Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…

As a by-product of the unusually cold, clear mornings that Southern California has been experiencing, mother nature has produced some amazing lighting, which in turn translates to the beautiful highlights and reflections draped across a variety of vehicles present at cars&coffee/Irvine.

The following photos represent yet another opportunity for me to study and record the unique automotive highlights, reflections and illuminated details, as represented by the photos below…

Silver Porsche 356 A outlaw coupe_rear deckled, louvers & reflections_cars&coffee_November 30, 2013

Rear deck lid with punched in louvers in classic “356 Outlaw” style.

Silver Porsche 356 A outlaw coupe_saddle leather interior and door reflections_cars&coffee_November 30, 2013

An incredible interior produced in saddle colored leather (as seen above). The scent of the leather instantly reminded me of sitting in my grandfather’s 1950’s vintage Mercedes-Benz cabriolet as a little kid, surrounded by its aromatic, red leather interior.

Silver Porsche 356 A outlaw coupe_fender mounted rear view mirror reflections_cars&coffee_November 30, 2013

Even the fuel tank located in the front trunk ( below) was finished to the same level of detail as the silver exterior. The finish on the fuel tank shone like a mirror, recreating the images of the sky and cloud cover floating overhead.

Silver Porsche 356 A outlaw coupe_front trunk with gas tank reflections_cars&coffee_November 30, 2013

A brand new 2014 Porsche 991 coupe, resplendent in Riviera Blue. According to the owner (who arranged for european delivery of this special order Type 991), and upon receipt of his car in Stuttgart, was told by Porsche that this is the only 991 that has been painted Riviera Blue… how cool is that!

2014 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 with Aerokit Cup option_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Highlights and cloud reflections…

2014 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 with Aerokit Cup option_ front hood with cloud reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

A close-up view of the 2014 Porsche big red calipers and massive cross drilled rotors, wrapped by a 20 inch Carrera S wheel, complete in its painted (optional) Platinum Satin finish.

2014 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 with Aerokit Cup option_ 20" Carrera S wheel in Platinum Satin finish and big red brake caliper_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

A view of the optional Aerokit Cup package rear wing, and selected (optional) “Porsche 911” rear badging.

2014 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 with Aerokit Cup option_ rear view of rear wing and optional 911 badging with cloud reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Parked among the group along Porsche row were multiple examples of 1970s vintage 914 models. In this case, the front hood of a restored tangerine colored Porsche 914-6, bathed in reflections.

tangerine colored Porsche 914-6_ front hood reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

My next stop would be at the Featured lot, where on this morning I encountered the stunning Jaguar XK-150 roadster seen below, parked amidst a row of Corvettes, and reflecting on its surroundings.

British Racing Green Jaguar XK-150_ front end reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

A close up of the XK-150s hood ornament and front grill badging.

British Racing Green Jaguar XK-150_ hood emblem, partial grill & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

On the other side of the Featured lot were these two, brand new 2014 Porsche 991s courtesy of Walter’s Porsche from Riverside. The 911 Carrera 4S cabriolet as seen below, turned out to have been painted a very unique, and special order color. The color in question turned out to be Stone Gray, which was originally offered as a “special order color”, during the 1957 through 1959 Porsche 356 model years.

2014 Stone gray Porsche 991 Carrera 4S_ 3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Another visible cue used for identifying a Type 991 Carrera 4S; the red, horizontal reflector strip, bridging the gap between the rear tail lights, and inset just below the rear deck lid.

2014 Stone gray Porsche 991 Carrera 4S_ rear view with reflections view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Making a rare appearance at cars&coffee was this black (Nero Pastello) Ferrari 599 as seen below. One could not ask for a better color on a 599, for showcasing the incredible reflections wrapping themselves across the striking contours of the bodywork.

Black Ferrari 599 coupe_front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Even the side mirrors held surprises for anyone willing to stop and take the time to study the variety of details found across the Ferrari.

Black Ferrari 599 coupe_side mirror reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

The Ferrari 599 stealth fighter at rest, basking in the morning’s light…

Black Ferrari 599 coupe_side view with reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Returning to Porsche row, I came across another frequent visitor; this beautiful Irish Green 1968 Porsche 912, complete with reflections defining the contours of its front hood and fenders.

1968 Irish Green Porsche 912_hood reflections_Cars&coffee/Irvine_November 30, 2013

One of the late arrivals to the featured lot seen below. A black Ford GT 40 Mk II recreation, shining like a mirror, enhanced by the spectacular, form defining reflections.

Black Ford MK 2 GT 40 recreation_3/4 rear fender view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

And last but not least, a beautifully maintained, India Red Porsche 911 SC, complete with its German license plate below.

India Red Porsche 911SC coupe_front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Come to think of it, I did see a large, jolly looking man in a red coat and white beard  casually walking through the crowd that morning. Could this license plate be a clue to his identity?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all…

(All photos by the author)

The 2013 LA Auto Show; Heavy crowds and a lack of parking, yet Porsche rocked Petree Hall with a brace of debuts…

Let me begin this post by noting that our trip to this years LA Auto Show 2013 came very close to not occurring at all. In the past, we have always arrived on opening day, just prior to the doors opening, and as a result have never had a problem with parking. However, this year we were unable to arrive until after 1 PM. So imagine my dismay, after circling the convention center for close to 40 minutes, trying to find parking, moving from lot to lot, waiting in line only to have the lot close down three cars in front of us. The few remaining lots that were open, ironically right across the street from the convention center, were charging $40.00 to park. Finally, my son and his girlfriend came to the rescue, and after a brief cell call, we drove several miles south from the Convention Center, where we met up with them at a parking structure, paid our $10.00 fee, phoned the service “Uber”, and got a ride back up to the convention center. By 2 PM, the four of us finally arrived and entered the show amid a crush of like-minded people. Attendance at this years show took on extra meaning, since both my wife and son had come with the intent of shopping for a new car.

In the past, our show strategy has always been to start by visiting the West Hall and the Petree Hall / Porsche exhibit first, and from there we would explore the remaining exhibit halls. However, this year we started the process in reverse, by beginning our visit at the South Hall and concluding our visit at Petree Hall, with the Porsche exhibit saved for last.

Prior to this years LA Auto Show, Porsche let it be known within the Southern California Porsche community that they were looking for a 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo cabriolet, for inclusion into this years 2013 Porsche at Petree Hall display. Obviously, they were successful in their quest, as witnessed by the Grand Prix white 1989 911 Turbo Cabriolet on display just outside of the main entrance into the Porsche exhibit (as seen below). Once inside, the intent of this 911 Turbo Cabriolet display made perfect sense.

Grand Prix white 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet_3/4 front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

Parked just inside and to the immediate left of the entrance was the first of several debuts as seen below; in this case the world premier of Porsches new 911 Turbo Cabriolet for 2014.

World premier, Silver 2014 Porsche Type 991, 911 Turbo Cabriolet_ front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

And parked to its immediate right, another model also made its world debut: a white 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, flanked by the silver, 2014 Porsche 991 GT3 coupe (as seen below).

World premier, White 2014 Porsche Type 991, 911 Turbo S Cabriolet & 2014 Silver GT3_ 3/4 rear view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

However, as you can probably tell, my attention was fixed more on one of my favorite Porsche models. I was finally face to face with the new, 2014 type 991 Porsche GT3.

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

The photos that I’d seen in magazines of the new GT3 just didn’t do the car justice. However, seeing it in person made a greater impression, as it definitely exudes the “race car for the street” vibe, confirming impressions made and written about by those fortunate enough to have driven the brand new 2014 GT3.

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ 3/4 front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

Alluring from any angle…

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ 3/4 side view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

An up-close look at the GT3’s new for 2014 wheel and tire combo;12J X 20 rear forged alloy center-lock wheel, clad in the newly created 305/30ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire (as seen below).

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ rear center lock wheel and yellow PCCB brake caliper and cross drilled rotors_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

This particular GT3 has also been optioned with Porsches top of the line PCCB (“Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake”) system. Porsche has long used color to visually distinguish the difference between their high performance brake packages. In the case of the ultra high performance / race track focused PCCB brake option, the calipers are painted bright yellow, and matched to their cross drilled, carbon ceramic rotors. The standard (stock) GT3 brake package consists of red calipers, matched with cross drilled steel rotors which appear to be better suited for cars not destined to see track days.

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ rear view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

The 20 inch wheel / tire combination found on the 2014 GT3 definitely fills out the wheel wells, and are reportedly a key factor to the new models handling, over that of the previous GT3 model equipped with 19 inch wheels.

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ 3/4 front view with 2014 991 Turbo S cabriolet in background_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

Another unique type 991 model on display, and parked immediately to the right of the GT3, was this 2014 50th Anniversary Edition as seen below, built to celebrate 50 years of Porsche 911 production and evolution.

2014, 50th Anniversary Edition Porsche 991_ front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

If you look closely, you can see several carry-over design details incorporated into this 50th anniversary edition model, borrowed from the earliest 911 models of the mid 1960’s. Two of the most obvious design details ( influences) can be seen in the new wheels, which appear to be a stylized variation on the original 5 spoke Fuchs alloy wheel. On the interior, the prominent visual detail is the use of a houndstooth patterned fabric for the front and rear seat inserts, similar in concept to how many of the original Porsche 911s had been delivered. Granted two small design details, yet each carrying unique Porsche 911 DNA, forever linked to the early 911 models that made their debut 50 years ago.

2014, 50th Anniversary Edition Porsche 991_ 3/4 front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

Out back, another visual cue taken directly from the original 911; the silver brushed metal trim making up the rear engine decklid grill (reinterpreted for 2014), along with the lower horizontal accent vent trim, positioned just below the rear decklid and between the rear tail lights.

2014, 50th Anniversary Edition Porsche 991_ 3/4 rear view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

A look at the unique, 50th Anniversary Edition commemorative badging, celebrating the Porsche 911s production milestone.

2014 50th Anniversary Edition Porsche 991_ rear view, detail of 911 50th anniversary logo_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

I had read that Porsche would be displaying their 918 Spyder at this years show, so after looking around Petree Hall, I assumed that the huge crowd standing opposite from me, focusing their attention on a glass room must have found the 918 Spyder. As I approached the glassed – off enclosure, I could see that the sole occupant being displayed was in fact the 918 Spyder. From all the press leading up to this years auto show, I had hoped that Porsche would debut their new 918 Spyder at his show. And now here it was in person…

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder_3/4 front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

For comparison, below are several photos that I shot during Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV back in October 2011, of the 918 RSR concept car in development at the time.

918 RSR_3/4 front view_Rennsport ReunionIV_Oct 14-16,2011

918 RSR_front view_Rennsport reunion IV_October 2011

918 RSR_3/4 rear view_Rennsport ReunionIV_Oct 14-16,2011

What is interesting to note are the design elements and styling cues seen in the 918 RSR concept that Porsche chose to keep, and other features that Porsche elected to redesign. However, in typical Porsche fashion, the final iteration of the 918 Spyder displayed at the LA Auto Show still retained the genetics of the Porsche 918 RSR, yet had taken a substantial step towards the future by incorporating its race developed hybrid technology (an adaptation of its KERS / “kinetic energy recovery system”). This set- up also included the addition of an electric drive motor to each front wheel, all integrated into its latest super car for the street.

Representing yet another vehicle infused with Porsches hybrid technology, was the silver Panamera S E-Hybrid seen below; Porsches first luxury plug-in hybrid. Externally, two visual clues that reveal the cars dual identity are the subtle hybrid badges found on the front doors, as well as the color coded, day – glow fluorescent green brake calipers. Porsche has adopted this fluorescent, day glow green color as an identification marker on their hybrid models.

Silver 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid_3/4 front view_LA Auto Show_November 23, 2013

2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid_ front wheel with day-glow green brake caliper_LA Auto Show_November 23, 2013

The last of the Porsche models making its debut at this years show was the brand new Macan. This new model represents Porsches venture into the smaller scaled SUV market, apparently designed to fill the void niche below its larger sibling, the Porsche Cayenne.

Blue 2014 Porsche Macan_3/4 front view_LA Auto Show_ November 23, 2013

Blue 2014 Porsche Macan_3/4 rear view_LA Auto Show_ November 23, 2013

Blue 2014 Porsche Macan_ rear view with badging and reflections_LA Auto Show_ November 23, 2013

Given the size of the crowd around the Macan display, and the lines at each vehicle just to sit inside, I suspect that Porsche will have another hit on their hands. Based upon the   younger demographic that I observed flocking to this vehicle, Porsche seems to have created a model that will appeal to the consumer who aspires to the Porsche brand, yet desire an SUV smaller than a Cayenne, while still retaining the looks of a Porsche.

Blue 2014 Porsche Macan_front view with open doors and reflections_LA Auto Show_ November 23, 2013

Given the sheer number of World Premiers and model debuts on display in Petree Hall, 2014 promises to be an impressive year for Porsche. And with their return to Le Mans in June of 2014 with a brand new LMP-1 prototype, and their continued development of the 991 based RSR and GT3 Cup race cars, who knows what Porsche will unveil next year at Petree Hall…

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I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot of the Porsche marque during 2014…

(All photos by the author)