An Air-Cooled Porsche 911 To Surpass All Air-Cooled Porsche 911s: Video

As automotive journalists, we know exactly how this man feels.

“This man,” in this instance, is automotive photographer Alexander Bermudez, who tells Petrolicious that much of the reason he does what he does professionally is to try and zero-in on “the perfect car.” He believes he may have gotten close with the air-cooled Type-964 Porsche 911 depicted in the video below, nicknamed “The Growler.”

It should be noted that “The Growler” is far from an ordinary air-cooled Porsche 911; it’s had somewhere around 400 lbs of weight reduction, gained a roll cage, and had its engine massaged to produce a bit more punch. Toss in the suspension from an RS model, plus a manual steering conversion, and voila: canyon-carving bliss.

“The Growler is a pretty interesting blend,” Bermudez told Petrolicious. “It’s not too raw, but when you want the feedback from a raw car, it gives it to you—and gives it to you in spades.” Before acquiring the car from a close friend, the skeptical Mr. Bermudez already owned a water-cooled Type-997 Porsche 911. He wasn’t particularly interested in an earlier example.

And then came the test drive – Bermudez’s first in an air-cooled Porsche 911 model. “It just changed my world,” he recalls. “From that point on, I was a different person.”

And indeed, upon watching this owner profile from Petrolicious, it’s not difficult to understand why.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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