Historics brings to sale the wildest Porsche 911 racing tribute
No matter that debate about whether its appropriate to change a classic car from its original specification boils down to personal preference, it’s undeniable there are many fine and authentically uprated examples on the road ….And surely no more so than a breathtaking 2005 Porsche 997/911 that comes to sale at Historics on Saturday, 2nd March.
What started as a well-presented 13 year old example of a modern classic Porsche 997/911 model (2004-2012), has been professionally transformed, with an extraordinary level of skill and flair, into an outstanding road-going homage to Porsche’s infamous racing history, showcased by Rothmans-sponsored race and rally Porsches of the past.
Visually, this evocation is truly stunning, in the realm of the finest show cars, and has road performance and handling to match. And its beauty is far from skin deep. Beneath the sweeping, bespoke, traditionally sprayed bodywork is the culmination of countless hours by members of a family firm in the Midlands that became established through Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce restoration in the 20’s.
Reflex Auto Design, an offshoot of the founding company owned and operated by two generations of the same family, set up in 2000 to show how the traditional craft of coachbuilding and long-practised restoration skills are equally applicable to more contemporary cars.
This 2005 Rothmans Porsche homage reflects the livery of the super-successful Rothmans- sponsored Porsche 956 and 962 endurance racers, with more than a nod also to the Paris-Dakar Porsche 959.
It was chosen by Reflex as their skills showcase, completed in the summer of 2018, and sold soon after to the private collector who is now offering it for sale via Historics. Commenting on the car, he said: “It’s been the most brilliant fun to own and drive, looks and sounds amazing, has tremendous performance and handling, and always brings a smile to my face. And its now time for someone else to enjoy it.”
Whilst the 3.6 litre flat-six engine remains largely standard, the specification elsewhere is far from that of the donor car, and includes equipment entirely in keeping with its competition image.
Besides the bodywork, this includes a bespoke exhaust system, uprated 4- and 6-pot Forge brake calipers, exotic 9x19 and 11x19 Rotiform forged aluminium wheels, a paddle shift upgrade to the Tiptronic gearbox, figure-hugging Recaro racing seats, racing harness, and a superbly trimmed leather and Alcantara interior, complete with an in-car entertainment system if the glorious engine soundtrack is not sufficient!
“It’s been the most brilliant fun to own and drive, looks and sounds amazing, has tremendous performance and handling, and always brings a smile to my face. And its now time for someone else to enjoy it.”
Nevertheless, beyond its stunning looks and exhaust note, the hidden aspect that creates the greatest attention is its air suspension system, which enables the car to be raised and lowered to a ground-hugging pose at the throw of a switch in the cockpit. Popular in show car culture, this is also a wholly authentic addition in view of the air suspension system developed by Porsche and incorporated in a number of models.
Rarely are evocations built with such quality and sheer panache than this. Here is an opportunity to acquire a unique hand-built Porsche homage with immense visual and driving appeal and, as such, very significant interest is expected at an estimate of £85,000-£95,000