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Hi all this is my first post and my first Porsche so forgive my ignorance !

I have just brought a 2006 911 997 carrera S.

I was looking for a hard top on ebay and have seen quite a 996 ones.

Will a 996 hard top fit a 997 car?

Best Regards


The hardtops themselves are all the same, it's the attachment hardware that is different. Am waiting for the top I bought on Ebay a week ago to retrofit to my '07 C4S. Will be here next week and after I check out what it has for attachment hardware I can order the attachment posts and mounts for the top. Suspect it has the older posts but as it may have been retrofit at one time am waiting to order the parts. The '05 and later 997's do not have the hard top mounts installed at the factory like the 996's did so they need to be purchased and install. Installing the mounts is a 10-15 minute job. As there are at least two different kinds of posts and mounts they need to be ordered them together. At some point will post the outcome of the project.

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The short answer to the question of whether or not the 996 hardtop will fit the newer 997's is yes. Finally received the top I purchased off eBay from what I believe was an '00 to '04 996. I using it on my '07 C4S. The older top has the earlier style lock pins and while I haven't installed the mounting brackets yet, I have test fit the top and it works fine. The front "catches" or alignment tabs also work fine. Had read in a post somewhere that they were a little different on the new tops but at this point the seal between the top and "A" pillar appears to be fine. Mind you, I haven't checked in a rain storm for leaks in this area so can not be 100% at this point in time till I do. Once I've installed the mounts ( they are not installed at the factory on the '05 and up cars) and adjusted the fit of the top I'll be able to better assess the front alignment but the top itself fits the car perfectly. Installing the mounts is a simple job. The only decision left at this point is whether to install the older style mounts that match the existing lock pins or replace both with the newer style parts. Am not convinced it's worth the extra expense of buying the newer parts as the lock pins retail for almost $ 300 a piece. Given the fact the older pins were used for many years I think I might be able to live with whatever problem they weer designed to correct. Will attach pics once the top is fully installed and intend to post pics of the mount install process with part numbers.

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