Reader Submissions: Porsche 911 Is A Vintage Daily Driver

Porsche 911 Is A Vintage Daily Driver

By Petrolicious Productions
April 4, 2014

Owner and photographer: Rui Vieira Esteves

Year, Make, and Model: 1970 Porsche 911T

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

When asked why daily-drive a Porsche? Mr. Rui Vieira Esteves replied, “Have you driven one? I could go on and on, but it wouldn’t accurately describe the driving experience. If I have to go from A to B, it had better be engaging and fun.” He found the car in Cape Town, where he lives and while it was originally ‘Bahia Rot’ (Bahia Red) it hides a decent body and solid engine. It was a daily driver from the start with no problems.

Rui considers himself a Petrolista, yet he doesn’t buy ‘performance cars’, “I buy cars preferably from the late ’60s/early ’70s. My first was a 1964 1/2 Mustang.” He grew up around cars, as his father used to race a Mini Cooper S in the early ’70s. And Rui himself has restored and owned numerous American cars from the same era. A few years ago he bought a 1970 Mercedes 280SE (check it out here) as a daily driver and fell in love with old German cars.

Which led him to Porsches. “This old 911 is so small and nimble, understated and unique, reliable and relatively economical with its 2.2L flat-six. It ticks all the ‘daily driver’ boxes.” And even though it remains tasteful, it is mildly hot-rodded: the brakes, exhaust, suspension, have been upgraded and wheel flares added. Although, “I’m not gonna mess with it too much since it is otherwise super original and numbers matching.” When asked why he prefers older cars, Rui replied that, “new cars feel like numb appliances. Older cars are visceral. You have to use all your senses to drive them. If you can talk on the cell phone and drive it, I don’t want it.”

Much like love at first sight, Rui knew this was the car for him the first time he drove it. “I remember thinking ‘This is exactly how every car should be.'”

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4 years ago

My kind of Porsche; little bit of chrome but somewhat spartan, yellow headlights and rocker stickers.

Mo Hubl
Mo Hubl
7 years ago

Hello Guys, what a beautiful article. Please go on with these Ferdinand Stories ! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

motoring con brio
motoring con brio(@motoringconbrio)
7 years ago

[i]Rui considers himself a Petrolisti[/i]

Petrolist[u]a[/u]. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
7 years ago

THANK you! I need to have a chat with our editor ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dragos Adam
Dragos Adam(@fb_100002302586174)
7 years ago

beautiful car, I love it

Tiago Silva
Tiago Silva(@sollero)
7 years ago

Boas fotos Rui ๐Ÿ˜‰

7 years ago

I refreshed the page a few times and the 2nd paragraph is duplicated. May have been an error before publishing.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle(@mosler)
7 years ago

This is one fine looking Porsche and Im not usually the one for white on a car but it really works on this beauty. Driving tastefully goes along with designing tastefully as well and this car hits the mark beautifully. All the upgrading just blends into the natural state of the cars original design and style. To me personally the best upgrades are ones people might not even notice are there until a closer look as if it was meant to be this way from the beginning.. great car