4 Most Popular Porsche Sports Car Models

January 27, 2012

It might be a paraphrase of a quote from a movie, but there really is no substitute for a Porsche sports car. No other vehicle typifies the same sense of elite upper echelon muscle car ethos in the same way. So what are some of the most popular Porsche models?

  • Porsche 911
    The first 911 debuted in 1963, but there were actually a few (less than a hundred) that were released as 901s. Due to a trademark issue, Porsche changed the number. While changes have appeared over the years, a few are particularly noteworthy. A 1967 Targa version was released that had a removable roof and back window. 1973 saw the Carrera RS (only produced for two years). These are still prized by collectors and were built more like race cars than the standard 911. While you might hear of Porsche 964s or 993s, but these are really all 911s. The numbers are not the actual model of the car, but internal project numbers.
  • Porsche 944
    Porsche 944s seemed more common on American roads than many of the other models from the manufacturer. It was only made for ten years, though - running from 1982 to 1991. There were several variants including Turbo, Turbo S and Turbo Cabriolet.
  • Porsche Boxster
    Sometimes known as the "Porsche Boxter", the Boxster is a mid-engine roadster that was introduced for the 1997 model year. When released it was based on their 550 Spyder. In fact, one of the most collectible versions of it was the 550 Spyder 50th Anniversary edition. Made in 2004, there were less than 2,000 of them. There is also a Boxster S and, most recently a Boxster Spyder has been released.
  • Porsche Carrera
    While you might hear people refer to a car as a "Porsche Carrera", that is accurate, but fairly non-specific. Over the years the Carrera tag has been applied to a number of Porsches. The most likely candidate is the 911 (mentioned above) as there have been Carreras in just about every production variant of the 911, but they have used the tag with other models. There was a Porsche Carrera GT as a separate vehicle, and less than 1,300 of them were built (between 2004 and 2006).

There is an unmistakable allure attached to Porsche sports cars. Even if your favorite isn't on this list, there is really no "also ran" in the Porsche line, and there clearly is no substitute.