-white checkerboard inserts. There's a special plaque on the dashboard commemorating the car's special place in Porsche history. And, of course, it comes equipped with a good ol' manual transmission.
Unsurprisingly, the one millionth Porsche 911 will not be heading to a dealership. Instead, Porsche will hang onto it, taking it for a grand tour around the planet that will include stops at the Nurburgring, the Scottish Highlands, and the dear old U.S. of A.