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.’