michael mel­drum

Total 911 - - Living The Legend – 911 Owner Reports -

Hous­ton, Texas @p911r

Model 911t targa Year 1972 Ac­quired 2013 Model 911e Year 1972 Ac­quired 2014 Model 930 turbo 3.0 Year 1977 Ac­quired 2014 Model 930 turbo 3.0 Year 1977 Ac­quired 2015 Model car­rera 3.0 Year 1977 Ac­quired 2016 Model 911 sc Year 1981 Ac­quired 2015 Model 3.2 car­rera Year 1986 Ac­quired 2015 Model 993 c4s Year 1996 Ac­quired 2016 Model 964 car­rera 4 Year 1994 Ac­quired 2016 Model 997.1 Gt3 Year 2007 Ac­quired 2017 Model 991.1 Gt3 rs Year 2015 Ac­quired 2018

I’m de­lighted to an­nounce the lat­est ad­di­tion to the P911R clan, a 1988 Grand Prix white Car­rera. For me, noth­ing sums up the late1980’s style like Mi­ami Vice and the white Fuchs on this car.

1980’s Car­reras are al­ways in de­mand in the US due to the bul­let­proof G50 trans­mis­sion and 3.2 flat six. Liv­ing in Texas, a fea­ture I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate is the in­clu­sion of the ex­tra lower dash vents.

I wasn’t ac­tively hunt­ing for a 1980’s Car­rera, but some­times you stum­ble upon a great car that’s too good to pass up. A tip of the hat to my friends at Rswerks in Ne­wark, Delaware for the lead.

As usual, I had my lo­cal Porsche spe­cial­ist Euro­car-werk do a PPI (in my case this means a Post Pur­chase In­spec­tion). Thank­fully the ‘to-do list’ was short and the en­gine had out­stand­ing leak-down numbers. My Grandpa al­ways said: “It’s bet­ter to be lucky than good”.

1980’s Car­reras are solidly put to­gether, of­fer­ing a re­fined driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that ap­peals to those who pre­fer a more com­fort­able ride. This does come at a cost, and the weight of the car is no­tice­able ver­sus an SC or ear­lier car.

Speak­ing of weight, it’s en­light­en­ing to drive this 1988 back-to-back with my 1988 Black Werks Turbo Look (WTL).

The sought-af­ter WTL in­cludes the Turbo brakes, sus­pen­sion, whale­tail and flares, but with the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 3.2. The dif­fer­ence is pro­found; the white ‘nar­row body’ is no­tice­ably faster and ag­ile than my 1988 Car­rera with the M491 Tur­bolook pack­age. This serves as a re­minder why the fac­tory so ag­gres­sively seeks weight re­duc­tions on their spe­cial-edi­tion Rennsport mod­els.

So far, I’ve re­ally en­joyed the white 1988. It’s served me well thus far as a daily driver, suc­cess­fully ex­e­cut­ing the school run and er­rands all over town, but I’m not sure it ful­fils all my re­quire­ments for spir­ited driv­ing. I think I need some more time to de­cide if this is a keeper.

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