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1979 Porsche 911 Electric

22, 2011

Porsches are made for men who plaid. Men with names Bruce, Steve, and Kevin. for men who make a good living as bankers, and dentists.

Porsches are not flashy or jaw dropping, and neither are owners. They are precise, cars.

So if, in 1979, one of these men in the market for a sports car, would look past the 308GTB, and the Lamborghini Countach, and go to the 911SC. And for good reason, 180 brake horsepower, the Porsche reach 60 from a dead in around seven seconds.

provides bookish men the ability to and still enjoy the excitement of a European, rear-wheel-drive sports car the watchful—and often judging—eyes of fellow citizens.

Still, today if you are in the market for a sports car, the 1979 911SC is the perfect choice. a fair-market value holding $12,000, they’re still for a reasonable price compared its aforementioned contemporaries. Classic simple interiors, and aftermarket still being manufactured the ’79s even more The Porsche flat six-cylinder has proved sturdy, reliable, and to modify and made more

Even nicer is the fact these quirky German are still quick by today’s

Like all aging sports the ‘79s do have their The bus-sized steering wheel not provide much leg room for over 6’2”. Shifting is difficult for tall drivers in first gear. This is due to the that the steering wheel trap your leg between the and the gear shift lever. I’m and it was impossible to move my right leg at all in first gear.

I compensated for this design by slamming the throttle and quickly to second. Not the most annoying but would inhibit me to drive it without looking like a

The Germans are very exacting and minded people so it would to reason their cars—specifically the controls—would reflect this Not so in the ’79. Normal cars one slider for temp fading blue to red and a knob that the blower motor. If you’re you also get a button to operate the and floor vents. Porsche had to it more difficult than in the 911SC.

There are three Each has a mind-boggling number of symbols slashes and colors. is little to no separation clarifying symbol corresponds to which

The power of the 911 is sadly no where what your 10-year-old imagined it to be. Understandably, for the late this car was quick. But today, a bit sluggish until the crankshaft near its rotational limit.

This isn’t a huge but just underwhelming when you into the cabin of this red Porsche, fire it up and hammer the gas Mileage isn’t great Fuel injection has improved a lot in the 30 years and like most from the 1970s, the Porsche not allow for much room in of fuel efficiency.

But what if a European sports coupe any of those problems existed? would that look For Porsche enthusiast Chris the answer was simple: make it .

Morgan bought the body of a Porsche 911SC and had it completely In place of the flat six-cylinder he had a 200-horsepower electric motor with over 100 lithium ion dispersed throughout the car. the exterior, it looks completely The first hint you get of what car has become is when you hear it by.

When the car is on, it’s silent. But the accelerator is pressed, this car is but silent. The best way to describe it be the sound of an animalistic scream.

Now the weight distribution has been altered by the increase in battery the car no longer corners like a Instead, it is closer to that of a Elise with a bit more

Legroom is greatly improved due to the that the shifter has been with a series of switches control the electric motor. The has been stripped, too. are four of the five forward along with reverse. left with is second with a racetrack ratio.

gear allows the car the benefit of off the performance (in electric cars all is available at zero RPMs) and speed capabilities. In fact, car is so quick it is faster than a (the only all-electric car on the market today) over 60 mph and about half.

The biggest downfall of this however, like most cars is the range. Morgan that he could get 120 miles to a But when I drove it, I got something to 57, which was annoying.

Arguably, I was it like a crazy person so certainly skewed it a bit. the car runs out of juice on a heavily thoroughfare, the driver will be to ask the neighbors to borrow some

As silly as it might sound, fast is not the point of this It’s not supposed to be the sports that it looks like. more of a “vintage, electric, Morgan explains.

To truly this car, the normal, inspired Porsche mindset be forgotten or at least temporarily Though it has the capability of being a it’s best suited below the speed limit. off the high-powered stereo, take the top off and just cruise. The electric provides a level of driving paralleled by no other vehicle.

It’s a bright red whisper through the air, leaving no mark. If you can step into world long enough, you not want to leave.

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