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Rétromobile 2020 – Porsche 911 Turbo Slant Nose de 1982

Au début des années 1980, quelques rares Porsche 911 Turbo type 930 étaient produites principalement pour le marché nord-américain avec une face avant spécifique et aérodynamique, les phares étant situés dans le pare-chocs. Elles étaient surnommées « Slant Nose » (nez incliné). L’un des 38 exemplaires produits en 1982 était présent au salon Rétromobile, mise en vente …

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Squirrels Store Nuts In 1974 Porsche 911 Targa 2.7

The wildlife know how to live it up in Switzerland.

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Une Porsche 911 Targa 2.7 de 1974 remplie de noix dans son compartiment moteur

Une Porsche 911 Targa 2.7 de 1974 a récemment été sauvée en Suisse suite à une longue immobilisation. En ouvrant son capot moteur, un grand garde-manger d’écureuils a été découvert avec étonnement. Durant sa longue immobilisation suite à son abandon, des écureuils suisses ont passé leurs journées à remplir cette Porsche 911 Traga avec des …

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3.2 Carrera Clubsport: the lightweight special

The proliferation of GT models over the last few years means we’ve arguably become a little spoilt when it comes to the concept of more focused, pared-back 911s. It was a rather more novel approach back in 1973 when the legendary 2.7 RS burst onto the scene, a model Porsche followed a year later with the much rarer 3.0 variant.

The SC RS continued Porsche’s burgeoning Rennsport tradition at the start of the 1980s, but the reality is it cannot be considered in the same vein as its predecessors. Just 21 were made, but it was also a pure competition car, unlike the homologated RS 911s of the 1970s. 

It would actually take until 1991 for the Rennsport badge to make a comeback on the decklid of a road-going Porsche 911 as we know it, this time attached to the 964.

That meant nearly a 20-year gap between these air-cooled homologation specials so coveted by enthusiasts today. There was, however, an attempt by Porsche between 1987 and 1989 to plug that gap with a lightweight special: the Clubsport

There was certainly space in the Carrera range of the time for something a little more focused, and with the 964 waiting in the wings it could be considered a fitting last hurrah before increasing modernity swept away many elements of 911 tradition. Even if it isn’t quite the real RS deal, this is a model that had more than a dusting of Rennsport magic, and today it’s a Total 911 favourite. 

Work on a prototype designated by Porsche as ‘911 F22 prototype sports package 2’ had begun in 1984, and it appeared on the road the following year featuring glass-fibre bumpers and the older 915 transmission, neither of which made it to the production version that would make its debut at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show two years later.

Initially aimed at those with an urge to participate in club-level racing and other track events, it would go on to make for a magical road car, albeit a rare one. Of the 340 made, just 53 would come to the UK, with a further 28 examples heading Stateside – yes, this is a lightweight special that was permitted for the American market. The majority of Carrera Clubsports – 169 – were produced in 1988.

Numbers like those should have ensured instant desirability, but rather to Porsche’s surprise the reality proved slightly different. Despite actually being cheaper than the 3.2 Carrera upon which it was based – not a strategy you could see Weissach embracing today, where less very much costs more – early sales were something of a struggle.

The reasons for this have never been fully explained, although it’s conceivable that the somewhat austere specification didn’t really chime with the period of 1980s excess, a time when the well-heeled wanted to flaunt their financial status with luxury cars. So what did ticking the option box marked ‘M637’ actually get a buyer for their £34,389?

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’78 Porsche 911 SC 3.0… Outlaw school !

Pas besoin d’en faire des tonnes… Quand je suis tombé sur cette Porsche 911 SC 3.0l de 1978, j’l’ai trouvée aussi modifiée que sobre. Puis en y regardant de plus près, le gars y a fait quand même pas mal de modifs. Et comme j’ai eu du mal à m’en décrocher, j’me suis dit que […]

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