Do you like apples? No, this isn’t a Good Will Hunting joke. The color combination on this 1979 Porsche 930 reminds me very much of a green apple. It’s a bit more jolly rancher green than actual green apple green, but still that’s what comes to mind. Is that a good thing? Well, that takes us back to the question at the beginning. It’s definitely unique and I do think I prefer the tan over a black interior, which is probably more common with this sort of exterior color, but I think I’d need to see it in person to really get a good sense of how everything works together. For the 1978 model year Porsche increased the displacement of the 930’s engine from 3.0 liters to 3.3 liters and added an air-to-air intercooler, easily identifiable by the change in profile of the rear spoiler, which gave the 930 a nice bump in power – up 20 hp to 265 hp on US models. Perhaps of most significance here, 1979 was the last year the 930 would be available in the US until it was reintroduced in 1986. That tends to make them in higher demand than some of the later models, though not nearly as much so as the early 3.0 liter models.
Month: December 2015
The Mercedes-Benz 500E needs no introduction here at GCFSB. But consider this was a luxury sedan that was edging 330 horsepower in an era when many mid-sized sedans could barely muster 150 horsepower. Rather impressive for a four-door in its day, then. This Porsche-built four-door express is getting its fair shake in the market after years of sitting in relative obscurity. Currently, excellent examples can edge $40,000 or more. This 1993 500E for sale in Northern Virginia has just passed the 50,000 mark and has little to fault with it. Will this pull the big money? Let’s take a look…
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We all have dreams. In automotive terms, I can remember many cars that I’ve spent countless hours modifying in my head. “No one will be expecting this!” I’d laugh to myself, ignoring the sensibility of my plan. Hurdles such as the cost, the time invested, or even if the end result would be worth the hours spent not only planning but executing the plan were cleared as if I was Edwin Moses on route to another Olympic Gold. Indeed, I’d already be crowning myself champion of the mods as I slowly turned the image of a complete dream in my head at night, during breakfast, while walking or at work, and especially when driving. But then the realities of life set in, and the dreams so carefully laid out by many are dashed on the rocky shores of life. The plan wasn’t economically viable or even possible, the car was too rusty or too far gone, the parts were too hard to source, or as is often the case, priorities changed and something newer and flashier came along. For every 1,000 cars dreamed to completion, my bet is that fewer than five make it to the light of day. When I had my V8 quattro, I was going to restore that and make it a manual. I truly loved that car, but the realities of owning it were too hard to continue on. Then I had my 200 Avant, and I was going to combine the bits from the V8 quattro and make a monster V8 Avant. That, too, was left on the planning board.
All of this is what makes such creations as this car so special. Who would look at an A6 Avant and think “I’m going to turn this car into a S6 Plus Avant”? Maybe one person would have that thought – but it only takes one. The result of what was undoubtedly one of the least likely builds has resulted in one of the most desirable Avants I’ve seen stateside: