1980 - Porsche 911 on 2040-cars
Wilson, North Carolina, United States
1980 Porsche 911SC Coupe. This is a really nicely set up sport street/track toy. As you would expect, it's everything great that an aircooled 911 is, just lighter and more focused. I've put about 800 street miles on this car and can certify that it's a blast. It's tighter, faster and a bit louder than a stock car, but not to the extent that you feel beat up after a drive. Cosmetically, the car shows very well. The paint is not perfect, but is very nice with only a few minor blemishes. Both the front and rear bumpers along with the rear deck are lightweight fiberglass units. The interior has also been given a sport treatment with adjustable sport seats, RS carpet kit, RS door panels, and a roll/harness bar. I think it's an ideal set up, you can fling it around corners on the weekend and drive to work on Monday. Mechanically, The motor and gearbox were rebuilt by the prior owner in the middle 2000s, and the car has only been driven about 10k miles since that time. Along with a rebuilt 915 gearbox, motor highlights include: JE 10.5/1 pistons EBS rebuilt oil pump Link+ Engine management system ARP Head Studs Lightweight aluminum clutch Elgin C2 Cup cams New Rod/main bearings Carrera intake manifold M&W CD ignition SSI Heat exchangers and sports exhaust Carrera Chain tensioners. Dyno proven 225 RWHP In addition to the drive train improvements, a sport suspension and 964 breaks have been fitted to round out the package. If you are looking for or contemplating building a sports purpose 911, you could spend 25k+ on a good coupe and sink countless hours and another 25k into getting the car to this point.
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Auto blogFri, 14 Mar 2014
It's a good time to be in the luxury car business. In Volkswagen Group's financial report for the 2013 fiscal year, it is revealed that that Porsche enjoyed an operating margin of 18 percent. That means the Stuttgart brand made on average about $23,200 per car sold, according to BusinessWeek. Bentley wasn't far behind, and Audi (which was combined with Lamborghini) posted a 10.1 percent margin. This compares to only around 2.9 percent for the Volkswagen brand.
"Luxury brands are on fire," said Dave Sullivan, an industry analyst at AutoPacific. He said that the average profit margin is between six and eight percent. Brands like Porsche and Bentley have the benefit of competing in rarefied markets. Buyers looking at one their vehicles have fewer models to shop against and don't care as much about price. They can also charge more for options, which further boosts income, according to BusinessWeek.
In a way, we should be more impressed by the continued success from Audi. Its models generally have direct competitors in every segment from the other premium automakers. Plus, their buyers aren't the captains of industry who are shopping for a Bentley. Still, the Four Rings is leading rivals in sales so far this year.
The early Porsche 911 and the Citroën DS were two cars produced in the same era (though the DS launched in 1955, nearly 10 years before the 911), but they were vastly different from each other. The 911 was a uniquely German, pure-bred sports car, while the French-built DS had four doors and focused more on ride quality than sporting intentions. That made it all the more surprising when we came across the 911DS, a creation that binds the rear half of the Citroën to the front of an early, longhood 911.
The folks at Brandpowder are behind the creation, which we surmise was an exercise in design rather than an actual, completed project (some of the images look Photoshopped), but it's compelling nonetheless, with a turbocharged flat-six providing 260 horsepower. We hope someone builds it - though we're sure if that happened the early 911 crowd would cry afoul at one of its increasingly rare and valuable Porsches being grafted onto an old French car.
But as Brandpowder points out lightheartedly, perhaps the creation could transcend popular car culture: "The 911DS represents the effort of two countries, a genuine attempt to join their energy and talent into one thing. We hope Germany and France will be inspired by Brandpowder's story, as a metaphor for a better and greater Europe."
Consumers continue to struggle with the advanced user interfaces and technologies being fitted to new cars, according to the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Overall, the industry average for problems per 100 vehicles climbed three percent, to 116 issues reported in the first 90 days of ownership.
Vehicles from the General Motors' family were dominant, with Buick, Chevrolet and GMC capturing more individual IQS segment awards than any other manufacturer. Despite its well-publicized issues, six GM vehicles (Buick Encore, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevy Silverado HD, Chevy Suburban, GMC Terrain and GMC Yukon) were given IQS awards for their respective segments.
Hyundai was ranked the best overall mass-market brand, with just 94 issues in every 100 vehicles reported in the first 90 days. Parent Hyundai Motor Company, meanwhile, trailed GM with five vehicles winning their segments, including the Hyundai Accent, Elantra and Genesis, as well as the Kia Cadenza and Sportage.