911 Série C [1970]

Porsche 911 Carrera T de 2018 vs Porsche 911T de 1970

Pour savoir si la Porsche 911 Carrera T a renoué avec les performances légères qui ont commencé avec la Porsche 911T originale au début des années 1970, vous pouvez vous adresser au Dr Leslie Kuek, un chirurgien plasticien originaire de Singapour, qui a piloté les deux. Conduire la Porsche 911 Carrera T est en effet …

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Time Traveller

To find out if the Porsche 911 Carrera T marks a return to lightweight performance that began with the original 911T in the early 1970s, you could ask Dr Leslie Kuek, a plastic surgeon hailing from Singapore, who has driven both.

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Porsche 911 T & Carrera T – ROAD TRIP : l’instant T

Ayant un sens aiguisé du commerce, Porsche fait vraiment feu de tout bois. Après les SUV et les moteurs diesels, le passé figure aujourd’hui parmi les combustibles lucratifs de la firme de Zuffenhausen qui, à la moindre occasion, fait ressurgir de prestigieux labels ayant contribué à son indéfectible renommée.

GTS, RS, R, SpeedsterRien n’est trop beau, ni trop vieux pour rehausser l’authenticité, l’exclusivité et par là même, le tarif d’un modèle. Quitte, pourquoi pas, à le décliner dans un nombre limité d’exemplaires.

L’indéboulonnable 911 surfe particulièrement sur cette vague nostalgico-spéculative. Parmi les dernières trouvailles en date : la Carrera T, apparue en concession début 2018, à l’occasion des 50 ans de la 911 Touring, née en 1968.

Le pire dans tout cela ? Tout le monde marche dans la combine, nous y compris. Nous n’aurons pas rechigné longtemps avant de nous précipiter au volant de cette énième version. Direction la Bourgogne.

Promesse d’un retour aux sources de la sportivité, la “T” se targue d’être 20 kg plus légère qu’une Carrera “tout court” dont elle dérive. A condition toutefois de renoncer au GPS et aux places arrière…disponibles sans supplément….See more pictures on Auto moto : magazine auto et moto

 

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Video: A history of the Porsche 911 Targa

 

In 2017, the Porsche 911 Targa – the original open top Neunelfer – will reach its 50th birthday, a remarkable milestone for a model that was originally devised to meet safety regulations that were, ultimately, never implemented.

To celebrate the upcoming anniversary, we’ve decided to look back over the Targa’s half a century of history in our latest video, taking you through the evolution of the model from 1967 right through to the latest 991.2 Targa 4S.

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Our five-minute flick also stars a 1974 Porsche 911 Targa from esteemed specialist, Canford Classics, the original impact bumper iteration showing how the latest open-top Neunelfers has both changed and been inspired by Zuffenhausen’s iconic roll hoop design.

We’ve put the two idiosyncratic roof systems to the test too and, if you missed our road trip with the 991.2 version in Total 911 issue 142, Features Editor, Josh gives you his opinion from behind the wheel of the new 911 Targa to see if turbocharging has improved the alfresco driving experience.

For more of the latest and best Porsche 911 videos, check out our dedicated film section now.

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Throwback Thursday: Porsche 911S 2.2 restoration – Phoenix Rising

The car was in very poor condition when I found it,” says Alan Drayson of Canford Classics, with world-class understatement. “It had been in a workshop fire, filled with water by the firefighters, then pushed outside and left to rot.”

It’s almost impossible to believe that we’re talking about this 1970 911S: an immaculate 2.2-litre coupe in sparkling Metallic Silver.

“For example, the interior light had melted and was hanging three inches from the ceiling. The ignition key had also melted, although the Porsche script was still visible. Fellow restorers told me the car would never see the light of day again – that was like a red rag to a bull.”

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Comparing himself to a bull might sit right with Alan, but he’s one of the least bullish restorers I’ve met. His Canford Classics company’s approach is best summed up as a focus on process.

“When restoration is focused on the finish, you miss details in the middle. We work on process first, and expect results to follow,” he offers humbly. The proof that they follow is parked in front of us.

My first encounter with Canford Classics was in an internet thread, four or five years ago [2006-2007 – Ed.]. Rebuilding a car for a customer, Alan had all the suspension parts stripped, rebuilt and refinished; new powder coating, new plating, new bushes et al. He then arranged the perfect parts and took a picture, sharing it with the collective. It was the first time I’d seen it done, and it left a strong impression.

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“It just seemed like something people would enjoy,” laughs Alan as we discuss how that’s now the norm in restoration threads. “I’ve searched hard for the right companies to use for plating, chroming, anodising and trimming.”

“I’ve been through five different seal manufacturers, a bundle of carpet suppliers, and a number of bodyshops, to find suppliers who really understand what we’re chasing for our customers. When you find the right people, their work is a joy, so I like to share that out.”

It’s a fresh attitude in an industry where many specialists are closed doors to those who can’t afford them. “It’s all in the scene,” says Alan, who cut his teeth rebuilding air-cooled Volkswagens while still at school. “If I add something to the scene, it keeps the scene alive. An energised classic landscape is good for owners, good for newcomers, and ultimately good for me.”

To read about this incredible Porsche 911S 2.2 restoration in full, download Total 911 issue 75 to your digital device now.

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