These prototypes paved the way for some legendary production models.
Porsche is one of the world's oldest and most storied automotive brands, so it only makes sense that the company has racked up some extremely important cars over the years. The folks over at Stuttgart are so proud of their brand's illustrious history, they have created a top five series to show off some of the best cars Porsche has ever built. The series has already covered the fastest Porsche models, the most expensive examples ever sold, and even the greatest spoilers and rear wings. Now, Porsche Top 5 has given us an in-depth look at the company's best secret prototypes.
At number five is the Porsche 984. This prototype was designed from 1984 to 1987 as a compact and aerodynamic roadster. The goal was to create a fast car based on low drag rather than high horsepower. Although the 984 never made production, we can see elements of its design in the production 968.
Coming in at number four is the 2002 Porsche Cayenne Cabrio Study, which was also shown in the top five concepts video. Who knew Porsche almost preempted the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet as one of the oddest looking SUVs of all time?
The number three spot is held by the 1987 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster Clubsport. Of course, Porsche did end up building a production Speedster, though it wasn't a one-seat lightweight like this prototype.
Number two is the 1989 Porsche Panamericana, which was built to celebrate the 80th birthday of Ferry Porsche. This interestingly-styled concept featured a unique, zip-off roof, which later inspired the 911 Targa.
Finally, the number one spot is held by the 918 Spyder Prototype Rolling Chassis. This was the prototype used to develop the production 918. Only a few journalists were ever allowed to drive it as a proof of concept.