RARE PARTS FIND

Hoard of rare air-cooled 911 parts res­cued from France

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One of the UK’S fore­most in­de­pen­dent Porsche spe­cial­ists, BS Mo­tor­sport of West­cott in Buck­ing­hamshire, has ac­quired a sub­stan­tial quan­tity of rare and highly de­sir­able used spares from a former col­lec­tor and en­thu­si­ast based in the south of France. And the vast ma­jor­ity are now up for sale to help give life to other projects and restora­tions.

The hoard – so ex­ten­sive that it took more than two dozen large wooden crates and an ar­tic­u­lated lorry to bring them the nearly 1000 miles to south­ern Eng­land – spans the air-cooled 911 pe­riod from around the late 1960s through to the mid-1990s.

Many of the crates have yet to be fully un­packed, says pro­pri­etor Neil Bain­bridge, but among the vis­i­ble trea­sures are body pan­els, in­te­rior trim and seats, sus­pen­sion and steer­ing sys­tems, brake calipers and cylin­ders, en­gine bar­rels and pis­tons, oil-cool­ers, crankcases, MFI pumps, oil and fuel tanks, in­stru­ments, ex­hausts, steer­ing wheels, door cards, and not least a num­ber of crack-free dash­board tops – although un­sur­pris­ingly all of those ap­pear to be for left-hand-drive ve­hi­cles.

There are nu­mer­ous sets of Fuchs and cookie-cut­ter wheels, plus some later 964 and 993 rims and a num­ber of French-made rac­ing cu­riosi­ties, and around 25–30 more or less com­plete en­gines. Those in­clude sev­eral 911S units – iden­ti­fi­able by their red-coloured cool­ing shrouds – and at least one for a 2.7 RS. Some dozen or so gear­boxes were among the col­lec­tion, too. There is also a 32-valve en­gine for a 928, to­gether with its own al­most equally mas­sive au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

‘We have al­ready made a start on iden­ti­fy­ing and cat­a­logu­ing the en­gines and gear­boxes,’ says Bain­bridge, ‘and the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing vari­ant and se­rial num­bers, is up on our web­site. I’ll be us­ing a few for in-house projects, but the re­main­der are avail­able ei­ther as they stand or, for ex­tra cost, re­built to the cus­tomer’s re­quire­ments.’ The same goes for the trans­mis­sions, adds Neil, and un­sur­pris­ingly also the MFI pumps in which he now has a par­tic­u­larly keen in­ter­est – and ability, let it be said.

Con­di­tion of the items, as you would ex­pect of a col­lec­tion amassed over many years, and from count­less dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cles, is best de­scribed as ‘vari­able’, but there can be no doubt that all have a con­sid­er­able value. A dirty or even dam­aged speedome­ter, suit­able for pro­fes­sional re­fur­bish­ment, has to be a vastly bet­ter propo­si­tion than no speedome­ter at all. And an orig­i­nal seat, how­ever down-at-heel it may be to­day, is in the right hands one of the fin­ish­ing touches of any top-qual­ity restora­tion.

World­wide ship­ping is avail­able for those not within reach of West­cott. For more de­tails, and high-res­o­lu­tion pho­tos of much of the col­lec­tion, go to the BS Mo­tor­sport web­site at bsmo­tor­sport.co.uk. There you will also find de­tails of the com­pany’s other ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing re­man­u­fac­tured en­gine and trans­mis­sion parts, dyno test­ing, car stor­age, pre-pur­chase in­spec­tions, and even a foren­sic-level Vin-check­ing ser­vice.

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