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 2016 Ac­quired 2018 The seeds of my Porsche ob­ses­sion may have been sown by my Grandpa in the 1970s, but my first air-cooled Porsche, a one­owner 1972 Tan­ger­ine 911T Targa, did not join me un­til five years ago.

I’ve been re­flect­ing on my first clas­sic 911 pur­chase, and still vividly re­mem­ber my first drive round the block, the smell of the in­te­rior and the sound of the car­bu­ret­tors. The sound of the sports ex­haust was sur­pris­ingly muted at idle, but when you ac­cel­er­ated the noise in­creased ex­po­nen­tially. What a won­der­ful day it was.

For the next few months I en­joyed the Targa and the vin­tage 911 driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that came with it. As I spent more time with the car and fa­nat­i­cally re­searched ev­ery de­tail of the 1972 911T, I be­gan to iden­tify the parts of the car that were not pe­riod cor­rect.

My 911T’s doc­u­men­ta­tion was flaw­less, a com­plete and de­tailed record since its pur­chase in 1972, which was in­cred­i­bly use­ful in fig­ur­ing out some of the in­cor­rect items. For ex­am­ple, the driver-side seat­belt had an or­ange thread run­ning through the cen­tre. My re­search led me to find out that this was pe­riod cor­rect for Ger­man de­liv­ered cars, but in­cor­rect for a US de­liv­ery car. I went through the mas­sive binder of doc­u­ments and found a re­ceipt for the in­stal­la­tion of a new seat­belt while the car was in Ger­many – mys­tery solved.

My point is that buy­ing a used vin­tage Porsche is some­what of a lot­tery, even with ex­ten­sive due dili­gence. For ex­am­ple, the more time I spent with the 911T, the more I went through the pa­per­work, and the more I learned about what is to be re­al­is­ti­cally ex­pected from a 911 made in 1972.

The ma­jor is­sue was the er­ratic per­for­mance of the engine; some­thing was not right, and I even­tu­ally de­cided to drop the engine and have it gone through. It was some­what of a hor­ror show once the case was opened… all sorts of weird and won­der­ful hard­ware had been used. Once again, I went back through the doc­u­men­ta­tion and dis­cov­ered the cul­prit, a 2005 re­build by the in­fa­mous Mo­tor Meis­ter Inc.

As a first-time buyer I dove in at the deep end and com­mit­ted al­most all the car­di­nal sins of car buy­ing: I bought the Targa sight un­seen on ebay with­out a pre-pur­chase in­spec­tion, I did not take the time to ex­am­ine the pa­per­work and prob­a­bly the big­gest mis­take, not con­nect­ing with an air-cooled Porsche ex­pert to help me nav­i­gate the pur­chase.

Thank­fully through the last five years I have got­ten to know many other en­thu­si­asts and pro­fes­sion­als and the qual­ity of my pur­chas­ing has vastly im­proved. I guess what I’m say­ing in a very round­about man­ner is, don’t be an id­iot like me, and reach out to some­one well versed in vin­tage Porsche you can trust be­fore you dive in. I’m more than happy to point you in the right direc­tion if you need ad­vice. The more good air­cooled Porsche on the road, the bet­ter!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.