Modifying 911s to enhance performance and appearance is nothing new, in fact Porsche themselves have been doing just that since their original sports purpose programme of the late 60s. Similarly, the history of customising and hot-rodding cars can be traced back even further than that.
`Restomod` is the term used today to best describe cars that have been modified and personalised to someone’s individual requirements and unlike original restorations where the provenance of the car is paramount and any restoration correctly executed to guarantee its value, with a Restomod, there are no rules.
When it comes to the 911, Singer is probably the most prolific, with its latest Restomod, the new DLS, costing a cool 1.8 million dollars and that without a donor car. Even its original version is reputedly now circa 750000 dollars for a conversion, ensuring one won’t be in every 911 enthusiast’s garage.
As a company, we also build bespoke 911s under our Paul Stephens Autoart brand, however, recognised a few years ago that there was another market for a cheaper product to allow enthusiasts to get on the restomod ladder. So, we created a series of body panels under a new brand RS-Teknik, specifically for the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera models. These could be purchased separately, or as a complete kit allowing individuals to personalise their own 911.
This particular car is a mechanically sound 1984 3.2 Carrera with 129,000 miles from new, that has been fitted with a body conversion inspired by the 70s 911S.
Externally, it was originally converted and painted by Carrera bodyworks in 2013 at approximately 123,000 miles and finished in aubergine, which is an original period Porsche colour. It has steel wings and decklid fitted, fibreglass bonnet, fibreglass front and rear bumpers, correctly anodised window frames and other correct period trim parts. It was mounted on genuine 7”x 15” and 8”x15” correctly anodised Fuchs wheels, Toyo Proxes rubber and lowered suspension to give this restomod an aggressive stance whilst a period registration number completes the look.
Inside, it is fitted with lightweight doorcards, leather dashboard and door caps, period replica touring seats with corduroy inserts, Momo Prototipo steering wheel, period gear knob, black carpets and a Kenwood sound system.
Some creature comforts of the donor car were retained including electric windows, electric sunroof and air conditioning, making it a great touring car.
Although having a good history from new, in 2017, it was sent to Porsche specialists Barr- Tech where £16,000 was spent having a full engine rebuild, new oil pump, new brake discs and pads, new clutch and flywheel. The gearbox had already been rebuilt prior to purchase and had only covered 5,000 miles since, so a rebuild of this was not required. The car has now covered approximately 1,000 miles since this work has been completed.
With its 230 BHP 3.2 litre engine and weighing just under 1100kgs, this 911 is a sharp performer, that can easily keep up with more modern machinery on your favourite country road, whilst its classic good looks will ensure favourable attention wherever she goes.
A fun 911 that really looks the part, with solid bodywork and mechanicals that is ready for its next custodian to enjoy.
by Paul Stephens
For: A cool looking 911 that drives as well as it looks that couldn’t be recreated for the asking price today
Against: Lacks the finer finish of a more expensive build
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