Here Is What It Is Like To Drive A 44 Year-Old Porsche

Behold an all-original 1971 Porsche 911 RS at Mosing Motorcars that will cost you a half a million dollars to purchase.

Of course, I’m only joking. Nobody would be dumb enough to hand me the keys to a car worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.


This is actually a replica of sorts designed to be a tribute to the 911 RS. It is a 1971 Porsche 911T with a replacement 3.0L motor and various other tweaks made to the car to replicate the look and style of the RS.

This 44 year-old Porsche is so much fun to drive. But be warned! Forget about texting anyone or checking your phone while driving because this car will most certainly require your full attention.

This is driving at its simplest and rawest.


Here is what it’s like to drive modern day automobiles:

Output = Input x 3^34 x 3e / 2 + 778 / 5xr +2 * 32^74.45

If the nerdy formula doesn’t make sense to you, basically what I’m saying is that if you’re the input (you know...with the steering, braking, accelerating and such), the computer takes whatever you provide, does stuff with it like figuring out what the car should do in terms of applying power to the wheels, how the engine should run etc., and spits out some behavior on the roads that you will actually find tolerable or even pleasing.


In most modern day cars, enough tweaks are made to where no matter how crazy of a maneuver you intend to execute, the car can generally take your insanity and turn into a relatively manageable output.

With the 1971 Porsche:

Output = Input

This means that there is nothing to save you. If you do something crazy while driving..oh well! You must suffer the consequences because there is no formula to apply to your ridiculous input to keep you and your car safe.


So if you don’t know what you’re doing (like myself), I would recommend taking it easy. Even though this ’71 Porsche isn’t putting down a ton of power to the ground, I imagine you could still find yourself in trouble fairly easily. The motor is generating somewhere in the neighborhood of 250+ hp but the actual output is a mystery.

The Quirks

As I was getting ready to take the car out for a spin, I found out that the seat belt was kind of a mess. It was this long, unwieldy strap that was so tangled up that trying to undo it all became a lengthy process. This was even worse for me because I’m terrible at undoing knots and so my frustration hit peak levels while trying to straighten out all the straps. I can’t even deal with twisted up headphone cords.


After I figured out the seat belt mess, I stumbled across these two levers by the handbrake: what do these do?!


There were plenty of other mysteries, but I didn’t take the time to figure all of it out. The reason is because I had more important things to do – like watch Game of Thrones to find out who gets killed.


The seating position was awkward mostly because I couldn’t push the seat back as far as I needed to. So, instead I reclined my seat to achieve a level of comfort to the point where I had a “gangsta lean” in the works jamming to Justin Bieber - using headphones, of course. I would never embarrass myself by blasting it on the speakers.

But once I started driving the Porsche, I forgot about all my troubles and right when I thought I was all settled in, I realized….


No power steering!

Dump any notion of driving this car with one hand; you need to powerfully grip the steering wheel with both hands at all times, especially at low speeds.


This made me realize that I really need to bump up the weights the next time I go to the gym. Instead of curling my usual 5 lbs, I need to move up to 10 lbs – actually, that may be too ambitious – 7.5 lbs might be better.

After you get used to putting muscle into steering, you can finally….wait…there is one more thing.


Now, you might be looking at this and thinking that it’s just a gear lever, so what’s the big deal?


But take a second to visualize this.

You’re cruising down the road when all of a sudden you decide to show the Civic in front of you how awesome your Porsche is and step on it. You want to row through the gears but you find out that the throws are so long that unless you move the lever quickly, it will be tough to keep up the acceleration.


And very soon you’ll find out that driving this car is a workout!

But if you’re thinking that it’s mainly an upper body workout, don’t worry. Your legs aren’t ignored – your right leg anyway.


In today’s cars, all you have to do is tap the brake with your big toe and you grind to a halt. Not with this one. You have to use all of your leg muscle to shove the brake in to come to a stop. Trying to slow this car down made me realize that I need to throw squats into the mix. I probably should only start with 10 lbs., however, to make sure I don’t injure myself.


That’s right; it takes an entire leg movement to get this 911 to a standstill – not just a slight wiggle of the foot.


Once you get used to all of what I mentioned (which really only takes about 30 seconds), you will love driving this car. You will instantly be reminded of why it is you enjoy driving in the first place.


It is so raw, loud, and provides so much feedback. The power this car generates doesn’t even matter in this car because you feel like you’re going much faster than you actually are.

Most of the the gauges have needles that flail around so much that you really have no idea about how fast you’re going or where your rpms are but that isn’t such a bad thing after all. This just guarantees that you’re focused on the road.


This 1971 Porsche was quite the experience. It’s hard to explain but with cars like this I think you can really develop a bond. There is so much interaction and effort required in driving that in return you get a rewarding experience that’s hard to replicate.


If you happen drive one some day, be sure to load up on carbs the night before. You’ll need all the energy you can get!

Torque Affair is about exploring my fascination with cars; I’m always on the lookout for things that interest me in the car world. Like Torque Affair and follow @torqueaffair!

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