In September 1963, at the Frankfurt International Auto Show, Porsche
introduced a new and unique car - a car that was to destined to become
an automotive icon, The Porsche 911 - three months
later I was born.....
1963 was a good year
The Porsche bug bit me at an early age, my father had a 1955 Continental
cabriolet (after much discussion and a little more research I found that
the Contintental badged cars which came to US were mechanically Pre-A 356
models even though the first 356A's appeared in 1955) it was well driven
(and missing the front bumper) and my father sold it to a couple of University
of Miami students for $500 dollars. The family always had many
types of VW's: bugs, transporters, fastbacks, even a dune buggy. For
years I thought all cars had rear mounted, air-cooled engines !
Miami, Florida in the late 1960's - My Sister and I - Grandma
and Mom - Cocoanut palms in the front yard,
You gotta be careful where you park !!
My family also rented a room to a guy going to
medical school, he had a race car that my sister and I used to sit and
play in. After seeing pictures of this car years later, I realized
that I had been playing in what is probably a type 718 RSK Spyder, or
maybe an RS60 - I can recall holding the thin steering wheel, shifting
the spindly gearshift, and climbing on the tube frame ! I wonder where this
car is now ???
Me and my sister
, and a car I wish I owned today !
(the other girl in the linked picture is my other MUCH younger
(Note the Miami Dolphins shirt with the number 12 - remember that guy
From the age's of 16 to 24 I owned a myriad of other automobiles
(term used loosely in some cases) - My first car was a Dodge Colt GT,
this is the car that I learned about blown headgaskets, slipped timing
chains, bondo, and received my first speeding ticket in. Later I
owned a Karmann Ghia, an MG Midget, a Chevy Monza (with a small block V8),
an assortment of Datsuns and Nissans, and the one and only new
car I ever purchased, a 1987 Chrysler Conquest TSi. All of these
cars taught me a lot about working on cars and driving (especially the MG,
what a nightmare, almost all the photos have of it the hood is open).
There is NO Substitute
I remember my first ride in a friends 911S on University Blvd,
near the University of Central Florida. We hit about 125 mph with
the sunroof open - I felt like if I hadn't had my seatbelt on I would have
been sucked out the roof. I was totally blown away by the solid ride and
smooth power delivery - with this ride my latent Porsche gene was fully
activated and I started shopping for a 911, I read all the books
and test drove a couple of 2.7 litre cars, it wasn't a question of if...
it was when. And when finally happened in 1988, a 1983 911SC Targa
that was owned by a disgruntled former Corvette owner (and used car salesman)
who had wanted something different and was NOT a Porsche type of
guy, I was more than happy to dump my DSM turbo rice burner and relieve
him of the burden of Porsche ownership :-)
At last... A 911 of my own...
1983 Porsche 911SC Targa
When I purchased the car it had 64K miles on it - A typical 1983
911SC Targa with a genuine Turbo "Whale Tail" and front chin spoiler.
The car is a very rare color, in fact it is Mercedes Benz Glacier Blue,
The color is very light blue with a tint of green similar to the original
Crest Toothpaste color. The interior is tastefully done in dark
blue leather and complements the body color nicely.
About a month after I had the car the transmission self destructed
on A1A in Cocoa Beach - apparently the previous owner (most likely the
aforementioned Corvette driver) didn't know how to shift properly. I decided
to jump right in and removed my engine and transmission and carried
the 915 tranny to a local Porsche shop. The first gear synchro had 1 tooth
left on it and the second gear synchro had 5. $800 dollars later my car
was shifting like...well like a 911.
At 227K miles I had the motor rebuilt - new rings, valves, valve
guides, heads cleaned up, new main bearings etc.. about $1300 parts and
labor. The car now has over 320K and is still going strong - German engineering
is truly awsome...It may even be a conspiracy...
And...A 1995 Carrera finds a
new home. ..
Somehow in late 2001 I convinced my wife that I needed a replacement
car (could be I was whining about not having working A/C in the 911SC)
and Lady Luck saw fit to present me with a golden opportunity to purchase
a 1995 Carrera Coupe on E-Bay.