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by Alex Gibson

A convoy of more than 100 Porsche 911 models has crossed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in celebration of the iconic rear-engined sports car’s 50th anniversary.

Beginning in Millers Point and finishing at Taronga Zoo, the celebratory Porsche 911 trek organised by Porsche Cars Australia and the Porsche Club New South Wales, was intended as a gift to the Stuttgart-based manufacturer and formed part of the German marque’s global ‘50 Years of 911’ celebrations.

Leading the convoy, escorted by NSW Police force’s fully-marked Panamera, was Porsche’s World Tour 911 – a pristine 1967 model from the Porsche Museum in Germany.

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Also present were two 1973 Carrera RSs, a 1993 964 Speedster, several 2010 911 997 GT2 RSs and the second-ever 911 delivered to Australia (in 1965). The total convoy was valued at more than $15 million.

One northbound lane of the bridge was reserved for the parade, which took place at 8am on Sunday.

Similar parades have taken place in Paris, Geneva, Stuttgart, Shanghai, London and Sao Paolo, though Porsche Cars Australia says the convoy in Sydney was the most “audacious” yet, measuring around 1.5km long nose to tail.

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A stray Nissan Navara did make its way into the convoy, but apart from that, all reportedly went off without a hitch.

In another nod to the 911’s longevity, Porsche officially unveiled its 50 Years Edition model at last week’s Frankfurt motor show.

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