WHAT ARE THEY LIKE TO DRIVE?

Classic Porsche - - Decisions Decisions -

On the road itʼs soon ap­par­ent that both these 911s come from the same tun­ing phi­los­o­phy. Dif­fer­ences in ex­haust spec­i­fi­ca­tion mean the yel­low car is slightly louder, but both dis­play a re­mark­able ab­sence of tem­per­a­ment at low rpm yet re­spond with alacrity to the right foot and rev with the con­trolled smooth­ness of a mod­ern 24-valve 911.

Turn-in, too, un­doubt­edly ben­e­fits from the lower, firmer damp­ing, but steer­ing ef­fort on stan­dard width tyres is no greater. Sur­pris­ingly ride has not suf­fered and while road im­per­fec­tions are still trans­mit­ted through the chas­sis, there is none of the crash­ing of a bone-hard sus­pen­sion, and driver and pas­sen­ger re­main com­fort­able.

Clearly these two are nicely con­fig­ured for a long haul. If the re­cently com­pleted yel­low car feels slightly ʻsharper ʼ in a tight cor­ner, this is at­trib­ut­able to the rigid­ity en­dowed by the roll cage. Both Porsches, though, are might­ily im­pres­sive: pe­riod-look­ing – only the purist would spot the back­dat­ing: com­fort­ably up­hol­stered, and sen­si­bly sus­pended and shod, their sound­tracks em­phatic rather than os­ten­ta­tious: this im­mensely in­volv­ing pair rep­re­sents the kind of 911s that pro­vide driv­ing plea­sures at speeds where mod­ern sports cars with their re­fine­ment and huge re­serves simply donʼt feel spe­cial enough.

All good things must come to an end and Robin El­lis has de­cided he canʼt drive both cars at once, so the white 3.2 en­gined SC is re­luc­tantly for sale.

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