1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 is Mint Perfection: Your Ride
Growing up playing with Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, Matt van Wyk always loved the Porsche 911 replicas, a green one in particular. Today, van Wyk’s Porsche is less a pipe-dream toy and instead a reality: a green, somewhat-rare European model, which added to the feeling that he had found something special. About his prized ride, van Wyk said, “even though my car is a lighter shade of green - called Ice Green Metallic – than the toy cars I used to play with, I felt it was meant to be.”
BoldRide: What do you love about your Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0?
Matt van Wyk: It’s vintage smell, raw sound and mechanical simplicity. The 911 has such a long and successful racing history. All that experience has been directly translated into the car’s design and performance.It’s fun to see my Carrera turn heads because of the loping idle, unusual color and bold Carrera script on the side. Even little kids seem to notice.
What have you done to make your Porsche a bolder ride?
My Porsche Carrera 3.0 is pretty much in its original form, with the exception of stainless exhaust heat exchangers and Recaro seats to replace the sagging original seats.
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What's an inside fact about the Carrera that only an owner would know about?
The ignition is on the left side of the steering column and was designed for faster racing starts at Le Mans. When the drivers would run across the track to their car, it was faster to start the engine with their left hand while the right hand put the transmission into gear. Also, it is commonly considered an air-cooled car but it’s also oil-cooled with more than 13 quarts in circulation.
What's your favorite memory of your car?
I went to Brainerd International Raceway for performance driving school and for the first time I was able to drive my Porsche the way it was made to be driven. Interestingly enough, the Carrera is not designed to maintain grip when you let off the accelerator in a fast, tight chicane. I ended up doing one 360-degree mishapat the end of the day, but had a great experience. I left with tremendous appreciation for my car.
Tell us a funny story from during the restoration phase.
My friend Aaron, at Flat Six Inc., did a top end engine rebuild for me and occasionally let me help. By help, I mean I was allowed to dismantle some of the engine and use a professional parts washer and bead blaster. It turns out that even cleaning parts is fun with the right tools. The actual rebuilding phase was left to his expertise, while I was permitted to watch from a safe distance.
What dream accessory would you love to get for your 911 and why?
I would like a pair of big, period-correct, hood-mounted driving lights. I have always loved the look of old Porsche rally cars and the lights are useful on long stretches of country roads at night.
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