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The Story Behind the Name: 911

Have you ever wondered why the Porsche 911 is called the 911? 


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The Porsche 911 was presented in September 1963 at the IAA in Frankfurt, but it wasn't originally called a 911. It was called the Porsche 901. The Porsche 901 was debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October of 1964 and the French car manufacturer Peugot objected to the name of this Porsche model. Apparently Peugeot had patented a three-digit type designation with a zero in the middle. For example, 701, 801, or 901. So Porsche had to change the name from Porsche 901 to Porsche 911. 

Before the name change of the Porsche 911, 82 cars were already produced under the name Porsche 901. 

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Some of the famous features of the first model version of 901 were bumpers with chrome-plated bumper guards. Rear lid with chrome-plated grill. Gold colored Porsche logo, and windshield wipers that lie to the right.