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1965/66 Porsche 912 Restoration

This 1965/1966 Porsche 912 (VIN #451924) was the subject of a 3 1/2 year nut and bolt restoration by it’s owner, “DarrylD”. He created the dedicated website (linked at the bottom of this page) to document each step of the renovation, along with coinciding detailed text and photographs to go along with each step of the process. It didn’t come as any surprise to find out that DarrylD was an engineer because we have always found that they are some of the most diligent and comprehensive people that we have ever personally met. Now retired, he has since found that restoring cars is very rewarding and therapeutic work for himself. He points out that all of the software that he had created in his past professional career is now obsolete or deleted, whereas all the cars he has restored are still around and will be for many more years. Interesting stuff that really puts his life’s work into perspective. We often find that a bit of professional background information about a car owner and restorer is as important information about their motivation and decision making as it is about actually learning about the car itself. It certainly explained why this particular 912 was given such a tasteful and precise renovation back to it’s stock configuration rather […]

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1962 Porsche Roadster Twin Grill Restoration

This rare 1962 Porsche Roadster Twin Grill was the subject of a restoration by Willhoit Auto Restoration in Long Beach, California. The shop has been churning out award winning 356 restorations since they first opened their doors way back in 1976. They happen to know these little iconic cars very well, as this particular car was the 6th Twin Grill that they have restored out of a total of only 248 built. When it arrived, this mixed German/Belgium sports car was in extremely poor cosmetic and mechanical condition. Their plans were to return it to it’s former glory by respraying it back to it’s original colors and modify it with some upgrades that would make it more enjoyable to drive. We love the black and green colors together. As an odd side note, we think that this car would make the perfect stable mate to Jamiroquai’s lead singer Jay Kay’s Ferrari Enzo which wears the same unique color combination. One very simple vintage sports car with absolutely no frills along with another much more modern technical marvel. The perfectly contrasting pair. But we digress, let’s move on starting with a little bit of the Porsche’s history, shall we?   Porsche introduced the successor to the […]

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1953 Porsche 356 Outlaw Coupe

This 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe is the subject of a full resto-mod by Willhoit Auto Restoration in Long Beach, California, who has been restoring 356’s since 1976. Their goal as an award winning concours restoration shop is to provide each customer with a 356 that is equally as pleasurable to drive as it is to look at, just as Dr. Porsche had originally intended. The owner of this particular Porsche wanted Willhoit to take his mild mannered vintage tub to another level, while retaining a look that remained factory-esque, + a few or so degrees of intensity. They built him an outlaw coupe that included pre-dating the car to body bumpers, early Gmünd type lighting, and an early dash with Veigel gauges. Purists, please avert your eyes. All others, take note on the proper way to create a 356 hot rod the way it should have come straight from Stuttgart in the beginning…   The addition of the front oil cooler screen is a throw back to the Gmünd bodied cars that were raced until the mid 50s. The suspension, engine, trans, brakes, and all technical aspects of the car were updated to 356B type GT specs, including the floor pan and pedal assembly, adjustable front […]

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Porsche 924 GTR with 944 S2 Engine

This factory Porsche 924 GTR is the subject of a re-build thread on 924board.org by it’s owner, Scott Sanda. He purchased the car, minus it’s engine, many years prior to this car’s on-line posting, but there is unfortunately no mention if it is still using it’s original 935-based gearbox. Filling the engine bay now is a 3 liter, 4 valve per cylinder normally aspirated 944 S2 4 cylinder engine with Motec FI, built by expert Mike Mount. Scott mentions Kelly Moss Motorsports in the post, which is where we believe the re-build took place, based on some of the photos. If so, it is guaranteed that the execution is top tier, as they are among the most well respected Porsche shops in the country. As we always say, there is just something about a project involving a white car with a cage and BBS rims… The original 1980 factory 924 Carrera GTRs were 2 liter, 2 valve per cylinder, turbocharged 4 cylinders producing 320 horsepower. They used the standard 924 blocks, 931 cylinder heads, crankshafts, con-rods, and much larger turbos and intercoolers. The box flairs that we love so much on street cars of that era can be attributed to competition vehicles such as these 924 GTR’s receiving […]

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GMG Porsche 997 WC GT2 4.0 + Race Car Builds

This Porsche 997 GT2 is the subject of project car build thread posted on 6speedonline.com. It was created in Santa Ana, California by GMG Racing’s founder, Fabryce Kutyba for a customer of theirs, with the goal of building the ultimate street car along side a race version of the same car. Because GMG is involved with professional racing in the World Challenge and ALMS, they are able to use their extensive racing experience and utilize the technology learned through competition to improve and refine their road cars ventures. These two should be poster children for the shop, but the fact is that they turn out quality projects such as these on what seems like a regular basis. A  labor intensive carbon roof was installed, which is roughly a 20 hour job alone, and then the chassis was sent out for a 4 stage paint process. The custom roll cage was fabricated with removable door bars that bolt in and out very easily, as this was built as a street car first, not just for the track. The cage is tucked into the A pillars and B pillars to ensure good visibility. 19×10 fronts wheels and 19×13 rears with Pirelli Trofeo’s look menacing on GMG 130-R rims of GMG’s own design. Pictures of both cars are seen side […]

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