Joe Wil­liams Wey­mouth, UK

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912 Model 1967 Year April 2017 Ac­quired

With the weather on the turn I’ve started chas­ing round some lit­tle jobs. Be­ing over 50 years old, the 912 re­quires some main­te­nance! The swing arm bushes were look­ing pretty tired so I en­trusted the old girl to Matt at ZRS Engi­neer­ing who’s been look­ing af­ter a few lo­cal cars for some time now, and has built quite a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing the se­cret spe­cial­ist. Matt has a sort of ob­ses­sion with tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion

and re­searches model-spe­cific parts like no one else. This re­sulted in chas­ing a few more bushes while it was on the ramp. The end count was over 20, which in­cluded the rear trail­ing arms and a com­plete re­build of the front end too.

The other lit­tle job I asked Matt to have a look at was to fab­ri­cate some cus­tom steel 1970s Rs-style rear ex­haust pipes. The 912 has a very odd and over­sized cor­ner bumper exit pipe that just looks a bit wrong. As with most things at ZRS these got more at­ten­tion than I had ex­pected – beau­ti­fully Tig­welded stain­less items which were then hand pol­ished just enough to match the chrome of the rear bumper and per­fectly bal­anced, util­is­ing the Dansk orig­i­nal out­lets. These pipes look very OEM; a cus­tom yet sub­tle ad­di­tion.

The big ques­tion was if all this ef­fort re­plac­ing bush af­ter bush was re­ally worth it. Af­ter Matt did some fi­nal fet­tling and set up the sus­pen­sion so the car sat per­fectly level, I picked her up for that first drive. It was in­cred­i­ble, like a brand-new car. The 912 had al­ways been a pleas­ant sur­prise and a great drive, but this had trans­formed it into what Porsche had in­tended over 50 years ago. It’s now sharp, fo­cused and much more re­spon­sive. The body roll you come to ex­pect and live with on clas­sic cars was all but gone. It cer­tainly opens the dis­cus­sion for how ad­vanced and ahead of their time Porsche re­ally was. The en­try-level, poor-mans 911 of the 1960s was prob­a­bly the best han­dling and best-value sports car of its time.

Sport­ing her new pipes and han­dling like she should I took her up to Can­ford Clas­sics for their yearly Satur­day morn­ing pull in. Asked to hold back as I ar­rived, we were given a prime front-row space. I would guess 100-plus clas­sic Porsche ar­rived for cof­fee and a break­fast roll, with some amaz­ing ex­am­ples of stun­ning cars that are ac­tu­ally driven. And when you get talk­ing you re­alise that the pas­sion still runs deep… this is where it all started and when the magic was cre­ated.

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