Reply to "Porsche 959 replica Ontario, Canada"

Hello, new to this forum. I must say I was surprised to see my Black 959 Speedster here on these pages. Yes, it's the one up top from Thunder Bay, ON. I was lucky to buy out the owner and purchase the other 50 percent of the car so it's all mine now. He purchased the car from Peter's Porsche Shop in New York. Peter the owner built the car which he imported from Florida as a partially built project car. The car is special since it was originally outfitted with a Porsche 3.6 litre engine and the G50, 5 speed transmission. It was built on a custom tubular chassis with roll cage for Autocross and Club racing. It uses unequal length front wishbone suspension similar to the real 959. It also utilizes Carrera Coil over shocks in the front with rack and pinion steering and Carrera gas pressurized coil over shocks in the rear. Braking is four wheel disc all around from the Porsche 914. The 359 body kit was an interesting one offered in the late years of CMC's existence with only some 200 or so made. It was twice the price of the other Speedster kits. They tried to combine newer style and offer some newer technical possibilities by increasing the wheelbase of the 356 to that of the actual 959. The wheelbase is 89.5 inches same as the 959 as mentioned which is also the same as the 930 Turbo. They also offered a much wider track similar to the wide body 911 and 959 which was a real departure from the original 356. CMC used the Styling of the 959 Speedster like that used by Becker. Becker was a German tuner who produced a real Porsche 959 Speedster when a Porsche race driver happened to roll an original 959 on the Autobon. They cut the crushed roof off that car and modified it to be a Speedster. Others modified Porsche 911's to Speedsters using Porsche parts from the 3.2 Speedster car and available aftermarket 959 body kits. CMC figured that they had the right Speedster Center section after all the new 3.2 911 Speedster was styled after the old 356 Speedster so why not extend the wheelbase and track to 959 dimensions and make their own kit car with 959 style front and rear. The advantages were great for performance since the increased dimensions allowed for the use of larger more powerful engines including the 3.6 litre Porsche six offering better handling and stability. The fiberglass work was of very high quality and most cars like mine were built with a perimeter frame to support the long tail so cracking is not a problem if one followed the builders recommendations. I think that CMC went out of business and many were sold as partially built kits so some took shortcuts building them which is too bad. The previous owner bought my car for its 3.6 Porsche engine and transmission to put it in another Porsche 911 Carrera. I am not such a rich man so I did the work myself to install a 914 Porsche 2.0 litre engine that I bored and stroked to 2.2 litres with twin 40 Weber IDF carbs. I also installed a VW 4 speed transmission. So can't wait for summer. I will post some more pics when I figure out how that works!

 

 

 

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