1973 Porsche 911T
If you’ve been going back and forth over whether to join the Porsche Club of America, this might finally sway you. As you read this, the Porsche Classic workshop, located near Stuttgart in Freiberg am Neckar, is restoring a U.S.-spec 1973 911T to be raffled off to a lucky Porsche Club of America member.
Far from a first for the club, the PCA traditionally raffles two cars a year to its members. Typically though, the cars are new. This is the first time a vintage car has been offered, and represents a perfect opportunity for the wizards at Porsche Classic to demonstrate their capabilities.
Working under the motto, Revive the Passion, Porsche Club officials located an all but used-up ’73 T in Los Angeles. California cars are generally great for such restorations because typically, rust isn’t a major issue. The car was purchased and shipped to Germany for the restoration.
A victim of a particularly hard life, with little attention paid to maintaining its authenticity, the 911 was a hodgepodge of mismatched parts. About the car, Jochen Bader, manager of the Porsche Classic Workshop said, “These parts may be many things, but they are certainly not original parts. We are looking forward to this challenge and are proud to be able to show the general public how we work."
In a scenario right out of MTV’s defunct reality show, Pimp My Ride, the T is being dismantled and fully refurbished to as new standard. The entire process can be followed online.
So far, the car has been delivered to the workshop and stripped down completely. One of the first things Bader and company discerned was the ’73 T had sustained crash damage at some point in its life and was not repaired correctly. Suitably straightened, the body was stripped completely and prepped for its paint-removal bath.
After that, the next step will be transmission work.
Once everything is done, the like-new car will be presented to its winner at the 2011 Porsche Parade in August. And yes, there is still time to join the club and enter the raffle. There is of course, one catch—with but few caveats. You have to already own a Porsche to join, being one.