You'll often hear Porsche 911 owners say the same thing about how they ended up buying one: They could never forget the feeling they experienced during their first ride. Top-flight Porsche restorer John Willhoit will comment on how the rear-engine layout gives the 911 its unique handling and plenty of room in the interior, but he'll also tell you that, after his first ride in one, he was hooked.

Willhoit's 1971 Pastel Blue 911T wasn't his first Porsche; it was a one-owner basketcase parked outside his sister's neighbor's garage when he found it 20 years ago. Rain water had been draining onto and into it for years, so it was clear to him when he saw it in person that it would be a labor of love to bring it back to life. Of all the things we would expect in a restoration done to this level, it would be a paint job, but, amazingly, the paint is original! Everything else, however, isn't.

Scroll below to watch this new video from Petrolicious, where you'll find out what Willhoit did to restore his personal 911 hotrod and stuff 300 horsepower into it. Just don't think he'll do the same for your Porsche – unless you don't mind waiting a year to get your car into his shop and have a cool $300,000 to spend on the restoration. Enjoy!


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      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      I appreciate your love and hard work for the car man. One day I wanna have what he has. Good job man keep it up. Beautiful cars all across the shop!
      Ryan C. Lawson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pronounce it right everyone. Porsche-ah.
        Georg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan C. Lawson
        this guy is one of the few english speaking guys who pronounce Porsche right.... there is no ah at the end of Porsche there is a e.... he spell it 100% correctly.
          Ryan C. Lawson
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Georg
          Oh I'm sorry that I was wrong. Well I love the cars non the less! Thank you for correcting me.
          Ryan C. Lawson
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Georg
          first off I'm American. And here people just say it as Porsche. Without the "ah" at the end. And the proper way to say it is Porsche-Ah. I say it the right way. But obviously spelt Porsche.
          Ryan C. Lawson
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Georg
          So Porsche-A. **
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Georg
          [blocked]
          sparrk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Georg
          I wanted to say exactly that, it's so rare to hear an English speaker pronounce it correctly.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan C. Lawson
        -ah is the closest approximation to the actual German "-e" ending. If they would consider changing their name to Porscha, there would be no confusion!
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan C. Lawson
        German video of Porsche cars, with the correct way to say the name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvJ3S2__K5Y
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've always pronounced it as 'damn I want a nine eleven pretty bad'.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love these car stories from petrolicious. And this kudos to this champion for saving that car from it's dreary existence.
      Pingü Kùtú
      • 1 Year Ago
      hello, this video is not listed in http://www.autoblog.com/porsche/ page...
      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guy has to be one of the best at what he does. The 356 is one of the most challenging cars to restore the bodywork to factory fresh on. I also think I spied a few 4 cam Carrera engines laying around in the video and not just anyone can service one of those engines. Very cool R Gruppe resto and 300HP in this thing would make for an interesting drive.
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