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Porsche Cayman: Your thoughts thus far?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Soph, May 6, 2006.

  1. Soph

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    Nice. My boss (or rather ex-boss - I moved departments) bought one recently. Much better looking than the 911 IRL, IMHO. Have not had a chance to take it for a spin [​IMG]
     
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    it's very purrrrty
     
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    I've never heard of this car before. It looks a bit like a hard-top boxter.
     
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    I've never heard of this car before. It looks a bit like a hard-top boxter.

    Oh, its more than that in the Umph! department, its mid engine placement allows for better/easy handling than a 911, straight away, Porsche won't allow the flagship 911 to be beat, but the cayman is actually the best porsche in many ways.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Ahh mid-engine. Very nice. I love mid-engines. Especially 92-95 Toyota MR2.
     
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    One of my personal favorite Porsches:

    [​IMG]
     
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    One of my personal favorite Porsches:

    [​IMG]


    Well, your lovely b/w photo of the XK-120 with skirts redeemed you after the gaffe with an over-restored and festooned XK-120 as your initial pick in the four-door thread. But IMHO you have more than redeemed yourself with your choice on the Speedster.

    Ausgezeichnete wahl dieses mal, Label King! Did you realize the subject car of your photo has Rudge wheels? [​IMG]
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    Porsche Spyder 550

    [​IMG]
     
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    Well, your lovely b/w photo of the XK-120 with skirts redeemed you after the gaffe with an over-restored and festooned XK-120 as your initial pick in the four-door thread. But IMHO you have more than redeemed yourself with your choice on the Speedster.

    Ausgezeichnete wahl dieses mal, Label King! Did you realize the subject car of your photo has Rudge wheels? [​IMG]
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    What type of hardtop does it have, I wonder?
     
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    Porsche Spyder 550

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    Does anyone else smell fresh fiberglass?[​IMG] The Fuchs style wheels and the Nardi style steering wheel don't help any.

    No disrespect is intended, Soph. 550s in any form are pretty, even a botched replica.

    Respectfully, et blithering cetera
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    Porsche replicas are amusing in some ways. They also have MG replicas, which also are amusing because MGs, even in top condition, aren't particularly expensive. I suppose they are more convenient.
     
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    What type of hardtop does it have, I wonder?

    Steel bows and canvas were all there was. Steel-framed, canvas-edged side curtains took the place of heavy roll-up windows. I've seen a one-off aluminum hardtop and a few fiberglass ones as well. None were made for the factory to my knowledge as accessory parts.

    Maybe Reutter or Karmann or D'Ieteren or Drauz or Glaser or Abarth made removable hardtops. These are the body supply people that I remember. But, not all of them supplied bodies for the Speedster.

    I'm not a 356 historian. I just remember seeing the cars on the road. I wasn't old enough to drive yet. I had to wait for ten years after Porsche stopped building the Speedster until I could afford my first car. But, that's another story!
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    Steel bows and canvas were all there was. Steel-framed, canvas-edged side curtains took the place of heavy roll-up windows. I've seen a one-off aluminum hardtop and a few fiberglass ones as well. None were made for the factory to my knowledge as accessory parts.

    Maybe Reutter or Karmann or D'Ieteren or Drauz or Glaser or Abarth made removable hardtops. These are the body supply people that I remember. But, not all of them supplied bodies for the Speedster.

    I'm not a 356 historian. I just remember seeing the cars on the road. I wasn't old enough to drive yet. I had to wait for ten years after Porsche stopped building the Speedster until I could afford my first car. But, that's another story!
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    I believe there is also the rare Glasspar hardtop, which like the Rudge wheels drives up the prices.
     
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    I believe there is also the rare Glasspar hardtop, which like the Rudge wheels drives up the prices.

    It's entirely likely, then, that is the fiberglass hardtop to which I referred in my previous remarks. I simply don't know the manufacturer's name.

    With your broad penchant for interesting and accurate esoteric bits of information, I would not be surprised to find that your belief is accurate.
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    I was waiting for a certified Porsche "nut" to chime in. Now I realize it's the middle of the night in America!

    Well then, we are off to the oblast. Some friends invited us to spend the afternoon at their dacha. It will be the first real sunshine since we left California.

    I forgot how spoiled we are with the California sunshine most of the year. When we go back to La Jolla at month's end, I am certain that the streets will be crawling with new Caymans.[​IMG]
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    O.K. I couldn't resist. We are waiting for our friends to arrive and take us to their dacha. So, I found these bits about Speedster hardtops.

    http://www.fibersteel.com/Hardtops.html

    http://www.ricola.co.uk/hardtop.htm

    So as not to completely hi-jack this thread's original question: I sure like the looks of the Cayman. Maybe I can wrangle a test-drive when we get back home to California! [​IMG]

    I am a huge fan of mid-engine cars in general. I've owned one since 1968.
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    I like it the Coxster. I think if they put the 911 Turbo engine in that thing and gave it a limited slip differential it would destroy the 911, of course Porsche is never going to do that. But, even as is, its still a great car, and I love the way it looks, nothing else from BMW / MB comes even close.

    Jon.
     
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    I've seen surprisingly few Caymans on the road since their introduction: they may not be selling very well. I may have even seen more Turbo Cayennes than Caymans so far.

    When I first heard about the Cayman, I was very excited. Then I read that they were putting essentially the same engine as the Boxster in it, and I wasn't interested any more. That engine suffers from rear main seal failures which are intrinsic to the design of the engine, and the engine does not tolerate oil starvation well, and may suffer significant damage from it. It seems like a fine car for tooling around town, but if you're going to run autocrosses or drive on the track, its engine seems to be its biggest liability.

    --Andre
     
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    Porsche replicas are amusing in some ways. They also have MG replicas, which also are amusing because MGs, even in top condition, aren't particularly expensive. I suppose they are more convenient.

    They also break down less.
     

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