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Editor Ben­nett pe­ruses the ar­chives of 911 & Porsche World from days gone by. What’s changed? That will be ev­ery­thing and noth­ing...

911 Porsche World - - Contents -

Jour­ney through 911&PW’S past

Afrosty scene on the front cover of is­sue No 95, as the magazine’s project 944 S2 posed in the frost. In­side Editor Hor­ton ar­gued that Porsches needn’t be wrapped up in warm garages over the win­ter, but should be driven be­cause they are supremely re­silient to the rav­ages of time and weather. I tend to agree, but is it just me who reck­ons that coun­cils now use far more salt than ever be­fore on the roads? I know what the un­der­neath of my 996 looks like and it’s not pretty. I’m afraid it’s stay­ing in the garage un­til all that salt has gone!

The white 944 S2 dis­ap­peared from these pages many years ago, but its front cover star role was part of a wider fea­ture that took in both of the mag’s project 944s at the time. The S2 was in the dog house be­cause its power steer­ing pump had failed. The other 944 – Chris Hor­ton’s LHD Lux – was in the dog house be­cause it wouldn’t start, and yes it’s the same 944 that’s he still play­ing with even now, mak­ing it eas­ily 911&PW’S long­est serv­ing project at 17-years. One day he might fin­ish it!

Also on the front cover was a rather more un­usual story re­lat­ing to buy­ing shares in Porsche and, in­side, Peter Mor­gan, for­merly of this par­ish, ad­vised on ex­actly that. Of course Porsche was a rather dif­fer­ent com­pany back then and very much an in­de­pen­dent one. I’m sure there are many who would have done very well out of Porsche shares over the years, and doubt­less the fi­nan­cially as­tute might have seen when to get out, too, par­tic­u­larly when the VW de­ba­cle kicked off. Per­haps that’s why we printed a dis­claimer against any ad­vice of­fered in the story!

Back to rather more fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory and Keith Seume in­tro­duced his newly ac­quired 1974 911 Car­rera 2.7, the one with the 2.7 RS en­gine. Back then a ’73 RS would set you back around £45,000, whereas the me­chan­i­cally iden­ti­cal Car­rera 2.7 could be had for un­der £20,000. I know, read it and weep. Need­less to say Keith hot-rod­ded the Car­rera and sold it pretty much as soon as it was fin­ished. For a sim­i­lar story check out ‘Projects’ in this is­sue. Hon­estly, Keith, what are you like?

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