I’m sure you’ve heard of the recent popularity of taking new and old air cooled 911’s and doing unusual things to them, which some may call sacrilegious. If you haven’t, it’s time you woke up and smelled the gasoline (or reality). I realize this is not for everyone –certainly not Porsche purists – but there are plenty of people forking over hundreds of thousands of dollars for these cars.
There seems to be a trend to have either 100% stock or over the top modified. Companies like Singer (pictured above) are taking 964’s and making them in to $500k long hood retro cars with unique touches and pristine interiors. Others like Magnus Walker are taking Long Hood 911’s painting them unique colors, putting big motors in them with performance suspensions and more. Some of these cars are bringing well over $100,000.
Since I’m at least twice as ‘experienced’ as these guys, I’ve decided to jump in and, with the help of my buddy Mike and Schatten Rappen’ readers, we will build a car. However, we are going to do this on a budget so we don’t have more money in the car than what it is worth. Half of the people who embark on such a project spend way over what the car is worth.
Rule number 1: A car’s worth isn’t how much you have in receipts, it’s the price someone is willing to pay for the it when its completed. If you build a car for a $100k and it is worth only $70k this means you were $30k stupid.
Our budget will be $60k and Mike and I will build this car in his shop at a secret location undetectable by Stuttgart and government drones. The car will either be a ‘68 or ‘69 911. The car will come to us without lids, doors, front fenders, bumpers, gauges, interior, engine, trans, and brakes. In the big leagues we call this a Tub - a blank canvas ready to be customized how we wish.
But wait - What should we call it? Is this going to be a tribute car, an outlaw, a club car, a bandit or something different?
Task 1 is to let me know what you think we should call this project car. Pick one or suggest an alternative.
□ Tribute car
□ Club car
Task 2 is to decide a theme (body configuration).The theme will determine the configuration: No flares, SC flares, RSR flares. Body work: front, rear lid, spoilers, front and rear bumpers, doors, light weight parts, front fenders. This will allow us to stay focused. Here are our theme choices:
□ Short wheel base 911 R
□ ‘73 911 Carrera RS clone
□ ‘73 Carrera RS over the top custom □ ‘73 911 RSR wide body
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The color will play a big part in the build, choosing a color from the 60’s or 70’s is the way we should go. It will be spectacular because the paint will be done correctly: doors off, lids off, glass out, etc. The total for prep and paint will be $9,000.
Task 3 is to choose a color for the car from these options: □ Mexico Blue, a bright medium blue
□ Gulf Blue (light powder blue)
□ Crystal Blue (very light blue)
□ Lime Green (light bold green)
□ Sebring Green (medium light green)
□ Signal Orange (deep bright orange)
□ Rally Yellow (bright yellow)
□ Grand Prix white (white with a touch of purple)
Email to tell me your choices or use our online survey. The chosen build gets a free beer in my garage and first right of refusal to buy the car we create.
Stay tuned to this blog for updates on the project - this is going to be fun.
Dan Petchel is a Porsche driver, enthusiast and longtime PCA member and he's been tinkering with these beloved German sports cars for close to 50 years. He writes about Porsches, Targa Tops, vintage parts and the people he meets along the way