Porsche pic of the weekSeptember 28, 2018
Porsche 911-964. Fantastic cars. Buy from Border Reivers who know these cars. Built from late 1989 the 964 was replaced by the 993 in 1994. These cars are almost 30 years old and although they have a galvanised body which holds back corrosion but unfortunately doesn’t prevent it. Above the back tail lamps has become a real issue.
No Smart car here
Caterham Cars has built a variant of its iconic Seven that was seemingly planned in the mid-1960s but never launched – the Caterham Seven Sprint.
As though dug up in a time capsule, the retro detailing of the Caterham Seven Sprint will delight Seven purists and provides the perfect scene-setter to the brand’s ‘60 Years of the Seven’ anniversary.
The Sprint was launched at the Goodwood Revival, a fittingly retro setting for a car with one wheel firmly planted in the ‘60s.
Powered by the same 80hp, three-cylinder Suzuki engine installed in Caterham’s entry-level Seven 160 model, the Sprint features a host of nostalgia-soaked features, including a choice of six paint colours that were original British manufacturer colours available in 1966/67.
Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “We have always prided ourselves on continually developing the Seven during the 44 years we have been custodian of the model.”
“But we never wished to dismiss our heritage either and I know there are plenty of Seven purists and aficionados out there who will really appreciate the level of detail we’ve gone to with the Sprint to resurrect the spirit of those early cars.”
“It’s a car that has been built today, with all the benefits that modern engineering brings with it, but the essence of the swinging ‘60s and is the perfect precursor to our 60th-anniversary celebration in 2017.”
The launch of the Sprint heralds the start of Caterham’s ‘60 years of the Seven’ celebrations, which culminated with a spectacular Caterham festival at Donington Park. To reflect the anniversary further, only 60 Sprints will be destined for the UK and European markets.
The Sprint chassis is powder-coated grey, making it period-accurate for a Series 2 Lotus 7, while the suspension and rollover bar are also reminiscent of Colin Chapman’s original.
With flared front wings, polished exhaust silencer and uniquely retro-styled, individual rear lights, the Sprint harks back to the early days of the Seven and the choice of paint colours completes the exterior effect.
Wheels will be painted cream and finished with polished hubcaps, while the main bodywork, emblazoned with retro Caterham branding and Sprint logo, is available in original British colours, named by Caterham to reflect their heritage –Cream, Mellow Yellow, Regency Red, Camberwick Green, British Racing Green and Misty Blue.
Inside the cockpit, the sepia-toned impression continues, with a wooden-rimmed sports steering wheel and dashboard in scarlet red, complete with a classic oOOo instrument layout. The tacho even features red and yellow sectors, in true ‘60s style.
Meanwhile, the interior panels and Muirhead Scottish seat upholstery is hand-stitched in the period style and finished in striking scarlet red.
The interior and luggage space are carpeted, as befits a ‘60s connoisseur and there are very few concessions to modern life, the main one being the three-pot Suzuki engine, which generates performance good enough to be considered beyond mundane but perfectly capable of a more leisurely application.
The Caterham Seven Sprint will be available as a factory-built car only.
2017 Caterham Seven Sprint – Number 25 of 60 and 150 miles only
It’s on its way to becoming the biggest fraud case in Porsche Cars North America’s history.
Champion Porsche, the largest Porsche dealer in North America, is facing a problem: Shiraaz Sookralli, the dealership’s vice president of marketing, has vanished without a trace. This would have only been a case of a missing person, except for one thing – he brought a huge amount of customer deposits with him, amounting to $2.5 million.
According to The Drive, a lawsuit has been filed by Champion Porsche against Sookralli, who personally handled high-valued customers who wanted to own the ultra-elite 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS models. Little did the dealership know, the exclusivity and rarity of these Porsche cars have its cons, and one of them is on its way to being the biggest con in Porsche Cars North America’s history.
The exclusivity of the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS:
The news spread like wildfire on Rennlist, which is among the most popular online forums for Porsche lovers. Per the thread, Sookrali allegedly commissioned a separate company called “Champion Autosport” and made fake documents to lure buyers of the exclusive Porsche cars. These deep-pocketed customers were tricked into thinking that they were placing orders for a real car. His longevity and position within Champion Porsche’s administration gave Sookrali a good reputation as a legit salesman, allowing him to persuade these customers into making huge amounts of deposits into a secret bank account – all to gain exclusivity to own a 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS. The bank account has been emptied out as of this writing.
Sookrali’s con didn’t only hurt his own reputation, but Champion Porsche’s and the entire Porsche Cars North America’s as well. The dealership said that it has no knowledge of Sookrali’s schemes, however, the victims aren’t buying the explanation due to a previous lawsuit involving Champion Porsche, Sookrali, and a nearly-identical scheme, according to The Drive. The dealership’s silence towards the issue didn’t help either.
Unfortunately, Porsche Cars North America isn’t safe from the ordeal as the company received complaints from angry customers, as transcribed in these dedicated Instagram and Twitter accounts. It’s quite natural to happen, but the company already has its hands on the issue. A spokesperson from the company said “Champion Porsche has assured us it will help Porsche buyers who might have been impacted and is asking those customers to give their information to Champion’s legal counsel.”
My friend who’s a total petrol head and talented home restorer has offered me a few interesting cars.This Morris pick up which belonged to a carpenter back in the day, did a fantastic job of the rear bodywork. It has been freshly recommissioned and the front repainted . This would make a fantastic advertisement vehicle . The 2nd is a Vanden plas Princess this is a beautiful genuine car which has just had the bumpers re-chromed (Rolls Royce engined)3rd is this Alvis4th is a Frogeye sprite in Cherry red and the 5th is a Sky blue Sunbeam Tiger.
Details to follow once the cars arrive
Porsche 356 Cab
Due in Shortly from the states this Genuine Californian rust free Austin Healey 100-6 2 seater BN6. The most original body /chassis we have ever imported in over 30 years. 2 seater Healeys are extremely rare.
Removing the Group 4 axle
Fitting the new axle
The RS Gearbox
I wanted the car worked on by the people who originally worked on it, know the car and did the original conversion. It is being done by Allan Clark. I am standing in Allan’s drive and that was the McRae family home in the back ground. (what a link) Below it almost the same angle with Colins 1st rally car.
As a result of the cars progress being put on the socials, several very helpful people have come forward with great stories , information and some original parts from the car so far we have obtained, the original boot lid and spoiler, wheels, spot-lamp brackets, lights and seats.
Porsche 911 Targa
Sorry about the lack of news but we’ve been all over the country attending Classic Car events and auctions which seem to everywhere at the moment. Beaulieu last week & Goodwood Revival this weekend end.
Its nice when an old customer recommends a friend who is now a new customer. Both cars seen here. Thanks Guys, keep the pictures coming