OWNER’S VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

KEN LEA

As chief en­gi­neer, power train – and later pro­duc­tion di­rec­tor – for the orig­i­nal fuel in­jected Turbo R, Ken knows th­ese cars rather bet­ter than most. ‘My car, which I’ve owned for about four years now, is a 1992 model, known as the “world­wide Turbo” although it’s not fit­ted with cat­a­lysts, as many were.

‘I’d orig­i­nally in­spected it back in 2007 for a friend and it was a lovely ex­am­ple, so when he could no longer drive I bought it from him. It’s done around 75,000 miles now and has needed very lit­tle work. Apart from at­tend­ing to some cos­metic is­sues and ren­o­vat­ing the leather, I’ve just over­hauled the brakes and re­placed the front struts which started to leak when I was re-set­ting the ride height. That re­ally makes a dif­fer­ence to the ride and han­dling, so it’s well worth do­ing.

‘Th­ese cars don’t like stand­ing still so I use it as of­ten as pos­si­ble. It’ll do 20mpg at sen­si­ble speeds, although it’s easy to see that drop to sin­gle fig­ures if you drive with a bit of verve, and the pace will still sur­prise driv­ers of mod­ern ve­hi­cles. They are very spe­cial cars in­deed.’

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