Monday, August 20, 2012

They don't make them like this anymore

Progress continues on the Legacy project car. The suspension is done, and I'm into tune-up items now. At the moment, I'm knee deep in the timing belt. If not for limited time to work in the evenings, the car would be done. At least, I can now say it will be done soon. With any luck, the car should be on the road for the end of the week.

But, that's not why I'm writing at the moment. This past weekend, I had a unique opportunity to visit the Porsche East Coast Holiday 2012 event in Massachusetts. There was a lot of vintage road candy to ogle, but one car stood out from the rest.

Up close, you could see little dents and ripples all over the car. To the untrained eye, it might look like someone rolled an old sports car out of the junkyard and gave it a good cleaning. But, in actuality, this car was something very special. Nobody is 100% sure, but this car was the third (or more likely fourth) Porsche ever built.

Currently owned by a famous TV comedian (I'm a fan, but withholding the name, as I want to keep the focus on the car), this car has been restored as closely as possible to its original condition. It's my understanding that the ripples are hammer marks from when the body was hand-formed out of aluminum.

It was truly a unique opportunity to see this car in person. This car, and other early Porsches, set the stage for what was to become a truly iconic sports car marque.

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