I’ve always had a thing for estate cars – they look better than most saloons. The problem with being a Porsche fan is that there is no estate to choose from.
Recently, I’ve been looking at Cayennes to buy, but the majority of aftermarket specialists I spoke to said keep away. I was tempted to ignore them and go for it, but it’s spending £10-12k on a big car that costs thousands a year to run, plus the fuel, and whatever else goes wrong. I like my Subaru Outback and could better spend Cayenne money on my garage build and loft conversion projects. I needed a Plan B.
Ever since I saw the pictures here, I’ve had deep lust for the 924 Break/Kombi/Shooting Brake. There isn’t much about them on the Interweb – just some snippets of magazine articles, repeated ad nauseum – but I know it’s a conversion by Artz of Belgium from back on the day. Having seen the DP Motorsport ‘Cargo’ version at Essen one year, I thought the earlier 924 base was better looking, but for sure the 944 is a nicer platform. No one does these anymore, so I needed help.
Best friend Rob Campbell at Racing Restorations UK in Pershore is a superstar when it comes to metal, and I do want to build this in metal. He’s just finished a great Renault 5 Turbo 2 bodyshell restoration, is coming to the end of an Alpine GTA rebuild and recently did some very tidy body crack repairs on an old Rolls Royce Phantom I. He repairs Porsche 911 rust all the time, and I’ve watched him restore Maserati, Allard and Connaught vintage racing cars, so I know he’s easily capable of this.
Before I sold my last Mk 2 Golf GTi, Robert started talking about doing an estate conversion and I said I’d rather do an estate conversion on that Grand Prix White 944 I own. Ideas began to fire and that was it. The more I thought, the less I wanted to chop up a (quite rare) non-sunroof early 944 with relatively low miles and nice history; I’d rather restore that as-was. What I needed was a donor car to play with.
eBay has just thrown up a likely candidate: unloved but running 944 with some rust in the floors and a personal plate we can sell to cover some costs. The rusty floors are handy, as I want to size up an Impreza Turbo running gear install. Anyway, I’ve bought it.
*Edit* Back on the hunt: the car was seriously misdescribed, so I went through eBay and got my money back. Now looking at S2s and low mile 924s.
So, 2012’s Porsche Project is a 944 Kombi build that should give me an interesting Porsche estate to use for work when finished. I’m pretty excited about the whole thing! Due to collect the 944 this weekend, so will blog that later.