York region born and raised Darryl Hopp’s love for the car and the unusual came naturally for him. His father Hans Hopp was a former aircraft technician and aircraft enthusiast who at one time built a helicopter in the basement of his home! Darryl had no choice but to get interested in mechanical things. Darryl’s car is a replica of a 1958 Porsche Speedster from a kit produced by Intermeccanica. But wait, you say these replicars are not the “real deal” so where’s the interest? These cars have become almost as sought after as the real Porsches they resemble due to the rarity and quality of them. It has a fiberglass replica Porsche Speedster body with a 1970 VW Karman Ghia chassis. The car pictured here serial #9B0427 was owned by his Father and was in storage for quite a few years, so a full mechanical restoration was badly needed.
The key was handed from Father to Son and so Darryl, being a Master Audi technician for Pfaff Audi of Newmarket, had the skills to pull it off. Everything from the fuel tank, brakes, transmission and 1835cc air cooled flat 4 engine were completely rebuilt. Most of the components to do the job were bought from
suppliers on the internet. As Darryl will tell you “It’s an endless supply of reproduction parts out there on the net, and it’s like Christmas every time a package of new bits arrives for me!“ Darryl left the body finish original as the condition was good and it gives the car a classic “patina”. The leather interior of this car is basic, yet has a very sporty, period correct feel.
Little details like the wooden rimmed, aluminum spoked steering wheel and an official “Nurburgring” grille badge from the famous German racing circuit on
the engine cover, really add to the old-time “Euro” look. Darryl now enjoys the fruits of his labour with nice drives down twisty roads in the country with this beauty when he can. If you see him, ask him and he’ll take you for a ride!
Written by Perry M. Mason
Photos by Mike McConnell