RARE PARTS FIND
Hoard of rare air-cooled 911 parts rescued from France
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.