Lot 174 - 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Resto-mod
|Odometer reading||350 miles|
|Estimate||£140,000 - £160,000|
|Result||Sold - £133,280|
- Immaculate re-imagined Porsche Carrera
- Restored over many thousands of hours
- Completely bespoke with just one example made
The early days of this exquisite example are slightly academic. It went from Germany to Japan (import documents enclosed) and then back to the UK. The real story begins in 2011 when it arrived with the vendor. The Porsche marque was the designer’s personal passion and with an award-winning restoration team around him they wanted to prove a point with this, the very pinnacle of the restorer’s art, the very best the car can be.
There are elements here that if you had your own way, you still wouldn't imagine or consider. Originally built in March 1986, this is an original lefthand drive, ROW (rest of world), G-Series body, which was launched in ‘73 just before the 930 Turbo and developed to conform to the latest US crash test regulations. A taut body with no sunroof and the classic 3.2 litre Carrera engine planted at the rear end. It was to undergo a comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration over 10 years to bespoke specification until it was finally registered on 1st June 2019 after approximately 500km and a 12-month snagging and evaluation process.
Once completely stripped, the bare shell was dipped, hand-rolled steel wide arches fitted, to RSR specification. The rust-free body was strengthened and diligently prepared. The shell was finished using an 8-step paint process and painted in Porsche GT3 Grau schwarz, a nod to its younger sibling. A centre fill fuel tank in the forward luggage compartment together with a handmade, themed cap was installed. A ducktail/964 electric spoiler controlled from the cabin was fitted. The door handles mirrored the theme on the fuel tank cap and that same theme is subtly repeated throughout the car. With the addition of a one-off composite front bumper and splitter, an RSR-style rear bumper and to the rear, a fully rebuilt 3.2 litre engine running 964 cams with 46IDA (triple carb) PMO (USA) carburettors with K&N filters and hats. Turn the key and the MSD ignition and BK racing distributor fire. The cylinders are fully rebuilt and relined with machine work carried out by Redtek, assembly by Wrightune and tested on the BS Motorsport dynamometer. The headers are straight through units with all oil lines braided with a front fender cooling fan. It has a 915 gearbox (5-speed), fully rebuilt running a Wevo (USA) shifter and linkage and pushing out 231hp or 223.4 ft-lb torque. The engine was designed with a flat torque curve, unlike the original with its heavy inertia. This iteration reaches 209ft-lb at 3200rpm, versus the original which needed to climb to 4800rpm to reach the same, 209 ft-lb. These modifications result in a much freer and more responsive engine, when you put your foot down it goes! The vehicle retains that charming characteristic Porsche air cooled sound, complemented by a M&K (USA) GT3-style muffler with minimal baffle and a block-off butterfly valve controlled from the cabin to muffle sound in RH tip should you require.
The engine bay itself is smoothed and lacquered with all fixings removed or hidden, including the wiring harness and coil. The engine and gearbox all use Clubsport rubber compounds for mountings and bushes, much care and testing were undertaken to find the perfect blend of bushings and mountings throughout the car. The front discs are converted to Rebel Racing products (USA) and enlarged to 28mm x 318mm at the front with 996 calipers and braided lines with the rear running 996 calipers and discs. Naturally, Zuffenhaus (USA) three-piece 17” Fuchs wheels can be found in each corner with 9” and 11” frosted finish, anodised rims and Toyo Proxes R1R tyres.
The suspension takes the form of Bilstein HD Sport dampers and inserts with one-off machined and leathered front strut brace with themed fixed mounts. Through-body Elephant Racing (USA) hollow front and rear adjustable sway bars are fitted and anodized to match the colour theme. The torsion bars are 21mm at the front and 27mm to the rear with geometry set up for fast-road use by Northway Porsche. The headlamps are HID units with a high output alternator. Air conditioning is all electric and mounted in the luggage compartment with a modern fuse box with blade fuses. Heating is via an electric heater hidden in the luggage bay and piped into the cabin.
The interior, also, is a thing of beauty. As exquisite as a pair of Edward Green shoes or a Patek Philippe watch; the design spec was to create a cockpit like a luxury apartment, simply a nice place to sit and enjoy. The seats are lollipop style, one-off houndstooth check colour and size of design, a bespoke material created for the builder by Achtung Kraft (USA). The centre console is also bespoke with twin stitch and a themed compartment with a re-modelled, more simple, dashboard sporting all new clocks; colour coded and calibrated. The doors and panels carry bespoke quarter cards with an alcantara glovebox, handles and headliner and complete with remote central locking.
The footwells are not forgotten, snug with handmade wool carpet and mats piped in leather and one-off houndstooth check. The rear seats have been converted and boxed to house JL sub-speaker and MSD (USA) sparkbox. The steering wheel is a classic model as used on many iconic 1960s and 1970s cars with a double-wrapped, thick leather rim.
There is also a Bluetooth stereo in a hidden compartment with the electric heater and the a/c controls. The JL amplifier is a three-channel unit with sub-woofers and themed removable covers. This all beautifully put together as the images demonstrate and as shown in the accompanying hard backed build book; a history documenting the car from arrival right through to the finished result including the shell in bare metal so detail can be examined. For the weekend away, there is even a matching leather bag in the same interior houndstooth style and, of course, the subtle theme.
Like a Porsche, but better.