One of the best cars ever made (speaking from experience from owning a 83' 911). Porsche has made models from the No. 1 in 1948 to the soon to be released C7S. Be prepared for a lot of info on the 911 model. Porsche's most popular model, the 911, has a long history from 1965 to the present, and includes many "side" models. For example, a 911 from 1991 to 1994 is known as a 964, a 911 from 1995-1998 is known as the 993, a 911 from 1999-2004 is known as the 996, and the 911 from 2005 is known as the 997. Also, in the 70's and 80's Porsche 911 Turbos were also known as the 930.
The older 911s (in the 60's, 70's, and 80's) had the "S", "T", "E", "RS", "Carrera", and "SC" trim.
In the 70's, and early 80's the 911 had a 2.4, 2.7, and 3.0 litre engines. According to many 911 owners, the 2.7 litre engine had a lot of cooling problems due to the 5 blade cooling fan not getting enough air into the engine. The more refined 3.0 litre (1978-1983)is known to be a very reliable and "bulletproof" engine. The 2.7 and 3.0 also used the CIS fuel injection, opposed to later engines, like the 3.2 litre (1984-1988) and the 3.6 litre (1989-1998)which used Motronic fuel injection.
The Porsche 911 included a few different body styles, the Targa, Coupe, and Cabriolet. The Targa (produced from 1967 to the present)is a half coupe / half cabriolet trim that includes a removeable top, but a permanent rear window. The cabriolet, produced from 1983 on, came with Turbo and non-turbo models. The coupe was the first trim of the 911, and is one of the more popular trims.
The 911 Turbo (I believe from 1975 on)is a very expensive 911, and in the 80's, the Porsche factory would make a "Turbo Look", to sell a 911 that had the widebody, and the turbo tail, but no turbo engine.
Performance wise, Porsches are very fast cars, and very good track cars. For the older Porsche 911's (70's and 80's) the 0-60 mph time was from 5-8 seconds. The Turbo in the same year range could do 0-60 in 5 seconds or under, and the later models can do 0-60 in 3-5 seconds.
I believe that's it for the 911. I don't know much about other models, so I won't comment on them.
See my red 1983 Porsche 911 Cabriolet in the "images" section.
Porsche Club of America. This club sponsers events, like autocrosses, drives, BBQs, and other various acivities to its members who own a Porsche. Any Porsche owner can join regardless of what model or what type of modifications the car has had. The PCA is divided into different regions across the U.S. as well.
I'm going to next PCA autocross sponsored by the LPR (Loma Prieta Region) in a week.