1974 Porsche 911 S Targa 2.7 flat six

Summary:

Finally worth every dollar spent

Faults:

Clutch cable snapped.

Injectors clogged.

Electrical fault stopping battery charging.

Indicators (rear L) not working - related to battery fault above.

Heat exchanger and muffler required spot rust repairs.

Targa seals needed replacing - not too expensive.

General Comments:

When I picked this car up, she'd been stored in a factory for about 8 months, and had seen little use prior to that.

An oil change, injector cleaner, tune up and a bit of electrical work (all in the first week I had her) seem to have pretty much sorted her out.

She starts first time every time, can bend time itself on an on ramp, and people still stop and look at her.

For a car this old, she constantly amazes me and kept up with a bunch of 911/964's + 993's happily (4th out of 10) on a recent run.

I would say the creature comforts are sparse - quite loud at speed - hot cabin + weak ventilation systems and manual everything make for a very involving, if fully hands on experience.

Very much a driver's car, and certainly not a pleasure cruise barge.

I always wanted a classic air cooled 911, and I wouldn't part with this one unless I had another to replace her with.

This one had recently had a full gearbox overhaul and service prior to its storage time, and my mechanic (an avid 911 nut) gave me a green light on it so...

There is nothing so far in my experience that compares to howling away from a bend in 2nd gear on a beautiful day in a car like this.

You won't regret owning an aircooled older 911 if you do your homework, get it checked thoroughly, and don't mind getting your hands a little dirty working on them... be prepared for questions at gas stations, car parks, schoolkids etc as well..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2011

15th Jun 2011, 16:56

Update - Now at 186k miles and 8 months of ownership.

Issues:

Vacuum leak somewhere in the plumbing, not major - just irritating. Still trying to track it down.

Trying to find some new seals locally for the rear lights - difficult, may have to import ex USA or UK.

The fan in the dash has packed up with a stuffed bearing - new one on the way. Pain in the ass, but car is nearly 40 years old so it's to be expected.

Overall - still brilliant. Oldest 911 in my local 'club', and still gets looks and has no problem keeping up. This could be because the driver is 'mad enough' to keep up, or she's just a damn good elderly 911.

A 964 owner on the last run (after having a look at the end of the run) reckons she has a Carrera block in her - will be checking this... He thought my S too quick for stock...

1980 Porsche 911 SC 3.0

Summary:

The 911 defines the 20th century collectible sporstcar

Faults:

Broken clutch cable - otherwise faultless.

General Comments:

The harder and longer the drive, the better the car gets, as if coming alive with the use.

Unfortunately it doesn't get used that often.

I love the challenge of driving it well! Although it is nowhere near as rapid as my current BMW, it is much more enjoyable, and a true driver's cars & classic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2010

1991 Porsche 911 964 C4

Summary:

A work of art, and a delight for the eyes and senses

Faults:

Bought the car knowingly with a slipping clutch and a few other bits and pieces. But since I got the car at a very reasonable price, then it was OK.

General Comments:

Previously I had a 1980 911 SC, nice car but hard to live with in the wet and at the limit.

Then I purchased a Boxster S 2002, and yes it's still a Porsche and a damn good one at that too. But 3 months into the ownership it was stolen.

So for some reason, I was drawn back to a 911 (I can hear people saying, he woke up to himself LOL).

This 1991 964 of mine is a delight to drive at the limit, there's so much grip and reassurance that you're always in control.

To make it a little nicer to look at, I got some nice 18 inch cup style wheels, followed by a performance chip (Steve Wong U.S.A.) which is a real treat, and also a sport cat and a bypass pipe in place of the huge rear muffler.

The performance is very noticeable, from the original 184kw (246hp) to somewhere over 210kw (281hp). Not a great deal of difference in the numbers, but the power comes on much earlier and revs much quicker. It must be the right car for me, as every time I get in for a drive, a smile is not far behind :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2009