🙏 It has been an exciting week since the going on line of this listing (my second on www.bringatrailer.com ). The dialogues on the comments section mostly are very flattering to me, a fact which gave me enormous satisfaction 🤞😅
A profile attempt follows: On May 7, 2004, Porsche announced that the new 911 generation will come in July as a 2005 model and will have two engine variants – the Carrera 3.6 and the Carrera S 3.8. The headlamps were round again, the body more curvaceous and the interior completely new. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) screen became standard, but the navigation module was an extra. The new Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) was standard on the S version and optional for the base 911. Pressing the “sport” button made the PASM shock absorbers firmer. While the standard wheel size of the 996 Carrera was 17″ (although typically ordered with 18″), the 997 Carrera came with 18″ wheels (front 8″ with 235/40, rear 10″ with 265/40) and the 997 Carrera S with 19″ (front 8″ with 235/35, rear 11″ with 295/30). To improve active safety, the standard Porsche Stability Management (PSM) had two new functions: pre-filling the brake mechanism ensured more spontaneous deceleration when required, and the hydraulic brake power support helped to build up full brake pressure in emergencies.
The exterior is finished in Black Metallic and features a speed-activated rear spoiler, bi-xenon headlights, #288 Headlamp washers , #271 Driver side mirror aspherical, #071 EU country version, #098 Left-hand drive version and #402 18″ Carrera wheels.
The optional 18” Carrera wheels look great, with the Brembo brake calipers nicely visible and easier to clean through the large spoke openings. Also the extra wheel centers are fitted.
About the 18-inch Carrera IV wheels if fitted with winter tires. This five-spoke 18-inch Carrera IV wheel will charm you instantly, just like your Porsche. These wheels impress with their functional design and sporting elegance. With winter tyres they provide better traction in colder temperatures.
The three-spoke sport steering wheel frames a central 8k-rpm tachometer, a 200-mph speedometer, and gauges for coolant temperature, fuel level, oil pressure, and oil temperature. The digital odometer has only 45k miles.
The 3.6-liter flat-six features VarioCam Plus variable valve timing and was rated for 325 horsepower from the factory. Power is routed to the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic (Tiptronic) transaxle.
Don’t you think that the old slogan launched in the 1910’s by the founder himself, a certain Mr. Daimler, which remains alive and well through the centuries, is spot-on?
Readers of my Blog car stories may recall past years posts about the encounters with the W111 [a ground-up restoration project of lovely 1967 M-B 250 SE Coupé] or the R107 [a low mileage 1987 M-B 560 SL|R107.048 in mint condition].
The first time I ever saw her, being pampered by the magic hands of the Swell.gr guys
Well, once a car guy, always a car guy [see here my page: Cars & More], and to paraphrase: once a Star man, always a Star man! Hence when a pre-proposal to look in advance at the possibility of acquiring a 1960 M-B 190 SL| W121.040, came by the end of October 2018 from my good friend Alex Vazeos, I was immediately tempted. Firstly by looking at some pictures from its previous custodian and secondly at the time of actually meeting her while being detailed at Mike’s SWELL shop, not far from my Classic Car Center of Greece [www.3cg.gr] base.
Visitors and followers of my personal Blog may wonder as to why I have not been posting more often during this year. A fair question which has a simple answer. Because I have been busy posting on my other purpose oriented presence. Namely the Friends of Kea Society-SFK [in Greek] to which I serve as President, the Classic Car Center of Greece-3cg to which I am a co-founder and the subject which consumed most of my time and effort during this year, about the organization of a three day commemorative event in Kea Island, Cyclades, Greece during the weekend of Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October 2016, celebrating the “100 Years from the Sinking’s of S/S BURDIGALA & HMHS BRITANNIC”, for which I describe my role as Chief Inspiration Officer.
My Simca 8 Sport Coupé during her test drive outing, here in Vouliagmeni Marina-Moorings
Few close friends cum classic car aficionados, often meet at a very special Garage in Glyfada, a southern suburb of Athens, Greece. Among drinks and pizza slices we discuss matters pertaining to our hobby, review our host Alex V.’s new acquisitions and occasionally negotiate a friendly deal.
It was during such an evening in late September of 2015 that I became interested in the 1950 Simca 8 Sport Coupé, a fully restored example which Alex had imported from Holland few months ago, previously owned and lovingly restored by Gerard et Jeanethe Meckelenkamp. Here is a video documenting that era:
Excitement mounted when few days later I drove down in the GLK to Glyfada accompanied by my friend-mechanic Makis (who undertook the mechanical restoration project of our 1957 Lancia Aurelia GT B20S), to take delivery and assume the new ownership! I saw again the Simca (Société Industrielle de Mécanique et Carrosserie Automobile) but this time from a different perspective. I was wondering if she was an easy starter or not. If she had any mechanical issues which would unexpectedly surface during my inaugural 20 plus kilometers drive from Alex’s home to my Garage. If she was a smoker, if she suffered from excessive brake fade, and other such concerns which accompany a new classic car acquisition of some 65 years of age…
The Facel-Vega emblem appears on the front grille!