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 Porsche ownership is a serious business; classic Porsche 911 ownership is even more. Every facet of the ownership experience needs to be executed to perfection.
Purchasing a 911 must be done in the most fastidious manner, including complete documentation of all the previous owners, all maintenance records, the original sales invoice, original owner’s manual and original radio manual (hang in here).
Have you verified that your 911 is using period-correct date-stamped tyres, glass and wheels, with matching numbers engine and transmission?
Does it have its original oil, and air in the tyres? All aspects need to be inspected for originality in preparation for its first outing to coffee and cars so you are ready for when ‘that guy’ comes along and tells you everything that he thinks is wrong with your car.
Every replacement part must be period correct, manufactured using the same techniques and technologies of the time of the original manufacturer by a German chap called Dieter. Under no circumstances should you ever use a product that is superior or costs less.
Correct storage is key. Are the humidity and temperature of your garage at optimal levels? Are the garage walls, ceiling and floor lined with carpet? Better still, keep it in your living room. Under no circumstances drive your Porsche 911 in rain or snow, I’ve heard a rumour they have been known to melt.
Alternatively… drive and enjoy it. My happiest memories come from driving my cars, often pushing them hard. The 911 was engineered to be driven and can take a thrashing – just be sure to keep up with the maintenance and keep it bellow 4,000rpm until it’s up to temperature and you will be just fine. Furthermore, the 911 is engineered with a high degree of practicality. It’s designed for running errands, daily driving and general ‘normal’ car stuff, so go out and use it as it was intended.
Case in point, we took the 1988
IROC tribute to a Halloween event called ‘Truck or Treat’, an odd American happening where families take their vehicle to a car park, decorate them and then have kids visit all the vehicles trick or treating. We went with a Darth Vader theme as it felt like a good fit for an obnoxiously loud RSR/IROC tribute. No harm befell the Porsche and lots of fun was had, which I think is the most important part of vintage 911 ownership.