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  • Film by Mr Jez Thierry
  • Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher, Features Editor, MR PORTER

It is a testament to the extraordinary design of Porsche's 911 that a car built in 1971 in Stuttgart, Germany, looks and feels entirely at home on California's Pacific Coast Highway more than 40 years later. The tangerine paint could have been created to complement the West Coast sunsets, and the high-revving air-cooled engine could have been designed to deliver the maximum driving pleasure on this famous stretch of road. This, surely, is what it looks like to live the dream.

In the workshops of CPR Classic Restoration, a leading independent Porsche specialist based in Fallbrook, between Los Angeles and San Diego, the car has been given a nut-and-bolt restoration, and is now at least as good as new. In fact, given the thoroughness of CPR's approach to restoration work it's probably better, which goes some way to explaining why the price tag is $189,000. In our film, racing driver Mr David Green argues persuasively that a man would do better to buy a comparatively slow, noisy and uncomfortable car such as this classic 911, rather than a sleek, fast modern one.

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