MATT FARAH’S CASSIS RED 1987 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 702 – Fireball attends the Top Secret Malibu Car Show and among many cool cars, spots Matt Farah and his Pink 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera, actually called Cassis Red. Plus some great inspiration.

The Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport (CS) (option M637), 340 of which were produced from August 1987 to September 1989, is a reduced weight version of the standard Carrera that, with engine and suspension modifications, was purpose built for club racing.

The CS had a blueprinted engine with hollow intake valves and a higher rev limit, deletion of: all power options, sunroof (except one unit), air conditioning (except two unit), radio, rear seat, undercoating, sound insulation, rear wiper, door pocket lids, fog lamps, front hood locking mechanism, engine and luggage compartment lights, lockable wheel nuts and even the rear lid “Carrera” logo, all in order to save an estimated 70 kg (150 lb) in weight.

With the exception of CSs delivered to the UK, all are identifiable by the “CS Club Sport” decal on the left front fender and came in a variety of colors, some special ordered.

Some U.S. CS’s did not have the decal installed by the dealer; however, all CS’s have a “SP” stamp on the crankcase and cylinder head.

The UK CS’s were all “Grand Prix White” with a red “Carrera CS” decal on each side of the car and red wheels.

Although the CS was well received by the club racers, because it cost more than the stock 911, but had fewer comfort features.

According to Porsche Club of America and Porsche Club Great Britain CS Registers, 21 are documented as delivered to the U.S. in 1988 with 7 in 1989, one to Canada in 1988 and 53 to the United Kingdom from 1987 to 1989.

Matt Farah (The Smoking Tire) is a seasoned automotive journalist who is best known for his “every man’s” approach to car reviews and commentary.

Having driven thousands of different stock and modified vehicles, Matt is uniquely positioned to rate and review the performance of pretty much anything with wheels.

After studying photography at the University of Pennsylvania, his draw to the automotive industry and car culture was too strong to resist and soon led him to work at Gotham Dream Cars delivering exotic vehicles to their new owners.

That experience inspired him to start a motoring club in New York for luxury vehicle owners who paid $1,000 a year to attend driving events where they could safely experience their high-end machines at their limits.

What’s it like to drive a restomod 1977 BLACK CHEVY CORVETTE?

There are a lot of cars in Malibu that evoke emotion and I’ve had the privilege of driving many. But when Frank Nesta suggested I drive his black 1977 Chevy Corvette from Malibu Cars & Coffee to the Surfrider parking lot for a shoot, I got really excited. Over the history of the Vette, it’s been sculpted and shaped into many variations, but, this sexy, curvaceous and tantalizing version has always rattled my emotional cage. Which is why it’s this week’s Ride of the Week.

As a retired individual driving around in the Bu, Frank gets it. It’s January, 72 degrees and he’s skirting a convertible Vette up and down some of the best streets in the world. It’s fun in the purest sense of the word. 

“I bought it brand new in 1977 from Palmyra Motors, Palmyra, New York,” says Frank. “Nancy and I drove out to LA in May 1979. The car was a T-Top with a luggage rack and every inch was used for the stuff we did not ship. The luggage on the rack had to be wrapped in a plastic bag to keep the contents dry as we hit some torrential rains in Oklahoma. But we loved traveling in it and the extra attention it received along the way.”  

Frank always dug the style of the C3 Corvettes and bought it as his company car. Imagine being forced to drive this thing for your business? Oh, the horror. But since this is a purpose-built car, Frank’s business must have been to drive and have fun. The Malibu way, right?

“I always wished that my 1977 Corvette was a convertible and had the power as it predecessors,” Frank said. “Since they stopped making convertibles in 1975, I had to build my own. So, in August 2011, I started on my frame-off ‘77 convertible resto-mod. I had a pretty clear vision of how I wanted it to perform and look.”  

He did  all of the mechanical and electrical himself, but needed some help and guidance from Scott Kenning and his team at The Fiberglass Body in Hawthorne to make it a convertible.  

“The drive train was completely revamped. The engine was replaced with a ZZ4 GM crate engine, a 700R4 4-speed automatic, and a rear end has a  3.70 gear ratio. This  combination was exactly what I was looking for.”  

To complete the  exterior look, he added a 1978 front spoiler, 1980 rear bumper, LED tail lights and removed all badging. The car was block sanded until the finish satisfied the result he was looking for to give it a smooth gloss sexy black finish. The 18-inch wheels and tires updated the look and handling also.  

The interior was updated with 2005 Corvette seats using the black and tan combination to match the car and the tan cloth convertible top.  The seats are fully adjustable including lumbar, bolster and are heated.  

“It took 14 months to complete this project and it turned out exactly as I wanted. My friends tell me that I  build it as GM should have built it. So, yes, I am happy.”

What does Frank love about Malibu? “Everything. The ocean views, the mountains, the curvy back roads to enjoy our cars on.” And his favorite movie with a car is “Bullet,” of course. Although I don’t think this Vette would take the San Francisco hills so well, but it did haul up PCH once Frank was behind the wheel.

I’m so glad that I live in a town where unique cars and bikes exists at every turn. And so grateful to people like Frank who will allow me to experience the actual drive, proving the point that life is about giving. Hopefully, this article gives you an appreciation of this beauty.

Thanks again, Frank, and keep that baby spotless. Not too many wives allow their husbands to spend so much time with their mistress. Good on you.