May 13, 2018

From A Car Designer’s Perspective: Daniel and his Porsche 944

Berlin is a city in constantly changing, always constructing new buildings everywhere. I’m glad I heard my partner saying: use that location again, they are planning to change the parking lot into a residential building! When I planned to do the story about Daniel’s 944 I immediately thought of this place. As you can see in the photos the construction had started. Right now – sadly – the parking house is completely changed.

The 944 has a special meaning for me, this is why I always love to photograph it. For this opportunity I had the chance to meet a car designer for the first time. During the shoot I had an interesting conversation with Daniel about icons, concepts and the new generations of cars. I also asked Daniel some questions about the story of his Porsche 944. I hope you enjoy it!

Tell me about you.

My name is Daniel. I’m 39 years old and I’m an exterior car design manager for Volkswagen.

What was your first car?

It was a white BMW E30 316i. I loved that car. I used it also to do all my moves as a student in Pforzheim, Wolfsburg, Barcelona and finally Berlin.

How did you first become interested in cars and why especially in Porsche?

I’ve been addicted to cars since I was a kid. Close by my grandparent’s place was a big street and when my grandfather took care of me the only thing he needed to do was bring me to the end of the garden so that I could watch cars! Years later, he showed me how to draw a car. Actually, I like many classic cars, but Porsche somehow is outstanding.

How did you come across the 944?

When I was a kid there were two 944 in our neighbourhood. I’ve always loved that car. For me it’s one of the most typical sports cars of the 80s: long bonnet, pop-up headlamps, the upright front screen with thin A-pillars, super roofline with a cabin that sits very far back and all this beauty on a length of 4,20 m. For many reasons this kind of proportion is impossible nowadays (at least for reasonable money).

But also driving it is amazing. Thanks to its transaxle layout it handles super well on small country roads or in the alps. You can easily take it for a long trip and drive 1000 km without any stress.

What condition was the car in when you bought it? Do you know about your Porsche’s history and previous owners and do you have any particular story to tell?

When I bought the car in 2006 the car was in good but not perfect condition. Year by year I improved many things, technical but also visual, but what will probably stay are some little dents in the very heavy Targa roof. I wonder which of the pre-owners had problems to handle it, the first owner lady, or the guy I got it from.

There are plenty of stories but my favorite one is from Lacanau in France. In 2006 after a quick technic check we went with a Mercedes W123, my 944 and five friends to a nice house near Dune du Pilat in the Atlantic Coast. We went to famous Lacanau to try our best in the waves. Then we discovered that the nightlife in Lacanau was actually not bad, so we decided to stay and sleep in our cars – three in the Mercedes and two in the 944, so we folded all the seats and got quite an OK sleeping position under the glass tailgate!

Did you restore it or was it already restored when you got the car?
It’s unrestored and I like the original condition with its little patina. I did some smart paint jobs to get rid of the stone marks. But the best change I did last year: I exchanged the original 15″ Telefon rims by some 16“ ones that were an option for the 944 (standard wheels on the Turbo) to improve the stance. The original Turbo wheels are really difficult to find but last year with some help I found four and got them nicely refurbished.

In addition to that, I switched to an H&R sports suspension that lowers the car by roughly 35 mm in the front and 25 mm in the back. Plus the 15 mm spacers in the rear (this I did straight away when I got the car) my 944 sits now very beautifully on the street.

What is your favourite detail of the 944?

The pop-up headlamps – it’s amazing to drive into dawn and switch on the lights.

From a car designer perspective, tell me some of the best aspects of the 944.

As earlier mentioned, the proportion is very good. Proportion is always the base for a good car. Then there is the theme with its two muscles that sit on one line that goes around the whole car and refers perfectly to the window graphics. Very logical but still playful! The form language in detail is also amazing as for example, the very nice bumper solution in the front with slush shut lines to the wheelhouse. Very outstanding in the 80s.

For me the interior is one of the best Porsche interiors ever and still influential.

What’s the story behind the sticker ‘’Pass Masters’’, does it have any special meaning?

My friends and I finished university in 2005. Around 2008 many of us had very nice cars and the idea of a get-together in the Alps was born! Two friends organized the whole event with roadmaps, hotels and so on.. fantastic! Over the years it became too big. At the moment the idea is on hold.
What do you think about the current Porsche market compared to the times when you got your 944?

Prices have raised a lot, especially for all generations of the 911. The 944 became more expensive as well but it’s still fairly reasonable. The problem is rather to find one in very nice condition.

Is there any other Porsche you would like to have?

A 964 RS. But just in addition to my 944.

From the new models, my favorite is the Cayman GT4.

 

Cars and mobility ideas are changing, but it will never get boring and the history behind it is amazing.

Follow Daniel and his Porsche 944 on Instagram: @Danielscharfschwerdt

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Related Articles

I saw it, I heard it, I bought it! : Martin and his BMW M6

I have a special affinity for the E24, it was the first classic that I photographed properly. I feel the M6 is an incredible car. I enjoyed it on different occasions in Berlin, and outside of the city in summer and spring for a drive with my friend. For this reason, you will see different locations in the photos below.

A Sunday Drive Around Caracas With The Porsche Club

A few months ago I visited Caracas, Venezuela. I felt sensitive because of the difficult political and economic situation of the country but was still curious to visit some friends I know from Instagram. Ivan from BlaubachMotors invited me over for a Sunday ride to the Hacienda Santa Teresa, where I met the team of Porsche Club Venezuela.

From A Car Designer’s Perspective: Daniel and his Porsche 944

When I was a kid there were two 944 in our neighbourhood. I’ve always loved that car. For me it’s one of the most typical sports cars of the 80s: long bonnet, pop-up headlamps, the upright front screen with thin A-pillars, super roofline with a cabin that sits very far back and all this beauty on a length of 4,20 m.

Classic Remise Berlin

The Classic Remise Berlin, a center for vintage cars in Moabit, opened in 2003 in a historic tram depot originally built in imperial times back in 1899. Some architectural changes to the building were made in the 1920s. There were limited damages in the war, yet marks from the firebombs can still be seen on the ceiling.

A Classic German Car Taking Over The Streets of Bangkok Day by Day!

by Alexberlinetta While I was in Bangkok, Thailand, I had the great opportunity to meet Tamm and his 1964 Mercedes-Benz  220S. Tamm named the 220S “Frank” after a very well known singer: “This W111 has that subtle charm for him, like Mr.Sinatra himself.” Tamm told me....

Auto Storica: The Best Oldtimer Restoration in Barcelona

At the beginning of the year I decided to spend some days in Barcelona visiting my good friends there. I always try to find places related to classic cars in the cities that I visit, this time I found Auto Storica. Gonzalo, a car lover and part of the team of this amazing place, gave me a complete tour showing me all the steps of the process of restoring an oldtimer.

Our Very First “Carphiles & Coffee” in Berlin

Last Sunday we had the absolute joy of celebrating our very first Carphiles & Coffee #instameet in Berlin. Despite the bad weather, we managed to make the best of it and we had a great time sharing our passion for classic cars. The Han Coffee Roasters team was with us, serving their exceptional Vietnamese coffee, that the guests enjoyed surrounded by a variety of selected, French, British, Swedish, Italian and German cars.

Olivier and his Porsche 944 Rothmans – A Limited Edition N°036 of 100

by Alexberlinetta It’s a rainy day in Paris, but for me, it’s perfect for photographs. I meet Olivier, a marketing and art director for Eastpak, who owns a very outstanding Porsche 944 Rothmans. Despite the bad weather, we had a lot of fun taking pictures with a...

IT’S BOXY, YET SPORTY AND STILL VERY CLASSY: NICO AND HIS BMW 1600-02

In Berlin, it’s really rare to find many cool locations in one specific district. The government district is the big exception. I remember that I saw Nico one day at a red light in this district. Immediately I wrote to him to finally meet and do a shooting. When I saw the 1600-2 with all these buildings in the background I thought that it’s the perfect location. It really matches with the car!

A Photo Gallery From One Of The Coolest Porsche Events: Luftgekühlt 5

One of the remarkable things about Luftgekühlt was the set design of it, which let you admire and photograph every car from different perspectives with changing lighting conditions.

PART OF:
SOCIAL MEDIA
WRITE US