Numbers don't lie: engines and chassis, tires, brakes, all have changed so much over time.

This photograph – the first in a wonderfully comprehensive slideshow of 911 history – visually captures the evolution of Porsche's quintessential sports car (and a couple Boxsters, but nobody's perfect). What began in 1948 (more or less) with the 356 developed into one of the most revered and famous sports cars of the world. We had a chance to visit with Porsche as guests in Zuffenhausenern, where we were given some eye-opening presentations on the company's history. More importantly, we were given all kinds of numbers and stats that show how this quirky relative to the Volkswagen Beetle became one of the coolest cars of the 20th century.

Join us now as we take a journey through a bit of sports car history.

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