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On The Lighter Side: Learn About The Porsche In Top Gun: Maverick

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious


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The movie car is significant in more ways than you might imagine…

For those who somehow missed the original, the combination of Top Gun: Maverick and Porsche might seem a little odd. If you did catch Top Gun when it hit theaters in 1986, you were delighted not only by the amazing aerial stunts but also the fact a black 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster driven by astrophysicist Charlie Blackwood, played by Kelly McGillis.


That tradition was carried on with a 1973 Porsche 911 S driven by Penny Benjamin, played by Jennifer Connelly. A lot of people who have seen the new movie only know it’s a Porsche, so we’re here to dig into its history as well as the story of the Porsche in the original Top Gun film.


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About that 1958 Porsche 356 Speeder – it was a replica, not an original. This happens a lot in movies for a variety of reasons, like maybe the production crew couldn’t secure the exact car wanted for a certain look.


In this case, they turned to Intermeccanica, a well-known builder of Speedster replicas based out of Canada. The result is enough to fool most people into believing the classic sports car is genuine, all without any Hollywood magic.


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However, the 1973 Porsche 911 S is a numbers-matching car, not a replica, making it quite the impressive movie star. Lent to the production crew by Nick Psyllos, a San Diego resident, it was actually driven by Connelly for filming instead of a stunt double. For Psyllos this was a wise move since he’s added to the car’s value by allowing it to star in a blockbuster which undoubtedly will be loved by so many.

Made from 1967 to 1973, the 911 S or the sports version of Porsche’s grand tourer established several firsts for the 911 lineup. It was the first engine derivative, boasting a meaty 160-horsepower...

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