The 550 Spyder is One of Our 5 Best Non-911 Porsche Production Cars
The Porsche 911 is the German car maker’s best known vehicle. The 911 has been with us for 50 years now, surviving a plan to replace it in the 80’s. there have been some great 911s made, but Porsche has made some other pretty special cars.
Below we list our top 5 best non-911 Porsches.
- Porsche 550 Spyder
Very few 550 Spyders were produced with a large number of the cars being used for racing. The iconic car was based on the 356, but was designed with racing in mind. It was the 550 that gave Porsche their first major racing victory with a win in the 1956 Targa Florio.
- Porsche 356 Carrera
The 356 Carrera is the sports car that originally bore the Carrera name. The name was to commemorate the companies success at the Carrera Panamericana race. The special edition offered better performance that the standard 356.
- Porsche 959
The 959 had a lot of technological advances. The technology in the car led to much of the technology in modern cars. It was in many ways the father of the modern supercar as well as the basis for much of the advances in modern 911s.
- Porsche Carrera GT
The Carrera GT is a modern supercar, but (unlike many modern supercars) still a driver’s car. The project was originally going to be the basis for a new Le Mans race car, but when the race project got canceled they decided to only build the road car. The mid-engined supercar is one of the all time greats and it is perhaps the only Porsche that Jeremy Clarkson has every referred to as perfect.
- Porsche 924 Carrera GT
The 924 Carrera GT may have had an Audi engine, but getting over 200 horsepower in the road version was all thanks to Porsche. The styling was basis for the 944 and at the time it had world class performance. It was also the starting point for the racing version that finished 6th overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (winning its class).
We have had a lot of great discussion about our list and because many people thought we left off their favorites we thought we would share our next 5.
We have also, had it brought up that the 959 is essentially a 911. We did debate on if it should make our list and we felt because it wasn’t officially labeled a 911 it was still eligible.
Below is where we would stick them, but let us know where you would put them in the comments.
6. 928 GTS
8. 944 Turbo S
9. Boxster Spyder
10. Cayman R
So, that is our list, let us know if you agree or not in the comments below.
So, after a lot more discussion and research we have decided to remove the Porsche 959 from this list. This decision came down to the car’s DNA. Although, technically the 959 was never sold to the public as a 911 it was based on the 911. It was also a car that shaped future 911s with its all-wheel drive system and helped move the platform toward a water cooled engine. Because of this we will be including it in our list of 5 best 911s (which will be posted later today, and I’m sure we will get some good discussion on that list as well).
Because of removing this we have moved the Porsche 928 GTS into the number 5 place.
So, the updated list is below.
1. Porsche 550 Spyder
2. Porsche 356 Carrera
3. Porsche Carrera GT
4. Porsche 924 Carrera GT
5. Porsche 928 GTS
Not to slight the 928 GTS and to give it the respect it deserves below is more about the car.
Porsche 928 GTS
The 928 GTS was the final incarnation of the 928. For most of its life the front engined GT car sat at the top of the Porsche lineup (except while the 959 was being sold). Unfortunately, this made some purists upset as it was above the race proven 911 (although, since its release the 928 has had its own motorsport success). The GTS is possibly the best of the lot with its 5.4-liter V8 engine that could go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds (and that number may be conservative as some have reported a 5.2 second time). Thanks in part to its front engine rear transaxle layout it was also a great handling car. The 928 was the first production Porsche to have a V8 engine and it showed what the Porsche engineers were capable of when given a clean slate and much of the technology from it made its way to other cars.
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Please note we went with the 928 GTS over the Club Sport largely because of the larger engine and being the best overall GT car. The Club Sport is a much more focused track toy and you could make the argument that it should be over the heavier GTS. None the less both are great and pretty rare cars and feel free to let us know your favorite in the comments below.