words and photos by steve rascati
I asked my mother, “mom what kind of car is that?”
She looked and smiled and said “Porsche!”
I will never forget that feeling of awe and inspiration that came over me. I continued to pester her about the car, how can I get one of these and what would it take.
My mother’s only reply was , “stay in school!”
As the years went by, I kept looking and wanting more and that’s when I discovered my first 911—1972 911T Targa and I decided to go for it. So I sold the 928 and bought the 911.
"The car became a constantly changing canvas..."
Since I was always attracted to the Outlaw style of Porsches, it was my turn to give a little hot rod flare to the body that I fell in love with as a child. The 930 received a matte Black paint job, full roll cage, racing style seats, MoMo steering wheel and a set of Enkei wheels.
The B&B exhaust was another addition and then I decided to slam it down to the street. The car started to take shape and the closer it got to being finished the more excited I got. Of course, any person will tell you the car is never finished but it was close and I was ready to take her to the street. If you look at the pictures of the car, you can see the look I was going for. And you know, I am happy with the end result.
I found the car in the local paper and had to go see it.
"So I went to look at it and it was a mess."
So I went to look at it and it was a mess. The guy wanted a thousand bucks for it, but it was all there including a period correct and dealer installed turbo kit!
The problem was the outside, it just sat uncovered for so long. It had a layer of rust on it and it became obvious that someone, somewhere along the line, did the body work incorrectly. Unfortunately, that side of the car paid for it after sitting in the guy’s driveway for about eight years.
I took a chance and offered the guy $250! At first he had to think about it, but I promised him I would restore this car and keep it like I do with all my Porsches.
But under one condition, I had to come back with it and take him for a ride in his love. He was an older gentleman and couldn’t get in the car let alone have it fixed since he had retired and was having some issues with walking, and getting around.
I agreed to his terms, loaded the car on the trailer, and away it went.
The motor was seized too, so I am pulling it out and looking for a shop to do the engine build. Since the car also had a period correct turbo kit installed by one of the Connecticut Porsche dealers back in the day, it adds to the charm and value of it and it just looks great…I hope it will run as good as it looks!
The interior was in really good shape, it just suffered a little fading due to years outside in the sun. The gentleman I purchased it from was the original owner, so he’s excited to see it completed.
As promised, I told him when it is done, I’ll be bringing it back for him to admire her again as she once was and take him for a ride in his pride and joy. I am looking forward to completing this restoration and driving the 924. Not only is it going to be a lot of fun, it’ll be an experience I look forward to enjoying with my kids.
Here is the current list of Porsche cars I own
1. 1968 Porsche 911L
2. 1970 Porsche 914
3. 1977 Porshce 924 Martini Edition
4. 1979 Porsche 930
Other Cars I own
1. 1989 Mustang LX
2. 1990 Saab 900 SPG turbo
3. 2007 Acura TL Type S
Wait until we bring you the story of his '77 924 Martini Edition...