We’ve all experienced it: There’s a nice classic car in town, but you only ever see it when your phone/camera is in your other trousers. In my case, this 1977 Porsche 911S–owned by a local school teacher, I believe–has been in town for about 18 years, but it’s only now that I’ve managed to catch it curbside while my phone was with me! To celebrate finally ending those 18 years of not managing to photograph it, I thought it only fair to share the long-awaited pristine Porsche pics with the wider CC audience.
As far as I can tell, we’ve only had two previous CC posts on the Porsche 911 – here and here – both featuring examples found by Paul. A variety of other Porsches have been featured, but only the two 911s. That hasn’t worried me, as now that I’m among friends, I can admit that I don’t ‘get’ the 911. The idea of an air-cooled engine hanging out back of a car seems, well, foreign to me. Phoning in the various facelifted 911s doesn’t help either – for goodness sake, Porsche, the 944 and 928 looked un-911 and looked great, can’t you do something un-911 again? Please? And I don’t mean the squashed-911-look of the Panamera or the bloated-911-look of the Cayenne…
That isn’t to say I can’t appreciate a nice classic 911 parked curbside, though – and this one’s certainly one of the nicest I’ve seen. The Porsche’s pearlescent paint is positively pristine! This, and the lack of the more common whale-tail rear spoiler and wide-body rear arches, reveals very clean styling – it’s almost sensual in a way. A registration check reveals the personalised number plate to be correct – it is indeed a 1977 Porsche 911S, specifically a 2700cc version. Intriguingly, it only arrived in New Zealand in 1995, having formerly resided in the United States.
Given that it’s right-hand-drive, I think we can safely assume that it’s received a left-to-right conversion – which is presumably very easy when there isn’t an engine in the way! Someone cared for it enough to spend the money importing and converting it; that it now has 116,812 miles on the odometer, yet looks as immaculate as this, shows that someone still cares for it a lot. And even though it isn’t my cup of tea, I totally respect the owner for keeping this classic in beautiful order, and not being afraid to park it curbside, where it finally received the attention I’d been waiting 18 years to give it!