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#1 Tmeranda

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 13:23

Can anyone tell me the logic in the way Porsche racing cars in the 60's were named?
First in '64 was the 904
Then after the Carrera 6 came the 906 in 66.
Then came the 910 is '67
BUT THEN came the 907 in 67 and a 909 in '68 and then the 908 in 68.

Why the illogical numbering system. I know they are supposed to be the number of the design projects, but why so out of sequence?

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#2 David M. Kane

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 14:10

The number is assigned at the start of the project not the end of the project. Why the announcement were delayed is a matter for which I have no answer.

#3 Rob Semmeling

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 16:23

Originally posted by Tmeranda
Can anyone tell me the logic in the way Porsche racing cars in the 60's were named?
First in '64 was the 904
Then after the Carrara6 came the 906 in 66.


Carrera 6 is only a different name for the 906.

Porsche always called the car 'Carrera 6' back in the day as far as I know. This because '906' had been used already to refer to 904's with six or eight cylinder engines.

I think only later did people start to call the Carrera 6 '906'.

#4 Tmeranda

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 18:06

Originally posted by Rob Semmeling


Carrera 6 is only a different name for the 906.

Porsche always called the car 'Carrera 6' back in the day as far as I know. This because '906' had been used already to refer to 904's with six or eight cylinder engines.

I think only later did people start to call the Carrera 6 '906'.


Maybe so, but that doesn't answer my question. Why did the 910 come before the 907, 909, and 908. And why did the 909 come before the 908?

#5 Jack-the-Lad

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 18:54

I'm sure TNFer Mr. Ludvigsen will have the definitive answer.

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#6 Scuderia SSS

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 21:19

And if he doesnt have the answer, ask John Starkey. has written many books on the racing Porsche's and is a very nice approachable guy.

#7 Tmeranda

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 18:53

How does one get in contact with either of these two gentlemen?

#8 D-Type

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 19:52

Well, you could go to the forum members list and send a personal message or an e-mail (Karl Ludvigsen posts under the user name 'karlcars')