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Ex-factory, street-legal 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

Aimed at amateur racers wishing to pit their talents against a few hardened pros, the 944 Turbo Cup series spawned motorsport machines almost identical to their roadgoing siblings. Suddenly, anyone could play race driver...

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1997 BMW 840Ci Sport Automatic E31

Not only has Archie Hendryx fulfilled a childhood dream by buying an E31 8 Series, but this incredible build goes far beyond anything he could ever have imagined back then, and it’s nothing short of a masterpiece.

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2006 BMW Z4 3.0si Coupé Manual E86

The Z4 M Coupé is a well-regarded modern classic, but why is there seemingly less love for the ever so slightly lesser-engined 3.0si?

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2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica

The Ferrari 575M was a watershed modern-era Ferrari. But it was the Leonardo Fioravanti-developed Superamerica that really opened it up

Editor's comment
ASTON PARROTT
‘It’s so much rarer than the Ferrari 575M on which it’s based, and subtly different in so many ways – except the roof. Which is radical and exciting in equal measure, and totally alters the character of the car.’ See for yourself! Aston’s fabulous Ferrari 575 Superamerica photography appears on this article.
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Road test 1974 Bitter CD

For one entrepreneur, the lure of Italian beauty with American power was not enough: it needed German build quality, too. The result was the Bitter CD.

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1992 Porsche 968

Porsche needed a car to hold the fort after the demise of the 944 and before the launch of the Boxster, which makes the 3-litre four-cylinder 968 a relatively rare beast — but here are two of them.

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1986 Heron MJ1

The last Heron MJ1 — the world’s only fibreglass monocoque production car — was built after the factory closed its doors when the owner’s mum decided she needed a project.

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1972 Chrysler Valiant Charger R/T E49

Destined to become one of the fastest cars never to win Bathurst, Chrysler’s Charger was nevertheless New Zealand’s most successful standard production racing saloon, winning the annual Benson & Hedges 500 seven years in a row from 1972 – 1978.

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1997 Honda Integra Type-R DC2

Welcome to the 90’s — where you could buy a Tamagotchi, supersize your McDonald’s fries, google the worth of your collectible Beanie Baby, pick up a Nirvana CD, and still make it home just in time to watch Friends on NBC. For petrolheads especially, the decade was nothing short of legendary.

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1989 BMW M3 Sport EVO E30

The original M3, based on BMW’s handsome E30 Three Series, arrived with flair and fanfare at the 1985 Frankfurt Auto Show. Here was a well-revised, well-sorted E30 built as a homologation special to challenge the likes of the Cosworth-engined Mercedes-Benz 190E W201 on the racetracks of Europe. While sharing its main components with the road-going Three Series, as per Group A regulations, the M3 was lighter and stiffer and quicker.

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1976 Fiat 131 Abarth Stradale

As a young 18 year old my first car was a Mazda 1300. I had the big dream that my next car would be a Ford Falcon XY GT 351. My brother told me I was mad, you will kill yourself and so the search of an alternative ended up with the purchase of an Italian Lancia Beta Coupe. This is where my love of Fiats and Lancia’s came from, sharing a common twin cam motor and very easy to work on while offering enough performance and driving enjoyment.

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1985 Consulier GTP LX

The great melting pot — America. A country whose rich diversity is reflected equally in its car culture, imbued for generations with the international tastes of its enthusiasts. While the nation’s love of American muscle is unmistakably loud and proud, it also embraces and celebrates the gamut of everything weird and wacky from the motoring world.

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2023 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Revival: Beautiful beast on track

Racer Reborn. Bizzarrini is back, with a British-built revival inspired by the car won its class at Le Mans in 1965.

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Road and track test 2023 Ferrari 296 GTS F171

The new open-top F171 296 GTS aims to deliver the same sensational driving sharpness as its fixed-roof GTB sister – but how well does it actually perform?

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A budget-beating OEM+ 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 993

More for less. Is it possible to radically change the appearance and performance of an aircooled 911 without shelling out vast sums of money on engine upgrades and extravagant bodywork enhancements? Thanks to carefully considered, budget-friendly cosmetic updates and a refresh of factory parts, this gorgeous Guards Red 993 Carrera proves the answer is in the affirmative....

Editor's comment
LEAN MACHINE

Since sitting down to write the introduction to last month’s issue of 911 & Porsche World, a scarcely believable string of own goals by the British government has seen billions wiped off the UK economy and the pound sink to its lowest level against the dollar since Blighty went decimal in 1971. At the time of stringing these words together, it’s unclear what the full impact of this market turbulence and subsequent interventions by the Bank of England will be, but I’ll wager these events are sure to have many of you keeping a keener eye on your pennies than ever before.

In response to what’s been happening, and away from scheduled servicing, perhaps you’ll be holding back on spending money on your Porsche over the winter months, a time many enthusiasts take to retire their cars from the road and carry out a series of upgrades and modifications in readiness for a return to action in spring? If you’re nodding your head right now, I urge you to read our cover story, showcasing the stunning 993 Carrera seen on this page. Through a series of carefully considered, budget-conscious updates, including a smattering of parts sourced through forums and eBay, not to mention a willingness to get his hands dirty, the radiant red air-cooled classic’s owner, Andy Brookes, has utterly transformed the look and handling of the car without breaking the bank. Even those 959-inspired Rotiform wheels were purchased second-hand. Awesome, aren’t they?!


We’re used to being bombarded with gazillion-pound Porsche restomods from all angles, but Andy’s 993 proves you don’t need to spend big to achieve serious ‘wow factor’ — less can indeed be more. With this in mind, I’m heading to the garage. Maybe I’ll hop online and visit eBay first, though.
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