When you attend a Porsche gathering, you don’t hear the numbers “911” bandied about. You hear which series or era of 911 is residing in front of you, be it a 930, 964, 993, 996, Ducktail RS, GT3, Club Sport, or what have you.
And at this year’s Werks Reunion during Monterey Car week, there were plenty of each of to be seen, as well as a trove of 356s, a swath of 928s, a scattering of 914s, and even a lowly 924 or 968.
According to the Porsche Club of America, “This is not a contest of who has removed dust from the deepest crevices in their Porsche, but rather a judged show that rewards a Porsche that has been lovingly maintained and presents itself well on the field.”
Werks may not be as curated a Porsche gathering as Rennsport or Luftgekuhlt, but it is definitely well attended during Monterey Car Week. And because it is a Porsche-specific gathering, there is the possibility of something weird and rare showing up. And show up they did.
Included in this year’s field was one of only two Mistral-bodied Porsches known to exist (at least according to the owner). This one was derived from a 1954 Reutter Coupe Special Racer, though refitted with a 912 engine and Weber carbs and a transmission from a 1962 356B.
Another oddity was a rare 1961 356 Coupe by Karmann. Although most 356s carried the traditional sharply descending 356 roofline, the Karmann version carried the roofline straighter, leaving headroom for rear passengers. Many saw this design as ungainly, and many of the Karmanns thus became donors for aftermarket cabriolet conversions.
But not everything had provenance. There was a brilliant orange “Safari” 911, plus the intentionally distressed version with “theft deterrent” paint work that gives the appearance (but not actuality) of rust.
Much care was taken to highlight rare interior details of some cars, be they traditional houndstooth or the psychedelic “Pasha” interior of the 928 era.
So, sure, none of these cars were going to compete at The Quail or at the Concours d’Elegance, but for Porsche lovers, there was plenty to be seen.
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