The '73 RS
Porsche Project: Putting the Finishing Touches on An Immaculate RS
Our 1971 911 E project has been going strong, and is now tantalisingly close to the chequered flag.
When last we spoke the car had just returned from priming and painting, and its motor and gearbox had been stripped, tested, refurbished and detailed in preparation for the next stage in its life.
From there the car was moved into our restoration facilities and handed over to our Scottish warrior, Stuart the Bruce. And with many years of experience in restorations, fabrication and the building of our track and rally cars, Stuart’s attentions produced an absolute masterpiece.
This stage of the project included the refitting of all of the car’s glass, a complete interior refit including new carpet set, seats and seat belts, gauges rebuilt to RS spec and correct RS steering wheel and door cards. To complete the interior the owner sourced a correct period piece radio which was installed and wired up to new speakers by our long term contractor Chris Green of Radios in Motion.
Once the refit was complete the car was hoisted and the engine/transmission combination was reinstalled into the completely detailed engine bay.
As this article goes to press Stuart is in the process of driving and fine tuning the car (someone has to do it) prior to delivery to the customer.
This has been an exciting and creatively-fulfilling project and it’s been a great honour to have been entrusted with the challenge. We’re looking forward to delivering a splendid motorcar that satisfies and even exceeds the brief.
Grant and Tim from Autohaus Hamilton would like to thank all staff and contractors involved in the rebuild of this wonderful one-of-a-kind RS replica.
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Stage One: Stripping the Rally Monster Bare
Stage Two: Closer to An Immaculate RS
Stage Three: Towards an Immaculate ’73 RS
The 911 SC Group 4
Porsche Project: The 911 SC Group 4
We’ve wanted to do a project car for a while now, and have been working hard to make sure that it will be something unique, stylish and inspirational.
A couple of years ago I spotted this car on the internet and it struck me straight away as something rare and very special, so I thought it would make an excellent framework for our Autohaus project car.
We are not setting out to build the ultimate interpretation of the air-cooled 911. Rather, we want to build something different, something we love, something we think our customers will like and something that will be based strongly on a theme – in this case the 911 SC Group 4 (SCGrp4) from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.
Most rally fans still have fond memories of the ‘70s. It was a time when heroes like Walter Röhrl, Sandro Munari, Markku Alén, Bjorn Waldegaard and Per Eklund were flat out at full opposite lock and Lancia Stratos & Porsche 911s were singing their brutal tunes turned up to 11.
The golden years of Group 4′s supremacy were spectacular, adventurous and especially diverse. Sports cars like the aforementioned Stratos, Alpines and Porsche 911s compete against saloons like the Ford Escort, Opel Kadett or Fiat 131 until finally the revolutionary Audi Quattro came along and took rallying to the next level with the change to Group B regulations in 1982. Unlike today, a dozen or so manufacturers were fielding machines that could win WRC rallies (Porsche 911 SC Grp 4 - 1st place WRC Tour De Course 1980).
Last year we were lucky enough to have the Porsche factory send Walter Röhrl and the actual 911 SC Group 4 that he drove in the 1982 WRC San Remo out to Australia for Targa Tasmania, so we managed to get a good look at it in the flesh. That was enough to tip us over the edge to find a donor car, buy the body kit and get started.
Our car is based on a 1987 RHD 3.2 Carrera (chosen for its G50 gearbox). It’s not meant to be a replica in the strictest sense, we’re building something that someone can still happily drive to work a few days a week, take out for a good Sunday run and do half-dozen track days a year in. An out and out race/track car it won’t be.
We want it to be a pleasant, modern place to be, so it will have Aircon that works (we’ve developed our own kits that do) comfortable leather seats, a modern stereo with Bluetooth and satellite navigation, xenon lights and a clutch pedal that won’t require any extra legs to operate.
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The 911 SC Group 4 Project: Part One
The 3.2 Carrera Engine Rebuild
Porsche Project: Pimpin’ Our Ride
Our manual 2005 Cayenne is going to be receiving an Autohaus Hamilton makeover over the coming months. Stage one is preparing and fitting the pictured body kit, which is already causing quite a stir around the garage.
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Pimpin' Our Ride