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1973 Brumos Porsche 911 S Current Restoration/Build Thread

There’s a really interesting 1973 Porsche 911 S home garage build thread currently unfolding on PellicanParts.com, which can be found linked on the following page. For those of you who want to be caught up to date with the Cliff Notes version first, all you got to do is continue reading here for the highlights before jumping in. The project starts with a long hood which was originally built by Florida based championship race winning Brumos Porsche as their own iteration of a factory lightweight RS or Clubsport package car. It includes an actual genuine “retired” IROC 3.0 RSR engine that was first installed back in ’74, the crown jewel of this project. Since it is being rebuilt as a street car still, forum member/car owner “chriskimmelshue” is keeping it’s electric sunroof and windows, heat and carpet and is building it exactly to his spec, regardless of others are suggesting he does with the rare race engine or original Brumos history, and here’s how it is going down… First things first, the car gets stripped down and media blasted only to reveal the disaster of a weld job of it’s 9″ and 11″ flares that it previously received at some […]

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1972 Porsche 917/10-008 Restoration

This 1972 Porsche 917/10-008 was the subject of a restoration by Freisinger Motorsport in Germany. You may remember the shop from our recent previous feature of their “Moby Dick” 935 renovation, which can be found linked in “Related posts” at the bottom of the following page. The shop is involved with restorations of a number of historic Porsche race cars and this particular 917 is no exception. It is an ex Vasek Polak Can Am racer formally driven by Milt Minter and said to have crashed in 1972 during “training”, which we assume translates to “practice”. The pictures of the project are fascinating, as are the performance numbers that these brutal animals produced… Weighing in at just a scant 1,700 pounds, these twin turbocharged flat 12’s are said to generate almost 1,000 horsepower and 900 ft. lb. of torque. That translates to 0-60 mph in 2.1 seconds, 0-100 mph in 3.9 and 0-200 in just 13.4. Yeah, hold on to your bloomers. While those figures are absolutely astonishing, what’s even more mind blowing is that the following year’s 917/30 models made 1,600 horsepower in qualifying trim. The engine and transmission in the car featured here are said to have been […]

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1973 Porsche 911 RS Restoration

This 1973 Porsche 911 RS was the subject of a nut and bolt rotisserie restoration by the marque experts at CPR Classic Restorations in Fallbrook, California. The master craftsmen have been in business for over 40 years, restoring some of the best 356′s and 911′s in the world to absolute show winning examples, and this particular RS is no exception. We can never go very long here without featuring a 911 build or restoration project of some sort, as the iconic model has been around for so many years in an assortment of so many flavors that we actually have to restrain ourselves from including too many. It is especially difficult when we have one of the best shops at our disposal at just a few finger taps away on the internet. They always include a multitude of detailed photographs of their meticulous projects, making it hard for us to hold back for the perfect timing. Unfortunately, what we don’t have is any back story of this car, so let’s fill in the blanks by starting with a bit of the 911 RS’s history in general, shall we? In order to race the legendary RSR, Porsche had to build a minimum of 500 […]

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Sleeper 1970 Porsche 914-6 Restoration

This Canary Yellow 1970 Porsche 914-6 was the subject of a bare metal rotisserie restoration and build by Vintage Excellence in San Diego, California. We always enjoy seeing a car that has been restored while taking full advantage of performance upgrades at the same time. More “sleeper” than “resto-mod”, if you will. With it’s modified 3.0 SC engine, Brembo AM brakes and reworked suspension and transmission, it’s builder says, “This car is now faster and handles better than a 911 RS lightweight”.  Not to mention the car looks entirely innocent and stock, exactly how we like them. Follow along with us below for more details of this particular car’s build… It’s hard to believe this is only the second 914 that we have featured as of yet, as they make for brutally quick and excellent handling project cars and have been rising in value on the coattails of the long-hood 911’s of similar vintage. Produced between 1970 and 1972, the 2 liter 6 cylinder version of the 914 range topped out at 110 horsepower, less than half of this Canary Yellow car’s 250 horsepower and a full liter under it’s newly transplanted 3.0. Bilstein shocks with 180 lb springs, along with larger front sway […]

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Not a Restoration: 1978 Porsche 935 “Moby Dick” Build

This 1978 Porsche 935-007 was the restoration project of the marque experts at Freisinger Motorsports in Germany. Serial number 006 and 007 examples of “Moby Dick”, as they came to be known, were the latest developed iterations of the factory 935 series turbocharged race cars. Their elaborately shaped aerodynamic bodies were designed for high speed tracks, while still retaining the classic 911 silhouette. Many unique pieces on the factory racing specials, such as their “upside down” transmissions, larger one piece aluminum brake calipers and 3.2 liter, four valve, twin cam water cooled Type 935/71 engines had not yet been made available to private race teams. And who could blame them, because what hugely-funded factory racing effort wants a lowly privateer to beat them at their own game? In any case, continue on the following page for a brief history of #007’s journey from a 9 year hibernation stint in a Porsche storage unit in Germany to it’s new owner in Los Angeles in 1988, and then back to Germany again for the epic project seen here to begin. The predecessor to this feature car, Moby Dick number 006 seen above, won at the 1978 running of the Silverstone 6 hour race and qualified in […]

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