Classic 1965 Porsche 911 Review Jan 19, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Some classic cars are no longer available in a modern version. Others, like the Porsche 911, have stood the test of time and even grown in popularity. Even so, the 1965 Porsche 911 remains a popular vehicle among collectors. Purchasing a new model has its perks, but it doesn’t hold the same thrill as driving around or even just admiring the elegant style of the 1965 Porsche 911.

Original Reviews


When the 1965 Porsche 911 first arrived, experts like those at “Car and Driver” called it the beginning of a new generation and the automaker’s best model ever. The new model had a more polished style, modern amenities, and improved driving dynamics. Launched in 1963, the new model was the 911th design project since the company opened their doors in 1931. It was the very first car that the automaker manufactured entirely on their own and a worthy replacement for the iconic Porsche 356 whose production finally came to an end in 1965.

The Powertrain

Thanks to a lower drag coefficient than previous Porsche models, the 911 could reach speeds of 130 mph despite still having just 148 horsepower. The engine was an air-cooled single-overhead-cam six-cylinder design, and it worked with a five-speed gearbox. It was a significant improvement on the outdated 356, which had been equipped with a four-cylinder with just 90 horsepower.

Body and Styling

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The 911 is clearly the predecessor of the current models. When it first arrived, the body stood out with a trimmer and slimmer shape and improved aerodynamics. It was longer and narrower than the existing Porsche 356 but around the same height. The body was made from welded steel stampings with generous enhancements to the luggage area and greenhouse. The lids on the trunk and engine could be opened and left at any angle, an innovation at the time. Thanks to the extensive size of the windshield and greenhouse, the original Porsche 911 offered excellent visibility.


Sitting inside, you will find superb controls for the time. The steering wheel stood out with its shallow “x” from black anodized spokes that were great for relaxing the thumbs. All secondary controls were on the wheel, such as turns, headlights, wipers, and more.



Even as a classic vehicle, the 1965 Porsche 911 had an extensive list of lush appointments. It came standard with courtesy and map lights, three-speed windshield wipers, four-nozzle windshield washers, padded sun visors featuring vanity mirrors, two heaters and defrosters, a wood-rim steering wheel, belted tires, chrome wheels, a backup light, and two fog lamps. At its release, options included a fender mirror, radio, and seatbelts with factory air-conditioning and fitted luggage. The seats were comfortable with their cloth upholstery and leather edges.

The good news is that even with modern versions being produced, the 1965 Porsche 911 is still a popular model among classic car collectors. While that means that prices may be a bit higher than for other classics, it also increases the number of models you will find as well as the spare parts available.


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