The tempt­ing trin­kets that en­hance Porsche own­er­ship

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...and all the lat­est must have stuff


If you’re an owner of a first-gen­er­a­tion 987 or 997 model, you’ll al­most cer­tainly be fa­mil­iar with the com­mon prob­lem of sticky cli­mate con­trol rocker switches that are rapidly shed­ding their soft-touch coat­ing. The re­sult is an ugly mess that’s only go­ing to get worse. In­deed, now that early 987 and 997 mod­els are all at least a decade old, even low mile ex­am­ples can suf­fer thanks to the coat­ing ma­te­rial be­com­ing soft and frag­ile with age. Un­less, that is, you get your switches re­stored by Car Bone. For a hun­dred bucks, or about £75, they’ll take your cli­mate panel, re­move the switches and re­store the coat­ing with a harder-wear­ing re­place­ment. What’s more, the re­stored switches il­lu­mi­nate just like the orig­i­nals. Head over to car-bone.pl to find out more.


If you only want to do it once, do it right. A com­mon re­frain and one that neatly ap­plies to this Dansk ex­haust pack­age for air-cooled 911s. This par­tic­u­lar kit is com­pat­i­ble with 2.7-litre and 3.0-litre mod­els dat­ing from 1973 through to 1983. High­lights in­clude stain­less con­struc­tion through­out, a free flow­ing de­sign that helps re­lease ad­di­tional power and a 60mm tail pipe. What’s more it’s a com­pre­hen­sive pack­age that in­cludes the back box, man­i­folds with heat ex­chang­ers, gas­kets, fix­ings and more. The prod­uct code for this kit is 1620000810, but Dansk of­fers sim­i­lar so­lu­tions for most if not all pe­riod air-cooled mod­els. Avail­able now from de­sign911.co.uk for £2275, it’s not ex­actly pen­nies, but it is com­pet­i­tively priced and should make for a sound long-term in­vest­ment.


Air-cooled 911s are now ex­tremely ex­pen­sive. The down­sides to that are ob­vi­ous enough. But there are up­sides, too. Rock­et­ing val­ues have also su­per­charged the 911 restora­tion in­dus­try, the con­se­quence of which is much bet­ter avail­abil­ity of qual­ity parts. There’s very lit­tle you can’t now re­place with a brand new bit on an old 911. This en­gine grille is a great ex­am­ple. Sold un­der the Clas­sic Line brand, it comes from JP Group in Den­mark, a huge Porsche parts spe­cial­ist that’s also re­spon­si­ble for well known brands like Dansk. This grille is de­signed for 911s built be­tween Jan­uary 1963 and July 1967, plus 912 mod­els from Jan­uary 1965 to Fe­bru­ary 1970. To source yours, search for prod­uct num­ber 1684550200 on teile­haber. de, where it’s cur­rently priced at €463 or ap­prox­i­mately £415.


Well, you would be in th­ese natty new seats from our chums at Selec­tion RS in France. The two-seat tubchairs are said to be in­spired by the liv­er­ies of the most le­gendary rac­ing cars from across the ages, in­clud­ing sev­eral Porsches. Con­structed in­ter­nally from par­ti­cle board, they’re cov­ered in hard wear­ing and stain re­sis­tant PVC and polyester. Cur­rently, three liv­er­ies are avail­able: Gulf, Mar­tini and Pepita, with the lat­ter recre­at­ing the clas­sic hound­stooth and vinyl up­hol­stery of clas­sic 911s of yore. Di­men­sions are 120cm by 80cm by 75cm, while a smaller sin­gle-seat ver­sion is also avail­able. Per­fect for adding a lit­tle Porsch­eness to your of­fice, liv­ing room or garage. The two-seater is in stock now for €399.95 or £355 from se­lec­tionrs.com.


There’s no sub­sti­tute for get­ting your own hands dirty. But not all of us have ac­cess to a four-poster lift, a shed full of tools and end­less hours for DIY tin­ker­ing. In­stead, this de­tailed and fully func­tion­ing 1:3 scale model of the 550 Spy­der’s flat-four race en­gine of­fers a more vi­able way to go hands-on with some Porsche en­gi­neer­ing. Made up of over 300 parts, the kit takes around five hours to build. What’s more, the pieces snap and screw to­gether with­out the need for any glue. The re­sult is a ma­chine in mo­tion, in­clud­ing crank­shaft, pis­tons, valves. It even has in­te­grated lights to sim­u­late com­bus­tion as the en­gine ro­tates, comes with a de­tailed man­ual and emits a char­ac­ter­is­tic flat­four sound­track. Grab yours from se­lec­tionrs.com for €229.95 or around £200 in old money.


Garage or man cave in need a lit­tle Porschefi­ca­tion? Then may we rec­om­mend one of a num­ber of new art posters from our friends at Car­bone in Poland. The poster shown here cel­e­brates the iconic 930 Turbo re­plete in its op­tional M42 Mar­tini liv­ery. Among oth­ers you can also opt for a poster com­mem­o­rat­ing 70 years of Porsche, a pink Gozzy Kre­mer hood liv­ery de­sign and one that cel­e­brates Porsche’s Le Mans ex­ploits over the last four years. Each poster is avail­able in two sizes: 68cm by 98cm and 29.7cm by 42cm. Pric­ing is $28 or £22 plus ship­ping for the larger for­mat and $10 or £8 plus ship­ping for the small for­mat. You can also view all the posters, plus down­load ver­sions of the posters to use as PC wall­pa­pers and smart­phone back­grounds, from car-bone.pl.


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