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4545 Ultimate Factories Porsche-08 04700300 P8
How Porsches are made… via NOTCOT.

Rolling off the assembly line and taking the world by storm in 1964, the Porsche 911 is now one of the world’s iconic sports cars. From the modest 911 Carerra with a top track speed of 185 mph to the 911 GT3, a street legal racecar that tops out at 194 mph. This Ultimate Factory can offer a color, style, and speed for even the most fastidious driver… At least two-thirds of the approximate one million Porsche sports cars built in the last 50 years are still being driven.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. says:

    I saw this in my RSS reader and expected an article on building extensions…

  2. Phillip Torrone says:

    my spell check seems to be MAKE-ified

  3. Alan Parekh says:

    I had never seen a vehicle get a full primer dip before! I guess that is one way to ensure you haven’t missed a spot. It sure shows the growing pains that a company can have, I can’t imagine the meeting where they were pitching the idea of building a new paint shop across the road and connecting to it with a huge bridge!

    There was a company here in Winnipeg that built the bodies of buses in Winnipeg and had all of the mechanical parts (engine transmission, wheels, etc) installed in the states. Large flat bed trucks would transport them 3 or so hours south for this step and back again for completion.

    1. cranky_EE says:

      Usually, because importing “parts” incurs less of a tariff than importing “stuff that’s built by foreign people.”

      Singer sewing machines were often shipped over sans-motor as “parts” from the old country, and “built” in .ca by installing a 60Hz motor.

  4. Simon says:

    I think that dipping process, called E Coating, is pretty common for most cars made today. Even re-manufactured body shells for old cars (MGBs, Minis, Midgets, etc) get that treatment.

    The water based top coats are becoming the norm too now I believe. Much safer than the nasty isocyanate based ones.

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