fbpx

The Contrast Of Now And Then Of A Country With The Largest Oil Reserves: William And His 911 Targa

A few years ago during my visit to Venezuela, I had the opportunity to photograph this great Porsche in a location that completely reflects what it once was and what it is today, one of the countries with the largest oil reserves. To put it in context, Venezuela between the 70s and 90s had the best moments in terms of economic growth, caused by the oil boom. But since the 40s, there was already a huge development in that industry. Somehow, it is relevant to point out that in the 50s, during the dictatorship, President Marcos Perez Jimenez was passionate about cars, racing, and competitions. For instance, he used to close the entire streets of Caracas for racing, inviting renowned figures from the automotive world like Fangio to race with him. That’s why Venezuela had unique Porsche prototypes to be used and shown in the Venezuelan market for racing and positioning as a brand in the country. During those four decades, incredible cars were imported to Venezuela, among them this 911 Targa.

At this moment the country is going through a gasoline shortage, with many blackouts and a hyper-inflation that does not stop. Surely you’ve heard or seen something about this. Even in the pictures you will see how many Venezuelans today have to buy gas in jerrycans with inflated prices, and put the gasoline themselves into their cars. My most sincere respect for this situation. 

I asked William, an excellent man, who kindly shared his Porsche and his story with Carphiles.

Tell me about yourself.

I’m a guy who has always liked vintage cars, especially sports cars. My dream was one day to have a Porsche, thank God he gave me two, and my first car was a ’57 Thunderbird a wonderful car!

This is a ’77 Targa, right?

My yellow Porsche is a 911 Targa SC from the year 1977 in bodywork but in the property, titles appear as the year 1969. No one knows why, but at that time the cars were brought to Venezuela and put fewer years than corresponded to the year that was the car, I guess for tax reasons.

How did you get this Porsche? 

When I saw the Targa for the first time it was love at first sight. I asked the owner of the car at some point and he asked me for an impossible amount of money to pay. After that, we made a very good friendship. It was almost 8 years that we talked about everything but the car. Until one day we talked about it again and we reached an agreement, since that day 6 years ago it is mine and we still have the friendship.

So it was a Porsche, originally imported from Germany to Venezuela?

According to all the documentation I have, the car was brought from Germany to Venezuela by the German ambassador in the 70s as his daily car. He then sold it to my friend’s father. Since I bought it it has been in the same condition only with the fact that I have improved it in some things.

What do you enjoy most about your car?

What I like most about it is that the car was made for that purpose and it fulfills its function, but apart from that it is a beautifully designed car, I love it in its entirety.

I know of a project you were working on with a 356. Tell me about it, maybe next time we meet I’ll take pictures of it! 

Sure thing! The Porsche 356 is a car that every Porsche fan dreams of having, and I’m very lucky to own one. It is a PRE A, one of the first ones made. An amazing car but it is very expensive to restore it. I would love to finish it but due to the economic situation of the country we have it has affected us a lot and that has affected also the projects enormously. Let’s hope that Venezuela changes its situation and we can continue with these pending projects.

1 Comment

  1. Mark Browne

    Such a timeless design

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

Remembering Marcello Gandini: A Tribute Through His Iconic Car Designs

Remembering Marcello Gandini: Best known for his revolutionary work for Lamborghini and Lancia, leaves behind a legacy of timeless designs.

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.

Haute Future Meets The Future – Part II – Sverre and his Citroën SM

This trip I made to Norway was a great experience, it was very pleasant to be surrounded by such a unique architecture, which is perfectly aligned to photograph the futuristic vision of the SM.

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...

The Smoothness of a Classy V12: Oliver and his BMW 750i

Last summer in Berlin, I met Oliver and his wonderful 1990 BMW 750i. I’m a fan of big BMWs from the 80s/90s, they are very spacious and classy. One thing, in particular, I like about this car, was its red interior. I think it makes the car much more special.

A True Italian Gran Turismo in Berlin: Dirk And His Maserati Indy America

by Alexberlinetta Spring/Summer in Berlin could have a very special weather. One of those special days, Dirk invited me to meet and go on a ride in his FANTASTIC 1971 Gran Turismo Maserati Indy America 4.7. Dirk was one of the first Carphiles that I met in Berlin,...

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.

Reliable, comfortable and a very unique two-tone Benz: Rudi and his 250

I always think that the world of cars is so unique. It gives me so many opportunities to meet people who share the same passion as me and thanks to social media I can connect with them instantly.

PrinzipR: The Architects of 911 Dreams, Specializing in Backdate Projects

 by Alexberlinetta  It was a pleasure to meet and photograph the new PrinzipR project a few weeks ago. Staying true to my usual approach, I specifically chose one of the emblematic buildings representing Berlin’s high-tech architecture that perfectly...

Hamburg-Berlin Klassic Rally 2016

In the last week of August, the 9. Hamburg-Berlin Classic Rally with 182 beautiful oldtimers and youngtimers took place. I was invited by the team of Autostadt to make some pictures of the three days of the rally. During a couple of very beautiful sunny days starting in Hamburg, I was jumping into the eight Volkswagen cars that were part of the Autostadt team…

#CarphilesandCoffee June 2022

#CarphilesandCoffee June 2022

On Sunday, June 19th, we celebrated the first Carphiles event of this year. In a typical Berlin industrial backyard in the Xberg area where our friends from @conciergecoffee are located! I selected 19 iconic cars to stage and appreciate them in different ways. Here we were both car lovers and non-car lovers which in a different way is my way to draw the attention of those who don’t have an interest in cars, especially these design icons.

read more

PART OF:

SOCIAL MEDIA

WRITE US