I I’ve had a few porches over the last 10 years, some I’ve sold (regrettably) some I still have. My dream ride has always been either an SC or 3.2, and for the past few years I have been looking sparingly, been caught up in a few unsuccessful offline auctions or just missed out.
Late last year, an opportunity came along to acquire a completely original, 2 owner Aussie delivered car. It was advertised on Carsales, without much info. The owner wasn’t a car guy, had owned it for 28 years and drove it every day. I was up early, to paint my deck before work. Saw the add at 6.30am, and decided to call. Thought I’d be leaving a message but to my surprise he answered! He told me the gearbox needed a rebuild, car needed a repaint and front seats needed to be recovered. He was a great guy to chat to and I immediately transferred a deposit.
He being in Brisbane and I being in Melbourne, I planned to fly up the next day, inspect, pay the balance and have it transported back. I checked specs and numbers with Porsche Australia and all seemed to check out. Matching numbers, guards red coupe with a red and black interior? I thought the interior was black. I called him back to ask if it had red piping? He said it was red and blue TARTAN! (Photos had seat covers fitted)
We had a few conversations over the next day and I couldn’t fly up (pregnant wife, two kids 3 and 1yo and a business). He was very genuine and I really wanted this car. I skipped the flight. The balance was transferred, car picked up by a transport company and after the longest 10 days of my life, it arrived just before Christmas.
Here it is as arrived;
It really was all original. Down to the toolkit, spare, full set of books and service history. The toolkit still has the gloves included. Has had a few panels painted but mostly original. Dash uncracked. Suspension never changed. All panels, trim, carpet was untouched and beautiful. Paint was faded, had light scratches and stone chips all over. Gearbox has absolutely no second gear. Engine had never been washed (looked awful) few minor leaks. Man I felt blessed. It looked old and ratty but was an absolute beautiful well loved and well driven car.
Deciding to maintain its originality, my first task was to correct the paint and give it a good polish. I wet rubbed and cut 1 panel at a time, masking all edges and taking care not to rub through the paint. Some panels took up to 5 hours to get right. I followed through with a polish, washed it and left it at that for the time being.
the following week I took it over to Chris at Weissach Sport and the engine and gearbox was dropped and left there. I took the car back to continue working on it, while he rebuilt the gearbox and went through the engine.
the engine ran really well but had a few oil leaks. The culprit was some bad oil lines and valve covers. Fixing these items were on the agenda as well as;
Replacing all oil lines
replacing all service items with new genuine Porsche items
replacing all ignition leads
new top and bottom valve cover gaskets, valve adjustment
complete reconditioning of alternator and starter motor
media blasting fan and shroud, replating all brackets, pulleys, straps, bolts, nuts and powder coating tinware
fitting new original exhaust
and a few minor items along the way
attention to detail is amazing. We planned a patina restoration, and couldn’t be happier with the result. The gearbox was completely stripped and rebuilt. Second and third gear sets replaced, dog teeth replaced. Casing cleaned, not hydro blasted. Mount powder coated. Fork replaced. All parts linished and plated.
whilst all of this was getting done, I was working on the car after hours.
I replaced the shockers with Bilstein B6, fitted a turbo tie rod kit and installed some new ball joints. Brake lines were looking old so replaced them and the brake fliud too. I gave the under carriage a thorough clean and fitted some potenza re003 tyres.
a check strap replaced in the drivers door, a new sound Matt installed in the engine bay and a broken sway bar mount repaired.
i replaces the front windscreen and seal (genuine). Behind the windscreen was absolutely perfect!!
I removed front the seats and sent off for retrim. Only the face plates of the front seats were recovered, using Porsche 683 vinyl and tartan fabric sourced from Germany. The backs and piping of the front seats remained original as they were in perfect condition, as did the rear seats. The interior was thoroughly cleaned and seats reinstalled. A small patch of carpet was replaced.
today i had a friend of mine that runs a touch up and polishing business run his well trained hands over the car, polishing it once more to remove any missed fine blemishes and apply a paint sealant to the car. I could not believe how well it turned out. It was then trucked back to Weissach Sport for the engine and gearbox install. New heater pipes and a new clutch will also be installed. Getting really excited now. Hopefully all goes well with the install tomorrow, can’t wait to drive it!