71 Porsche – A Raw Beauty

Categories Porsche, Torque Affair

911R

Behold an all-original 1971 Porsche 911 RS at Mosing Motorcars that will cost you a half a million dollars to purchase.

Just kidding – of course, nobody would be dumb enough to hand me the keys to a car worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This is actually a replica of sorts designed to be a tribute to the 911 RS.  It is a 1971 Porsche 911T with a replacement 3.0L motor and various other tweaks made to the car to replicate the look and style of the RS.

Some of you Porsche aficionados might balk at this and think: “this isn’t a real Porsche…not worth my time.”  Maybe.  But it doesn’t matter.

This 44 year old Porsche is still a Porsche and you’ll have tons of fun driving this.  But be warned! Forget about texting anyone or checking your phone while driving because this car will most certainly require your full attention.

This is driving at its simplest and rawest.

Here is what it’s like to drive modern day automobiles:

Output = Input x 3^34 x 3e / 2 + 778 / 5xr +2 * 32^74.45

If that nerdy formula didn’t make sense to you, basically what I’m saying is that if you’re the input (you know..with the steering, braking, accelerating and such..), the computer takes whatever you provide, does stuff with it like figuring out what the car should do in terms of applying power to the wheels, how the engine should run etc., and eventually spits up some behavior on the roads that you will actually find tolerable or even pleasing.

In most modern day cars, enough tweaks are made to where no matter how crazy of a maneuver you intend to execute, the car can generally take your insanity and turn into a relatively manageable output.

With the 1971 Porsche:

Output = Input

This means that there is no one to save you.  If you do something crazy while driving..oh well! You must suffer the consequences because there is no formula to apply to your ridiculous input to keep you and your car safe.

So if you don’t know what you’re doing (like myself), I would recommend taking it easy.  Even though this ’71 Porsche isn’t putting down a lot of power to the ground, I imagine you could still find yourself in deep trouble fairly easily.  The motor is generating somewhere in the neighborhood of 250+ hp but the actual output is a mystery.

71 Porsche rear

Figuring things out

As I was getting ready to take the car out for a spin, I realized that the seat belt was kind of a mess.  It was this long, unwieldy strap that was tangled up and trying to undo it all became a lengthy process.  This was even worse for me because I’m terrible at undoing knots and so my frustration hit peak levels while trying to straighten out all the straps.   I can’t even deal with tangled up headphone cords.

71 seatbelt mess

After I figured out the seat belt mess, I stumbled across these two levers by the gearshift: what do these do?!

Random levers

There were plenty of other mysteries, but I didn’t take the time to figure all of it out.  The reason is because I had more important things to do – like watch Game of Thrones.

The seating position was awkward mostly because I couldn’t push the seat back as far as I needed to.  So, instead I reclined my seat back to achieve a level of comfort to the point where I had a “gangsta lean” in the works jamming to Justin Bieber (in my head, of course).  I would never embarrass myself by blasting it on the speakers – only headphones.

But once I started driving the Porsche, I forgot about all my troubles and right when I thought I was all settled in, I realized….

no power steering!

Strength

Forget driving this car with one hand: you need to powerfully grip the steering wheel with both hands at all times – especially at low speeds.

This made me realize that I really need to bump up the weights the next time I go to the gym.  Instead of curling my usual 5 lbs, I need to move onto 10 lbs – actually, that may be too ambitious – 7.5 lbs might be better.

After you get used to putting muscle into steering, you can finally….wait…there is one more thing.

Porsche Gear lever

Now, you might be looking at this thing and think that it’s just a gear lever, so what’s the big deal?

Picture this.

You’re cruising down the road and you step on it.  You want to row through the gears at which point you quickly find out that the distance between the throws are so long that unless you move the lever very quickly, it will be tough to shift them fast enough to keep your acceleration going.

Man! Driving this car is a workout!  But if you’re thinking that this car is mainly an upper body workout – don’t worry!  Your legs aren’t ignored – your right leg anyway.

In modern day cars, all you have to do is tap the brake with your big toe and you grind to a halt.  Not with this car.  You have to use all of your leg muscle to shove the brake in to stop the car.  Trying to slow this car down reminded me that I need to throw squats into the mix.  I probably should only start with 10 lbs to make sure I don’t injure myself.

That’s right; it takes an entire leg movement to get this 911 to a standstill – not just a slight wiggle of the foot.

71 Porsche exhaust

Finally!

Once you get used to all of what I mentioned (which really only takes about 30 seconds), you will love driving this car.  You’re instantly reminded of why it is you enjoy driving in the first place.

It is so raw, loud, and provides so much feedback and fun.  The power this car generates doesn’t even matter in this car because you feel like you’re going much faster and quicker than you actually are.

Most of the the gauges have needles were flailing around so much that you really have no idea about your speed or rpms which wasn’t such a bad thing after all.  This just guarantees that you’re focused on the road which is what you should be doing anyway.

This 1971 Porsche was quite the experience.  It’s hard to explain but with cars like this I think you can really develop a bond.  There is so much interaction required with the car and so much effort, that in return you get a rewarding experience that’s tough to replicate.  There is a reason why the original older Porsches are worth so much now and why collectors around the world are always on the lookout for one.

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