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1963 Porsche 911: Year One

1963 Porsche 911: Year One

Porsche traces its roots back to Volkswagen who wanted to build faster version of the Beetle for racing. When the race never happened, they decided to keep working on the fast version anyway.

The 1963 Porsche 911 debuted as the Porsche 901, but some wet blanket in France said they had copyrights to cars with a 0 in the middle of the name or some crap like that. Anyway, long story short, Porsche just changed the 0 to a 1 and voila we have the iconic Porsche 911.

Check out the original specs:

  • Engine: 6 cylinder Boxer
  • Power: 130 HP
  • Transmission: 5 speed manual
  • Curb Weight: 2,376 lbs
  • Speed: 11.5 seconds

Why am I writing about this? I don’t really know. But it’s a cool car. So piss off.

 

Frankenstein’s Monster: Classic Porsche 911 Overhaul

Frankenstein’s Monster: Classic Porsche 911 Overhaul

Before we talk about any other shit, we need to address what’s really important about the Porsche 911 of the 70′s. Who drives┬áthem.

Let’s start with the list:

Ralph Lauren – Dousche

Jerry Seinfeld – Likeable Dousche

Richard Hammond – Hard not to like

Rowan Atkinson – Mr. Bean

Christ, even Bill Lumbergh drives a 911…

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All joking aside, the Porsche 911 of the early 70′s was one of the best sports cars ever made – before regulations and government caused Porsche to modify their engine. This essentially made the Porsche 911, less Porsche-like. Less fun, less grunt. And sadly, these early Porsches are becoming harder and harder to find.

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Luckily, a company named Singer Vehicle Design, has figured out a way to breathe life back into the Porsche monster – and the result is incredible. They use a process called “backdating” where they start with a modern car, strip it down to the essentials, and build it back up as an “old” car. In this case the new car is a ’89-94 Porsche 964. It gets stripped down and rebuild with a carbon fiber body, 360hp engine, and is scary fun to drive.

The downside: if you don’t have a 964, you probably won’t be getting Frankenstein’s Monster either – since they create these based on owners bringing them in. The good news is, you will save yourself $500,000 and an 8 month waiting period while they build the damn thing. That’s a lot of cheese.

But if I had the money, would I get one of these things? Absolutely. And no, I won’t be working this weekend.

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