connoisseur file by pablo deferrari

If you stormed into any Porsche dealer, walked up to a salesman, and plunked down $75,845 on his desk demanding a 928, besides being looked at as if you were out of your gourd, you had two choices in 1990; the GT or this car, the S4. The only decision you needed to make was whether you wanted to shift the thing yourself, or have it shift for you, with a little omph, because as of model year 1990, Porsche no longer offered a manual gearbox in the S4. You got the automatic transmission standard. If you had to have a manual with your V8, you were shown the GT.

 
 

by peter bell

"We get quite a few emails asking about Porsche part numbers and what they mean. The eleven digit numbers can be a bit of a mystery and knowing what they mean can be a big help when trying to track down that replacement part you need for your prize possession. Disclaimer: This is just a guide and should be used as such. Like every set of rules there are always exception and Porsche are famous breaking its own rules."

editor's note:

our comrade in the UK, Peter Bell of P101TV —The Independent Porsche Channel, has put together a great little primer on Porsche part numbers and what each group of numbers mean. I'll tell ya, if you don't already know all about this, Peter's guide will prove to be indispensable. check out his link below...


PORSCHE'S PART NUMBERS...BROKEN DOWN



 
 

history lesson by pablo deferrari

as a kid, it was considered uncool if you spent any ounce of your weekend at the library—in fact, it was thought that something was seriously wrong with you. 

I didn't care though. spending loads of free time scouring the periodic literature section searching for magazine or newspaper articles written about Porsches from 1948 until the current year I was in. remember, the only thing that even resemble a computer in the early 80's for me was an Etch-A-Sketch.

I'd find obscure articles like this one, run to the photocopier, pop a nickel in, and have a piece of Porsche history to add to my collection. only until much later did I have the savvy to understand the basics of writing and pick out mistakes like "cut the mustard" on this piece where the author should've have used the correct idiom of "cut the muster." 

highball!
 
 

words by pablo deferrari

typical.

like all things that have an ounce of mystique, interest if you like, you'll only turn up so much using Google that eventually you end up chasing your tail. that's exactly what I did with this very unique car—the JPGTC Porsche 968.

 
 

words by pablo deferrari

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a close up of the throttle body showing you the larger air hose in the middle that goes to the air/oil separator bottle flanked by the two coolant hoses.
I recently had a discussion with a friend about the 968 and its fascinating engineering details when the topic turned to the heated throttle body found on this car and the 944 S2 that was designed to prevent the throttle body from icing. pretty cut and dry, right? 

well, because I never found an "official" statement from Porsche discussing this design in more detail, I decided to poke around and see what other enthusiasts thought.

 
 

blurb by pablo deferrari

this car, the US liveried number 3 924 GTR, was one of the three 924s entered at Le Mans in 1980. now the other two, number 4 and number 2 were the German and British liveried cars which of course were piloted by...German and British drivers; Jürgen Barth and Manfred Schurti took number 4 and number 2 was in the hands of Tony Dron and Andy Rouse.

the American car had a twist. you see, Peter Gregg was supposed to drive alongside with Al Holbert, but because Gregg suffered a concussion in an earlier accident near Le Mans, Holbert needed a partner...and that guy was none other than Derek Bell—and Englishman. it was their first shared drive together which developed into a successful partnership that lasted for eight years.

I'll leave you with one more fact. who was behind the decorative flag liveries on the three 924s? English stylist Arnold Ostler.*

image source: www.dpccars.com
* Porsche 924 944 & 968, Michael Cotton


 
 

words by pablo deferrari

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Dean Fuller's '89 928 S4 didn't come with an air foil from Porsche...but it certainly looks good and not out of place!
aside from looking super-cool, and very 1980s, the job of the wiper arm airfoil, or spoiler, was to take advantage of the air you were piercing through using it to press the wiper tightly against the windshield at high speeds.

early European Spec Porsches (and some US federalized Euro 928s) had it, so did Audis; even VWs used it...primarily to look like they could go fast. but they had a shelf life, however, as they were discontinued on these three Porsches around the late 80's...

call it nostalgia, but some of us want that look on our Porsches to make them more, well, proper. problem is you'd be hard pressed to find the air foiled arm on eBay...let alone cheaply from Porsche; but there is another way as lordmasterprince on Rennlist explains.

 
 

history lesson by pablo deferrari

the 'P' stood for prototype...this car was the 944 prototype and secrecy had to be kept for two more weeks; the 924 GTP, chassis 924-006.

 
 

history lesson by pablo deferrari

one could very well think Porsche got it over the barrel by VW in September of 1971, and they did, but with a reach-around.

by 1969 the VW Beetle was becoming a little unfashionable, and a bit long in the tooth…a replacement was in order. so Porsche, always willing to offer their expertise in such matters, offered a solution that was, at that time, cutting edge; the EA266.