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    Car #Porsche-356A / #Porsche-356 / #Porsche

    RUN BY Alain de Cadenet
    OWNED SINCE 2005
    PREVIOUS REPORT July 2016

    I rediscovered that leaving the 356 parked up and lonely was the worst thing I could have done. I had to get another 6V battery, change the hygroscopic brake fluid and seriously detail the paintwork. It was, however, tricky to use the car when one’s health is not really up to it as well. But it was so exciting to have the car back from Andy Prill, who had done a great job on the motor and set up the suspension – including camber change and toe-in adjustment. It is now spot-on.

    Meanwhile, I did a full grease-up and gave it some TLC all around. I could hardly wait to get in the magnificent old bird and try her out. The motor pulls well (all 60bhp of it) on the original single-choke #Solex-32PBIC carbs, which had endured a complete rebuild to factory specification and now enable the car to pull away with some extra low-down torque.

    Having driven another 356 at Monterey last year, I had remarked that the car handled far better than mine – only to realise that it was fitted with #Vredestein 155SR15 #Sprint-Classic-tyres . That’s tires over there, of course. Naturally I had to have some of those, but I found it tricky to source a local tyre-fitter who could handle tyres that needed inner tubes!

    Not far from the mews in Kensington – in Munster Road, Fulham, in fact – I found someone and he did a great job fitting my new ones. But he did not have a mandrel on which to mount the wheels for balancing, so now I have to find someone with an on-car balancing set-up to finish it off. These ‘A’-type 356s have Volkswagen open-centre wheels, as you may know. However, on my first outing of some 120 miles I didn’t notice any vibration to concern me at legal road speeds. Plus I happen to prefer the 155 rather than the 165 tyre size.

    There is a small difference in the rolling radius but the car feels so good and has less drag than on the 165s. It also sits well on the road, just as it did when new. I have never understood why folk want to turn these older machines into something way out-performing what they were originally, with big tyres and double or more the horsepower.

    But they do. And why shouldn’t they? It’s just not for me. The tyre-fitter also produced some small plastic collars that fit into the valve hole in the wheel rim to stop the neck of the valve chafing on the steel of the wheel. It makes sense to have these for the first time, something I was pleased to learn about and yet another trick of the trade that you can only find out from someone who knows about such things. I have a rally coming up and expect it to run as well as she did when new after all this attention.
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    Trending: #Porsche-911-Turbo-996 / #Porsche-911-Turbo / #Porsche-911-996 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche-996 / #Porsche /

    One to buy!

    Keep it quiet but word is that smart money is starting to pick up Porsche 996 Turbos while they are still ridiculously cheap. While it’s understandable that regular 996s are at rock bottom because everyone’s scared of the potential engine problems threatened by those nasty initials IMS and RMS, the Turbos (and GT3) used a different engine that isn’t affected in the same way. It seems not a lot of people know that.

    We don’t use the term ‘ridiculously cheap’ lightly. Silverstone Auctions recently sold one that’s as good as you’ll find for £52,667. How good? Try UK market right-hook manual with genuine 13,000 miles, recently recommissioned after dry storage and immaculate. If that’s too steep – or too good to use – Historics followed with a similarly immaculate and well-historied one with 48k. Ready to play, it made £33,880.

    Now look at prices for the two predecessor 911 Turbos, the 993 and 964. Even after settling back a bit recently, their values are on another planet, topping out at £130k. History has a habit of repeating itself. Buy the right 996 and care for it and you may wind up grinning at more than just the driving experience.

    One of the great performance bargains – but for how long?
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    Old rivals, new scores 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S 992 vs. 2019 Audi R8 V10 Type 4S

    Posted in Cars on Wednesday, 01 May 2019

    Blurring the line between sports car and supercar has always been one of the Audi R8’s special talents. Not only did it blow everybody away with its incredible proportions when it was launched in 2006, Audi’s first attempt at a mid-engined two-seater was easily the best-handling car the company had ever produced. The high-revving 414bhp V8 was an absolute gem and you could even get an open-gated six-speed manual transmission. It’s easy to forget that the R8 was pitched as a rival to a fairly run-of-the-mill Porsche 911.

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