A cornucopia of cool cars that is Cars&Coffee / Irvine…

Webster’s dictionary defines cornucopia as “an inexhaustible store”: ABUNDANCE. This is a perfect description of what Cars & Coffee is each week; an inexhaustible store of very cool cars. From week to week, one never knows what make or model of car might appear.

And this past weekend was no exception. One gentleman even drove his Porsche 917; a recreation of the 1970, red and white Le Mans winning Porsche Salzburg 917 short-tail. The only noticeable absence was the 4.5 liter, flat 12 cylinder motor. However, in its place was a potent flat 6 Porsche power plant, based upon the growl of its exhaust note…

Porsche Salzburg 917 short tail recreation_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Porsche Salzburg 917 short tail recreation_headlights_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Porsche Salzburg 917 short tail recreation_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Porsche Salzburg 917 short tail recreation_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Porsche Salzburg 917 short tail recreation_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

 Representing two rival Italian manufacturers on Saturday morning were these stunning cars parked nose to tail; an aubergine colored Ferrari California, and a brand new black on black, Lamborghini Aventador…

Ferrari California_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Ferrari California_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Ferrari California_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Ferrari California_Tail light_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Ferrari California_Tail light_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

The Lamborghini Aventador has to be one of the most visually stunning cars on the road today. In gloss black, and when combined with the contours, line and facets of the body, the Aventador could easily pass as a ground based stealth fighter, developed as a spin-off and befitting of military technology. The lighting further accentuated the multi faceted body panels, which made that car appear to have stripes…

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_rear glass louvers_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

And tucked in below the louvered rear glass window and beneath the diagonal chassis cross bracing is the Aventador’s V-12 motor, along with the rear suspensions exposed, transverse mounted shock absorbers with their bright yellow coil springs visible across the back…

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_V12 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_rear wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

And then out of nowhere, this vintage Ferrari roadster appeared, obviously undergoing a restoration, yet still being driven and enjoyed…

Vintage ferrari roadster_hot lapping the parking lot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Vintage ferrari roadster_under restoration_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Vintage ferrari roadster_under restoration_ hood emblem_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Vintage ferrari roadster under restoration_12 cylinder motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Vintage ferrari roadster under restoration_cockpit_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12 Representing the long hood Porsche 911’s was this beautifully prepared, early 1973 911E coupe…

Early 1973 Porsche 911E_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Early 1973 Porsche 911E_w/euro spec lights & lenses_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

The silver car seen below is a 1960 Beutler-Porsche; a very rare model according to the owner and his wife, and one of only five produced. As the license plate frame states: A  2+2 Porsche 356, complete with standard sized rear seats, instead of the smaller rear jump seats normally associated with a Porsche 356 coupe. After returning home and doing some research, I learned that the Beutlers were actually two brothers from Thun, Switzerland, with a common desire to create a 4 seater Porsche. So in 1958, they purchased a new 356B and began making modifications to the chassis, in order to lengthen its wheelbase, which would allow sufficient room for a full size rear seat. Once completed, the car was shown at the Geneva auto show in 1959. However, due to limited interest, their first attempt was considered unsuccessful, and the car became a one-off.  However, they did try a second time, and with some simple restyling (specifically to the rear fenders), were successful in creating the Beutler-Porsche model as seen below.

silver 1960 Beutler-Porsche_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

silver 1960 Beutler -Porsche_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

silver 1960 Beutler-Porsche_Interior w/356 dash_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

silver 1960 Beutler -Porsche_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

And parked several rows over from the silver Beutler-Porsche was this pair of Grand Prix white, Porsche 997 GT3’s, with the model in the foreground configured for serious competition…

white Porsche 997 GT3's_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

white Porsche 997 GT3_hood crest_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

white Porsche 997 GT3_BBS race wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Representing the English manufacturers this week were a pair of British racing green, Jaguar 4.2 liter E-Types; one roadster and one coupe.

British Racing Green Jaguar 4.2 E type roadster_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

British Racing Green Jaguar 4.2 E type roadster_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

British Racing Green Jaguar 4.2 E type coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

British Racing Green Jaguar 4.2 E type coupe_wheel shadow_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

The hood with badging and emblem seen below, all belong to a beautiful, creamy white Jaguar XK 150 coupe, which was parked just two cars over from the green E-type coupe…

white Jaguar XK 150_hood emblem_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

And representing Volkswagen type 2 transporters was this restored 1967 yellow dual cab, complete with a black canvas bed cover …

Yellow 1967 VW type 2 crew cab_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Yellow 1967 VW type 2 crew cab_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Yellow 1967 VW type 2 crew cab_motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Located just several cars over and to the drivers right from the yellow VW crew cab, were these two stunning Mercedes-Benz models; a red,1955 300SL Gullwing, and a black 190 SL roadster, each capturing reflections from one another…

Black Mercedes Benz 190 SL & Red 1955 MBZ 300 SL gullwing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL gullwing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Chrome knock-off wheel_1955 Red Mercedes Benz 300SL gullwing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Black Mercedes Benz 190SL with red 300 SL gullwing reflection in side_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

And last but not least was this beautiful red and white, 1959 BMW Isetta 600 in showroom condition. According to the owner, this model is even more unique and rare than the standard BMW Isetta, due to its 2+2 configuration, and which includes a side door for accessing the rear seat. Power is from a two-cylinder, 582 cc motor, and the car rolls on a set of 4.80 X 10″ tires. Ironically, the owner (who stands at least  6′-4″), was able to climb in, close the front hinged door, and drive off to enjoy the rest of the warm, sunny Saturday morning…

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_ 2 cylinder, 582cc motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_ side air intake with logo_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_ front end opened up_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_ front end opened up_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

(All photos by the author)

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