Michael Mel­drum

Hous­ton, Texas @p911r

Total 911 - - Living The Legend – 911 Owner Reports -

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.

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