What is it?
Porsche’s golden anniversary version of the 911. And, by the looks of things, it could almost be another retro-special modern throwback sports car, right out of the mould of the Eagle E-type, the Cropredy Bridge Jensen Interceptor S, and David Brown’s new Speedback GT. There’s certainly enough chrome on display here for that kind of comparison.
Then again, there’s no smoke without fire; no retro sports machine without an appetite for one in the first place. So perhaps Porsche’s 50th Anniversary Edition 911 is just a timely bit of business opportunism. Or maybe it’s altruism: a limited-edition Carrera S designed to reward true brand aficionados with enhanced residual value, a more generous equipment level, a more special driving experience and that extra bit of enthusiast cache. Could be a bit of both.
What really matters is that this gussied-up 911 manages - in spite of all that chrome - not to look overly indulgent; that it handles as sweetly as any ‘991’ below the awesome GT3; and that it’s not over-priced.