There’s something special about driving a classic car, especially when that classic car is a Porsche. A certain passion, enthusiasm, and sense of character are apparent behind the wheel of a vintage 911. As part of the new “Revive the Passion” project organized by the Porsche Club of America (PCA) and Porsche Classic, a 1973 911 T Coupe was found and restored, then raffled off to a lucky individual at the 2011 Porsche Parade in Savannah, Georgia.
The car was found in the Los Angeles area, bought, and presented to the Porsche Club of America at the 2010 Porsche Parade held in St. Charles, Illinois. The car was in a state of extreme disrepair and was also home to a birds nest. Much of the paint had peeled away, the headlights and windows were missing, and interior upholstery was ripped and cracked. The car was even wearing home-made parts from a previous owner’s careless attempt at repair. The history, owners, and service of the 911 T were all unknown. But under this horrendous state of decay was an iconic 911 with the soul of a sports car.
The 38 year old model was sent back to its original home in Stuttgart to be fully restored by the experts at Porsche Classic. 1973 was the last year for the F-model 911 from Porsche. It was powered by a 2.4-liter air-cooled horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine that produced 140 horsepower at 5,600 RPM. In terms of performance, the 911 T could reach a 127 mph top speed, which, for the day, was quite impressive. The narrow-bodied model was finished in a nostalgic combo of Silver Metallic paint and Black interior.
The project began in 2010 and took almost a year to complete. During the restoration process, Porsche provided fans with an in-depth look at the car’s progress with exclusive online pictures and videos. Every aspect of the car from the smallest screw to each of the Porsche wheels were handled and inspected by a Porsche Classic technician then either refurbished or replaced with an original or reproduction part along with documentation. The body and chassis of the Porsche 911 T Coupe was also treated to prevent corrosion and rust with modern techniques such as Electrophoretic dip coating. After the corrosion protection, the car was painted with multiple coats of water-based Silver Metallic paints for environmental safety. Completing the rebuild process were thorough performance and functionality tests that modern Porsches are subjected to in order to ensure the utmost in quality.
The newly restored car was raffled off amongst Porsche Club of America members at the Porsche Parade in Savannah, Georgia, and then presented to the owner. The total value of the restored 1973 911 T Coupe is unknown.
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