Book Review: Carrera 2.7 – Covering the 1974-1977 Porsche 911 Carrera MFI

Between 1974 and 1977, Porsche produced 1,633 of its Carrera 2.7 MFI models. This was a follow-up to the legendary 911RS model and carried over much of the look and suspension, along with the punch of the 911/83 2.7 flat-6 rated at 210 horsepower into the G-Body impact bumper models. Though not as valuable as the original 911RS (a good example of which will set you back about $700,000 today), the equally limited ‘Euro Carrera’ MFI cars aren’t exactly cheap. You’re still looking at ponying up between $150,000 and $200,000 for a decent example. Cheap compared to the 911RS, yes, but firmly in wish-land for most.

But there’s a solution for the enthusiast. Ryan Snodgrass has produced an extensive history of the model in his work Carrera 2.7. I was lucky enough to get a copy of the Limited Edition version of the book as an early Christmas present. And opening the box was just like it was that gift-giving holiday morning; a let out an audible ‘whoa’ as I lifted the hefty tome from its packaging. The presentation is outstanding; a stark black cover with immediately recognizable bright shades of the early Porsches underscoring that iconic silhouette.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Carrera 2.7 by Ryan Snodgrass

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GCFSB Alumnus: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CEc

One of the biggest challenges we face when contemplating cars from a distance is that it’s difficult to judge a book by its cover. We’re at the mercy of the images and what the seller is willing to disclose in order to form a judgement. I’d like to think that most of the time we get it right and spot items that are perhaps warning signs to a larger problem. But, perhaps inevitably, we definitely have gotten some wrong. That brings us to today’s car, which Andrew wrote up back in 2016:

1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE

Andrew felt at the time that it was a very clean example with a reasonable price. And, as luck would have it, one of our readership took the plunge and bought the car without a PPI. But it didn’t go quite as one would hope the story would, as it turned out there were some undisclosed problems which popped up. Today the car is back for sale with a lot of the heavy lifting done and some more stories to add to its pages:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE on eBay

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Reader Rides: 1984 Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Diesel

It’s always great to hear from a reader who appreciates the blog or just sends in a link to a neat car that they spotted. While I don’t always take enough time to acknowledge them, I’ll let you know now that we always are thankful that you’re out there thinking of us! But it’s really special when one of our readership buys a car that we featured, and last fall that exact thing happened with this cool 1984 Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Diesel:

1984 Volkswagen Jetta GL Turbo Diesel

I caught up with its new owner, Jesse, who was kind enough to share his story and some images of the car!

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Reader Ride Success Story: Buying the Perfect 944 Turbo


Back in April, I wrote up a quite low mileage 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo. While we write up quite a few cars on a weekly basis, it’s not often that we hear that one of them was bought; even more rare is to find one of our regular readers that has ended up with the prize. But this 944 Turbo was special; with only 30,000 miles on the clock and in near perfect condition, the listing was a bit vague and it flew under the radar just a bit. Luckily, the person who ended up with it chimed in almost immediately that he had bought it and, if anything, it was better than it first appeared. I asked the new owner to tell us a bit about his experiences and his garage, because while not all of us are lucky enough to have stumbled upon the perfect 944 Turbo and add it to our collection, we can all enjoy the story:

GCFSB: What made this Turbo “the one”? Were you considering other cars too?

Jeff: I was actually in the market for an 80s M6 – I’m still looking for the right M6. There’s just something about late 80s German cars. I’m kicking myself for not buying the Bronzit M6 you featured in March. It was a mile from my house and in great shape and reasonably priced. Not sure why I waited on that one, and then it was gone. Lesson learned.

Anyway, GCFSB is one of only a couple of sites I troll daily for something to catch my eye and then in April I saw your coverage of the Stone Grey Metallic 951. I hadn’t considered a 944/951. The color combo of this one got my attention. But, what REALLY made the difference for me was your coverage and link to the previous ad which was much more in depth and showed a thick binder of service history. I’m certain if that ad or at least the information regarding documentation was in the then current ad the car would have gone for much more money.

Taking the lesson learned from losing out on the M6, I clicked the link over to eBay, put in my highest but still below market bid. A few days later my Targa had a 951 stable-mate.


GCFSB: Were there any problems with the purchase, and what did the post purchase reveal relative to the original description?

Jeff: The purchase went very smoothly. It was a Porsche specialist called Road Scholars in North Carolina that was selling the car. I wired the funds and they overnighted me the title, bill of sale and the service history. The service history on this car was even better than I had expected. The binder contained almost every single document from the very first owner at 1150 miles. It was not chronologically organized and took me an entire day spreading it all out on my living room floor, but it turned out to be truly worth the effort. The history showed how well cared for this car was. It was even a winner at the North New Jersey Region PCA concours in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Unfortunately the window sticker got lost between the most recent owner and Road Scholars though, so I had Stuttgart Studios reproduce a copy. I also sent away for a Porsche COA which confirmed color combo and options. The only misstep in the car’s history was when the most recent owner had an extensive and costly service performed at his BMW dealer in Colorado in October of 2014. The invoice was missing the last two pages. I was able to get in touch with him and he was able to get me a copy of the invoice. Several items that were serviced by that dealer needed to be corrected by my independent Porsche specialist.

-They replaced the motor mounts with incorrect units. Porsche used hydraulic mounts on these without them there can be too much vibration felt.

-They replaced the compressor on the air conditioner, but the condenser was leaking and had to be replaced.

-The owner reported a rough idle that they supposedly “adjusted” but it turned out to be a bad vacuum line.

– The timing belt/water pump had been replaced, but the belt was improperly tensioned. Fortunately the belt was still on good shape and just need to be retensioned correctly.

I asked my indy (Performance Auto of Malvern, PA) do a full going over of the car and aside from those four items which have since been corrected they said it was the cleanest, nicest, most well cared for 944/951 they had ever seen. They even remarked how the belly pans were still in place as these tend to almost always be removed. Can’t say enough good things about Paul, Pete and Ken at Performance Auto. These guys REALLY know their way around these cars and they are VERY reasonably priced.


GCFSB: Now that you have this low mileage example, are you planning on keeping it as a show and occasional car to keep the mileage down, or will you drive it without worry? Does the car have any needs to address, or any modifications you’re planning?

Jeff: I’m a huge fan of all original lower mileage documented cars. I’ve been down the restoration and customizing route in the past. The costs of those projects always seems to outweigh the enjoyment of the cars and the cars spend most of their time being worked on rather than being driven. With all original cars you just have to be a good steward for the next owner. It’s a no brainer, just maintain and enjoy until you’re ready to move on to the next one.

Cars need to be driven. The worse thing for a car is to let it sit. I really like to drive my cars. I’ll take them on my short commute to work, to Cars and Coffee West Chester, PCA events and The Radnor Hunt Road Rally each year. I can’t stand sitting at shows being judged. Each week I have a Google calendar reminder for which car should be driven that week so no one car gets more use than another. It works out quite well.

GCFSB: In your decision process for buying this type of car, were you looking for something that you thought would be an appreciating asset? Or were you looking for this particular package – and why?

Jeff: I buy what appeals to me at the time. If I can drive it and enjoy it for a little while then it’s been worth it. I don’t think of them as investments. Although it appears 951s have gone up in value since I bought this one. So, I think I’ve done alright with her.


GCFSB: Besides this pristine 944 Turbo, would you share other cars that you currently own, or notable ones you owned in the past?

Jeff: I was recently up to seven which for me is a tipping point. I really only have room for six max, but four would really be best. So I recently sold one and I’m going to try to replace instead of add from here on out.

Notably the 951 currently shares garage space with a 1987 Guards Red Porsche 911 Targa and a 1987 Buick Grand National. Both are lower mileage, fully documented examples. The Targa is particularly pristine and with all original paint that just looks amazing. There is just nothing like a cool summer evening, targa top off and the sound of that air cooled lump right behind you. I never understood the “air-cooled 911 thing” until I owned one. Now I TOTALLY get it and will never be without an air-cooled in my collection. I just love that funky little car. The Buick is like driving a freight train. Just push on the gas and hold on. I graduated in 1986, so this era of cars are like reliving my youth.I’ve owned dozens of cars. Mostly late 60s to late 80s – a few Mercedes’ (GREAT cars), a couple of Jags, a couple of Mustangs, a Volvo T-5R, a Saab 900 Turbo. I went through an old Cadillac/Lincoln phase for a while and then had nothing but Corvettes for a couple of years. I had a Fathom Green over Saddle ‘69 Corvette convertible, big block, factory air, 4-speed, yadda-yadda-yadda. Beautiful to look at, but it was like playing roulette to see if I’d make it home every time I took it out. I just sold my last Corvette a month ago – a pristine silver over red C3. Local car, one owner with 33,000 miles. Great car. But, I’m just completely over Corvettes and pretty much all American muscle.

The German cars of the era are just soooooo much better and more enjoyable to drive. I’ve never had a BMW, and would really like to try an M6 and/or an Audi Ur-Quattro. Also, I have my eye on 89/90 Nissan Skyline GT-R now that they’re starting to show up here. Maybe someday a Ferrari 348GTS, but my wallet runs a hides every time a start to look at those.


GCSFB: Jeff, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us. It sounds like the Turbo is in great hands, excellent company and will enjoy some time both in and out of your garage! Enjoy and keep us updated on what’s next!


Reader Ride Success Story: D2 Desires

Over the years, we’ve gained a lot of fans here at GCFSB, some of whom are specialty dealerships focuses on the cars we know and love. One such dealer is Sun Valley Auto Club in Idaho, whose inventory is always chock full of interesting finds. Our reader, Max, over at Sun Valley Auto Club recently purchased a 2002 Audi S8 that we featured last year. He was kind enough to check in with us and share his enthusiasm for this Audi and his buying experience.


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Reader Ride Success Story: Land Shark – Buying in to the Awesome and Scary World of the 928


Back in November, I wrote up a trio of German luxury coupes in the 10K Friday “Big Coupe Off”. While the “smart” money thought the Mercedes-Benz was the best deal of the three, the car that captivated me was the early Euro 5-speed 928. Clean in look and design, the 928 still looks fresh today and while it isn’t as popular a model as the 911 it has a devoted following and an even greater fan base. Most of those fans, though, are fearful of the 928 maintenance stories. If that alone isn’t enough to scare them away, many that are affordable have fallen into disrepair due to the higher running costs. As such, the 928 presented a dilemma in that particular showdown; it was the best looking, it looked super clean, but it had needs and needed mechanical sorting. That seems to be the conundrum of the 928; buy one that is very sorted for a higher price, or run the tables on one that may turn into a money pit.

As with many of the posts we write up here, there are plenty of tire kickers and internet-cash-speculators who are happy to throw down with little knowledge of what actual ownership would or wouldn’t entail. I was a bit surprised then to see someone join the discussion on the Big Coupe post with the message that they were the brave soul who bought that particular 928. Did he know something I didn’t about the car, or was he on the verge of bankruptcy? I had to know, and the new owner Jim was kind enough to share his experiences with us. Enjoy!

GCFSB: Was an early European model 928 your goal, or just a bonus to find?

Jim: Typically, I look for ‘Euro’ models. Early 928s (’77, ’78, 79) possess an inherent purity with a direct link to the original design. In particular, I appreciate the purity of the Euro models having difference elements than US models – 8” H4 headlamps and no rear bumper overriders, for instance.

Porsche built near 500 RoW 928s before US production started. So, I prefer early serial numbers due to their rarity in the US. This one is a late ’78 build, so it interested me for different reasons. There were many running changes to the 928 between ’77 & ’78, and having a later build gives me an opportunity to assess these differences and improvements.

GCFSB: The car appeared in good condition in the photos, but it was said to need mechanic sorting. What amount of mechanical work does it need and did this concern you at all when purchasing?

Jim: Most important to me is that the engine spins and transmission shifts – check. Beyond that, I assume the typical mechanicals of a 36 years old 928. My experience is they all need the similar service – having less to do with miles and more to do with age.
For instance, when these early 928s aren’t driven much, the fuel system can suffer. So first I inspect fuel delivery system, then drain/drop the tank and replace old rubber hoses.
There are mile-related items which are good to see in the service history. Clutch, brake pads/rotors, etc. may have be done 20 years ago, but if they’ve only seen 10K miles of duty, all the better. It’s always nice to find big-ticket items with light use.

In the case of this 928, I’d consider it very typical but wanting for a better service history. Was I concerned? No, it was expected.

GCFSB: Were there any surprises, good or bad?

Jim: This 928 had been retrofitted with ‘S’ model spoilers. Originally, it came without them. I was pleased to find they were installed with little impact on the body, which made it easy to return the car to its stock configuration.
Another pleasant surprise was original wiring wasn’t butchered along way. Granted, I removed a pile of additional wiring (which is typical), but it was all tertiary, thankfully.

This car saw some road use in the northeast, and as such had experienced some salt corrosion. Keep in mind, the 928 was double hot-dipped galvanized, so we’re not talking about Karmann Ghia-type concerns here. But it affected the original finishes, which will need to be addressed during restoration.

GCFSB: Now that you have this neat 928, what are your plans?

Jim: I plan to restore it. It’s a very striking car that has a lot going for it! It needs a good going-over, and when it’s done, will be an excellent driver’s Porsche.

Mechanicals will be addressed, to include an engine refresh. Interior will be buttoned-up, and I may replace the carpet with black Sliverknit. Paint will be restored and improved where needed. The car will be returned to stock as close as possible (it’s not far from stock to begin with).

Ultimately this car will go back on the market. My plans is to continue to elevate the early 928 market by offering nice and reliable ‘driver’ examples. The key with this one is to highly improve it while keeping to a budget – granted a very fair budget. To make this happen, the car will be offered at a premium. Premium car, premium price. Biggest question is how will the 928 collector market react? With a strong desire to elevate the appreciation of early 928s, there are risks involved. However, it is clear to me we have a lot of momentum, and we must keep pushing on.

GCFSB: Do you have any other cars in the garage?

Jim: Too many, if that’s possible! There’s a ’77 Euro client car next-up for restoration. Also, you’ll find the oldest pre-production 928 ever built. It was press car and Weissach test vehicle for Porsche, ca. ’77-’79.
At my Father’s farm, there’s another pre-production 928, the 6th one ever built. Also a press car, it holds a very rich pictorial history. Currently going through a long-term preservation restoration. Lastly, an ’87 S4 5 speed in factory pearl white metallic. This one will go on the market next spring.
Always looking for more, because I’m just that crazy!

GCFSB: Jim, thanks for your time! You run a 928-themed business – can you tell us about it?

Jim: Here’s an excerpt from the front page of my website, 928 Classics:
Dedicated to the restoration and preservation of your classic Porsche 928.
What this means is I have a strong passion and desire to preserve and elevate the early 928 (77, 78, 79) into the classic status it deserves, given its significant place in Porsche history.

928 Classics is a client-based business, and all you early 928 owners and your cars are my clients. It’s my strong goal to be involved with as many as I can get my hands on, and I’m prepared to help you with your 928 restoration project.

I’m very excited about the future of our cars, and look forward to serving you.
Jim Doerr – Owner, 928 Classics

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Reader Ride Success Story – Buying a Market-Breaking Callaway GTi


There are plenty of internet tire kickers who comment on how much a vehicle is or isn’t worth. Heck, it’s what we do every day! And while the market tends to be pretty well defined on most models, there are occasionally outliers who throw us a curve ball we just weren’t expecting. Such was the case with last month’s low mile 1983 Callaway Turbo Volkswagen GTi I wrote up. I have to admit, I was pretty excited when I originally found it (though, probably not as much as the new owner’s description below!). Why? Well, when I came across it, I had mixed feelings – with 18,000 miles on the clock and being a rare Callaway Turbo model, this GTi was drawing very strong bidding despite having a somewhat poor description and photos. While it was fascinating, it didn’t quite add up – but it was sure to draw attention. It turns out I wasn’t alone in that feeling.

I paid particularly close attention to this GTi because I thought it was heading towards being the highest selling A1 GTi I can remember seeing. As the bidding increased, we here at GCFSB exchanged excited messages such as “unreal” and “that’s crazy”. I tuned in for the end of bidding, too, just to see where it ended up – an astounding $17,754. To me it sounded like a lot of money for any A1 Volkswagen. Imagine my surprise when the next day in my inbox was a message from the new owner of the car who had tuned in to my post, explaining the purchase. I had to know more – who would pay so much for a 1983 GTi, and what was the motivation? The story was perhaps even more surprising than the purchase amount, and ranks pretty high on my list feel-good stories of 2013. I can’t say enough about how enthusiastic the car’s new owner, Lance, has been about sharing his story and time. People like Lance are true car enthusiasts and the story of his GTi purchase is a great reminder of why we all love this hobby. As I can’t do it any more justice, I’ll let Lance tell the tale:


GCFSB: How long have you been looking for a GTi, and was the Callaway GTi your goal or a bonus?

Lance: I have a fond memory of when my father used to drive our 1st Generation GTI when I was about 12 years old and just a kid. We had a long cul de sac driveway that was approximately a quarter of a mile which seemed like a mile when I was a kid. My father who was my best friend and mentor used to flat shift from first to second on our driveway and I’d continually ask him to stop the car & do it again – over & over again… it was a blast when I was a youngster. Nevertheless I looked for 8 long years to find a good representation of a stock VW GTI that was identical to the one I remembered. My mission was to surprise him with it. Unfortunately he passed away in 2004 from a rare disease called amyloidosis, in his honor we started the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation – more at I discontinued my hunt for the GTI due to his passing. However my friend, Tim Scanlon, remembered that I was looking for a black GTI and shot me an email with pics of the car in 2009 (5 years from his passing)- needless to say I purchased it without hesitation.

I’m certain my father would be proud of the black GTI purchase, it’s a pretty sweet little car, it drives perfect and even has functional AC, lights & etc. Life is good was his motto and I do my best to live by it! I guess for me the memory from when I was a child is what really strikes me. The GTI was a badass little street rocket and I was lucky enough to have a cool father that wasn’t afraid to bang through the gears on our driveway!

Fast forward 4 years…

I woke up early one morning and decided to look on ebay through my cell phone without waking up my wife. I searched for “Renntech” and was checking out a few cars that popped up, nothing really grabbed my attention. Next I did a search for “Callaway” and the first thing that popped up was a 1983 Volkswagen GTI Callaway with 18,000 miles. I about fell out of my bed! I read the advertisement and was excited as can be. I actually woke my wife up at this point and told her I’m going to buy a new car! I bid on it first and quickly became the high bidder. Irony has it, I really wasn’t looking to purchase a car – I was more just looking to see some neat rides. It never hurts to dream, right?!


GCFSB: Tell us a bit about your pre-purchase inspection – how did it go, how was it arranged, and were there any surprises?

Lance: It worked quite well asking on if someone with knowledge lives close by where the vehicle is listed for sale. There were a couple of details that concerned me about the ad on ebay. 1) the images were terrible and didn’t show enough details of the vehicle being sold 2) the seller had zero (0) feedback 3) the engine bay looked older than an 18,000 mile car 4) I sent out some questions pertaining to the vehicle and never heard back for the first 48 hours 5) the ad was written oddly, meaning it was an original owner car but didn’t appear to be written by the owner. I decided the safest thing for me to do was have someone go do a pre-purchase inspection of the car. This would allow me to know if the car is what the ad states it is and potentially get some much better pictures sent my way without having to drive 5 1/2 hours each way. When roaming on I decided to search for the ’83 Callaway GTI to see what people were saying and sure enough it was on the site. I decided to post a quick question to see if anyone would bite knowing if they are on that forum they will most likely know what they are looking at. Sure enough within a few minutes I had a private message from one of the members stating that they lived approximately an hour away from Millford, WV where the car is located. His name was John and I asked him what I could do in order to get him to look at the car – simple enough, he just wanted to see it himself! He said, cover my fuel cost and I’ll go. We had a deal!

Low and behold I received an answer from the owner after about 48 hours of my questions being written on ebay. Her message stated that she was having technical issues with her computer and didn’t answer any of my questions. Obviously, this scared me to death! I immediately fired another message to her on ebay and asked for her to call me and provided her with my cell number. Sure enough she called me. The owner turned out to be a super sweet older woman that explained to me she never used ebay before. She told me her computer has been giving her problems off and on. We finally got down to business where I could ask the questions I had for her. She nailed every one! She was selling the car because it was her husband’s baby and unfortunately he had recently passed away. She no longer had a need for the vehicle. She then told me that he logged all the miles driven in the vehicle along with keeping any and all paperwork regarding the car. She said it was stored inside every day of its life and it was only used for joy rides. In fact only three people ever drove the car – her husband, her son and her! Her handle for ebay was also a tad scary “junkid1” – my interpretation was “Junk Kid”. However after speaking with her… her name was June Kidd. Another relief!


Lance: At this point I had arranged for John from to go look at the vehicle. John went there in the morning prior to someone else looking at the vehicle. He told me he’ll text me as soon as he arrives. I was in a long meeting and quickly forgot about the GTI and John. However once the meeting was over about 3 hours later I realized John never texted me. So I started texting him and as I was typing he called me. He told me his cell phone didn’t work at her place, so he was calling from her phone. He told me that with being a stickler in every capacity that this car was a 9.5 out of 10. He also told me it would be easy and fun to make this car a 10 out of 10, stating it only needs some minor updates to really make it perfect. He kept telling me how blown away he was with the incredible overall condition. Needless to say I was excited and couldn’t wait to see the images he took which he assured me he’ll post later when he returned to home. John was awesome in every capacity! His images and his raving review were exactly the information I needed in order to pull the trigger. The only surprise was that the car was stronger than I initially thought per the inspection and images.


GCFSB: Midway through bidding, it was obvious this car was going to be expensive. Were you concerned at all watching your bids get higher?

Lance: I really wanted the car. How often do you run across a low mile, original owner, all documentation & records with a Callaway Turbo stage II installed at Callaway Cars?!? After having John look the car over and send me some great photographs I knew I had to own this incredible car. I’m a total sucker for low mile, original cars that are well documented – I’m just thankful to be the next caretaker of this beautiful little rocket! When John told me this car was near perfect in every capacity I knew I wasn’t going to let this car sell to somebody else. However I knew there would be other people wanting the vehicle just as bad as I did, especially the ones that were able to see it firsthand. My only hope was that there wouldn’t be strong action for the car at the end of the auction. Well, my only hope didn’t come to fruition! There were some serious buyers on this Callaway GTI and I wasn’t about to let it get away. I’ve done this in the past and knew I’d be kicking myself if I didn’t pull the trigger.

I was on the road with my family headed to North Carolina when the bidding was ending. I decided to use esnipe to take care of my bidding on the GTI. I decided to place a ‘crazy’ high bid in on the vehicle of $25,550 to ensure I would be the high bidder unless someone was even more insane that me. You might ask – why $25,500 – simple, because to me that’s what I felt the car was worth in today’s market. Some people out there might say I’m insane, but I challenge you to find me another one like it… original owner, no rust, low miles, Callaway Stage II installed at the Callaway Cars Factory, all documentation, fuel miles logged by the owner since new and the list goes on… Needless to say I’m confident Mark I GTI’s are at their infancy in collectability. I’ll go out on a limb and claim in the next 20 years a GTI of this caliber will fetch in the six figure territory. Although that’s not the reason I purchased this car, it won’t surprise me if it happens. Just read various forums and talk to passionate VW Mark I GTI owners – passion drives the market and so does money. As the generations that really loved these GTI’s get higher paying jobs and etc. they will go back to their childhood favorite cars and they will be willing to pay whatever it takes to get them. I see this over and over again in the line of work I’m involved with today – car events; Carlisle Events. Needless to say I won the car, but it came with a steep price tag in today’s market.

I feel strongly that if you purchase a vehicle it should be one that you are truly going to enjoy, whether it be on the road or simply to look at in your garage. For me, I love the car and will certainly enjoy driving it on various occasions. I’ll also showcase the car so others have the opportunity to see this rare piece of history.


GCFSB: Now that you have the car you’ve wanted, what are the plans for it?

Lance: Enjoy it! I’m one of “those” people that sleep better at night knowing I’ve got another car in my collection that fits well – strange, but I believe “car people” get exactly what I’m talking about… it’s simply a passion and I’m thankful I have it! Now time for the shameless plug… If you’re interested in seeing this beauty firsthand, I’d encourage you and every other German car lover to come out to enjoy the Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals held annually in May. More information can be found by visiting our website:


GCFSB: What else do you have in the garage, if anything?

Lance: I’m a car guy at heart, but Corvettes are typically at the top of my list. All cars that made history due to design, power, race results and so forth really get my blood flowing. With this said, I’ve got the only Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette race car that ran in the World Challenge Series. The 2005 Test and Development Callaway Corvette dubbed the Carlisle Callaway Corvette is another favorite of mine – it was in every Corvette magazine and accomplished a mid 10 second run at over 130 mph back in ’05 along with big brakes, Callaway suspension and etc. Recently a purchase from overseas called the Callaway LM is one of my latest additions, it ran in the 24 Hours of Le Mans three consecutive years and won the SCCA World Challenge S2 Class here in the USA. Another one of my favorites is the ’84 GTI that resembles the one my father used to bang gears in when I was a child (black/blue interior). My all time favorite vehicle is a ’60 Cunningham Corvette that won its class in Le Mans back in 1960 which we took back to Le Mans 50 years later for a reunion along with the original driver John Fitch, check out the Quest Documentary – there was a film written and produced by Michael Brown – Another couple vehicles that I “had” to have is the ’06 Ford GT Tungsten and an ’94 Porsche Turbo last of the air cooled turbo’s of that generation. I also have a few other cars with the details I look for in a vehicles as well.

GCFSB: Thanks, Lance! It’s an incredible collection for sure. Lance was also nice enough to share a correspondence with the original builder of the car, the legendary Reeves Callaway


Reeves: Lance, as promised, a short history of the Callaway turbo GTI.

Remember that Callaway turbo systems was the company started in the back of my house in old Lyme Connecticut around 1977.

It was a point to choose only cars that could stand a substantial increase in power and still remain reliable. This pretty much defined the small German cars: BMW Porsche Mercedes and VW

The VW rabbit series and the subsequent GTI series, had a good enthusiast following in the sport hatchback segment. They became a good candidate for some substantial horsepower increasing.

We had good success in turbo charging the BMW 3,5, 6 and 7 series. So we decided to translate some of that philosophy to the VW productline.

The idea was to sell a very complete kit so that the advanced do-it-yourselfer in his garage had everything that he needed to wind up to turbocharging the VW reliably, quickly, and with a great feeling of more power.


Reeves: We manufactured all of the components, the exhaust manifold, the tubing, the intercooling, the exhaust system, and the fuel enrichment system, and placed them all in boxes on Friday afternoon and UPS would come and pick up the entire weeks production. We shipped them all COD direct to the owners. There were five of us working out of the house, and those were the days. Beany had just been born. Pete was on the way. the shop was in the middle of being expanded and the reputation in the marketplace was good. the money was rolling in, no accounts payable and no accounts receivable.

There were 2 hp levels: stage one I believe was about 120 hp & stage two was 175 hp. The stage two cars with front-wheel-drive and the tires of the day, were a quite amusing torque steer proposition.

Very glad that you have what appears to be a good example of the vintage. Thanks for your continued enthusiasm. I’m sure dad is proud.

Best regards,

E. Reeves Callaway

Callaway Cars Incorporated
2441 Pullman Street
Santa Ana CA 92705


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Reader Ride Success Story: Taking the plunge and purchasing a Legend – Fire up the Quattro!


While it’s a given that everyone reading this loves cars in general and specifically German cars, the reality is that this “Interweb” thing has developed a serious amount of keyboard warriors who like to brag about how they’d spend their non-existent money on “X” car and what they’d do to it afterwards. There are even more that argue the supposed values of these cars without having actually gone out and bought one. Having spent the last few months writing up some of my dream cars, I can’t tell you how many I wish I had the available funds, space and time to go get, but it’s a very high percentage of the total. When I click “Publish”, I often sigh, resigned in the fact that another car I’d love to own has slipped through my hands.

My only hope is that these cars have gone to a new owner who would love them as much as I would. And every once in a while, you find out someone you know has bought the car that you wish you could have. Such was the case with the Mars Red 20V turbo swapped Quattro I wrote up a few weeks ago. Undoubtedly the best “classic” deal we wrote up last month, the Quattro is the subject of many people’s desire but few have even driven in one, never mind contemplated actual ownership. So when I heard that a fellow Coupe GT enthusiast and GCFSB reader had picked up this featured car, I just had to know what I had missed out on. I interviewed the new owner with the hope that it inspires more of you to take the plunge on some of the great quality cars we write up:


GCFSB: How close to the posting was the car when you arrived?

Matt: The posting was very fair indeed; perhaps he undersold the fact how clean the car was underneath and in fact there is not a hint of rust anywhere. Even the lower areas where the fenders meet the rockers are in perfect condition. I would agree with the seller in that the body is 7/10 and to me the paint looks 90% original as I can still see white undercoat under some chips. The hood has been sprayed. Driver’s rear quarter has been scraped and needs sprayed, it’s not terrible and shouldn’t cost too much to have done. Overall, the car looks to very sharp from just a few feet away. The interior lower dash and center console has been taken apart to go to a post ’84 setup. Both original dash and another later model dash are included and in good shape, but I think I will stay with the original early dash style. The cracks from California sun give it character! The original Chocolate brown leather is in good shape but drivers bolsters needs to be redone. An aftermarket VDO gauge pod has been partially installed with boost and water temp. An oil pressure guage will complete the pod setup. Looks like all suspension rubber has been done recently as well as CV boots. The passenger side window switch is intermittent and there is no radio, but the sunroof seal was new which is nice since they are difficult to source.

GCFSB: What made you take the leap and buy the car?

Matt: The 3B swap hands down sold it to me. I love the 5 cylinder 10v NA coupe GT engine but it really needs a turbo to push you back. When I saw this beautiful 3B swap I knew how much work went into it. It idles very smooth and starts on the first flick of the key! The New Jersey owner only put 20 miles on it in the two years he owned it, Yet it always started for him long after sitting.The 3″ custom exhaust note is sweet, if not too quiet. A forged DV gives a distinct sound and it pulls very nicely and feels like a refreshed engine, not just a swap. The original California owner put the mechanical time into this car, but I heard he ran into tough times. Personally, I like cars that need just a little work, rather than starting with a cheap project and sinking a lot of years and time into it. So, I was more than pleased to drive it 60 miles home smiling the whole way without issue.

GCFSB: What are your plans now that you own this legend?

Matt: The car has H&R springs which are too low and stiff for my taste, especially on New England roads. I’ll go back with the very clean, included stock springs and Koni struts, followed by Fuchs wheels with 15mm spacers. I planned to go to the original Fuchs or maybe 15×8 R8s so I was happy to reduce the price and not take the urs4 wheels which were quite mint. I’m happy to spend more time driving the Quattro rather than making it a restoration project.

GCFSB: Were there any surprises?

Matt: As a diehard Audi Coupe GT fan I was more than thrilled to discover the included “parts”
car was in fact a Special Build. It’s a 5 speed, Tornado Red with tan heated leather and working digital dash. The car started after just a few cranks, runs and drives. Needs a side window and brakes and a tuneup and it would be road worthy. It’s originally a Virginia car, so it’s also rust free. All of this came below asking price.

GCFSB: Thanks, Matt! Sounds like you got a fantastic deal. What else is hiding in your garage?

Matt: I have an Alpine White 1985 Audi Coupe GT (which happens to be one of the nicest in the U.S. – Ed.) and a rare 87.5 “Special Build” in Black with black leather and an automatic transmission. Daily driver is a ‘95.5 S6!

GCFSB: Sounds like a great Audi collection. Thanks for your time and good luck with the new projects!

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