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    In 2012, Julien Borne’s father died suddenly. This event – in tandem with the birth of his daughter – caused Borne to pause and take stock of his own life and priorities, an episode of reflection that ultimately led him to a sad-looking #1967-Porsche-912-Coupe and a dilapidated house in the French countryside / #1967

    Borne had been racing in the French Supermoto series for years, so he was no stranger to risk but his decision to move into his grandparent’s long-vacant farmhouse in a village on the outskirts of Paris and devote himself to rebuilding classic Porsches nevertheless required a new level of gumption on his part.

    Borne has since focused his energies on the #Porsche-912 , a car long dismissed by #Porsche enthusiasts as being little more than a tarted up Volkswagen, a poor substitute for the more desirable 911. Yet, as Borne points out, this black sheep is beginning to get its revenge, slowly gaining adherents for its lightweight nimbleness and relative accessibility in a time when early 911s have appreciated beyond the reach of the average enthusiast. Indeed, the 912’s lack of pretense is at the heart of its appeal.

    “The #1967-Porsche-912 is closer to a barbecue car than to a golf course car,” says Borne. “It’s not a car to show off, it’s a car to enjoy.”
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    Lee Sibley
    They’re calling it the massacre of Monterey. One of the highlights of #Car-Week in California, auction houses present their sales in front of some of the world’s wealthiest people, who flock to the coastal city to indulge in a festival of luxurious and collectible sports cars. This year though, it’s fair to say auction house sales had lost their sparkle.

    In many ways the writing was on the wall. Most luxury marques and models, including the Porsche 911 in its various iterations, are down in value compared to a year or two ago. The #Porsche-911R / #Porsche and 997 GT2 RS are good cases in point: both these collectibles were valued at 20 per cent more just 12 months previously. Developments – or lack of – at #Monterey sought to confirm this downwards trend. Many lots didn’t sell, including desirables including a 993 GT2 and 2.7 RS Touring, while others were way down on reserve by the time the hammer fell.

    The entire Monterey sale will be remembered by the farcical events around lot 362, the sole remaining Type 64. Not technically a Porsche, this is a 1939 car built and driven by Dr Ferdinand Porsche and was intended to compete in a Berlin to Rome race in honour of a Pact of Steel between Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy at the time.

    Lot 362 was expected to fetch $20 million, but a mistake started the bidding at $30 million instead of $13 million, with ‘offers’ climbing to $70 million (rather than $17) before the error was realised. Among derision in the room, the sale collapsed. Regardless, Sotheby’s sale was down 25 per cent overall on 2018, a very definitive marker as to the state of the market presently. There’s much conjecture as to why this is the case, from generic talk of a recession, to changes in buying habits of younger generations.

    Without doubt there’s very little confidence in the market right now, but this downward trend in values is no bad thing. It is a widely held view in the industry that prices have been too high for many models for some time now, so an adjustment – no, a reality check – was dearly needed. It looks like that’s exactly what we got from Car Week.
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    Werk II, Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart Porsche / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche-911-993 / #Porsche-911-Carrera-2 / #Porsche-911-Carrera-2-993

    An 86-year-old #Ferry-Porsche , who was responsible for the first-ever #Porsche car sold by the company in 1948, stands alongside the millionth example nearly 50 years later. The car in question, a 993 Carrera 2 with VarioRam, was given to the German highway patrol, where it served for ten years before being handed back to Porsche. Today it can be found on display in the Museum, just the other side of Porscheplatz from where it first rolled out into the Stuttgart sunlight.
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    #Porsche

    “That car isn’t just me, it’s all the people I’ve interacted with to get to this place,” says John Benton. “I bought this car at 23 years old, I didn’t have all the answers…My car is the result of all those little journeys, here and there…”

    Now, John has his own shop that caters to classic Porsches, but it’s really about how he got to this point—a journey happened in his beloved #Porsche-912 .

    “I’ve heard people say that my car is me. You know, when they see it, when they drive in it, they’re like, ‘Man this car’s you, it’s so obvious’,” he says. “That wasn’t my intent, but it’s neat to hear from people - even strangers - you know, ‘you built this car, it’s so obvious’,” he says.

    His car had been found, driven, taken apart, repaired, restored, and loved over his many years of ownership, and the 912 really was his companion. “It was my daily driver…and weekend race car…” with modifications to suit both. Now, its heart is a “Very high-revving, twin-spark 1.7-litre, fuel injected 616 motor…” but to list off specs would do a disservice to Benton’s passion for these machines.

    “Everything I know put into a car…” he says. The only thing missing is his friend and former business partner, John Coffee, who died earlier this year…but not before completing his opus, a Datsun 240Z prepared for the Peking-To-Paris Rally. “John just hit a home run,” says Benton “…it’s his legacy.”
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    Behind The Scenes On Our 1969 #Porsche 911 T Film

    / #1969-Porsche-911T / #1969 / #Porsche-911T / #Porsche-911

    Each week, with every one of our films, our goal is to bring you not only the cars you love, but the kinds of stories that speak to our shared interests from an individual’s perspective. This week we join an old favorite in the form of this 1969 911 T as we follow Kurht Gerhardt through his favorite driving spots during Los Angeles’ early hours.

    After a stint owning some classic Italian steel, Kurht decided that he wanted to hang onto the romance of the vintage experience, but in a package that was altogether more reliable and decidedly easier to find parts and service options for. “I wanted something that was efficient, and that ran right, and that I could get into and just drive.”


    An early 901 Porsche fit the criteria, and so he bought two. It might sound strange to label this one-to-two car swap as an instance of reduction, but looking past the size of the garage space required that’s just what’s happened here. The 911, and the T, or Touring, model especially so, is a very simple car. It’s not fitted with extra functionality or many amenities to dilute the driving feel and feedback provided in such a lightweight and focused sports car. This holds true for all early 901 chassis, but it’s the T that’s the most stripped-down model in the range, and arguably the most pleasurable experience because of it.


    It’s every bit as quick as he needs it to be, and outside of an R, the T can be considered the Porsche that’s been reduced to the maximum degree — not in the sense of loss in the negative though, but rather that its simplicity adds to the driving characteristics and overall temperament by way of not getting in the way; the T channels a level of purity, of unrefined Porsche personality.

    So what does Kurht do to take advantage of this? “One of my favorite things to do is to get up at like six, seven o’clock in the morning on a Sunday.” Living in LA, these early morning weekend hours are the most opportune time to have the weave of the city streets all to yourself, and as you can see in the film, Kurht makes good use of the space available in the first hours of light. It’s a time when the city is still quiet, and the urban and mountain roads alike can offer their true potential to the drivers who seek it.

    He also plans to participate in the Peking to Paris race in 2019, taking the dizzying 8,500-mile route as an opportunity to live out a dream of his. “I can’t wait to get out in the Porsche and camp and just rough it,” he says, “being out in the middle of nowhere for six weeks, it’s going to be an amazing adventure.”

    In the meantime though, he will continue driving the snot out of this sweet piece of Porsche history, and it’s a plan he has stretched out into the furthest future too; “It’s something I want to keep for life because it’s such a solid car. No matter what, it just keeps on running, and you can beat it up a bit and you can haul ass and it still does great. It starts up every day.”

    This is how you use a classic car and wring the most out of it, this is how you Drive Tastefully.
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    992’S TICKET TO ENTRY

    PORSCHE reveals base #Porsche-911-Carrera-992 / #Porsche-911-992 / #Porsche-911-Carrera / #Porsche-992 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche / #Porsche-992 / #2020-Porsche-911-Carrera-992 / #2020

    It’s very fast

    While the eighth generation Porsche 911 Carrera S has been public knowledge for some time, details on the base Carrera and Cabriolet remained guarded secrets... until now.

    Porsche has finally revealed how much its base 911s will cost, how fast they’ll go and what they look like, gifting the sportscar world a new benchmark to measure itself against. The 911 Carrera Coupe starts from $229,500 in Australia, with the Cabriolet costing an extra chunk for $251,000. Or a $3050 and $3500 increase, respectively, on the previous generation’s PDK-equipped base models.

    For that, customers get plenty as standard, including lane change assist, 14-way heated seats, a BOSE sound system, and metallic paint. Mechanically it is very similar to both its predecessor and the more powerful Carrera S that’s already been revealed, powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six producing 283kW and 450Nm.

    That’s 48kW/80Nm less than the Carrera S but 11kW more than the previous base Carrera. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is claimed to take 4.2sec for the Coupe, or 4.0sec when optioned with Sport Chrono, while top speed is 293km/h.

    Braking is provided by 330mm discs and four-piston calipers at both ends, while the wheels are an inch smaller than on the S, measuring 19s on the front and 20s at the rear wrapped in 235/40 and 295/35 tyres respectively. An eight-speed dual-clutch is currently the only available transmission, but we’d expect a seven-speed manual to appear at a later date.

    Like its more powerful sibling, the 992 Carrera uses the widebody shell which allows for expanded tracks and a larger footprint on the road. Despite its extra size an increase in the amount of aluminium and high-strength steel makes the body lighter than its predecessor, though weight has crept up to 1505kg when empty.

    The biggest alterations have taken place inside, where the base Carrera apes the S by adopting a brand new interior design with substantially upgraded connectivity, a 10.9-inch touchscreen display and a pair of digital displays that flank the iconic central analogue tachometer.

    The new 911 Carrera is available to order locally now, with deliveries expected to commence in Q4 this year.

    BELOW Drop-top takes two tenths longer in the (0-62mph) 0-100km/h stakes
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    For many buyers, asset performance is now more important than driving performance

    Just looking #Porsche-911 / #Porsche

    This year has seen one of the hottest trading runs ever for pre-owned Porsches. This has been fuelled by strong sales of cars under ten years old, combined with a long overdue market correction for the classics that continues to bring values towards the levels of Ferrari and the other Italian exotica. The buoyant market has resulted in me driving a remarkable selection of Porsches over the past six months. I can't complain my job doesn’t have its benefits! The most active and exciting sector has been the classic Porsches – everything from the very first 911s and 912s through 944 Turbos and S2s to the blue chip 993 Turbo. Sadly though, as I flick through my road test impressions on these cars, I'm left with a feeling that for many buyers asset performance is now more important than driving performance.
    The first Porsche that really brought this home was a 964 Turbo 3.6. The seller claimed the car was the best thing since sliced bread and priced it accordingly. The 964 Turbo is the best of the single turbo 911 Turbos, but at 1470kg it is a heavy car. That weight combined with the fierce power delivery adds up to a point-and-squirt machine – some way from the being the all-round performer that is the hallmark of a good 911.

    That accolade would take some justifying on the 996 GT2 also. A few weeks back I was checking boost levels one fresh morning along a straight country road and I didn't spot some overhanging trees ahead, shading the asphalt. This beast doesn't have traction control and it duly served up a tank slapper as the tyres found what was left of the morning dew. I caught it, but the experience underlines why this car is not for the inexperienced.

    964 RS values have gone into orbit and everybody is complaining they should have bought one years ago when they were £25,000. As a driver's car, the 964 RS is a cracker and deserves its value upswing. It’s the driver's benchmark for any late, air-cooled 911, being more edgy than the 993 version – another ingredient I love in a good 911. The great thing is that a standard 964 Carrera can provide some of the same thrills and experience for a fraction of the cost and, if you want to, it’s easily upgraded to RS spec. I drove a 964 C that had been modified as such and it was a peach in terms of delivering pure driving fun for a fraction of RS prices. While the top spec Porsches have always grabbed the headlines, we tend to forget that the entry level 911s have always offered the ability to put a smile on their driver’s faces. That applies to the 993 as much as a 964. Two ’94 Carreras demonstrated the truth of the old adage that there’s always a 911 better than the one you can afford, but that doesn't mean the more affordable cars are any less fun.

    Another stand out was a very enjoyable run in a great 944 S2. I've always been a 944 Turbo fan and these two water pumpers may arguably lay claim to being the best built cars Porsche ever made. What the cars have in spades is fantastic cornering balance and a strong family of engines. Pointedly, somebody commented recently that perhaps 944 drivers are the only classic Porsche drivers who really enjoy driving their cars today (as many classic 911s are hooked up to cash generators and tucked away in cocoons). Is that controversial or what?

    I've logged a long and enjoyable list of Boxsters, Caymans, 996s and 997s this year, but two specials were notable – a Cayman R, which delivered the same character as the old 968 Club Sport and surprisingly, has been somewhat neglected by the modern classic seekers because it still has a way to go on the depreciation curve. The other was a 2012 997 GTS, which using the 968 comparison, could be described as a 968 Sport with all the toys. The Powerkit’s extra 23hp over the DFI-engined 997 Carrera S gives the car more flexibility to snap overtake, but you can’t escape the firm ride.

    But call me biased (as I have one), my overall benchmark for any 911 remains the 1972-’73 2.4 911S. In the past weeks I’ve driven three really brilliant 2.4s, the two Ss included an astonishing original and a French restored ‘made as new’ restoration. The third T was a mature restoration from the 1990s. What marked these cars out as undiluted driving machines was their combination of lightness, peaky power (for the S) and handling edginess that demands your full attention. They are also cars that take time and practice to drive well. Next to the S, the T isn’t intimidating at all and showed that as with the basic 964 and 993s, the Cinderella models really earn their Porsche badge.

    Today, we often launch straight into values when talking about collectible Porsches, but we shouldn't forget that the best driver’s cars aren't necessarily the most expensive.
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    This 550-horsepower #1968-Porsche-912 is getting all of its power from an unexpected source: the electric motor from a #Tesla-Model-S-P85D . It was made by two Southern California shops, #Zelectric-Motors and #EV-West , which convert old Volkswagens and Porsches into modernized electric cars. It’s a new way to rescue aging vintage cars — though not everyone is happy with the idea.

    / #Porsche-912 / #1968 / #2019 / #Porsche / #Porsche-912-Eelectric / #Zelectric-Motors / #Porsche-912-Zelectric-Motors / #Porsche-911
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    Owner: Lee Sibley Poole, UK

    Model: #Porsche-911-Carrera-996.1 / #1998-Porsche-911-Carrera-996.1 / #Porsche-911-Carrera-996 / #Porsche-911-Carrera / #Porsche-911-996 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche

    Year #1998

    Acquired JAN 2019

    After the 996’s roadbased European adventures I was keen to get a track day under my belt for 2019. With tyres and brakes recently renewed all-round, I figured now was the best time to indulge.

    I opted for a Porsche Club GB track day, as usually the standard of driving is pretty respectable and, best of all, there’s always a good atmosphere: proceedings aren’t overawed by high volumes of cars – a common mistake made by mainstream trackday companies – and everybody is happy to talk to anybody. Being a PCGB event, I also benefitted from complimentary track day insurance cover as part of my policy with Locktons, subject to an excess of 10 per cent of the vehicle’s value.

    Goodwood was the chosen venue, because unbelievably I’d never driven the motor circuit there before. It was a real box-ticker for me, made all the more special because my dad had decided to come along for the day. I always relish some father and son time, especially when he’s paying for breakfast en route… and before anyone moans, I did offer!

    The track day itself was brilliant. A great mix of cars were on track, from a beautiful 964 RS right up to a plethora of 991.2 GT3 and GT3 RSs. It was a pleasure to share a circuit with them and engage in some brilliant conversations with their enthusiastic owners. A good, complimentary lunch topped things off, and I always appreciate the exceptional organisational skills of the PCGB team lead by James Mclaren-Rowe.

    In hindsight I could have done with some tuition to properly learn the lines, but I had a belter of a day simply having a laugh with my old man. As for the 996? Firstly, let me say it performed excellently overall.

    As my dad and I teared around Goodwood’s pretty circuit, giggling away all the while, I couldn’t help but think just how good value for money these cars are. My example had just got back from a 2,871-kilometre (1,784-mile) European trip less than a week before, and had zero preparation for the track day besides a quick tyre pressure check. If you can find a good example they give you so much sports car for as little as £15k. Phenomenal.

    Secondly – perhaps inevitably – it highlighted, as all track days have done with my 996s through the years, that the car’s 21-year-old suspension is due for renewal. I’ll look at that in the coming months.
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