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Old 11-10-2006, 01:09 PM   #1
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More Than 60% Since 1948!

Porsche states that, "more than 60% of all Porsches ever produced since 1948 are still on the road today!"

Sounds impressive to me. I don't want to debate the validity, because I believe it to be true. My question is as follows; is this a really big deal and does it say very much?
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Porsche states that, "more than 60% of all Porsches ever produced since 1948 are still on the road today!"

Sounds impressive to me. I don't want to debate the validity, because I believe it to be true. My question is as follows; is this a really big deal and does it say very much?

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I do question the 60%, but believe it's a high percentage whatever it is. This is probably more true of any Premium or Sports Car, than say a LeSabre of Galaxie 500. I suspect that the percentages are even higher for Lambo, Ferrari, Jaguar and such.

But, these things didn't just stay on the Road. They were maintained with countless man-hours and $$$ to keep them on the Road. Says more to me about their Owners than the Manufacturers...

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Interesting figure, but the figure I heard was 100% of Porsches that were maintained using Mobil 1 at the recommended service intervals...
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I think this speaks to the intrinsic attraction the cars have had over the years.

The number is similarly high for cars such as Corvettes, Ferraris, and the like.

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A Partially Misleading Claim

Remember that Porsche started out as a very low volume manufacturer. I'm willing to wager that a larger proportion of Porsches have been produced in the most recent twenty years (1986-2006) than in the first 38 years (1948-1986).

While the the "60% of Porsches still on the road" includes many 40 and 50-year old cars, most of that 60% is probably composed of cars 20-years old and newer. This is still impressive, but not as impressive as it first appears.
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Remember that Porsche started out as a very low volume manufacturer. I'm willing to wager that a larger proportion of Porsches have been produced in the most recent twenty years (1986-2006) than in the first 38 years (1948-1986).

While the the "60% of Porsches still on the road" includes many 40 and 50-year old cars, most of that 60% is probably composed of cars 20-years old and newer. This is still impressive, but not as impressive as it first appears.

Dead right.
I don't know what the early car (356 model) total production figures were without looking it up, but they are pretty low. The total production of the Speedster ('55-'59) was something like 4,500 cars, for example.

Nevertheless, the build quality of the air cooled cars was extraordinary. The last couple years of 356 production ('63-'64) is reputed to have had an average warranty cost of $8 per car.
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In a Porsche "coffee table" book that friend gave me there is a picture of Ferry Porsche standing in front of the 5000th Porsche as it leaves the factory in March 1954. Later on in the book there is a similar picture of him in front of the 70,000th Porsche in March 1956.

I believe that somewhere around 165,000 Boxsters have been built since 1997, so you can see that the higher production numbers at the end of the 1948-2006 period are skewing that 60% statistic.

If the story that Porsche is trying to tell is that there cars are durable and cherished by their owners - I agree with them. I just wish they didn't resort to using this kind of claim.

Also, I've seen pictures of old 356's that have been resurrected from piles of rust. That is more of a tribute to the Porsche enthusiast and the ability of the cars' design to stir the enthusiast's soul than to the manufacturing quality.
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Old 11-11-2006, 08:06 AM   #8
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This >60% Claim comes from the Boxster Brochure in the section dedicated to the "Environment" and more specifically "Materials & Recycling". Strange but true. I think Porsche is using this claim more for a statement of being enviromentally friendly than one of quality.
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