1987 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Is there any sports car manufacturer that's remained truer to its heritage than Porsche? The folks in Stuttgart have single-handedly built an 86-year legacy out of performance-minded engineering, while designing some of the most endearing cars ever produced. And today, as one of the most well-respected automakers on the planet, the brand enjoys a tremendous following.
What do you do when you find out your Porsche factory Turbo Look Cabriolet doesn't quite have the power and performance you expected? You build your own rendition of a fire breathing Turbo Cabriolet!
Porsche Silver metallic covers the almost perfect exterior of this car and has been meticulously pampered and protected since it rolled off Porsche's Zuffenhausen assembly line. That body's professionally finished surfaces are straight, solid and still possess every bit of the drama and tension Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche's original design inspired. Fit and finish are the typical, high quality stuff you'd expect from a flagship automaker. A large “whale tail” spoiler adorns the rear engine compartment. 2-piece modular wheels are seen all around.
Inside this slick Carrera, it's all about a symbiotic relationship between cutting edge European performance and traditional 'old world' luxury. At the center of the car, leather-seats, which show some patina and wear, are covered in red. Power buttons are on the outside of each and offer a dizzying array of choices for your tailored comfort. In front of those seats is the standard Porsche dashboard in black. At the base of that dash, like-new carpet, which is protected by thick, “PORSCHE” branded floor mats, anchors a full-length console and aluminum-trimmed leather booted shifter. In front of the driver, a standard style steering wheel spins a colorful Porsche crest. And, throughout the inviting cockpit, you'll find the usual assortment of luxury and convenience features that we've all come to expect in high-end automobiles.
So where would you start but other than Protosport of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, the renowned Porsche engine builder and performance gurus of the German marque. A complete mechanical rebuild began in 1997 beginning with the installation of the Protomotive Stage 2 turbo, which gets a Garret turbo, larger intercooler, headers, fuel pressure regulator, software, racing clutch, boost control and gauges. At completion of the engine modifications, the horsepower was increased to 485, nearly twice the factory number. In 2010 a comprehensive engine rebuild was performed and an upgraded AC system was put in. Just an FYI, the vehicle's engine upgrade was deemed “bulletproof “ by Protosport and car can be serviced by any Porsche dealer.
The upgrade did not stop at the power plant. In order to facilitate the added horsepower, the braking and handling also needed to be improved. Starting with larger multi piece wheels and tires, Red Lobster ventilated brakes added stopping power to the front while factory 930's were added to the back. This included all new stainless brake lines and all new wheel bearings. Strut brace and thicker roll bar and short shifter kit would complete the suspension upgrades.
There is simply too much to list as to how this Porsche has transformed itself over the owner's history with this “beast.” All comprehensive service records from either Protosport or Factory dealership receipts since 1993 come with the car as does the original window sticker, books and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Thousands upon thousands of dollars have been spent and documented on this German muscle car. Not for the meek at heart, this heavily modified, stock appearing Cabriolet is as at home on the track as it is for an enthusiastic drive through the countryside.