What? Another 911 story? Hasn't more been written in the enthusiast press about the immortal sports coupe with the rear-mounted flat-six than about any other car? Is there anything left to say?
There certainly is. Not only does the breed continue to evolve, with the latest 991 incarnation a foot longer and eight inches broader than the original, but perceptions of the earlier machines constantly change. Sometimes the cars themselves change, too, and they become what they were not. That's one thrust of old- 911 reappraisal. Another is the burgeoning obsession with originality, correctness and provenance in our world of classic cars, which rather goes against the trend for re-imagining old 911s. So, what happens next?
The three cars you see here are at the epicenter of the nascent seismic shift. These are the impact-bumper 911s, the cars from 1974 to 1989 whose bumpers were designed to absorb bumps at up to 5mph (front) and 3mph (rear) without damage in order to satisfy new US legislation. Behind the bumpers were hydraulic rams able to restore the bumpers to their pre-impact position, the rubber concertina covers at the sides decompressing in the process
Published Dec 7th, 2015
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