22 Jan 2015

Porsche 911 3.8 Turbo R Monster

Porsche enthusiast David lives part of the year in Australia and part of the year in Paris-lucky man.He is currently in Paris and he sent me the email with the photos below

"I joined the Vincennes en Anciennes multi-marque car club  here in Paris but have not attended any of their gatherings until this year.

Amongst other things they run a twice-a-year 'Traversée de Paris' from a starting point at the Chateau de Vincennes (7am!!) via stopovers at various well-know Paris sites. On Sunday morning 11th January we visited the Esplanade d'Invalides and Place de la Concorde as well as the Esplanade du Chateau de Vincennes to see some of the 100s of vehicles taking part."

At the Esplanade d'Invalides we saw this fluorescent green Porsche 3.8 Turbo R monster amongst all the vintage vehicles.

I don't know what this Monster is but I suspect that it is is one of Gemballa's more extreme creations.I have Googled it without success.Does anyone know?Also what's the story on the rearwards visibility ?
I would not be game to be driving it around the Arc De Triomph-Place Charles De Gaulle.What would the insurance premium be for it in Paris? Mon Dieu-it does not bear thinking about.Anyway not to my taste but each to his own.
I do like the look of the Renault 16 beside the Porsche in the second shot.The 16 was an advanced car when it was launched and Lotus used the engine in the first model of the Europa.A fact to be memorised for the next motoring trivia night.The link to the club's website above is worth clicking on just to see a wide selection of unusual cars.The site has that chaotic look and functionality which French website designers seem to love.
Thanks for the photos and the story David.

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