The Inaugural Turtle Rally

October 4, 2022
Cameron Luther
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I’ve always dreamt of embarking on a proper road rally, with timed stages and large stick on numbers, and when my friend Phillip Richter approached me this spring at a car show and mentioned the planning of a Turtle Rally, I knew it was an event I simply had to attend. Every other year Phillip and the board of Turtle Garage host The Turtle Invitational, a fantastic small concours, which invites collectors and their cars from around the country to Bedford, New York. Because this is a bi-yearly event, the board decided that in the off-year, a rally would be a great way to get passionate collectors together to enjoy their cars on the great roads which New York State has to offer. This would not have been possible without Phillip Richter, Phoebe Rubenstein, Charles Roy, Tom Champion, Bob Luther, Mike Ahn, Micheal Hannagan, and countless others, to which I owe my sincerest thanks.

About a year ago I was able to acquire this 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster, chassis no.81132, from a friend, and Micheal and my father had spent the past few months working around the clock to make the car mechanically ready for this 360-mile trek. The speedster had been configured back into a road car in 1969, when it passed from one long term owner to another, which meant all of having its top mounted, rather than the aluminum tonneau cover and roll bar. This car has racing history from new and because this is documented and the parts still exist in unrestored condition, it was decided that the car should be displayed and driven in this configuration.

There was a great variety of fine automobiles on the rally from a pair of Jaguar E types, a cream Ferrari 275 GTS, two MGs and Austins Healey’s, a BMW 503, and even an Cunningham C3. Their owners were even more interesting than the cars. These are truly passion car enthusiasts that want to own these cars and utilize their sporting characteristics.

After getting the car hauled up to Bedford from Alexandria, we noticed that there was rain in the forecast for the next day. No matter! Micheal had assembled the car in such a way that the hardware holding on the roll bar and tonneau was easy to remove, and the factory-style top could be reinstalled in the wake of the first full day of driving. Also a huge thanks to Phillip and the Pray family for allowing us to roll the car into the Malcom Pray Achievement Center, in order to work on the car in a clean and well lit space.

On the first morning we saw sunny skies as we headed for lunch, being passed by a friend I had met at last years invitational in his 3.8 Litre E-Type roadster. I walked into the restaurant where everyone was meeting, and who is standing right in front of me, except Angus Dykman, of Gooding & Company! I’d had the pleasure of working with Angus at the Pebble Beach Auction this August, and it was a very welcome surprise to see him again.

That afternoon was automotive euphoria; a mix of great roads and pouring rain made for a great adventure. Micheal was my co-driver, and was crucial in ensuring that we made it to that nights hotel, somewhat dry. This was my first drive in the car outside of the DC area, and it was great to get to know the cars driving characteristics even better. I’ve fallen even more in love with this car and it’s history, and it makes the pursuit of ownership that much more satisfying.

This series 2 E-type roadster caught my eye; firstly for it’s mint green color, and next for its configuration. Six cylinder, four-speed manual, hub caps, and skinny white walls! A perfect sports car to tour around the Northeast in the late sixties.

The speedster may have gotten a bit damp, but it made it, and after all they’re made to be used. The team truly felt that after this rally the car was happy, and using this car in such a way is true to its competition spirit of days gone by.

I very much enjoyed this event, and felt very lucky to have been asked to be a part of it. I compiled some video clips from the journey, and have linked that in a Youtube video below. As always, email me with any inquiries at cameronsluther@gmail.com.

Historical Chassis Analysis:The Rimoldi 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Corto Spyder

August 29, 2022
Cameron Luther
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I came across this 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto Spyder at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours, and was taken aback by its features and beautifully aged finishes. Upon leaving the field that day, I had a desire to know more about this unique short wheelbase Pre-War sports racing Tour de Force, and so I naturally looked to friends for the chassis number.

Within a few hours and through a short conversation with a very young and knowledgeable authority on these and other Italian sports racing cars, I was relayed that the chassis number originally assigned to this automobile was Chassis no. 2211107. The Italian word corto means “short”, this was the ideal racing chassis in the early thirties for events like the Mille Miglia and Monte Carlo Rallye. This 8C received a unique body by Carrozzeria Touring and upon completion was register to the Alfa Romeo Works racing team.

Speaking of the Monte Carlo Rallye, this chassis participated in the 1935 running of the event, driven by Luigi Chinetti and Jean Trevaux. Luigi Chinetti’s name should be familiar to readers, as he was later responsible for the majority of early competition and sports Ferraris imported to the United States, but prior to that he was a driver and dealer of Alfa Romeo automobiles. Back to Monte Carlo, the car was running a highly unique top, which had bows and fabric lining like a folding soft top, yet exhibited shell-like features, as if it were rapped aluminum. In the final stages of the great race upon the hills of Monaco, and leading, Trevaux spun the Alfa and the front end was damaged, rendering any chance at a finish unrealistic. The picture shown below is evidently the result of the spin, the unique looking removable top, and seductive cut of the original rear fenders can be seen in plain view.

After this racing effort, 2211107 left the ownership of the factory Works, and by the end of 1935, it was delivered to it’s Hungarian owner. Sometime between 1935 and 37 Giacomo Brenta of Budapest took possession of the car. In April of 1937 the Corto chassis 8C graced Alfa Romeo works once again and was mechanically reveiewed, ensuring is roots style supercharged dual overhead-cam inline eight cylinder engine would be in top fettle for its next owner, Italian ice merchant Signor Giulio Rimoldi. Rimoldi was a British Domicile and therefore the 8C was imported to the United Kingdom and shipped upon the SS Tonbridge.

Rimoldi would go on to own and cherish the 8C for over five decades. As he regularly used the short Spyder for trips about the Alps, some modifications were made for this use case. A custom leather bonnet cover was sew to fit, and had a diamond-stitched section which could be rolled over the grille. Amazingly, this piece still survives in the car today. Two large luggage cases were affixed to the front fenders, and they too are retained. Another interesting modification, which was executed in 1950, was the removal of the rear hatches, this, combined with sectioning down the fuel tank, allowed room for child’s seats to be fitted. One does wonder what this would look like, and how incredible it would be to bear witness to this exciting 8C driving around the Alps in the 1950s, with four occupants aboard! Rimoldi retained his stunningly original and unique 8C until his passing in 1988, and subsequently the auto has graced the hands of three enthusiasts who have used it in historic rallying events like the Monte Carlo Rallye Historic and Mille Miglia.

Taking a glance into the cockpit, this chassis exhibits such honesty. Perfectly worn seats and door cards mesh so seamlessly with knobs, gauge surrounds, and faces which have simply been kept clean over the last seventy years, rather than being restored, much like the rest of the car.

These tags are very interesting, they are Reale Automobile Club d’Italia registrations from both 1936 and 1937. I find these intriguing, having archived some cars which were delivered to the Italian Market in this era, I have seen the papers related to these tags, but never the tags themselves. The purpose of these and their corresponding documentation is what is contemporarily known as a road registration. it makes sense that it would receive a take in 1937 and be exported to the UK later that year, the ornate and weathered look of these makes them so compelling to gaze upon.

It was a true pleasure to be in the presence of such and storied and well preserved automobile, and a delight to know that its owners piloted such an important Alfa on the 50 mile tour a few days earlier. I yearn to experience pre-war racing cars, and this would certainly be at the top of the list.

Users Guide to Daily Driving a Vintage Porsche in Los Angeles

July 4, 2022
Cameron Luther
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For the past month, I have been interning for Gooding & Company, a Southern California based vintage car auction house. They are among the top vintage car auction companies worldwide, and I feel incredibly honored to be a part of their team and brush shoulders with them on a daily basis. Around Mid-March, I was attending the LA Toy and Lit me with my father and our friend Paul Levy. At one of the events we spotted this 1972 911 with a simple for sale sign on it. We had been yearning for a 72T for a while, and we fell for this one. The 911T produced for the 1972 model year is unique as it is the only year in which the T trim level of the Porsche 911 came with Mechanical Fuel Injection. 1972 is also a unique year for all 911s because they had an “Oilklappe” which was an outside oil filler for on the passenger side quarter panel. This came straight from the external filler cap on the 1967 911R, but it was only in the production for the singlular year because many filling station attendants filled it with gas, destroying the 2.4L engines.

The car culture in and around the Los Angeles area its second to none. Between friendly enthusiasts and the variety of cars, and finally the amount of weekly events, there’s no shortage of things to do on weekends. Here are David and Amy Keens Hot Rod 911s looking ready to go tear up some winding roads, parked up at the Malibu Country Mart.

Then there are the roads, this is Piuma road which snakes through Malibu Creek, climbing farther into the hills which each tight bend. These roads really open ones eyes to the joys of a light old sports car, and the incredible engineering of a Porsche 911’s chassis.

My father came in to town one weekend to visit and check out the Pomona swap meet, which we would regularly attended when I was a child. This weekend also provided a great chance for him to drive the T for the first time on roads like Mulholland Highway and the PCH.

Old Cars Create New Friends. Within a few weeks of attending the Malibu Cars and Coffee and other events I felt like a part of the community, and I have to thank Daniel Berman, Robert Nathanson, Pally Zhang, Sidney Sora, Shant Mesh, Vinny Russo, and Zak dearly for that.

The swap meet was even larger and more filled with variety than I had remembered from years past. This 69 Shelby GT500 was particularly interesting to me; painted blue when new, it was optioned with a 4-speed and Air-conditioning, and had covered very few miles. Other than the paint, this Shelby appeared very original and untouched, which is my favorite condition in any historic automobile.

This 1954 Buick Convertible wash Barn Fresh, and unfortunately the bottom of the passenger side for had a nasty gash in it, otherwise it totally spawns the fantasy in your mind of mechanically restoring it, but not event cleaning the exterior, and driving it around downtown full of friends with the top down.

Volkswagen was the featured marque at this months swap meet, and these Cal-Look Oval and Split-Window bugs were just fantastically customized and all finished were done to a very high standard.

Speaking of fantastic finishes, this 1948 Chevy was probably the most interesting car of the weekend. It was built to a concourse or better standard, everything in the engine bay was chromed (As you would have seen a lot in the 60’s in Southern California), and it was outfitted with period accessories galore.

I’m really enjoying the work I am involved with at Gooding, and the exposure to this part of the vintage automotive world. I have linked a video below which shows some fun driving roads and and gives a guide to things you will need and practices you’ll want to put in place when daily driving a sports car in a place like LA. I am always looking to buy Vintage Sports and Racing cars, please email me at cameronsluther@gmail.com.

McPherson CARS Show 2022

May 30, 2022
Cameron Luther
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The 2022 student run McPherson CARS Show marked the events post-Covid return in full form.  This was very exciting for the student body involved, as many of us had not experienced a regular car show prior to this year. It also marked the culmination of years of planning by the colleges professors and advisors. Friday afternoon the Paul Russell & Company Automotive Library had its grand opening, a whole floor of our Miller Library built to be a place for automotive students and anyone interested to learn more about the history of the automobile through scholarly research.

I was able to bring the 1968 Jaguar E type roadster onto the field with the help of my friend, Conrad Gramckow, and his vintage John Deere Tractor. I put in countless late nights reassembling the E roadster, but there were still a few parts in transit at the time of the show.

I brought my 1984 Mercedes 500SEC over for the student section, and my father and I put together some signs to portray the history of this SEC particularly with its first owner, but that story deserves its own separate blog, or book, perhaps.

Of course The Pink Pig 356SC made an appearance, and was given a slightly elevated spot, allowing for visitors passing by to get an even closer look at the low sitting La Carrera veteran racer. Next to it was my friend Cole Millers 1969 912 Targa, which Cole mechanically restored through classes offered in the AR Program, and did a lot of detail work on giving the car a very period correct look and configuration.

These posters may give you a hint as to the he history of this SEC, it will be made roadworthy and rebuilt to match the period photographs, in due course. The 77 911S respray is still a work in progress, and it will be on the field next spring.

This stunning and unique Aston Martin DB2 Prototype was graciously shipped from the West Coast and presented by Alumni Adam Mashiach, on behalf of a private collector. These full circle opportunities which CARS show brings about, and the opportunities which students get to gain exposure to these types of vehicles is a great representation of the power of the program.

Another angle of the Pink Pig, which needs to return to a track or road rally soon, and the schools 1953 Mercedes 300S Path to Pebble Restoration Project, which I have had there pleasure of working on throughout this school year.

This was the scene in Templeton Hall in the days leading up to the show. What is the story of this 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona? It was purchased new by Richard and Melanie Lundquist and has just been donated to McPherson, as our first Ferrari and Preservation Project. This car will be eligible to events worldwide and spread awareness of the program into every corner of the Car Collecting Globe.

It was a massively satisfying feeling to present the E back to its owner and show him what mechanical restoration has taken place since I first laid eyes on it in September.

The Lundquists also showed this 1937 Mercedes 540K cn. 154151, which wears a 27 year old restoration by Paul Russell and Company, and if you told me it was just completed for this past summers Pebble Beach Concours, I would believe you. That’s partially due to the fact that it participated successfully at the Concours this past summer, and also the fact that the restoration was done to such a high standard that it has aged gracefully. It was purchased new from the 1937 Berlin Motor show stand by Jack Warner, of Warner Brothers.

I really enjoyed this years car show and look forward to 2023. I have linked a Youtube video below showing some of the action from day of, and preparations. Email me anytime at cameronsluther@gmail.com

A Morning Coffee in Georgetown-356SC

April 8, 2022
Cameron Luther
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In late March we had a week off of school and I took full advantage of that by going home to work on some of my families cars and getting everything out and exercised. This included the 1965 356SC sunroof coupe which I took to McPherson College my freshman year and for which this website is centered. This car has just the right mix of patina, both original and older finishes, mechanical refinement, and style with the bumper badges, 4.5 inch Fuchs, ski rack etc. Other 356s will be experienced but this will always be the car which I reference as a great driving experience.

I wanted to do a proper drive in the SC aside from just taking it out and getting it up to temperature. I was on the phone with a good friend from Potomac who suggested I go into Georgetown, DC first thing in the morning for a cappuccino. It was a simple trip like this which led to a whole vintage car adventure. Around 6 I back out of the driveway, taking a detour on the way to M street to be able to traverse the Chain Bridge and snake up Clara Barton Parkway on the way in.

I had so much fun driving into a relatively empty Georgetown, a sight similar to a blue moon, and walking around as the city started to come to life, that when my Father and I were taking out our Irish Green 77 targa later in the week, we decided to do the same thing.

One street I enjoyed in particular was Cecil Place. It stems right off off the C&O Canal so I spotted some of its picturesque homes while sitting on the front patio at Blue Bottle. It is an interesting spot as its a quiet little neighborhood right in the middle of one of the busiest parts of Georgetown. The blooming cherry blossoms and bright colored store fronts certainly provided a nice photo opportunity.

I really enjoyed exploring undiscovered alcoves and storefronts right in my own “backyard”, and would recommend this route to anyone looking to do something a little bit different one morning, just go early enough to beat DC traffic! Below I have linked a video of the first trip, if you have a Porsche or other sports car you would like to sell email me at cameronsluther@gmail.com.

250 GTO Encounter-Amelia Island 2022

April 3, 2022
Cameron Luther
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This years Amelia Island was definitely one of the highlights of my spring, it was also an interesting year for Amelia, as the event returned to early March, and has been acquired by Hagerty. I arrived Friday afternoon and went straight to meet my father and some friends at the Gooding and Company sale. David Gooding and his team always gather a great selection of sports cars and other vintage cars for their sales, but this one spoke to me in particular, featuring many Porsche factory race cars, like this 1974 IROC RSR, driven by AJ Foyt. This 3.0 litre RSR brought 1.475 million dollars, over 100,000 above the high estimate, and arguably a fair price for 1 of only 15 chassis built for the IROC series.

This may look like a 904, but the chassis tags label it as a 906, and the catalogue labels it as a “904/6”. So the story with this, and 5 others like it, is that they were the first 6 906s which Porsches built. The tubular chassis is closer to a 906 than a 904, but it has a 904 body draped over it. This is how they left the factory, though they were all factory werks cars powered by a 2.0 litre flat 6 rather than a 4-cam. This Porsche hammered at 2 million even and was purchased by a collector sitting behind me who has already street driven it! This unique 904/6’s value presents a perfect situation for the phrase “Find Another”.

This is the first 2000 GT Toyota produced, and it was campaigned by Shelby American Racing when new. A regular 2000 GT is already a highly desirable vehicle, and one converted in period by Carrol Shelby has to be the ultimate example next to the car used in the James Bond film “You Only Live Twice”. If you collect Shelby related sports and racing cars this is a must have for the ultimate collection of them and this is the only one.

Which strolling between the RM Sothebys auction and the front driveway of The Ritz Carlton, I noticed some interesting cars parked up in preparation for Sundays Concours. The 917 on the left is 917-015, belonging t0 Bruce Canepa, it is a gulf 917K which achieved first overall at the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona. Under the cover next to the 917 is a very special car we will discuss below. All the way on the right is a BMW E36 M3 finished in the ultra rare shade of Mint Green, presented by Gabe Nakash.

This 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO series one was featured in a class entirely made up of red Ferraris during Sundays Concourse portion of  “The Amelia”, it is always surreal to see one of the original 35 cars built in the flesh, and to hear it run was the cherry on top.(Seen in a Youtube video below)

This 1968 Porsche 907 was part of the iconic 1-2 finish at that years Sebring 12 Hours. It is fresh out of a restoration and was presented by Canepa Motorsports. I was amazed at the correctness of this restoration, in particular the chalky sheen of the paint which is talked about a lot on this era of fiberglass Porsche prototype racers looked just right.

Here is the aforementioned “car under the cover”, a Cunningham C4R. This was presented by The Miles Collier Collections at The Revs Institute and is the only unrestored C4R of the two which exist. This car along with its twin C4RK were retained by Briggs Cunningham until moving to The Revs where they reside today. I was able to spend a lot of time studying both of these while interning with The Revs this summer and they are truly mesmerizing in original finishes and incredible history, being American built cars which competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1952.

This Murphy bodied Duesenburg Model J Roadster comes from the family collection of Judge North. It was given to the Judge by his father in college and remains in the same unrestored condition today.

Here is the fastest Porsche 935 built and the last 935 to race at the 24 Hours of Daytona, winning overall. It was constructed and run by Kevin Jeanette with Preston Henn. Henn’s businesses “The T-Bird Drive In” and “Swap Shop”, along with Brumos, were sponsors of the racing Porsche. This car has never been restored.

Porsches most significant win at Daytona was arguably in 1973 when this 2.8 litre RSR, driven by Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood, won First overall against all the GT and Prototype class competitors! It was a true battle to the end with the body sustaining lots of damage at the time, the interior still seems to present a lot of original materials and finishes.

Here is another look at the Swap Shop 935, with a mechanically injected twin turbo flat 6 but together by Alwin Springer at ANDIAL, the company responsible for putting together many winning racing Porsche engines at Daytona and Pikes Peak.

This Porsche 550 Spyder is 550-0031. In 1956, a young Swiss engineering student convinced his uncle to let him try out some engineering principles on his newly acquired 550. He designed and fabricated the adjustable wing and it was tested during the 1956 Nurburgring 1000 km. It was so successful in qualifying that it was immediately banned.

Here is a vehicle which I did not fully understand until my friend Stephen circled me back around for a second, more detailed look. This is the BMW M8 Prototype, which is a wild one off, no limits to the engineers imagination creation, powered by an individually throttle body injected v12. If this engine sounds familiar, it should as it is the same power plant used in the elusive McLaren F1. This M8 has hundreds of other one off details inside and out and is truly a treat to see in person, from what I hear this is one of the only times it has left the factory in Munich.

I spotted this parked by the side of the road on the way out. It is a 1976 912E, finished in Bitter Chocolate Brown with a Cork vinyl interior. This was special for me to see in person as it is the same color combination as my 1977 911S was delivered in and I have never seen the spec in person.

It was great to catch up with the Alumni and the National Advisory Board members of the McPherson College of Auto Restoration, and a special thank you to Matt Goist for providing the Model J for the occasion. Below I have linked a short video from The Amelia. If you have a vintage sports or racing you would like to sell please email me at cameronsluther@gmail.com.

1977 911S-Trim Disassembly

March 29, 2022
Cameron Luther
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Progress continues on my 1977 911S coupe, and some interesting discoveries have been made. As I have been going through the process of disassembling all the exterior trim, I have been stockpiling supplies to strip and refinish the paint. The second owner of this 911 always referred to its original shade as Sepia, so I never bothered to check the factory color code, stamped into the drivers side door jam, until now. As it turns out, the non-metallic brown offered in 1977 was Bitter Chocolate, or Cockney Brown. With this in mind I had a batch of solvent based single stage paint and primers mixed using the factories color codes. One thing I wanted to do off the bat was to remove all of the air conditioning components. This is a dealer installed unit, and therefore it will remain on the shelf, this will lighten the car a considerable amount and it will present closer to the way it was originally configured at the factory in 1977.

My only experience in G-model 911 trim disassembly prior to this moment was removing the front bumper and lower facia from another 77, an Irish Green Targa for repainting when I was 16 working for Tag Motorwerks. I definitely learned a lot of things about these cars through this process, and the condition of mine in particular. Lots of trim needs to be refinished, repaired, or replaced, but I didn’t get into this project to complete it to a standard less than that which I am capable of, so it will be done correctly no matter how long that takes me.

Another positive surprise was the abundance of areas which, when cleaned up, reveal factory Chocolate paint. These included the inner fenders as well as the engine bay, and certain sections of the door jams and window frames. I did find a few minor areas which need metal work related to isolated rust and small damage, but nothing which can’t be fixed.

The next steps will be to remove the sunroof and other small components prior to masking all openings and chemical stripping, which I was originally going to do to the floors as well, but will now be leaving them alone because of the level of originality which they exhibit. I have link a Youtube video below documenting the process. If you have a similar car I would love to hear its story and I am always interested in purchasing vintage sports and racing cars, so email me any time at cameronsluther@gmail.com.

1977 911S-The Journey to Sepia Begins

January 29, 2022
Cameron Luther
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This is my 911, it’s a 1977 Porsche 911S coupe which was finished from the factory in sepia brown with a cork full vinyl interior. It is a US spec car, although it was fitted early on with European specification heat exchangers and amber Euro taillights. I fitted Bosch H4 headlights and a Bursch sport muffler, as it had a stock style Dansk unit fitted and I am on the hunt for a factory Bischoff 74-77 Euro muffler. What attracts me so much to a 77 is the weight. 77 is the last year of both the magnesium engine and transmission case, as well as the final year of the narrow fender square wheel offset cars. This combination gives the car such a nimble feel.

The car had AC installed by the dealer, and as I want it to be configured how the factory built the car, I will remove the unit, document it and shelf it. I chased this car while working in a Porsche independent shop throughout high school, and finally was about to purchase it in December of 2019 while attending my freshman year at the McPherson College of Automotive Restoration. After getting the car running and fixing the brakes I was off! I drove it out to Kansas from Alexandria, Virginia.

This car means a lot to me because it was owned since 1981 by the man who mentored me and taught me everything I know about working on vintage Porsches. When the time came to pull the engine for a look at the top end, I decided that if I was ever going to return it to its original specifications, the time was now. I don’t intend to do anything half way so the body and the whole undercarriage will be refinished in sepia, after being chemically stripped by hand to bare metal. Because of this I decided to acquire a Stoddard Body cart and spent an afternoon with A Lot of help from my classmates, getting it mounted.

The next steps will be removing all the trim and stripping the body panels, all of which will be documented here through blogs and videos. If you have a car like this or any other interesting vintage sports or racing car I would love to hear it’s story. Contact me anytime at cameronsluther@gmail.com Photos courtesy of Mason Duffy and Porsche Club of America.

 

E-Type Engine Removal

December 12, 2021
Cameron Luther
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This is a 1968 Jaguar E-Type roadster, commonly known as a series 1.5, differs from a series 1 in its headlights, center switches, and some minor mechanical details. These cars present an interesting bridge in the gap between the series one and two.

Still being powered by the same 4.2L inline six as the 4.2 series ones, produced between 65 and 67, this roadster is arguably the most quintessential  E with a full synchro 4 speed gearbox and British racing green paint.

This Jag belongs to a friend who has entrusted me with carrying out a mechanical restoration. The car was bought out of an estate with unknown mechanical history, and the engine is locked up. Over this series of blogs we will be disassembling the car, restoring most mechanical components, and reassembling with the intention of perfect mechanical operation.

With any E it is highly helpful to remove the bonnet in order to get access to the engine and front suspension, but it is important to note it is a steel panel. This makes it massively heavy and so it should be done with at least one other person.

For storage purposes it is best to put it on on its end and make sure all the edges touching the ground are protected.

Removing this massive cast iron inline six was certainly a change of pace from Porsche engines which can be taken out in a day or less,  but I have learned so much already and really love XKEs so the more I can understand about their mechanical workings the better.

After some investigating it looks like the head gasket was replaced without resurfacing the block or head and so it never stood a chance as far as sealing properly. Luckily everything looks to be in nice original shape so the goal is to make it look like no one has messed with it, but have it running as it did when new, if not better. A video of the disassembly is linked below. If you have an interesting of vintage sports car I would love to purchase it, email me at cameronsluther@gmail.com

Pink Pig 356-On the Road

December 7, 2021
Cameron Luther
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This 1965 356SC “Pink Pig” was raced in the 1994 La Carrera PanAmericana by its constructor, Klaus Selbert. I met Klaus and purchased the car from him last winter, and have been working to get it roadworthy since.

Klaus took the car to La Carrera and a few other driving events and since the late 90’s it was stored inside.

I rebuilt the fuel and braking systems, but I was having some issues with the car going lean from 4-6 thousand rpm. Luckily I was able to bring it into my schools open shop and diagnose it with professor Curt Goodwin, and my friend Cole Miller

With the float height readjusted and main jets cleaned we were off to the races, Viva La Carrera! If you have an interesting sports car I would love to know the story about it and purchase it, email me at cameronsluther@gmail.com. Video below