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Ride Along For A Frantic Lap Around the ‘Ring in a 1976 Porsche Turbo

Though the Widowmaker strikes fear into the hearts of many, this footage suggests it’s not necessarily as fearsome as its reputation suggests. While it wouldn’t be fair to call it a pussycat, this example looks approachable by a talented shoe. Granted, the car here is heavily modified and the man in the seat is one of the best instructors at the Nurburgring, but it shows that the classic 911 Turbo can be tamed with a delicate touch.

It looks slightly pushy at turn-in, but the car is planted and settled under throttle. It even leaps out of corners with a hint of oversteer here and there (4:29). Predictable enough, but its high-speed manners are what are the most surprising. It looks friendly—almost tame, and though the steering writhes around in Andreas Gülden’s hands, it looks like the most laborious part of driving the car is rowing that shifter!

Such a confidence-inspiring car is a huge asset during the 24 Hour Classic, where serious speed differentials separate the pros in faster cars from the hordes of playful amateurs in mildly modded E30s. As a result, quick decisions must be made frequently.

Gülden’s negotiation of traffic is even more impressive than his stylish and understated driving. Huge traffic jams decorate the 16.12-mile course (7:34), and he can quickly switch his pace from banzai to drive-through lane at the drop of a hat. He can also pounce at the precise moment without compromising either’s safety (11:12). He’s the real deal alright.

He keeps his professional cool until he’s cramped by a Golf at higher speeds (9:01). His gesticulation is justified; the oblivious driver ahead needs to provide the faster cars a way through—especially in the fastest sections of the track. Like a seasoned pro, he proceeds unfazed until his podium hopes are dashed with mechanical failure of some sort (12:32). To suffer something like that to happen in one of the Nordschleife’s most intimidating corners and not panic deserves some sort of prize, though.

Not the hand gesture I would’ve picked, but it show remarkable composure in dangerous situations.

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The 2020 Porsche Taycan Makes An Appearance At The Formula E Finale In New York City

We are about 2 months away from the official launch of Porsche’s first all electric street car, the Taycan. In the lead up to the car’s official public unveiling, Porsche trotted one out to Brooklyn, New York to give potential consumers and EV heads a look at the thing. Porsche has already signed Neel Jani to drive the company’s Formula E racer in the 2019/20 season, and he was on hand to give the Taycan a proper flogging.

Jani on the drive: « Like our Formula E car, it has a Porsche drivetrain that is designed for performance and reliability. No matter whether it is a racing car or a series-production model, it is extremely important to drive many miles in the test phase and to gain experience with the vehicle.”

This is the Taycan’s final appearance as a « prototype » following similar events in China and Great Britain.

 
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Our Favorite Porsches For Sale This Week: Volume 140

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on the internet for over five years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we’re feeling a bit down in the doldrums with all the greyscale paint jobs in Porsche dealers today. For that reason, we’re looking for brightly colored cars to lift our spirits! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our « curated » look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches for sale. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by tens of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. Speed Yellow 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 For Sale

 

Speed Yellow isn’t exactly an uncommon Porsche color, but it just looks so good on the flanks of this 997 GT3 that I had to include it in this week’s theme. It’s bright and sunshiney, and if that Mezger-based engine doesn’t put a smile on your face, you just might be dead. These are exploding in value right now, so you might be able to ride the wave upward. Then again, maybe the bubble will burst. What do we know? I do know that it looks spectacular with black wheels and Speed Yellow paint. Get it.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay

2. Saturn Yellow 1973 Porsche 914 2.0L For Sale

 

Saturn Yellow is a pretty rare and exotic color when it comes to 914s, and this minty clean 2-liter seems like it would be a great buy for someone out there. 914s handle better than their 1970s VW-sourced parts should give them any right to, but they are lightweight and well balanced and sure footed. This would make a great first Porsche or fiftieth. Grab it before it explodes even further in value. Just make sure you can handle the less-than-sonorous Type 4 exhaust note. And maybe replace

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

3. Pastel Orange 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS For Sale

 

Okay, if you’re going to go for a bold Porsche, you may as well get it in a bold color. Pastel Orange is a very nice shade, and it looks especially good in stark contrast to the GT2 RS’ black and carbon accents. There isn’t much that hasn’t already been said about the GT2 RS, so I guess you just have to know that this car has 129 miles on the odometer. Go get it!

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. Viper Green 1978 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Recreation Backdate For Sale

 

If you can’t pick up a 2.7 RS on its face, you may as well settle for the next best thing. This is a 1978 911 that has been backdated with proper metal fenders, fiberglass hood, ducktail, and bumpers, so it probably weighs quite a bit less than the car it’s based upon. And the 3-liter under the ducktail makes a good bit more power than the 2.7 liter in an OG RS. In a way, this is better than the original, and several orders of magnitude less expensive. Settle for this one.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. Pastel Yellow 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet For Sale

It’s still the middle of summer, and there is plenty of time to get in on the top-down driving in a bright and shiny sports car. This bright yellow 993 Cab is an eye catcher. Even more eye catching is the bright blue leather interior. It’s a weird combination, but I kind of really like it. It’s a nice low-mile example, and appears to be in quite good shape, so maybe it’s worth the near-$60k buy it now price. What do you think?

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

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Now Is Your Chance To Bid On The First Porsche Race Car

The folks over at RM Sotheby’s are preparing to sell an incredibly significant piece of Porsche history. Namely, the Porsche Type 64 race car that was the very first car to wear the Porsche name. In the video below, put out by the auction house this afternoon, you can see the Type 64 in action, driving around Willow Springs race track in California, driven by none other than Porsche’s two biggest fanatics, Jeff Zwart and Patrick Long. They discuss the car’s significance and what it means to them. It’s a short and sweet video that is worth watching. I’ve seen the Type 64, but watching it zoom around a race track is next level cool.

The Porsche Type 64 will be offered during the Saturday evening session of RM Sotheby’s 2019 Monterey auction. It will be one of the more than 180 auction lots sold therein. To see more information about the car, as well as more auction-ready photographs, click here.

The Type 64 was originally built for the Berlin to Rome race, but World War II broke out just a month after the car’s completion. The first of three cars planned, this one was appropriated by Dr. Bodo Lafferentz, the head of the German Labour Front, who promptly damaged it in a heavy crash. The second car was commandeered by a few U.S. Army soldiers, who cut the roof off the car and rallied it around until the engine blew up, then they scrapped it. The crashed car was ultimately returned to Porsche where it was rebodied with the sheetmetal planned to be used for car #3. That third car was never built, and this is the only car of its kind remaining.

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What It’s Like When A 996 Turbo Goes Under the Knife for New Coolant Pipes

Yes, removing the Mezger is that daunting.

The one chink in the Mezger’s armor is its flimsy coolant pipes. For such a bulletproof motor, it seems strange that Porsche just glued the coolant pipes on. Though press-fitted, these coolant lines are known to pop off under high RPM load. Hoovie’s lousy luck meant his first trip to Heartland Motorsports Park was interrupted by his own lines popping off. Fortunately, this did not prompt a spin down the front straight, nor did it cook the motor. It was embarrassing though, and as it turned out, quite pricey to mend.

The Mezger motors that see the track will sustain higher temperatures and loads which are prone to make these lines disengage from the coolant console, and ensuring they stay in place during hard cornering and high revs requires a costly fix. While the cheaper band-aid fix would only set him back a few hundred dollars, the sensible approach costs ten times that. After dropping the engine, the hoses need to be pinned or welded in place, and the especially prudent drivers will replace the problematic OEM plastic elbows with stainless steel units.

The process of removing the engine is more labor intensive than dropping an M96. Turbos, intercoolers, head shields, and all the other forced induction ancillaries take a bit more time and effort. The starter and turbo inlets need to come out too, since they won’t clear the CV axles. With a few minor wiring hurdles cleared, the Mezger can be freed from its cramped confines. However, the process takes Hoovie and Wizard nearly two whole days to complete—which is why he was quoted nearly three large.

If there’s one piece of uplifting news here, it’s that BBi Autosport decided to help by offering to fix the busted water pipe situation. BBi, as well as a host of other Porsche-centric shops, can weld the coolant pipes in place for what should be a permanent fix. If you have any Mezger-powered Porsche, be it a Turbo or a GT3, you can preemptively have this work done, so it doesn’t come apart and leave you stranded without coolant. If you can remove your motor to get the « coolant console » out, as Mr. Hoover has, it’ll help save you a ton of labor.

Now you know. Let his misfortune save you a ton of time and money!

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