Posts in 2014
Parts - Highlights

The car had been stripped down by the previous owner, and came a stash of various parts. About 10 cardboard boxes full, plus various additional large bits. Some duplicate parts.

Overall the car was pretty complete. Highlights of the parts stash included:

Aluminium deck lid. Genuine Porsche, in the factory primer. An iconic "S" part, amazingly light. Very lucky to have this.

Front mounted oil cooler. These changed over the years - this type is correct for my car but the design changed to a simpler trombone style from '72 on, I think. This type is no longer available, so getting a New Old Stock one with the car was a big bonus.

Engine ancillaries. MFI pump and intake stacks all correct. Oil console (unavailable, difficult to find) also correct. In general the engine looks cosmetically good, turns over by hand, has not suffered excessive corrosion.

2014Richard Fry
Parts

Here's what arrived with the car. Lots of parts. It's a full size build-your-own-early-911 jigsaw puzzle! With some missing pieces and some extraneous bits from another puzzle.

Collecting from Southampton

This part of the import process was also very easy. Turn up at warehouse, bit of paperwork and id checking, winch car onto trailer, off we go. A van was also involved, for the many boxes of spares.

Thanks to Mel of flyingbluedog transport. Mel did the trailer bit while I was being Man with Van.

On a Boat

vesselfinder.com is very cool. The car reached Southampton on 28 September 2014.

 

Leaving Queensland

Here's my car at the docks in Brisbane.

Some spares were stashed inside, some can be seen on the pallet. Engine, gearbox, suspension and steering were all temporarily back on the car, so it was a rolling chassis to make it easier to handle.

I'd never imported a car before. The process of booking space in a container, and sorting out the various paperwork, was made very simple by my shipping agents. Many thanks to Kingstown Shipping (in Hull) for that.

Import Duty and VAT on modern cars are a significant cost, but there is an exemption for historics. Using the Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche and a few other documents, Kingstown helped me to get the required exemption from the UK tax authorities. Total import duty and VAT were about 5% of purchase price. 

Australian eBay

I live in the UK, own a couple of Porsches, and was looking for an early 911 as a restoration project. Preferably an S, preferably RHD. 

As you know, the condition of these cars can vary enormously, so it's important to see the car in the metal and get an expert inspection. So... buying this one on Australian eBay was probably not the wisest thing I've ever done.

There was a lot going for it though, in my rose-tint-obscured eyes.

  1. It's an S
  2. RHD
  3. Matching Numbers (chassis, engine and gearbox), with Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche
  4. Not ridiculously rusty, not obviously mangled
  5. Original colour: Signal Orange. We like. You might not! But it is a proper 70s colour. A Safety Colour, in fact, in Porsche terminology. Hence the name of this website.
  6. As well as the engine and box, most of the important ancillaries seemed to be there: Original MFI system, Oil console etc
  7. Came with some interesting spares, including a couple of NOS parts that are not easy to find

A UK car, exported to Australia quite early in its life. Unlike a lot of resto projects found in the UK, it doesn't look as if it's been in a swamp for 20 years - road salt kills our cars. No road salt in Australia. 

The vendor was super-helpful and had posted an extensive set of pics of the parts included in the sale. He had intended to restore it but the project had stalled. He'd got as far as stripping it down, had some work done on the front pan, sills and rear wings. The usual areas. Engine and gearbox untouched. I think they last ran sometime around 2011.

Deal done, time to think about shipping.