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Porsche 911 Red Book – Handy “Pocket” Reference Tool

porsche-911-red-bookI happened to be looking back through some old posts on the site and came across one that still haunts me to this day. It was a Tempting Porsches post where I mentioned a 1965 Porsche 912 for sale close by for $4500 (Tempting Porsches #24). Could have been a great find, but I didn’t have the space or real unction to even go look at the car. Man o man do I wish I would have picked that car up. That and probably half a dozen other cars I’ve considered over the years.

When I cracked open the copy of Porsche 911 Red Book Motorbooks sent me to review recently, I thought of that ’65 912 all over again.

The Porsche 911 Red Book is a handy little guide detailing specification, options, production numbers and data codes, to name a few things, for most of the Porsche 911 series. Years covered include 1964 thru 2014. Pretty much every iteration I could come up with is represented in the book.

The layout is very handy, with color coded sections grouping similar years together, for quick reference to the year you’re looking at. A little intro detailing significant changes for the model year range starts each section, along with what each 911 model sold for that year. Everything is covered for the model year including engines, exterior colors, interiors, transmissions, options and even special order items.

One of the features I like the most is the chassis and engine serial numbers enabling you to verify a car’s production year, original color, options, etc. It makes a non-Porsche historian like myself confident I can go out and determine on my own, with relative certainty, what I’m looking at. I can imagine this book would come in very handy at auctions, private party sales, swap meets, etc. This book will definitely accompany me on my next Porsche buying outing.

Grab a copy of Porsche 911 Red Book today at Amazon: Porsche 911 Red Book.

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Wing-a-ling Dragon: Porsche Offers Aerokit for 911 Turbo and Turbo S

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The masses went agog yesterday for the debut of the Porsche Cayman GT4. In some corners of the internet, the commentariat noted that Porsche and Ford had cued up a replay of the late 1960s/early 1970s at Le Mans, stealing the Ferrari 488GTB‘s thunder with the 3.8-liter mid-engined, manual-only GT4 and the hairball new Ford Focus RS. But Porsche’s not quite done with the new stuff, having also announced a new Aerokit for the 911 Turbo and Turbo S, courtesy of its Porsche Exclusive program.

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Because the planet-inhaling Turbo and Turbo S simply aren’t capable enough, Porsche’s engineers decided to see if they could preserve the cars’ coefficient of drag while adding downforce. Spoiler ahead: Yes, they managed to do it. The package consists of a new front spoiler and rear decklid, available color-matched to the car’s body or finished in gloss black.

To our eyes, the rear wing, with its black insert and winglets, recalls the whale-tail and tea tray units bolted the bums of Neunelfers from the 1970s dawn of the impact-bumper era to the birth of the 964, which ushered in the era of the retractable spoiler. Here’s the thing, though, the new Aerokit combines both of those eras. That black piece adjusts itself for maximum dynamism und efficiency, varying its angle of attack to increase or decrease downforce as required.

 



In the Speed setting, the new bits increase downforce at 186 mph by 37 pounds, to 57. In Performance, downforce increases by 40 pounds and brings the additional pressure on the wheels to 330 pounds. And because it’s a Porsche Exclusive component, the Aerokit won’t void your factory warranty. Adding it to a Turbo at the time of purchase will add $6950; if you’d like it retrofitted to your existing 991, bring more money. You’ll shell out $6885.95 for the bits, but you’re also on the hook for installation and any required paintwork. Splash out the extra coin to figure out how to make it all work on a 912E and you’ll be our hero forever.

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