December 28, 2017 - by Matty D
Okay, I have never driven a Porsche 911, but I read a lot of the automotive press and I think people are making a good case that the air cooled Porsche 911 from the 1970’s to the mid ’90’s is the prototypical driver’s sports car, that it is the synthesis of all the elements that we look for, with nothing more and nothing less than.
This idea has caught on and the supply of these cars is not infinite. At the same time we live in an age where it is impossible to reproduce this car due to regulations. The result is that a run-down, unrestored 911 costs north of $75,000 and that well done resto-mod versions are fetching $350,000 and more!
So what is a wrench wielding motorsport enthusiast to do to have some fun in this world without having to rob a bank? In my case, it is to crunch the numbers and pore over carsforsale.com and craigslist and eBay. It is to look long and hard at the incredibly rich waste-stream of my American society and commit to not being left behind as long as my TIG welder can strike an arc and my truck and trailer are ready to retrieve the cars and parts necessary to answer the challenge to build a poor man’s Porsche.
To make this short and sweet, my solution is to take a Volkswagen Karrman Ghia from the late 60’s – early 70’s, replace the suspension with that of a Porsche 986 Boxster S, front and rear, and stuff a Boxster S/911 6-speed manual transmission fronted by a turbocharged Subaru EG33 boxer six engine and tie it all together with a partial tube chassis.
Why not start with a Boxster you might be saying, and save the hassle. The simple truth is that I want to use a chassis that is old enough to be exempt from emissions regulations so that I could have a free hand with the engine without having to worry about running afoul of the laws.