For Porsche, 50 plus 400 equals a special 911

It had to happen – it was just a question of when.

Three months ahead of the 50th anniversary festivities planned around its 911 sports car, Porsche pulled the wraps off a special-edition 911, commemorating 50 years of fast living.

Mechanically identical to the 400-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive Carrera S, the car is nevertheless clad in the body of the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S, which brings broadened rear haunches and beefed-up tire track.

Special badges below the engine hatch and on the tachometer, door sills and headrests are augmented by special 20in five-spoke alloy wheels modelled on those from Porsches of the mid-1960s. (See the slideshow above for a mid-1970s example.)

A rather obvious touch, but no less classy for it: the special edition will be limited to a run of 1,963 cars, echoing the year in which the 911 bowed at the Frankfurt motor show – the setting, fittingly, for the 50th Anniversary Edition’s formal debut in September.

At $125,050 inclusive of $900 destination charge, the 911-50 commands a $25,200 premium over the Carrera S, which is priced from $99,850. For those who bothered to ask, “What price exclusivity?”, Porsche has graciously done the work for you.