When it comes to automotive model codes, it’s fair to say we’re all familiar with the number 911, and probably 944 and 928, but did you know about 942 or 915?
Porsche has used 900-series numbers as both internal and external codes since the first production-code of the Typ-901 911 in 1963. Today, things are a little more complex with many new models, like the all-electric Taycan using alpha-numeric codes (9J1) to fit in with broader VW-Group nomenclature, but that’s not to say there still isn’t plenty to learn from all three-digit numbers starting with a nine.
A friend of mine runs Melbourne Porsche specialist, ThePorschaDen Classic, and I recently helped him compile a list of all Porsche models from 901 to 999 to celebrate a 900-post milestone on Instagram.
The research led me down a Porsche rabbit hole that was much deeper than I expected, and I learned about Porsche Type-codes I had never come across before. Plus, it seems that despite the breadth of the brand, there are still a few 'vacant' codes that may hint to future naming choices from Zuffenhausen.
So in the interests of sharing, here is the full list, with pictures, of every Porsche Type Code from 901 to 999.
901 – The original program number for the car that would become the 911. The first-generation 911 is still known as the Typ-901.
902 – The development name given to the four-cylinder 911 prototype (901 being the 6-cyl car) that would then go on to become the 912.
903 – BLANK
904 – The mid-engine 904 Carrera GTS was developed for the 1964 FIA-GT season. Just 106 were built, including a road-legal version that was needed to comply with homologation rules. One sold at RM Sotheby’s in January this year for €1.9m (AUD$3.1m).
905 – BLANK (Ask Peugeot about this one...)
906 – The first racing Porsche to be tested in a wind tunnel. This, combined with lightweight construction and a 2.0-litre 911 engine enabled the 906 to hit 280km/h along Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans.
907 – Another race car that, in typical Porsche fashion, actually followed the 910 in the production sequence, and used closed, long-tail bodywork. The 907 achieved Porsche’s first 24hr race win with a 1-2-3 finish at Daytona in 1968.
908 -– The successor to the 907, the 3.0-litre flat-eight 908/01 started life as a closed coupe in 1968, but changed to an open spyder 908/02 with bodywork that would adapt and evolve (908/03) for each race of each season.
909 – More Porsche non-linear naming, the 909 Bergspyder was a lightweight hillclimb car that evolved into the 908/02. It also spawned a modern interpretation using a 981 Boxster Spyder.
910 – The 910 was an evolution of the 906, and used centre-lock wheels for the first time. The pretty machine was only run as a works racer for about a year.
911 – While every 911 is an icon, perhaps the most iconic is the only generation that doesn’t get its own 9-code - the G-Series 911.
912 – The four-cylinder ‘baby’ 911 didn’t quite have the oomph of its numerical precursor, but the lightweight short-wheelbase body makes a brilliant platform for Outlaw tuning! It was offered from 1965 to 1969 as a coupe or Targa, then for a single model year in 1976 as a 912E (in the US only) using the VW Type 4 2.0-litre engine and the big rubber G-Series bumpers.
913 – BLANK
914 – A mid-engined entry-level sports car, the 914 was developed in partnership with VW and produced between 1969 and 1976. During this time it actually outsold the 911!
915 – A long-wheelbase 911 concept that sought to offer more rear passenger room while retaining the two-door body. Like the 2+2 versions of the Jaguar E-Type and Datsun 260Z... it just doesn’t work.
916 – A more powerful (2.7L Carrera engine), fixed-roof coupe version of the 914 that never made it past the pre-production phase. Just 11 were built.
917 – Perhaps the most famous Porsche race car, the 917 won LeMans in 1970 and 71 – the first time for Porsche. Again an evolving design, the 917 changed a number of times during its run, and was both a closed coupe and spyder, but maintained a flat-12 cylinder power plant. The final 917/30 iteration ran a twin-turbo 5.4L engine with up to 1580hp!
918 – Hybrid supercar with a 447kW NA V8 and pair of electric motors which add a further 210kW – to a total 652kW / 1280Nm. Fittingly, 918 were made. These photos are from the car’s visit to Australia.
919 – Hybrid LeMans prototype racer that won the World Endurance Championship in 2015/2016/2017.
920 – BLANK
921 – BLANK
922 – BLANK
923 – Internal designation of the 912E G-Series sold exclusively in the US for the 1976 model year. It featured the 2.0-litre VW Type 4 engine and 2092 were built.
924 – Porsche's first front-engined, rear-drive sports car produced in partnership with VW. Built from 1976-1988, the 924 had a NA 2.0-litre four-cylinder (Audi sourced) and a 48/52 weight distribution.
925 – BLANK
926 – According to our research, Porsche assigned 926 to a "design for Porsche off-road production car" in 1973. Try as we might, we can’t find any more info, so feel this fun concept by Automobile Magazine will suffice!
927 – BLANK
928 – Launched in 1978 the front-engined V8 928 was intended to replace the 911 but instead became a range-topping grand tourer. Power evolved from a 4.5-litre V8 to a 5.4-litre unit over the car's 18-year run.
929 – BLANK (although Mazda may disagree)
930 – The original Turbo. Produced between 1975 and 1989, the 930 Turbo brought forced induction to the 911 world, and it never looked back.
931 – In 1978 Porsche installed a K26 turbocharger onto the 2.0-litre 924 to increase power to 125kW (and shortly 130kW). The 924 Turbo was designated 931. The lightweight coupe finally had the pace it deserved and can be identified by vents in the nose and a NACA duct in the bonnet.
932 – Nearly 20 years before the Panamera arrived, Porsche invited Italdesign to look at a front-engined four-door design. The 932 Concept didn't really set hearts and minds racing, so never went further.
933 – The 933 was a factory 924 race car built for SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Class D production racing in 1979. Only 16 were made by the factory, but you could buy a kit of parts from Porsche to convert your own 924.
934 – Racing version (FIA Group 4) of the 930 Turbo produced between 1976 and 1977. The 934 and subsequent 934/5 were raced very successfully, including by Alan Hamilton and Alan Moffat in the Australian Sports Car Championship – winning in 1977 and 1980.
935 – Further development of the 934, the 935 was prepared for racing under FIA Group 5 for endurance and sports car racing from 1977. The 935 won LeMans 1979 outright, and of the 370 races entered, 935s won 123. Powered by a twin-turbo 3.3-litre flat-six, the 935 had power output rated up to 630kW. It raced until the FIA rules changed in 1982. To celebrate the nameplate, a new 935, based on the 991 GT2 RS was launched in 2019 – only 77 were made.
936 – FIA Group 6 Prototype racer Built to follow in the footsteps of the 917, the 936 used the 930 Turbo engine and competed in the 1976 World Sportscar Championship and LeMans 24hr. It won both.
937 - Production code for the 924 Carrera GT and GTS. A more potent version of the 931 924 Turbo, the 924 Carrera GT received an intercooler and change to compression ratio for 157kW. Wider bodywork and an intake scoop on the bonnet made it unique – just 400 were made for the road, plus a further 59 GTS variants. The RHD model Carrera GT (75 made) was codenamed 938.
938 – And now for something a bit different. 938 was the type-code for the 75 RHD 924 Carrera GT examples, but flamboyant German tuner Rinspeed attached the 938 Type to its 911/928 hybrid, the Rinspeed 938 Eclipse. It's… something. There' a bit of a story behind the design over at 1000sel.com.
939 – Code given to 924 Carrera GT for 1980 LeMans 24hr race – the cars placed sixth, 12th and 13th for the event.
940 – Porsche tried its hand at Indycar Racing in 1980 with the Type 940 Indy. Powered by a single-turbo version of the 935 flat-six, the car smashed the Ontario oval track record in testing, which caused Indy officials to request (at the behest of some of the sport's well-known players) that Porsche lower the boost pressure to 1.6bar. Things soured from there with the relationship between Porsche, Interscope Racing and Indycar dissolving so much that Porsche pulled out before the event and the Type 940 never raced.
941 – BLANK
942 – Presented to Ferry Porsche as a gift for his 75th birthday in 1984, the 942 was a long-wheelbase (254mm extra) 928 wagon (or shooting brake if we are being trendy). Think of it as a precursor to the Panamera Sport Turismo. The car resides in the Porsche Museum.
943 – BLANK
944 - Built from 1982 to 1991, the 944 was an evolution of the front-engined transaxle 924 and gave the platform more power, refinement, handling prowess and overall driver comfort.
945 – You get a type code! And you get a type code! The 945 is simply a 944 as right-hand-drive. This continues on as a theme as you'll see with 946 and 947...
946 – Type code for 924S – launched in 1986, the 924S was fitted with a de-tuned version of the 944's 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and scored upgraded brakes. The easiest way to spot one – it has five-stud wheels to the 924's four-stud.
947 – It's the right-hand-drive 924S – and to help with the confusion, it is also red!
948 – The Type 948 / 2756 was an experimental all-aluminium body version of the 928. The study was conducted between 1981 and 1983, and the lightweight body shaved 47 per cent from the standard steel production car – weighing in at just 161kg (against the regular 303kg body).
949 – BLANK
950 – BLANK
951 – In 1986, Porsche launched the facelifted 944 Turbo (codenamed 951). The car featured new integrated bumpers and a turbocharged 2.5-litre engine, good for 162kW. A Turbo S followed in 1988 with a larger KKK turbo and power increased to 184kW.
952 – You guessed it, a RHD version code for the 944 Turbo. The car was also offered as a convertible from 1991, with just 100 made in RHD.
953 – Competition 4X4 version of the G-Series 911 that was built to compete in the 1984 Paris-Dakar rally. Three cars were entered – the 176 Rothmans car of Metge/Lemoyne took the overall victory.
954 – 911SC/RS Group B evolution of 911SC from 1984. Porsche-Motorsport built 20 examples to satisfy FIA Group B homologation rules. Due to its light weight, the 911 SC/RS was capable of a 4.0-sec 0-100kmh sprint.
955 – The first generation Cayenne landed in 2003 and ran until 2006. It changed the performance SUV game and gave Porsche a renewed lease on life. Fun fact – the Cayenne was the first four-door production Porsche.
956 – Group C Prototype racer from 1982 which replaced the 936. Finished 1-2-3 at LeMans in 1982, and positions 1-through-8 and 10 at LeMans 1983. Amazingly in 1983, the 956 set the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record of 6:11:13 and held it for 35 years, only to be beaten by the Porsche 919 Evo in 2018.
957 – Update of the first-generation Cayenne from 2008-2010. The 957 lineup included the first GTS model, as well as the Transsyberia racing version of which 26 were made. The 957 also served as the development base for the first Cayenne Hybrid, which would launch as a second-generation 958 model.
958 – Second-generation Cayenne, 2010-2018. An S-Hybrid model was launched with the range and an S E-Hybrid Plugin followed after the facelift in 2014.
959 – A technological marvel, the 959 was a supercar produced to satisfy FIA homologation for Group B racing between 1986 and 1993. Just 337 road cars were built. At launch, it was the fastest street-legal production car and set the technology base for all Porsches to follow. Twin-turbo, all-wheel-drive and aluminium and kevlar composite body – a true icon.
960 – 1980 Porsche Experimental Structure study based on 928. Investigated lightweight materials, cylinder deactivation and even a dual-clutch transmission.
961 – Group B race car based on the 959. They built one, it took part in three races, then the Group B program was cancelled.
962 – Evolution of 956 Group C racer. Introduced in 1984, the 962C ran a twin-turbo 3.0-litre variant of the 935 engine. Customers further developed the car, including Kremer who changed the aluminium chassis for a carbon-fibre tub. The 962 won LeMans in 1986 and 1987 as well countless other titles.
963 – BLANK
964 – Third generation 911 produced between 1989 and 1994. The 964 saw the first Tiptronic gearbox and production AWD system in a 911. Engine size on the Carrera models grew from 3.2 to 3.6-litres, and the generation included the 30th Anniversary edition – a widebody Carrera 4 of which 911 were made.
965 – Porsche used 965 as the internal code for a range-topping 911 developed alongside the 964. The planned 3.3-litre twin-turbo six had cooling issues so it also produced a concept with a rear-mounted Audi-sourced V8. Development costs blew out and the project was scrapped. The model's production code was to be 969.
966 – Code used for the 1986 911 Speedster project, which was unveiled at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show. The show car included a rigid cover which would turn it into a single-seat CS version, although it didn't make it to series production. Of 2104 made, only 171 were built in the narrow-body option, the rest opting for the fat hips of the 930 Turbo.
967 – BLANK
968 – The final evolution of the front-engined, rear-drive transaxle cars that started with the 924 in 1976. The 968 was produced between 1991 and 1995 in both coupe and convertible as well as CS, Turbo S and racing Turbo RS (4 only).
969 – Intended to be the successor to the 959, the 969 was a stillborn project that became too costly to produce. It included the 965 V8 concept as well as 15 other prototypes that were eventually crushed.
970 – First generation Panamera. Launched in 2010, the Panamera was the first production Porsche sedan. It was facelifted in 2013.
971 – Second generation Panamera. Launched in 2016, and still current, the Panny became a true four-door 911 with little compromise in terms of performance, technology and luxury. A five-door wagon, code 974, was added in 2017.
972 – BLANK
973 – BLANK
974 – Panamera Sport Turismo wagon (971 generation) – is this one of the most attractive cars on sale today? It's one of the most expensive – a range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid lists at $473,500 before options and on-roads. Oooft.
975 – BLANK
976 – BLANK
977 – BLANK
978 – BLANK
979 – Okay, so it's not a real Porsche, but a Japanese collector commissioned a tuner to create a 959 homage from a 997 Turbo, which he called the 979K.
980 – The magnificent 980 Carrera GT was a naturally aspirated, mid-mounted V10 supercar produced between 2004 and 2007. The 5.7-litre engine was developed for a LeMans prototype but then adapted for the road car. A total of 1270 were built – all in left-hand drive, all with a six-speed manual transmission. The beech-wood shift knob on the car is a nod to the 917 racers which used a balsa-wood item.
981 – Third generation Boxster and Cayman that ran from 2012 to 2016. This evolution saw the addition of the GT4 – a 3.8-litre track weapon with a manual transmission.
982 – Fourth and current generation Boxster and Cayman, also referred to as 718. This was an update of the 981 platform but saw the flat-six replaced with a turbocharged boxer-four. Not everyone was a fan, but the car offers excellent balance and performance, despite losing the familiar flat-six engine note.
983 – BLANK
984 – Porsche Junior concept from 1984. The precursor to the Boxster, the 984 was designed to be an entry-level roadster with a four-cylinder engine but was shelved as the economy started to slow down in the lead up to the stock market crash of 1987.
985 – BLANK
986 – The first Boxster. Launched in 1996 after the Boxster concept of 1993 received such strong attention. The 986 shared components with the 996 911 to save costs and was a runaway success for the brand.
987 – Second generation Boxster and Cayman produced from 2004 to 2012. The Cayman was introduced as an S model, the regular car followed a year later. Walter Rohrl managed to lap the Nurburgring in a standard Cayman S in 8:11, four seconds faster than he did in a 911 Carrera.
988 – The 988 Vision electric concept was a design study made by Invisive/Colorsponge that imagined a 918 successor using styling cues taken from the Taycan. It isn't real, official or even very likely, but the 988 nameplate has been mooted for some time, so you never know!
989 – A four-door concept developed between 1988 and 1991. Essentially a four-door 911, the 989 design looks like a stretched 996, but it pre-dated the fifth-generation 911 by at least five years. The concept was followed by the 932, and eventually became the 970 Panamera.
990 – BLANK
991 – Seventh generation 911 produced from 2011 to 2019. A whole new platform change from the 997 (only the third since 1963), the 991 offered more power and lower weight and saw the introduction of twin-turbocharged engines for the Carrera lineup with the update in 2016. The 991 also saw the one-millionth 911 produced.
992 – Eighth and current generation 911. What's more to say!
993 – Fourth and pretty much everyone's favourite 911 generation. The 993 was the last air-cooled 911 produced between 1994 and 1998. The Targa replaced the roll-hoop of 964 and previous generations with a sliding glass greenhouse.
994 – Internal development code for 964 Turbo. Car in our picture is a factory flachbau slantnose (X84 option) that used 968 headlamps on the 964 body.
995 – A four-seat future sports car study from 1978. The 995 was developed to explore advances in safety, efficiency and technology, including a twin-clutch automatic gearbox and ABS braking.
996 – Fifth-generation 911 from 1997 to 2004. The 996 heralded the first major update in the 911 since its launch in 1963. Watercooled for the first time, the 996 had some teething problems as well as polarising opinions of the 'fried egg' headlamps. The generation also introduced the GT3 to the market. It has since gained a loyal following and spawned one of the best-looking modern 911 Carrera models, the wide-hipped C4S.
997 – The sixth-generation 911 from 2005 to 2012. The 997 built on the 996 and created a genuine performance milestone. The wide-body Carrera S rejoined the range, and the 997 saw a number of innovations launch to market, including VTG turbocharging, the PDK transmission and torque-vectoring AWD systems.
998 – Back in 2010, the 997 successor was caught testing and media adopted the 998 moniker as, well… it made sense at the time. This car would actually be called the 991. Note the stick on Turbo vents to help disguise what is a 911 Carrera.
999 – What will the future of Porsche bring? This student design study is a look into one possible future and has been named the 999.
Be sure to click on any image to check out the full gallery from 900-999
Have we missed anything?
Got any trivia or corrections to fill the gaps? Let us know in the comments below.
MORE: Everything Porsche
MORE: Everything Car Culture