If you’re reading this, odds are you have a dream car you promised yourself you’d own one day.
Back in 2013, during sophomore year of high school, Porsche announced they’d bring the 2014 911 50th Anniversary to the US. When I saw a picture of the press US spec 50th in Geyser Grey with the PDK, I told myself right then and there that’s what I needed in my life.
Fast forward to late last year, I had the opportunity to check out an identical 911 50th at a Porsche dealership in north Florida. I was given the keys to look around the car and start it up. I don’t know the words to describe how I felt, but it made me feel something deep inside that I’d never felt before in my life. After I got home that day, I went online to find a Minichamps 1/43 version of it, but couldn’t find one for under $100 in Geyser Grey.
Fast forward to last week, I won an auction for the very car I was looking for. $50 later, I finally did it. I got a 911 50th, albeit in scale model form. I mentioned this car in the Taycan post, but now that I’m making one for the 50th, I can easily say this is my favorite model in my entire collection. This car represents everything I’m working toward and what I’m passionate about.
As per usual, Minichamps knows how to make a damn good car. This 991 is no exception. They nailed each and every single detail, but I secretly wish it had the US spec amber turn signals/reflectors. I might have a go at making that a reality in the near future.
This particular 911 50th is Geyser Grey Metallic with the special Fuchs design wheels and standard brakes with red calipers. I know Geyser Grey might not be attractive to most, but I honestly think this is the best color I’ve seen on a car since Peridot Green on the 987.2 Cayman R.
The Fuchs style wheels only enhance the already gorgeous 50th Anniversary exterior modifications over the standard Carrera S on which it’s based.
The rest of the car looks largely the same, but I will note that the paint is much more metallic than you’d expect in person.
As with the real one I want, this one is a slicktop model sans panoramic sunroof.
I’ve had it for a few days now, but I haven’t been able to stop looking at it. There’s just something about it that won't let it out of my head.
The 50th Anniversary package further adds chrome strips to the rear grille as well as to the area where the Carrera 4S’ rear light bar is supposed to be. Although this is a rear wheel drive model, it’s based on the Carrera 4S for the slightly wider rear.
We also find four exhaust tips, but most importantly, the gorgeous 911 50 badge that shows off 50 years of the finest Beetle money can buy.
The single most important interior design difference with the 50th edition is the inclusion of Porsche’s old houndstooth design cloth seats. This model doesn’t do them justice. They’re absolutely magical in person.
Here are some pictures of it with the Taycan Turbo S.
As an added bonus, here are pictures of the first one I ever saw and the one I got to experience in person.
As much as I wanted this to be a review of Minichamps’ 911 50th, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my desire for a real 911 50th. This model renewed my hope in being able to own a real one at some point down the line.
Would I recommend it? Read the post again and then take an educated guess. If you still need help, please find it and click buy immediately. Maybe most people don’t feel the same way about the real one, but I can’t help but recommend this car above any others. Forget the Taycan, 560SEL, and any other recent car I’ve bought; this is the one you want and need.
My time will come.