The One Millionth Porsche 911 Rolls Off the Line

It is a great day for automotive enthusiasts everywhere, as the 1 millionth example of Porsche’s quintessential sports car, the 911, has rolled off the assembly line. 

Finished in Irish Green, the millionth 911 is a Carrera S model that will live its life in the hands of the company, never to be sold. It will end up in the Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany after it does a tour of the world, going for road trips in the Scottish Highlands, around the famed Nurburgring, through the US and even through China.

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, who was part of the original Porsche 911 development team 54 years ago, was on hand for the millionth car’s production. “54 years ago, I was able to take my first trips over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road with my father. The feeling of being in a 911 is just as enjoyable now as it was then,” said Porsche.

In 2016, Porsche sold more vehicles than ever before, moving 32,365 units. Of those, about 8900 were 911s. These days, the brand’s crossovers well outsell its sports cars, as in 2016, Porsche sold just over 15,000 Cayennes and just over 19,000 Macans.

According to the brand, 70 percent of all Porsche cars ever built are still ready to drive today, which when applied to the 911 means that at least 700,000 of those one million cars are still ready to cruise down a canyon road. Porsche credits the 911 with more than half of its total 30,000 race wins.

The 911 is built alongside all of Porsche’s sports cars, including the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster, at the brand’s plant in Zuffenhausen by technicians who are each versed in at least 200 different tasks.

“We have continued to enhance the technology of the 911, refining and perfecting the sports car,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the executive board of Porsche AG. “That’s why it remains a state-of-the-art and technically innovative vehicle. We have also been able to expand the model line very successfully through derivatives.”

This article first appeared on Auto Guide