The Top 25 Cars For Your Midlife Crisis Sep 1, 2016 by Ian (Driver Weekly)

Porsche 911

Porsche USA

This is the sports coupe. The car that defined the Porsche and inspired generations of designers and competitors. First revealed in 1963, the Porsche 911 was a rear-engined sports car that could take the open road and tight turns with arrogant panache. The 911 was the first car to popularize the rear-engined performance coupe and is now one of the oldest nameplates still in production. Produced in the same style through the 1960s to the 1980s, drivers embraced the perky vintage cars and their charming mechanicals—but Porsche struggled to continue making a car on an increasingly expensive and aging platform. After the successful introduction of the Boxster in 1996, Porsche finally pulled the plug and updated the 911 to the 996 platform in 1998. Desperate to cut costs, the 996 shared parts with the Boxster, added frameless doors, a barren interior, and a leaky water-cooled boxer engine. While larger, the Porsche 911 had lost some of its iconic charm. Thankfully, Porsche replaced the 996 with the 991 in 2012, and the latest models are even smoother, with a polished appearance, drive, and interior. The luster of the Porsche 911 remains, maintained in part by the hefty sticker price. On the other hand, purchasing a classic model from the 1960s and 1970s is an act of supreme automotive indulgence that practically defines a midlife transformation for a new owner. Climbing into the definitional sports coupe remains a unique, and perhaps unmatched, automotive experience.

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