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Automotive Trivia

June 11, 2013
Automotive Trivia

Porsche 911

The Porsche model 911 is the company’s leading commercial symbol. Its success stems from the fact that the automaker has maintained the original formula for success intact since the car’s debut in 1963 at the Frankfurt automotive show. What is not well-known is that the legendary 911 model was initially referred to as the 901 model, but such name was not available due to a legal conflict. This is because French automaker Peugeot had registered the 901 name as part of its plans to give its models three digit names, all with a zero in the middle. Porsche eventually had to surrender to its French competitor and the 911 name was born. Despite the French victory, much of the world would prefer a 911 over another model. As the slogan goes, the Porsche 911 is a car that nobody truly needs, but one that everyone would truly like to have.

Soccer Stars and Fancy Cars

Mexican soccer star Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez of the English Premier League team Manchester United has a black Corvette, the iconic automobile of the American dream. Such vehicle was given to him by General Motors, and he is required to drive the Corvette on the left side of the road throughout the streets and highways of the U.K. Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi has a Maserati Gran Turismo, and he has also been seen driving an Audi R-8. Just as Audi is a sponsor of Real Madrid, another Audi R-8 has been provided to Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo may drive the Audi sometimes, but he prefers Italian cars, as he owns a Ferrari Fiorano 599, a Ferrari F430 and a Buggati Veyron, which latter vehicle was manufactured at a cost of €1.8 million euros. English soccer legend David Beckham has various automobiles in his garage, including a Porsche 991 Turbo Cabriolet and a Lincoln Navigator, which he uses as a family car.

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