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Originally Posted by onboost View Post
Werk.. I think around 81 or so would be a reasonable time line.. although for a company like Porsche to tool-up to make a special fender stamping is not a huge undertaking.

Keep in mind, unlike the stamping of a 1/4 panel, a special fender for a Porsche does not have to be attached as part of the assembly line process as it is not part of the unibody and thus not welded to the tub.
I'm almost sure that when these cars ordered through special wishes prior to the M505 designation were pulled from the line and sent to that department for whatever options were ordered.

zcoker & voitureltd: what you're saying about the earlier fenders being welded does make a lot of sense, as it would've taken them a bit to get a handle on what kind of volume this SN thing would generate... would be nice to know what year that car was that you looked at.

I can't say that I've seen many of them down to the metal on the top side. However, I have inspected quite a few from the bottom and could tell that the welds I've seen are hardly factory. The others I've seen, mine included have no seam or weld.. they're stamped.

As far as part #s are concerned, I doubt you would find a part number stamped on a fender, door, hood, etc.. Porsche usually afixes thier parts tag, a sticker.. and that's it. I know in the early days, 356s and very early 911 cars they had part numbers on the body panels but that's long gone.

Even on my SN, which is not a factory car, you cannot tell that there is any welding with any paint or undercoating on the metal. One would assume a stamped fender. When I removed my undercoating, I observed a very neat almost machine-like TIG weld. Unless this was done by a master, I'd say a machine did it. Unless you strip the undercoating, you cannot know if they are stamped or not. I still say that they are all welded, all years. Just my opinion.
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