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1987 Porsche 959 Refresh of a Well-Used Example

This 1987 Porsche 959 arrived at TuneRS Motorsports in Florida straight from Germany after being recently purchased by it’s new owner. He requested it be freshened up mechanically and cosmetically inside and out, top to bottom, and seeing that this is the same shop that built this 1995 993 RS clone, we have no qualms about the quality or ability of their work. The 47k kilometer super car appears to have been well used by it’s previous owner, who looks to have rode it hard and put it away wet, not that there’s anything wrong with that. We’d rather see them having been used as intended than never driven. Back in ’87, these vehicles were technological marvels far ahead of their time with twin turbos, all wheel drive, tire pressure monitoring sensors and slippery futuristic aerodynamic styling allowing a .31 drag coefficient. They were originally produced for Group B homologation purposes before the race series was ultimately canceled for being deemed too dangerous because of too many deaths of both drivers and spectators. While most existing examples of the rare road version models have been pampered and rarely driven, it’s nice to see one that has been properly used throughout the past […]

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Survivor: 1979 Porsche 930

The subject for today’s Survivor is this all original 1979 Porsche 930 with only 15,624 miles from new. It had remained in one family it’s whole life until it’s recent sale and still possesses all of it’s original paperwork and equipment, down to it’s silly federally mandated 85 mph speedometer that the U.S. required at the time. We have no idea what the government was thinking back then, maybe that it would be less tempting to drive fast if the it looked pinned at 85? Whatever the case, that didn’t stop most 911 Turbos from being tossed off the road backwards because of drop throttle oversteer caused by the pendulum effect in full swing (pun intended), a fate that this one fortunately escaped. Come take a closer look at this museum piece with us on the following page as we check this particular car out and touch upon the subject of their current value, amongst other related rantings… When new, the original owner of this vehicle payed $15,000 over MSRP for the opportunity to own the black on black 3.3 liter 300 hp turbo 4 speed Porsche exotic, and who would blame him? We like the cut of his and his grandson’s jib, […]

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Survivor: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight

This 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight was the subject of a sympathetic restoration by the Porsche marque experts at Autofarm in the U.K. What came to be known as the “Beirut RS”, we cannot fathom a truer poster child automobile that defines the term “survivor” better than this. During the war in Lebanon in the mid 80’s, a mortar shell hit the building that this rare car was being stored in and part of the structure fell on top of the car. The car was entombed until it was more recently resurrected by property developers who contacted the original owner’s family asking what they wanted to do with it… During the war, the car had been put away but it’s owner but he never returned from his volunteer work driving an ambulance. The family had since moved out of the country, but the car remained until one day the building was being rebuilt and it’s developers wanted to know what they should do with the unearthed car. So, after some ridiculously insulting low ball offers, a friend of the family was contacted and he informed them of what the car was really worth. He ended up purchasing it himself […]

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1976 Porsche 934

Although this 1976 Porsche 934 is neither the subject of a build or a restoration thread, the original unmodified and unrestored condition that it’s in (which is the same as way back when it left Porsche’s racing department almost 40 years ago) was reason enough to feature it here today. In fact, I can’t recall ever coming across another all original 934, as they were built to be raced and most every other one has been modified into a 935 slant nose or other such concoction to stay competitive. This bad boy here is the real deal. After living in private collections for most of its existence, we’d say it’s most likely due for a sympathetic restoration to get it in reliable up-and-running condition again, but that’s a job for the new owner since it was recently sold by Symbolic Motor Cars in La Jolla, California. Lets just hope they don’t take a buffer out and polish the hell out of it and slap Armor All all over the tires, we think it happens to look good wearing a little bit of age on it. In any case, it is one of only 2 black on black 934 ever produced and has an […]

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4 Porsche 917 & Other Race Engines Stolen and Recovered

Back to the top. Below you will find our most popular story of the day (by a landslide) that was originally posted back on February 27th of 2014. Enjoy! Between doing features on our main focus of restorations and car modifications, we sometimes get a bit carried away by all of the great vintage car related material out there on the world wide web to choose from. In case anyone missed it when it first appeared on PelicanParts.com, we felt that this was one of those all time epic stories that had to be retold for posterity sake, if nothing else since it was just too good to simply pass over. It’s the story of the theft and then recovery of 6 of the most iconic race engines that Porsche has ever built, with a 7th hopped up 3.4 thrown in just for the fun of it… Back in 2005, the CEO and owner of PelicanParts.com, Wayne Dempsey helped authorities recover 4 Porsche 917 engines, a type 771 (an 8 cylinder version of the 4 cam 550 RS Spyder engine), a type 908 engine and a warmed over 3.4 liter 911 motor that had been stolen from Vasek Polak’s warehouse following an auction. What makes this crime […]

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