Perks of the job: Here we have Rick, our fearless leader, taking this beautiful 1960 356 Roadster for a test drive after some tinkering. A beautiful day, an open top vintage Porsche and the satisfaction of having the machine perform exactly as intended.
Decisions, decisions... Which would you prefer? We know the one we'd pick!
This beauty is a 1984 Porsche 928S in excellent condition. Believe it or not, the 928 was designed with the intention of being the successor to the venerable 911. Modern in every sense of the word, these cars were well ahead of their time. Comfortable and fast, the 928 is highly under appreciated for it's merits. Rumor has it, she is for sale and could be yours for a very reasonable asking price. Contact us for more details on this car or if you would like some assistance with your next vehicular purchase or sale.
The smile says it all. As part of our purchase and sale assistance program we were able to find a happy new owner for our client's 1972 VW Westfalia Camper. Posing for a photo while filling her up for the first time, her new owner, a recent grad, could not be happier. The plan is to live in the camper as he treks across the country en route to California by way of Colorado.
While on the subject of Purchase and Sales Assistance, here we have a beautiful Venetian Blue Carrera Cabriolet ready to be loaded onto the hauler in the background. Sad to see such a nice car go, but happy to help her owner find her a new home where she will be loved for many years to come, with the top down, in sunny southern California.
Some very classy company. It is a privilege to be able to work on such beautiful machinery. There is over fifty years of Porsche engineering evolution in this photo. Just another day here at R & D.
The row. Aside from Rick's yellow race car on the end, these cars are in the shop for some major repairs or restoration work. The long term projects so to speak. The red Euro Carrera (second from the far end) is available for sale as a project in need of an engine or as a complete car. Please contact us if you are interested for more details.
All packed up for the night. Sleep tight ladies!
Taking a closer look at the leader of the pack, Rick's 1973 Carrera RS race car.
2.7 Liters of displacement, magnesium case, finely tuned mechanical fuel injection, ported and polished cylinder heads, high rpm valve springs, blippity bloppy cams, straight pipes, 230+ horsepower, 1950 lbs curb weight, fully caged rock solid chassis, precisely calibrated suspension, and over twenty years of love and time invested.
It doesn't get much better than this one. They got it right back in '73 and have been trying to replicate it ever since.
Fast forward nearly twenty years and we have the 964 Carrera 2 3.6 liter flat six. Here you can see there is a bit more plastic under the rear deck, along with modern amenities like power steering, air conditioning, computer controlled fuel injection and ignition timing, but really not that much has changed.
The iconic shape. Soon to be even more highly sought after. The 964 has been the under appreciated older sister to the 993 for years. With the later models commanding such high market values these days, the 964's popularity is sure to rise as well. Get one while you still can!
Oh hey Maryland! Nice to see you! This little 914 came to us after her fuel pump decided to quit on the NYS Thruway just outside of Albany. Her owner asked to have us take care of a few other issues while she was here once he saw the type of company she would be keeping and understood the level of care she would receive.
Hanging out with her older cousins, it almost appears as though the 914 is smiling doesn't it? A happy little car and a blast to drive, we think she was proud to spend some quality time with her relatives.
It's not every day you see two yellow 914s side by side on the lifts. The one in the foreground is perhaps one of the cleanest examples we have ever seen. In the background we have a client's recent purchase in for some tuning and upgrades to get this already tracked out ride ready for some serious wheel time.
The view from underneath the front of the super clean 914. She is almost as perfect as the day she left the factory. Really impressive considering these cars were not galvanized and tended to rust away if not painstakingly cared for. If you look closely between the front suspension, you can see a very rare option on this car. Underneath that mesh grill is a condenser for dealer installed air conditioning! Super rare to say the least.
Quad pipes! Not bad for a 1.8 Liter four cylinder. Equally clean is the view from behind. The bone dry air cooled engine and five speed transmission are so clean it is almost beyond belief. We were so impressed that we had to check the fluids just to be sure there was actually oil in there!
Always cool to see the evolution of Porsche sports cars condensed in one place with so much variety. In this photo there is an example from 1960 and each decade there after. Can you tell in which order they fall chronologically?
Some more very special sheet metal. Packed in safe and sound for the evening.
Cleaned and ready for reassembly. This is what half of the inside of an 80's Porsche 911 engine looks like.
A slightly different perspective. Can you spot the differences that distinguish this case half from the other?
The '76 912 in the background almost seems to be peaking at the 911 engine being prepped for a rebuild. Piston envy?
Keeping it in the family!
While we admit that traveling 2500 miles for an oil change may be over the top, we were happy to have a recent west coast transplant bring his BMW 335i in for a check up and lube. Tastefully modified, we discussed with her owner how to get the most out of what he already has by adding a few custom bits and bobs and finely tuning her for comfort as well as performance. Perhaps one of the most underrated chassis in the Bimmer world, these E90's can be real sleepers.
With great power, comes great responsibility! As illuminated here, by the incredible Mercedes-Benz AMG powered G63. Twin turboed military inspired SUV more off road capable than almost anything else available while more luxurious and exclusive than the famed S-class. A true engineering phenomenon. Rick looks her underside over while performing an oil change service.
That is a lot of rubber (275mm) and a lot of brake (nearly 15"), necessary to keep a lot of mass (5800lbs) and a lot of power (550hp!) under control at speed.
Not one of ours, but respect paid where due. While spending a lovely Saturday at Saratoga race course, we couldn't help but admire some gorgeous German metal hanging out at the main entry way. I believe this one was from the mid 50's. A massive Mercedes beauty.
Another at the race course. An absolute time machine from a long gone era. This 1934 Daimler is truly something to behold. Check out the rear passenger wind screens!
Another angle showing EIGHTY years of German engineering evolution. Just parked out front of the track like it's no big deal. I'll repeat... EIGHTY YEARS!! Jay Leno would be proud. (Side note: If you look closely in the background, nearly every car in this photo is a Mercedes-Benz.)
Like all good things, summer must also come to an end. Nothing symbolizes this better than a quick shot from the front of the shop over looking the Tivoli Street "River" during one of the latest thunderstorms we had recently. Fall may be headed this way but that doesn't mean that driving season is over as there are plenty events ahead of us in the upcoming months! Stay tuned for a list of fun stuff we'll be involved in coming soon!
"Stupid #@%&ing lawn mower!" -The hardest working mechanic around
This guy can fix anything.