Classic Car Rescue

Porsche 911

When Butzi Porsche designed the 911’s elegant and now iconic outline in 1961, an unlikely superstar sports car was born.

Porsche 911

Its unique, horizontally opposed air-cooled flat-six engine famously acts like a hammer on the end of a rope when cornering, but the centre of gravity is low and it puts the majority of the weight above the driven wheels, giving the car fantastic traction. It triumphed in more areas of motorsport than any other car; Le Mans, The Dakar Rally, The Monte Carlo Rally, The Daytona 24 hour race, Euro Tarmac rallying – name a form of motorsport and at some point a 911 will have won it!

Porsche gradually refined the original package, making the handling more benign and the engine progressively more powerful until they had to start from scratch and design a water cooled model for 1998. But the air-cooled cars live on as the ultimate challenge for anyone truly interested in serious driving.

If there was ever a doubt about its cool factor, Paul Newman finished 2nd at Le Mans in 1979 driving a modified 911 and then cruised Hollywood Boulevard in his own road-going 911. How many cars can do that? 

Comments (20)

  • tony cuffe

    over 1 year ago

    tony cuffe

    love this show yes its made for tv but great to watch have entered comp for mini heres hoping

  • jb

    over 1 year ago

    jb

    Dont care if it a littje staged for tv, itsa welcome break from all the soap operas and better than any top gear episode. Make another series channel 5.

  • Kauts

    over 1 year ago

    Kauts

    Just watched the resto for the 302 mustang . Very nice car ....just find the bald headed bloke very irritating ....

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  • Alfred Draggon

    over 1 year ago

    Alfred Draggon

    Good Job this is a great show why cant you create more shows like this ,well done channel 5

  • wellsey

    over 1 year ago

    wellsey

    grace my driveway any day!!!!!!!!!!!great show and very funny.

  • JC

    over 1 year ago

    JC

    Bernie rules!!! Glad he's not my boss though!

  • Robbie

    over 1 year ago

    Robbie

    Although I enjoyed it, there were huge rookie mistakes and moments of serious amateur mechanics. Looking at a tiny bit of the car “oh my god it’s a cut and shut” without looking anywhere else for a weld. Engine work = an air filter change and scratching the contacts on the distributor cap…ha ha ha ha ha I almost cried with laughter! However I think there is a big mistake here on someone’s behalf ‘TNT 79R’ is not what you claim to be a 1977 Porsche 911 3.2 litre . DVLA have it recorded as a 1985 Engine Size: 3000cc. looks more like an 80s 911 as well. Who’s wrong? Nice to see the car has its documentation straight…..£22K! Who are you kidding? However I will still be watching as I found it interesting….maybe Bernie should chill out a bit though, all that ranting can’t be good for him at his age ;)

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  • Cringe Worthy

    over 1 year ago

    Cringe Worthy

    Why do TV shows always portray the motor trade so badly? In 2009 BBC3 Young Mechanic of the Year with Bernie was just as bad! So many parts of this show were just wrong! Bernie said the firing order was 1 5 3 6 2 4 which is incorrect. Mario went to the breakers yard and bought some coil over shocks that won't even fit a '77 911. The expert restoration mechanics removed the windscreen with their boots! Why? why? why??? What is the message of the show? .... Buy a wreck, spend 3 weeks bodging and arguing, throw your spanner down, over complicate some very simple electrics, slam a door and make a potential £8000 profit! Shame it is sensationalised this way for TV.

  • Could do better

    over 1 year ago

    Could do better

    The concept of the programme would be great if done sympathetically and expertly. There is no feel that these guy know what they are doing or know the cars they are restoring. The 911 for example could have been put back to original (albeit retaining the 3.2 engine) and educated the viewer. Instead we saw another staged performance and a car bodged to look pretty under the lights. Their aparrent ignorance when purchasing the car, the mock 'cut and shut' panic and tantrums does nothing to enhance the programme. Just tell us how it is and tell us all that went into the restoration; not just the filler and paint. Oh and as a final note, I bet it has a cheap and nasty cobbled up left to right hand drive conversion. The signs are there and if that is so, it galvanisies the point that these guys should be doing something else. Come on Channel 5 do this show properly and that includes the cars) it could be really good!

  • Dave D

    over 1 year ago

    Dave D

    Well I stupidly watched it. Do they actually know what a proper "cut n shut " looks like? I am obviously a gluten for punishment watchin this. Some of the facts about where the 911 came from were so inncorrect. You left out the 356 etc, James Dean wasn`t on the way to a race in his Spyder either. A 1978 did`nt have a 3.3 which I`m sure one of the muppets mentioned, they were 3.0 ltrs. Clean the contacts on a dizzy cap on a 911 and then having a valuation of £22k! There are original un touched 911`s out there for less. I know from experience that restoring a 911 costs thousands. Stop trying to smoke screen people and brand this show to correct genre "slap stick comedy" Your insulting people and only showing those people chancers out there just how to flood the market with poorly restored cars at over inflated prices.

  • PmP

    over 1 year ago

    PmP

    Love the colour of this Porsche, entered the comp three times, would love to own it. when entering type classic in upper case, it worked for me. Can't wait to see whatelse they do up.

  • k spritz

    over 1 year ago

    k spritz

    front bumper 1973 replica, 3.2l engine wasnt used untill 1984 ? also enter the comp via text and it says do it the second time and the 3rd go is free) but it doesnt recognise "classic".....scam

  • Dave D

    over 1 year ago

    Dave D

    How nice to see such genuine nine made uo from the Channel 5 team comments. I did`nt watch this as I made the fatal mistake of watching last weeks and I love 911`s so decided not to watch one be totally mutilated filled with P38 and botched to hell.

  • Marc C

    over 1 year ago

    Marc C

    Loved the Porsche restoration and will be entering the comp. Would love to see a 69 Dodge Charger (do you do American cars?) or a good old Riley Elf.

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  • Toby

    over 1 year ago

    Toby

    They did an amazing job, it looks awesome.

  • Perfection

    over 1 year ago

    Perfection

    Does anyone know if they are giving away the Porsche,like they are with the Jag? ,would love to win that badboy!!! : )

  • Andy oh

    over 1 year ago

    Andy oh

    can`t wait to see what Bernie & Mario do with iconic Porsche !! just rebuilding my Porsche Boxster now myself. looking forward to this episode. :o)

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