Sunday, August 22, 2010
This 2004 GT3 is as brand new as you can get for a six year-old performance car. Showing only 21 miles on the odometer, this car has been lovingly preserved in a climate controlled Porsche museum. Looking inside, you see that the plastic has never been removed from the seats and gauges. The factory cardboard is still covering the carpet. The car is perfect!
Many GT3 enthusiasts feel that the 2004 generation of the GT3 was the pinnacle. Later versions were saddled with unnecessary luxuries such as sunroofs and air conditioning. This car was spec'd to be the ultimate track-day weapon. In this case, AC and sunroof were left unchecked while the important performance items like Porsche's spectacular ceramic disc brakes were selected. One unusual option is the Speed Yellow seat belts which match the exterior paintwork.
Click on the link below to see 13 more photos in slide-show format.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Ok, so I promise that this wont happen very often, but I had to show off what I got to drive this afternoon - even if it isn't a VW or Porsche.
A Mini you ask? Yeah, its a Mini...but not a normal Mini. This one has a Honda VTEC engine stuffed into the front. It may look like a little bulldog, but it pulls like a greyhound! When the VTEC takes over, the exhaust changes from a howl to a shriek and it would probably pull to 10,000 RPM if it weren't for the rev limiter. I dig it!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
One of the Excellence Magazine readers sent us this photo taken at the GP of Angola in 1964 (photo is mis-labeled as '66). Car #12 is 904-028 driven by Gerhard Koch and now owned by Alex Pollock.
What, you didnt read about #028?!?! Well, make sure you grab the September issue of Excellence before it disappears off the stands!
Had a spare tach refurbished by North Hollywood Speedometer for my '70"S" to go along with the 2.8 liter twin plug that I had built this summer. Felt I should mention this as N. Hollywood makes it as easy as you can get to do business with them!
In less than two weeks, they modified a cheap 914 tachometer to function with an MSD ignition, changed it to 6-cyl, silkscreened the face to 10,000rpm and installed a new bezel. All at a very reasonable cost.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This is a terrific seat. Drivers side sport seat with the original black vinyl upholstery. The tilt bracket has been stripped and powder coated. All of the hardware, sliders and levers have been replated to a new silver zinc finish.
There are two small flaws on the seat. One is a seam which has come loose near the bottom. this can be left as is or repaired by an upholstery shop. The other flaw is a small cut at the very base of the backrest on the back side. Padding is firm and comfortable and the strapping on the bottom is in good condition.
This seat is perfect to buy and install as-is in all but the most show quality early 911. It sits great and looks great! Price: SOLD
For sale is this pristine enthusiast owned Peru Red U.S. Carrera. Peru Red is a very rare color and makes for a distinguished yet not too conservative appearance on this top of the line 911 from 1975. This is a fantastic collectors piece which needs almost nothing to be made perfect.
This car has had a full top quality repaint in the original color which included the removal of the engine and and a full detail. According to the previous seller, while the engine was out, it was sent to Dean Polopolus of Advanced Performance Engineering for a full service. While there are no records to validate this, the engine runs fantastic and leaks no oil which would support this claim. The gearbox is quiet and shifts like a new car. In fact, this Carrera drives like a new Toyota. Steering is tight, suspension and handling is taut and there are no squeaks or rattles to be heard anywhere. Even the tires are close to brand new.
Paint quality is fantastic as are the panel gaps and alignment which is one of the most challenging and key elements of doing the job right. Please view the detail photos of the panel gaps - the fit and finish is exceptional. Looking around the car, you notice the factory driving lamps, headlight squirters and electric sunroof. Inside, you are met with immaculate "Cinnamon" upholstery and dash top with no cracks, tears or damage. However, the carpeting is original to the car and is beginning to show its age in the drivers footwell. The Carrera also comes equipped with electric windows and the special and rare factory thick-grip leather steering wheel.
In the trunk you will find the original tool kit, spare tire and jack. There is no rust or rot to be found anywhere on this car. It currently shows approx 64,650 miles.
The 74/75 Carrera is in the midst of chasing its big-brother the '73 RS Carrera in value. It is unlikely that it will ever reach the values of the '73, but there is no doubt that excellent examples like this one will continue to escalate in value while also affording its owner the opportunity to drive and enjoy the investment like Porsche intended them to.
Click below to see a 30+ photo slide-show of this car.
Monday, August 2, 2010
What a great event. Great weather, 460+ Porsche's and a alluring little college town. Its a nice way to spend a Saturday.
Ron Thomas brought three fresh cars to display and I could have spent all day just on those three cars! The first was a white/green '73 RS. The second was a 2011 GT3RS in a one-off matching white/green paint scheme.
Enjoy...more to come later this week.