Yuey Tan is a professional race car driver who competes in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. He shares that the 911 has many strong points, “It is a good performance car, reliable and relatively affordable to maintain in comparison with other classics, has plenty of heritage and an awesome history behind the brand.”
Depending on who you purchase the car from, there might be further outlays to restore it to mint condition so that it is usable. For instance, Tiam Hai spent more than $120,000 restoring his 1967 Porsche 912 despite only paying close to $100,000 for it. However, he believes he can sell it for $300,000. “It’s now a showroom piece and I’ve been told that there are only two native (not imported) 912 models in Singapore, making mine quite rare,” he explains.
Be selective when choosing a mechanic to work with. Ask about their experience in doing such projects, including which make and models they are familiar with, whom they source spare parts from and where their expertise lie.
The origins of the 911 can be traced back to the Volkswagen Beetle, which Porsche’s first production car, the 356, was modelled after. In 1956, the automaker tasked the grandson of its founder, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, to design a new version. The outcome was the 911, with a silhouette that had a long bonnet and sloping roofline – something that it has retained till today.
Throughout the decades, Porsche has tweaked and adjusted the 911 to keep up with the times. Among the more significant developments include the Turbo model unveiled in 1974 with a three-litre 260hp engine and an enormous rear spoiler. Another was when it was installed with a water-cooled (to replace the characteristic air-cooled) engine in 1998.
Then in 2011, the company launched a model that elevated performance and efficiency to new levels with lower fuel consumption and a lighter curb weight, thanks to its hybrid steel and aluminium construction.
But it is the models launched earlier this year that boast the greatest technological leap, contributing to enhanced driving experiences, comfort and pleasure. Among the improvements include a base model with a “respectable” 370 horsepower, a rear deck lid with vertical grilles to increase air intake to cool the engines, and the Porsche Active Stability Management that improves stability during fast cornering, among other benefits.