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Special Wishes

Fellow Pelican Heads...
I have tried to target some specific folks to get some information but it appears that I need to cast a wider net. I guess Porsche did not keep very good records of the Special Wishes cars as the birth certificates are pretty lacking.
Anyway, anyone else on here have a 930S ROW Special Wishes car? I am specifically looking for interior pics of the center console, the LED boost gauge, the tachometer and the ventolini (sp) three-spoke steering wheel.
I am sure there are other questions and specs that I will request in the future, but at least that shoudl be a good start.
Attached is a pic of my center console and boost gauge for reference. Just looking for general or specific information regarding the origin or history of the unique items...



Thanks in advance for reading!!!
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:15 AM
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Isn't that boost guage a standard 934/935 part?
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JB,

Funny you should be looking into this, earlier in the year I started digging through some of my notes and searching for similar information with regard to my car.

It's always been difficult tracking various items offered by Porsche's Special Wishes program.
Some of the pieces in your picture, although offered through Special Wishes, were also available during the mid 80's over the counter through your local Porsche dealer. If you couldn't get it through them or they had no clue as to what you were talking about, what you wanted was available through Alan Johnson Racing.

Not sure what kind of deal he had going with Porsche, but as an authorized dealer, they could get you any special wishes part that you wanted.... and what most wanted were the 930S consoles, steering wheels, and slantnose conversion parts. AJR also did many of the conversions and upgrades to 930S specs.

My car was shipped to AJR by it's previous owner for a slantnose conversion and some minor Ruf mods. I am told, that AJR used factory slant nose fenders in their conversion. Not the headlight mechanisms but the fenders themselves. I have looked at many slantnose fenders, and the AJR units are not cut but rather stamped or formed steel. Most others, as with my previous slantnose, were made by cutting out the tops and welding in flat inserts or of course were fiberglass.

Special wishes offered several different consoles at the time. Mine is quite different from yours as its wider at the top and both knee pads are altered to accommodate the width. It was set-up to accommodate a cassette holder, a/c switches, and a knob for fuel enrichment. Not sure what they like to call this particular style console, however the one you have appears to be the original 930S style. My steering wheel is identical to yours and I have been told that these are the "original" 930S or special wishes wheels, the AJR catalog shows this wheel. The LED boost gauge is kinda-of-mystery as they are a VDO item, and I have seen them in both 934s and 935s, Special Whishes vehicles, standard 930s, DP 930s, and I know they were once available through Andial. They look really trick but I hear they are very inaccurate and difficult to read at speed.

I have seen several other Spezielle WŁnsche cars and no two are exactly alike. You basically paid for what you wanted like you wanted it! I have seen one special wishes car where every screw in the interior was covered in leather..even those that were out of view. The gauge faces were also leather covered with numerals stenciled on! I had to look twice as I wasn't sure I saw this correctly.

Anyway, just my 02 cents...

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wHY DO YOU SUSPECT THIS IS A SPECIAL WISH CAR AND NOT JUST UPGRADES SOMEONE DID?
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JB,

Funny you should be looking into this, earlier in the year I started digging through some of my notes and searching for similar information with regard to my car.........


My car was shipped to AJR by it's previous owner for a slantnose conversion and some minor Ruf mods. I am told, that AJR used factory slant nose fenders in their conversion. Not the headlight mechanisms but the fenders themselves. I have looked at many slantnose fenders, and the AJR units are not cut but rather stamped or formed steel. Most others, as with my previous slantnose, were made by cutting out the tops and welding in flat inserts or of course were fiberglass.

Special wishes offered several different consoles at the time. Mine is quite different from yours as its wider at the top and both knee pads are altered to accommodate the width. It was set-up to accommodate a cassette holder, a/c switches, and a knob for fuel enrichment. Not sure what they like to call this particular style console, however the one you have appears to be the original 930S style. My steering wheel is identical to yours and I have been told that these are the "original" 930S or special wishes wheels, the AJR catalog shows this wheel. The LED boost gauge is kinda-of-mystery as they are a VDO item, and I have seen them in both 934s and 935s, Special Whishes vehicles, standard 930s, DP 930s, and I know they were once available through Andial. They look really trick but I hear they are very inaccurate and difficult to read at speed..............

Anyway, just my 02 cents...

Paul
Darn!! Wish I had kept my AJ USA catalog. When I was researching the Special Wishes cars of the 80's back in '97, I ran across the AJ catalog and it listed all the pieces it used in the slantnose conversion. They used all the factory pieces, even the headlight mechanism. Everything thing was there, even the reinforcements Porsche added in the headlight mechanism area. It would have been impossible to tell the difference between the conversion and the real deal.
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Dave,

That's exactly what I'm talking about.. like I said, I've got know idea what kinda deal they had with the factory but they had it all!

They offered options on the fenders however. One used the complete factory fenders and headlight mechanisms, the other option the factory fenders & reinforcements etc.. but used the separate Mazda motors with either round or square headlights as in some of the aftermarket kits.
I guess this was to get the price down a bit.

I didn't really discover this until I started looking through the receipts and document that came with my car, then cross-referenced with an old AJR catalog I had from a previous slant nose build. I was quite surprised and the research served to validate what I felt was quality work that had been performed on my car.

When I get time, and figure out how.. I'll try to scan parts of the catalog and post.

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Paul,
That would be awesome. My car also has the fuel enrichment knob but I removed it out of view as I figure this was jsut an add on that someone did later in her life. But, now that you bring it up as a possible stock item... I really wish we had a source of data that would show the original build sheets. All my birth certificate said was 930S with an LSD and bumper shocks. Oh well, I guess we will never know the true history of these cars... But, there is probably some German guy in Stuttgart somewhere with a box of paper that has the info. We shoudl get a large group of people together and fly over there and see if we can get an audience with the archive folks
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yep, that's the catalog I remember. Thanks!!
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The two fasteners get covered by a mini kneebar that I have not glued back on yet. It's a good thing too since I will have to disassemble to correct the placement of the voltmeter and temp gauge. The CD slot was retrofitted using a 911 CD holder to update the car to a more usable alternative. I think I may own one or two cassettes at this point in time the CD holder is much, much more useful.
Those are awesome photos! Thanks so much for posting!!!
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The consoles were offered blank, with cassette or with CD slots. Believe they may even still be available from Porsche although I'm not sure.
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I have the factory manual on the slant nose conversion, parts and instructions. Went looking for it this AM but couldn't find it. It's there though.
Also have copy of factory manual targa to convertible starting with 1981 models.
Sorry, my Alan Johnson catalog is pre 1980.
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shawn911-slant,

Is your car a Euro model/ROW?

I ask because that style console and lower dash w/cassette storage was very popular on euro cars.

b&B of Colonge Germany did a lot of these although I belive they were available by others like Folger etc...
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Pretty dramatic effect there Shawn. Wow.
I like the center console itself, but doesn't your right leg hit that form on the side of the console? Kinda funny though that they left the knee pads in despite their now being useless above the cassette holders. I wonder what it would look like with them removed and just flat leather panels there...?
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That looks like a Gembella interior (I am going to bite my tongue now).
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That looks like a Gembella interior (I am going to bite my tongue now).
930LDR.. think you're correc! For some reason I couldn't think of the tuner... but reconized the door panel design as Gembella.
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