This past week was Monterey Car Week. The yearly pilgrimage of enthusiasts to automotive Mecca is one filled with classic and exotic cars. It is the time of year where when driving around Monterey Ferraris seem as common as Toyotas.
Besides driving and viewing cars, Car Week is a great time to buy collector cars. Many vehicles are offered for sale and auctions are where the most valuable examples go up for sale.
Of course the cars like the Ferrari 250 GTO make all the headlines, but there are more affordable collectors car available and auctions often give a sense of where the collector car market is heading. One vehicle that caught our eye is this 1987 Porsche 944 S.
I was recently approached by a coworker asking if I knew if a taller person can drive a Porsche 356 comfortably. He is about 6’4” tall and enjoys motorcycles and wants to get into sports cars. He is hoping to purchase a classic 356 coupe.
He mentioned that he wasn’t sure if such a small car would fit him. He knows that I’ve had the chance to drive all of Porsche’s modern sports car lineup and that my daily driver is an early Porsche Boxster. His opinion of the Boxster is that he definitely couldn’t fit into it, but this is all based on the outside appearance and not sitting inside.
We’ve noticed somewhat of a trend lately, folks swapping Corvette V8’s into Porsche’s. We’ve seen some Porsche Boxster builds, some 944 builds and some 911 builds all with a big American V8 powering the performance machine.
Now there is a lot of controversy about such things. Many purists of any manufacture think it is wrong to put an engine from another marquee in the car. After all the engine is the heart of the car and as such shouldn’t you use the power plant that was intended?
But, is there room for such builds and do they make sense?