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I call it a 911 but I guess it really isn't. I've never called it a Carrera before since I don't think most people know it by that name. I think the layman would be clueless of what I had if I said I had a 996. I tell those in the know that I have a C2 but those that don't know Porsche's wouldn't really know what that is.

What do you call your car when asked?

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I call it a 911 but I guess it really isn't. I've never called it a Carrera before since I don't think most people know it by that name. I think the layman would be clueless of what I had if I said I had a 996. I tell those in the know that I have a C2 but those that don't know Porsche's wouldn't really know what that is.

What do you call your car when asked?

986 S

When I get my C2 I will probably say 911 or carrera

I never ever say Porsche.

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I call it a 911 but I guess it really isn't.

You lost me... why isn't it? :huh:

Well, didn't they technically stop making "911's" in 1989?

You can see that Porsche still refers to it as a 911 on their own web site, in the "history" section and in the "Car Configurator".

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I call it a 911 but I guess it really isn't.

You lost me... why isn't it? :huh:

Well, didn't they technically stop making "911's" in 1989?

You can see that Porsche still refers to it as a 911 on their own web site, in the "history" section and in the "Car Configurator".

Right, and it says 911 on my manuals too.

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Depends on who's asking and why they are asking surely?? If you are going to appear to be 'showing off' and if they will think your a 'flash git' then say you have a Clio/Micra/Focus whatever............ If not..............

However, forget the 986/987/996/997 etc, people who do not own (or ever have) a Porsche may guess its a Porka (due to the "9"), but the only imortal digits people recognise is 911, so quote that tacking on your variant. Job done!

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I am new to Porsches, but the Model is a 911, and the chassis (or series) is 996. Carrera, like Targa is a configuration of the car. I read somewhere that the first time Porsche had placed a Carrera badge on the model was back in the 50s or 60s, and it was not on a 911 - I think it was on a 356. Someone will chime in on this, I hope.

This designation is typical for German manufacturers. BMW has the 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 series and each model is further designated by a chassis type. For example, the 5-series cars can be describe as a E39 or the latest chassis is the E60. Similar with MB - I have a 1992 E-class model that is a W124 chassis. The current E-class is the W211.

So, just say you have a 911. And like others have said, if the person asks what year or chassis (type), then say 2000 996 C2 Cabriolet.

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I read somewhere that the first time Porsche had placed a Carrera badge on the model was back in the 50s or 60s, and it was not on a 911 - I think it was on a 356. Someone will chime in on this, I hope.

That is correct. The 356 offered a 'Carrera' engine option and those cars with the motor wore the Carrera badge. I believe this dates to 1955. Here's a 1963 356 sporting the Carrera badge. (Incidentally, the owner has that one for sale for $242,000!!)

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