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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Welly 1:24 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo



Welly has been on a bit of a Porsche streak last year with the 918 Spyder, the 1973 911 Carerra RS, and the 1975 911 Turbo.  I wonder how can the classic 911 Turbo adds up to a newer 911 Turbo from the 1990's that I reviewed a few years ago?  Well I got two ways to find out: in 1:24 and in 1:43 (that will be up next).





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To meet FIA Group 4 regulations Porsche has to make a limited run of production cars that are closely related to the race car to compete.  In 1975 Porsche created their first turbocharged 911, the turbo.  The turbo carries the same flared rear fenders and bodywork that premiered on previous 911's designed for racing, but adds more flair to the rear fenders and a larger rear spoiler.  The engine is a 3.0L turbocharged flat-6 motor that produces 260 horsepower, yet saddled to a 4-speed automatic when other 911 models for 1975 got the new 5-speed unit.  Eventually the 5-speed would come to the Turbo in the coming years, including a nifty flat-nose version with retractable headlights.  Problem was that Porsche failed to recognize the laws of physics: more power + rear engine = rear-biased weight, which also equals major oversteer if you accelerate too hard in a corner and the turbo lag ends.  Porsche resolved this problem over the years with wider tires, but would almost take until the end of the century to finally offer all-wheel drive with the 911.  Still, you can get the classic rear-wheel drive-only turbo today in the GT2 model.





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The one thing that I like about this 911 Turbo over the one from a few years ago:  it looks good in any color that ranges from silver to yellow, and even a lime green.  When I got the car the exterior mirror was fine, but when I got it home the mirror broke off unexpectedly.  Knowing how much gluing a mirror can be a pain I decided to completely remove the mirror.  This makes the lines of the car cleaner as the driver's side-only exterior mirror was blocky and ruined the looks of the vehicle.  Adding yellow paint with some leftover to patch the missing area sounded simple, but in effect it's not as the yellow was slightly different than the car's yellow paint.  Otherwise the car looks good now.  The front has round headlights with peaked fenders, the lower bumper is redesigned for the new mandated impact bumpers, and with that it gets a long black stripe that connects to cushion springs at the ends of the bumper and then connects to the lower spoiler in black.  In between is foglights that are slightly crooked, signal lights in the stripe, and washer jets for the headlights.





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The sides have lower black trim, antenna stub on front fender, and super cool Fuchs wheels in black with silver rim and detailed brake rotors.  The rear has a large whale tail rear spoiler with black edge and central vents, leading down to the detailed taillight bar with PORSCHE in the middle, black bumper pads with cushion springs at the end, and a single exhaust pipe.  The base shows off the excellent engine detail in silver with the engine and transmission blocks behind the exhaust headers that lead out to the rear where the snake of pipes hides the turbocharger.  At the front I added detail to the suspension, the tub where the spare tire resides, and the horn and battery box (?).  Details underneath show more than the engine bay that shows only the large air box, fan cooler, and charged intake hoses which I added some silver detail to.  The interior has bucket seats with a ribbed pattern and detailed seat belt buckles between the seats.  The rear seats are there and do not do much to hold more passengers.  The door panels have the similar ribbed pattern as the seats with flushed window fit, while the shifter that is angled more toward the driver.  The dashboard has lots of gauges spanning across with detailed switchgear and radio controls (note back at the engine compartment the lack of an A/C compressor, which means that this car only has heating controls.)  Unfortunately I don't have much to add to spice up the interior so it is as-is; in contrast the newer 1990's 911 Turbo had more details to offer despite the lack of rear seats.






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While not as highly-detailed as the 1990's 911 Turbo that I have in white, there's still something that I like about the style of those classic first-generation Turbo models.





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