Category Archive: Rolling Sculpture
The Porsche 911 1963-1989. Very few cars can take your breath away like the original Porsche 911. The sound of the boxer flat six engine and the shape all say one thing..Sex. No matter who you are if your a car nut you have drooled over a 911 many times in your life..First penned by Ferry Porsche in 1959. The 911 was the replacement for the iconic but aging 356. First dubbed as the “901″ Porsche was forced to change the name to 911 due to complaints by Peugeot(similar model#s) Only 82 were built with the 901 on the trunk lid..Full production began in Sept.1964..The first 911s reached USA shores in Feb.1965 with a selling price of $6500.00..From the start 911s came with a flat or boxer 6 cylinder engine..The first ones were rated at 130 horsepower fed thru two three barrel Solex carbs..Handling was always interesting..Any normal thing you do in a non-911 such as slam the brakes hard when entering a sharp corner you do opposite..Enter a hard corner mash the throttle and hang on for your life..Racers at the time coined a phrase for early 911s. “Massive Torque Oversteer” Still with all the drama the wonderful sound of the whirling wonder of an engine behind you makes up for any shortcoming. 1966 Porsche imported the 911s with a 160 horsepower engine.That year also was the first for the now famous 5 spoke Fuchs wheels.1967 was the first year for the Targa model..Many improvements would follow. 1973 was the first year for the blazing fast RS model. Models years 1974-1977 saw 911s equipped with the much more powerful(but trouble prone) 2.7ltr with Bosch D-Jet type fuel injection system. 1978-1985 are considered the best by 911 fans. These cars were upgraded to 3.0ltr engines(1978-83) and 3.2ltr(1984-89) with much improved Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection..Porsche switched away from magnesium cases and improved engine life and performance..Our favorite 911 from this era is the 911 Turbo or 930..First introduced to the public in 1974 the 911 Turbo was as Car and Driver Magazine put it…”Like being shot out of a cannon. A very fast cannon” With wider wheel arches,bigger wheels and tires and whale tail the world knew this was a special sports car..Rated at 260 horsepower the 911 Turbo was considered a supercar of its day..The engines in the 911 Turbos were enlarged in 1978 to 3.3ltrs producing a whopping 300 horsepower..The term “turbo lag” was invented for this car but never boring..Early Turbos came with a 4 speed manual transmission..Porsche didnt have a 5 speed that could take the power..An upgraded 5 speed came in 1980 and top speed increased to 170 plus mph. If i was ever sentenced to only own one car for the rest of my life it would be an early 911 Turbo(woooossshhh!!) Porsche would remain till this day true to the original by Ferry Porsche. The original concept of a rear engine road warrior would never change.. In 1998 the 911 went from air cooled to water cooled and an era ended for me..I still swoon when I see an original 911 go by..If you see me standing on a corner with a glaze over my eyes staring into space I probably just spotted a 911 Turbo. Rolling Sculpture indeed..
Touted by Ford as the answer to the Chevrolet Corvette the 1955-1957 T-Birds were a styling tour-de-force. Introduced on Sept 9th by Ford dealers across the USA. The T-Bird out sold the Corvette by 23 to 1 in 1955. Powered by a 292 cubic inch V8 borrowed from the Mercury division and a 312 V8 in 1956-1957. Ford called the Thunderbird a “Personal Luxury Car”. You could load your T-Bird with all types of options. Power windows,power seat and air conditioning In 1957 you could order the tire smoking 300 horsepower 312 V8 with a Paxton Supercharger. With all the luxury and perfomance the 1955-1957 T-Bird was a beautiful car. An icon of American car design of the 1950s. Indeed ”Rolling Sculpture”
Considered by many as the most beautiful car ever produced.The Jaguar E-Type or XKE..Produced between 1961 till 1975. The Early versions(1961-1968) or Series 1 are considered the most pure and valued more by collectors..Powerplants ranging from a dual overhead 6 cylinder to V12 they were known for power and grace..Replaced by the misfit XJS..Jaguar till this day has never had a more sexy design..