Back Issue: Rui Esteves’ 1970 Porsche 911T
Rui Esteves is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of AND UNION—an international craft brewing company. Rui’s daily drive—a 1970 Porsche 911T—reflects the artisanal nature of his business. Small batch Bavarian beer and precise german engineering seem to go hand-in-hand; a celebration of old world aesthetics and processes.
Back Issue is a series where we dig into previous issues of Traffic, and pull out stories that we think still hold water—despite their age. This story first appeared in our Summer 2014 issue, so any facts printed here may have changed since.
Traffic Magazine: So, why a Porsche?
Rui Esteves: Once you drive a Porsche you’ll understand. I can go on and on, but it won’t accurately describe the driving experience. If I have to go from A to B, it had better be engaging and fun.
Where did you find the car?
Rui: In Cape Town. The original colour was “Bahia Rot.” It was in good condition, with a decent body and solid engine. It was a daily driver with no problem as it was.
“New cars feel like numb appliances. Older cars are visceral. You have to use all your senses to drive them. If you can talk on the cell phone and drive it, I don’t want it.”
José did some great work on the car – how do you know him?
Rui: My old man met him during his days at the Corvette club.
Would you describe yourself as a petrol-head?
Rui: Sure, I guess I’m a petrol-head. I don’t buy ‘performance cars.’ I buy cars preferably from the late 60s and early 70s. My first was a 1964 1/2 Mustang.
Can you tell us a bit about your car history?
Rui: My old man used to race a Mini Cooper S in the early 70s. So yes, I contracted the virus from him. I’ve restored and owned numerous American cars from the late 60s and early 70s. A few years ago I bought a 1970 Mercedes 280SE as a daily driver, and fell in love with old German cars.
What is the best thing about the Porsche as a daily driver?
Rui: The old 911 is so small and nimble, understated and unique, reliable and relatively economical with its 2.2l flat six. Ticks all the ‘daily driver’ boxes.
Any plans for future mods?
Rui: It’s already been relatively hot-rodded—brakes, exhaust, suspension, wheel flares. I’m not gonna mess with it too much since it is otherwise super original and numbers matching.
Cape Town and Porsche—the perfect combination. Your favourite stretch of road to drive?
Rui: For quick daily thrills, I just go up Kloof Road in Camps Bay
And finally, what is the most memorable moment in the car?
Rui: The first time I drove it. I remember thinking, “this is exactly how every car should be.”
Photos by Rui Esteves | Visit AND UNION