Urban Outlaw - Magnus Walker

Update 10/14/2012: The final Urban Outlaw documentary has been posted on Reelhouse.

Posted 5/31/2012: Magnus Walker is a long time Porsche enthusiast who has managed to put together one of the most diverse and hardcore collections of early, outlaw-style 911s in the world. His stated goal is to own every 911 between the first year of production, 1964, and 1973. Today his collection is only missing an example from the last year of long hood production.

While his passion is largely focused around early long hood 911s he also owns one of the rare and desirable 1976 Carrera MFI 2.7 with the 911/83 engine. I managed to meet Magnus at the LA Lit and Toy Show earlier this year for a quick chat about his Carrera.  His '76 Carrera is painted 936 silver with a black interior, non-sunroof, whale tail, chrome trim, and only a driver side mirror.  Picture is the Carrera with Fuchs wheels but when Magnus bought the car it came with correct date coded ATS cookie cutter wheels.  It is unknown if the car originally came with the ATS cookie cutters, but these were available as an option on Carrera 3.0 cars at that time.

Documentary filmaker Tamir Moscovici recently released a trailer for his upcoming film Urban Outlaw which profiles Magnus Walker's obsession with the 911. Magnus's silver '76 Carrera MFI 2.7 makes a brief cameo in the trailer at offset 00:52 where it can be found in the bottom left hand corner. I really look forward to seeing the finished film, as well as exactly what '73 911 ends up in Magnus's garage.

Master Metalwork

Now we get a chance to see the skills of a master metalworker who uses pick & file and leadwork to repair both the window rust as well as the previously mentioned damage around the rear fender flares. Jon certainly has his work cut out for him.

First up we'll look at the rust repair of one of the window corners. All damaged metal has to be cut out, both the metal visible on the top as well as any metal damaged inside the body itself. The window corners are tricky as there are many contours both inside and outside of the body and everything needs to be perfect for the window to fit back into the channel.

Once the rusted area has been cut out the next step is to fabricate small patch panels to weld in.  In this case we needed to initially weld two panels underneath that face the engine compartment. Any small irregularities in the metal are filled in with lead and then both the weld beads and lead are filed out to create a smooth finish.
A patch panel inside the body has been welded into place to replace the prior rust inside the window frame.
View of the finished right hand side rear window corner.
The driver side window corner completely repaired both inside and out.
As mentioned in a previous update there was also minor accident damage which had been repaired around the rear fenders. While the previous work may be acceptable to many body shops we want this Carrera to be perfect and as close to how it left the factory as possible. This means repairing all that previous work to a much higher standard. Jon's finished metalwork really looks fabulous.

Jon's finished metalwork on the left rear and the window corner repairs both turned out great.  One step closer to getting this car ready for paintwork.
You can see the passenger side window corner metalwork complete.  This also shows a great view of the dull metallic metal that indicates the original galvanized coating remains on the passenger rear side.
The tools of the trade laid out ready for Jon to begin his magic.
See more restoration details for the 1976 Carrera MFI 2.7 #9050.

Restored Silver 1975 Carrera

This Carrera has covered 82k kilometers since it was originally delivered in Holland. It underwent a restoration in 2011 which included a repaint in its original silver (#936) color and also the correction of several previously incorrect details. From the photos this looks like a very nice and well detailed Carrera. The pinstripe seat inlay fabric is from a 1977 or later Porsche as these weren't offered yet in 1975.  Otherwise the non-Sport seats are the correct type for that year. A set of rally clocks are mounted on glovebox.

Note that during the Artcurial Paris auction in 2010 the catalog specified that this Carrera had an 911/83 engine with serial number 664XXXX, which actually be a replacement engine from a 1974 Carrera. Buyers should confirm whether the engine is original or a correct type replacement as this can factory heavily into the value of a car.

Description from the seller:

One of only 518 produced for the European market Carreras. These cars are not to be confused with the U.S. spec Carreras of 74 & 75, as they carry the iconic RS engine (type 911-83) of the 73 Carrera RS from the factory. Weighing in at 1075kg the performance envelope is just like that of an RS Touring model. This particular car was sold new to Holland and is fully matching numbers. It comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity issued in France. The car was recently taken to bare metal and re-sprayed to its authentic metallic silver. The wheels, undercarriage, brakes and engine are fully sorted and detailed and in wonderful shape. The interior is completely original with optional leather seats and electric pin stripe windows. The car is realy rare to find in this condition.

Offered for €95,000 (approx. $121,000 USD) by the seller.