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This Decal Is Used on Wide-Body Porsche Models During Shipping

So I’m hanging around the other day at Porsche of Warrington, which is a local Porsche dealer here in the Philadelphia suburbs that has an unusually cool inventory that currently includes a Hummer H1 Alpha and a Porsche 996 GT3, and while I’m there a couple of cars were unloaded from a truck after making their way here from Germany. One of the cars was a new Targa 4S — and on the side was this decal. See the Porsche 911 models for sale near you

The decal, as you can see, says "Extrem breit," and then "Wide version," to indicate the Porsche model on which it’s placed is the "wide body" version with enlarged rear hips compared to the normal one. There are also little arrows pointing to the sides of a car drawing, which has circular headlights like a Porsche (but an upright windshield like some normal, dull, not-very-wide car). Underneath it all, it says in very small print that it’s "Printed in Germany." Well, of course. Nothing else would suffice.

Well, as it turns out, this decal is included on every single wide body Porsche model that comes out of the factory and makes its way onto the cargo ships and transport trucks. The point is obvious: The wide body cars (all-wheel drive 911 models, mainly) require a little extra care when loading because they’re slightly wider than normal models, and Porsche wants to make sure all the people who load and unload the cars after they leave the factory don’t actually try to drive a wide-body model into a space that can only fit a narrow-body version.

Naturally, I loved this decal, and the dealership let me keep it, as they usually just remove it and throw it away. Now it’s on my desk, right next to the hedgehog that holds my toothpicks — and I think it’s one of the coolest souvenirs that most Porsche owners probably don’t even know about. Find a Porsche 911 for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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