1974 Porsche Creamsicle

The limited edition 914. Only 1,000 examples of the Creamsicle, Bumble Bee, and Grasshopper. Porsche produced this special series to celebrate the success they had with the Cam Am racing series. Original Porsche wanted to name this special edition the 914 CamAm, but due to name copyrights Porsche decided to go with the super cool title of Limited Edition (LE). The cars had much cooler nicknames, and the Creamsicle is possibly our favorite choice. 

 

In 1974, Porsche produced a series of Limited Edition cars for the North American market to commemorate Porsche's victories in the Can Am racing series, and were equipped with unique color schemes and came standard with otherwise optional equipment. The factory is said to have produced about 1,000 of these vehicles, roughly 50% Bumblebee and 50% Creamsicle. Variants of this series were manufactured and distributed in very limited numbers to European markets and Japan.

The Creamsicle: With a cream color exterior (paint code U2V9), these cars sported Phoenix red trim, including color matched lower valences, bumpers and Mahle wheels. This light ivory color scheme concept carried over from the 1973 911 Carrera RS series.

The Bumblebee: Featuring a black exterior (paint code L041), these cars sported Sunflower yellow trim (paint code L13K). Black body paint color was always an additional cost special option on standard 914 Porsche cars, but was included as a standard component on the black 914 LE cars. All but one photo of the 914 Porsche Can Am prototype cars are Bumblebee cars. The black-based 914 LE color scheme is unique to the 914 LE cars and has no precedent with the Can Am race cars or the 1973 911 Carrera RS series cars. The majority of 914 Limited Editions seem to be Bumblebees.

 

This super cool Creamsicle was found in Colorado still owned by it's second owner, as seen in photo. She purchased the car in 1980 and drove it as a daily driver (only car) until the early 2004-ish when she had the motor rebuilt. She purchased a new car while the Creamsicle was going through it's engine work, and then she didn't drive it much. Eventually she quit using the car. She held onto the car for 12 more years, before we stubbled onto the car.  

When we purchased this car is wasn't running, basically because it sat too long. A little spray of starter fuel and a battery booster, we did get it to fire off for a few seconds. Need to get it home for some serious cleaning and checking for before trying to drive the car. 

Mostly original and with great patina. 

Mostly original and with great patina. 

 

UPDATE

A lot of work has been done getting the Creamsicle back on the road. Parking a car for a long period of time is never a good thing. The engine was rebuilt before we got the car and the previous own did put hardly any miles on the motor after the rebuild. Pulled the gas tank and cleaned out the bad rusty trashy gas. Install some new fuel hoses. Cleaned out the fuel pump, which was new when the motor was rebuilt. New oil and filters. New battery. Started and drove around for a couple of days. Made a list of things to do. Order new parts...New shifter bushings. New sway bar bushings, New rear struts. Detailed interior and resealed back window. I'm being kind of short on the actual list of things we did, and we keep adding things to the list. Hope to have the car trustworthy for a weekend of Porsche club driving in Nov. More updates to come.

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1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale

Design: Franco Scaglione of Bertone
Exterior finished in Bianco Gardenia (original color)

When a design is a work of art. 

We love this little Alfa and it's special design. Something we could drive all day. Driving cars like this Sprint Special make one feel alive the entire time. Great happy car.

More photos to come. Right now we are too busy driving around.

 

1984 Porsche 911 M491

Collection Car - Not For Sale

Factory Turbo Look M491

This 911 is part of the family. 

The code M491 was an option that had been on Porsche's option list going back to the 70's. Although one could make a call to Porsche, the option was basically an exclusive option for factory race cars or customer cars that had a racing future. In the late 70's early 80's a customer could choose the M491 option as a part of Porsche's Special Wishes program, which was intended for street or race.  In 1984 Porsche officially made the M491 Turbo Look option as part of the street car option list for the North American customers. The 930 (911 Turbo) was not offered to the North American market, so the M491 was in a way a solution for the fact one could not get a US legal 930. The option was roughly a $10,000 option in 1984-89. The car came with the same body, suspension, brakes and interior (less a few turbo related items) as the 930. One basically purchased a 930 less the turbo motor and transmission. For many years, cars with the M491 Turbo Look option had both lovers and haters. Those that loved the option, looked at it as the best of both worlds. A car with the look, handling and braking of a Turbo 930, and without the headache of Turbo maintenance cost. The haters, called the M491 a poser, a fake, an under powered fat 911. These haters were typically 930 owners or big fans of the 930 Turbo. Today, there seems to be less haters and more lovers. 

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera

Collection Car - Not For Sale

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Over the next few months we will be returning this Carrera to its original state. The car has been in storage since 1986 and the condition is very nice, with original paint interior. Of course, all of the mechanical components will have to be inspected, repaired, and in some cases replaced. We will also be doing some detailed research on the car's history as well as the rarity and uniqueness of the Carrera model.

 

JUST SO YOU KNOW. The engine is out of the car for maintenance and care. The car sat for many years in a dry garage without being driven or ran.


1975 Lancia Fulvia Safari

This unique little Fulvia Sarfai will be arriving soon. Fun little car. Looking forward to some Safari rally driving. These image are just placeholder images until the vehicle arrives.