Panorama Photo Gallery - December 2008

Each month, Porsche Panorama magazine brings you the best from the world of Porsche. Races, vintage car shows, technical articles, we cover it all!

At Panorama, we never have room for all the pictures we'd like to share with our readers. Here are some photos that just wouldn't fit into the magazine this month.

One of the great features in the December issue is Paul Misencik’s tale of three Carreras in a romp through the mountains of the Carolinas.  This put us to thinking about the many Porsches that have carried that famous name.  For this month’s Gallery, we plunder Leonard Turner’s archives to give you a sample of Carreras across the years.

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It all started with the Carrera Panamericana, the great Mexican road race of the 1950s, where Porsche’s early Spyders. Today owned by the Collier Collection, 550-01 was one of the Carrera pioneers.
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Taking the name “Carrera” to indicate its special four-cam powerplant, this is a 1955 356 Carrera Speedster.
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With the Fuhrmann four-cam Carrera engine providing the motive force, the 1960 356B Carrera GT was the top of the line street Porsche.
LEONARD TURNER

 

Originally introduced in 1962, the Abarth-bodied 356B Carrera GTL was still competitive as late as Sebring in 1964.
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The last of the 356 Carreras, the 356C Carrera 2, featured the largest of the Fuhrmann engines at two liters and demonstrates the signature dual exhaust exiting through the louvered rear valance.
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The Carrera name re-emerged on the 1973 911 Carrera RS, the basis on which a long line of iconic 911 racers was built.
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Because of U.S. emissions regulations which prevented the European 911 Carrera from being imported, the U.S. 1974 911 Carrera featured a 911S engine with the aerodynamic and chassis refinements of the European car.
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The 924 Carrera GTR of the early 1980s brought the famous name to the water-cooled side of the Porsche equation.  These cars were successful Trans-Am and endurance racing competitors.
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By the mid 1980s, all 911s carried the Carrera name.  This is a 1989 911 Carrera Targa, one of the last of the traditional Targa roof systems.
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Here’s the 993 version of the 911 Carrera, this time a cabriolet, making tracks on a fall afternoon in Georgia.
LEONARD TURNER

 

By the time of the 2001 996 Carrera Targa, the removable roof had given way to a large sliding glass panel.
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This special 997 Carrera S is known as a “Club Coupe,” introduced in limited numbers to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Porsche Club of America.
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The ultimate expression of the Carrera legacy to date is the awesome limited edition Carrera GT, introduced in 2003. Featuring a mid-mounted, 5.7-liter, 612 horsepower V10 engine, it is Porsche’s highest performance road-going sports car.
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Check out the December issue for Misencik’s story of three Carreras on the road today. You can also read Bill Oursler’s story on Gmünd coupes in the crucible of competition, journey to New Mexico for PCA’s Escape to the Land of Enchantment, and check out Tech Editor Allan Caldwell’s advice on the keeping your car going during the winter of 2008. All must-read entertainment in the December issue of PANORAMA.