We're quite familiar with car clubs. After all, we have a regular car club page in our magazine every month. So we know that like-minded car enthusiasts like bonding together--usually to show off their prized rides. We also know that there are groups that go the extra mile to make their fraternity a little more special than the rest.
It's not that much different in America, apparently. Over there, in fact, one association--the Porsche Club of America (PCA)--has made it really exciting for its members by having a decrepit 1973 Porsche 911 T Coupe restored to be given away at this year's Porsche festival week in Savannah, Georgia, scheduled from July 31 to August 7. (The actual unit is shown above.) The refurbished car will be raffled off among PCA members. The PCA is said to be the largest Porsche club in the world, with more than 100,000 members.
No less than the experts at Porsche Classic restored this unit in Stuttgart, Germany. The old car was "found in Los Angeles on eBay and went on a journey to Stuttgart, where the experts at Porsche took care of the vehicle," the German carmaker said in a press statement.
According to Porsche: "The US-version 911 T Coupe originates from the last year of production of the so-called F model. It features an air-cooled flat-six engine with a displacement of 2.4 liters and a power output of 140hp at 5,600rpm. Its top speed is 205kph. This Porsche is characterized by its narrow body and is finished in the classic color combination silver metallic (exterior) and black (interior)."
"Every year, we service and restore around 250 Porsche classic cars from all over the world--from the 356 through to the last air-cooled 911 model, the Type 993," revealed Alexander Fabig, head of Porsche Classic.
Work on this particular 911 T took just under a year, from complete disassembly to the finished product. Porsche explained that "for the extensive body work, the mechanics used either original parts or parts reproduced on the basis of the original documentation." Porsche owners and enthusiasts were able to follow the restoration every step of the way via a dedicated website.
Now, if only car clubs here could come up with something like this.