A car that I have often
admired and desired, and one of my favourite poster and
calendar cars from my childhood. I very nearly bought a
guards red Scalextric 911 (but actually bought an Escort mk3
with working lights, no taste!). After 6 1/2 years with the
Caterham, and an absence from racing for nearly two years I
felt that a change was needed, I just couldn't see me racing
my own car for another two years.
Whilst I considered an
Elise, Exige, Esprit and more modern 911 (996), my heart
kept returning to an aircooled 911 SC, 3.2 Carrera or 964.
The usual advice when buying these cars is to buy the best
example, so as to avoid big reconditioning bills. My budget
would only run to the money raised from the sale of the
Caterham. This resulted in my looking at 911s at the lower
end of the price range, knowing it will need work, but having
some money to make changes and improvements. I do like the
colour Guards Red, and would also have been happy with most
other colours except green or black. Having considered or
missed out on a few 911s I saw a red 3.2 Carrera for sale on
http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/ , but it had been
advertised for three weeks already.
particular website is not as widely viewed as Pistonheads
and it was still for sale. The previous long term owner was
sadly selling the 911 due to long term ill health, and it
was clear that the car hadn't had attention or been driven
for some time. It was a difficult decision to buy having
spent some hours viewing and driving the car, and listing
all of the areas that needed attention vs. the positives
such as a recent full engine rebuild and very good condition
interior and wheels.
Rather than pretending
I have bought a perfect car I accept that it is a project
that will require time and money to bring it to a better
cosmetic standard, and one that will be fun and reliable on
roads and trackdays. At this stage I don't intend to convert
the 911 to a racecar, instead I will be looking for a
dedicated race car in the future.
After a considerable amount of work, the structure of the
car was made sound, leaving the gearbox, sills, rubbers,
re-spray and more left to complete. The lure of racing was
too strong however and the thought of investing £10,000+
over the coming years at the expense of track driving/racing
made me put the car up for sale. A very difficult decision
as the way prices are rising all the time I knew that it
would be very unlikely I would ever own an air cooled 911
Coupe again. Still, I made some profit, owned and tracked a
classic and on to the next car.