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This 964 Turbo RWB Has All Of The Show To Match All Of Its Go

With those unmistakable flares and outrageous aero pumping up this classic Porsche, it’s a feast for the eyes. There’s something about the RWB shape which is so outrageous and gaudy that the purists still give them an approving nod. Power one with a 3.3-liter mill from Japanese tuner Promodet, and the package is enough to make anyone with a drop of oil in their veins swoon. This monster, owned by Phil Morrison of Driftworks, is the epitome of JDM styling benefiting classic German engineering. The two go together surprisingly well.

The paint might be the most striking part of this beauty—though the perfect gaps, tasteful lip, and smoothed shapes are nice.

The engine sports plenty of Japanese tuner parts to make it unique. A Greddy intercooler, an HKS T04 turbo, an OS Giken clutch, and a classic Nardi three-spoked steering wheel are all brands and items familiar to fans of Skylines and Supras, but they are rarely seen on Porsches. With the JDM parts in place, the engine makes a healthy ~500 horsepower—possibly the perfect amount for a car like this—and a wide rev range to use said power. The combination of that responsive turbo, a two-step system, the massive rear wheels allows this Porsche to leap off the line like a scalded cat pushing 1.2 bar.

Though this smooth-fendered 965 isn’t a quintessential Nakai-san product without rough/ostentatious paint and Stella Artois stencils, the shape is unmistakably his. With a more subdued appearance—if you could call it subdued—than his other creations, this car almost looks like a factory racer shot with a coat of silver and softened for the street. Even so, those choice Japanese bits make this beauty truly unique, and it has to be said—I think I’m in love.

Those hips make many knees weak.

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sponsored: Commission your Porsche 911 as fine art

Many 911 owners would already consider their car to be a piece of automotive art – we certainly do – and gazing over the curvaceous bodywork can give many hours of pleasure.  But there’s more than one way to enjoy the stunning appearance, and having it committed to canvas would be special indeed. Which brings us to the work of renowned artist, Rob Hefferan. Fascinated with art since childhood, his first exhibition in 2003 showcasing his skills in figurative work and portraiture was a resounding success. It’s those skills along with an international reputation for quality and unrivalled attention to detail that has led to his work being commissioned by numerous celebrity clients, and it turns out that Rob has another passion; “I’ve been obsessed with cars since I was young, and that developed into a love for Porsches, and the 911 in particular”. 

A serial owner of our favourite sports car, his collection has included the 996, both generations of 997 model, and he now enjoys a 991 Carrera S. A proper car guy, then, which is why he’s decided to focus his talents on the Zuffenhausen marque, offering owners and enthusiasts the opportunity to have their pride and joy recreated as fine art. He admits this is a new challenge and one he relishes, already having set to work creating around a dozen paintings of various Porsches. While such artwork isn’t entirely new, what’s different here and core to Rob’s ethos is capturing even the smallest of details that make each car unique. And having seen it for ourselves we are talking about beautiful pieces of art here, the sort of work that would complement 911 ownership in a way that other pictures just can’t. Painted either in oils or acrylic depending on the timescales involved, each work can take anything from 150 to 300 hours to complete and the work is also unusual compared to other automotive artists in that he is happy to depict not just the car but to include the owner as well. It’s where the talent for portrait work really pays off. 

As for the process of commissioning a painting, an owner can either provide pictures of the car or Rob will travel to view your 911, employing a professional photographer to take dozens of detailed reference shots from which to work. It’s a painstaking process but one that results in something very special, but there was something we were keen to ask and that’s whether he had a favourite 911. “Not really” says Rob. “I love all of them, but if pushed I guess I’d have to say it’s the cars from the 1960’s that most capture my attention.”  “It’s the shape and form that I find so appealing, and the way the light falls on the bodywork. There are few cars like it, and I really admire Porsche’s heritage, especially when it comes to motorsport.” That emphasis on history and quality really shines through when it comes to the finished painting, and whether you own just the one car or are lucky enough to have a collection to see them represented in such a way is likely to prove very hard to resist. You can see examples of Rob’s work by visiting his website at http://www.robhefferanautomotiveart.com, but we’ll say now that you should be prepared to find yourself as tempted to commission his services as we are.

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Porsche Reviews Its Five Greatest American Icons

Just five years after the war ended, Porsche started importing small batches of cars into New York City to plant its feet for the first time on American soil. News traveled quickly on a westward wind and the Californians, free from harsh weather, soon after demanded their own style of Porsche.

Now, ostensibly this video was created as a way for Porsche to celebrate American Independence Day, but there’s never a bad time to check out these totally radical race and road cars with Porsche’s incredibly quick factory racer, Patrick Long. Give it a watch!

356A 1600 S Speedster

We associate the 356A Speedster with those gruff, squinty-eyed men from yesteryear who embodied independence and individuality. Steve McQueen and James Dean, two actors who actually raced Porsches, are forever linked to this gorgeous piece of rolling artistry from half a century ago. Even though it only had ~75 horsepower, its pared-down frame made it quick and relatively cheap. Considering the prices they fetch now, it’s hard to believe that this was once one of the more affordable Porsches around.

964 America Roadster

Fast forward thirty years, and the wide haunches of a Turbo model made its way onto an open-top Carrera for those balmy Los Angeles evenings. With serious performance and a relaxed character, what better car to suit a blitz along Mulholland Drive?

A shape any red-blooded Porschephile would be happy to see.

964 RS America

For those who wanted more for their trips to Willow Springs, Porsche built the 964 RS America. Since us yanks couldn’t get the 964 RS, Porsche answered our track junkies’ calls with the RS America. Stripped and spartan, this 2,975-lb machine offered no frills but plenty of thrills.

917-30 Can-Am

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning this gem. A conservative estimate of 800 horsepower, a ferocious power delivery, and less than one ton of weight made this one of the most successful cars ever, and the only car to win Can-Am that wasn’t powered by a Chevrolet engine. Even the driver’s feet were positioned ahead of the front wheels! They were certainly brave back then.

To set a quick lap in of these monsters, one needed a double-dose of courage and a dash of recklessness.

934.5

Rounding out this list of greats is the 934.5—the car which ushered turbocharging into American GT racing. Though the 600-hp 934.5 was designed to run in IMSA Group 4, it was banned and instead used in SCCA Trans-Am, where it won 6 of 8 races it competed in. Following in the 917’s footsteps, this beauty changed the direction of American road racing in the 1970s and 1980s. What a wonderful path these cars paved.

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Our Favorite Porsches For Sale This Week: Volume 139

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on the internet for over five years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we’re looking to soak up the sun. For that reason, we’re featuring convertibles! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our « curated » look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches for sale. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by tens of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. Porsche 550 Spyder Replica For Sale

A poorly built 550 Spyder replica can be hell on wheels, but a properly assembled example can be among the most rewarding experiences ever. This particular 550 Spyder built by Seduction Motorsports in Arizona is one of the good ones. With a proper tube frame chassis, rather than a Beetle pan kit, this is nice and stiff, and responds well to your driving inputs. With a well-built Subaru 2.5-liter, this little monster rips way faster than an original 1950s Spyder would. I’m not particularly partial to the Martini stripes, but they are applied in vinyl and can easily be removed. With red quilted leather inside and a nice white exterior, this would look quite nice on the street. Give me a leather helmet and some aviator goggles. It’s time to rip.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay

2. 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder For Sale

With the announcement of a new Boxster Spyder, I’m reminded of my personal favorite open-top Porsche, the 987 Boxster Spyder. While it’s not as powerful or as fast as the new 4-liter powered monster, this thing is nimble and light and fun as all hell. This one has PCM and air conditioning and power seats, so it’s not quite the spec I would personally want, but the red wheels and gauges look really good. If you want one of the last pure Porsche driving experiences, grab this one while you can.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

3. 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet For Sale

Speaking of wheels in bold colors, if you’re going to be a bear you may as well be a grizzly. This bright yellow Carrera cab has bright yellow color-matched wheels (though the center caps should be color matched as well) and a chocolate brown convertible top. It’s not the color way I would have chosen from the factory in 1987, but I’m damn glad someone did. This is a wild selection of colors, and I am absolutely ecstatic that it exists. There is no beauty without some strangeness.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder For Sale

When it comes to open top Porsches, it’s hard to argue that the 918 Spyder isn’t the ultimate. With incredible speed, power for days, excellent hybrid fuel economy (if you don’t wail on it), and striking good looks, the 918 Spyder is the pinnacle of Porsche engineering in 2015. It’s hard to believe that this car has already been out of production for a few years, but time flies when you’re having fun. The seller of this car didn’t treat it right. With only 3000 miles on the odometer, it clearly deserves to be bought by someone who is actually going to drive it. Given the opportunity, I’d double the mileage in a week. Is it worth a mil and a half? I’m not sure it is, but if you agree with the asking price, go for it!

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. 1990 Porsche 911 Convertible For Sale

This is an interesting project, as it has been fitted with turbo flares for that big widebody look. The owner wanted to build an America Roadster replica, so this car was pulled and widened. It’s a good look, if slightly unorthodox. Personally, I love the little rock chips dotting the wider fenders, it’s proof of life. Proof that this car was driven. According to the listing, this car has already had everything done to it that it needs for proper reliable motoring in comfort. If you’re looking for the kind of 964 that nobody else has, with a unique look, check out this America Roadster tribute.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

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Speedster generations

“I took a 911 Cabriolet off the line and drove it to my hot-rod shop,” admits Preuninger. That car became a mix-up of Gen1 GT3 and that Cabriolet.

The result of the GT boss’ work was first shown to a select group of customers as far back as 2014 alongside the 911 R concept, which the Speedster shares a lot of DNA with. This new Speedster is a GT department model, a car which, if you take Speedsters at their most elemental, it always should have been. 

Even so, Preuninger admits: “We didn’t focus on every last gram and we’re not concerned about lap times.” While that might be true, a kerbweight of 1,465kg is just 52kg more than a manual GT3.

The Speedster, like the R, is exclusively manual, with no PDK being offered, saving 17kg in weight and pleasing the driving purists among us. There are the same 911 R carbon-fibre front wings, the underbody at the rear being R-derived, while PCCB is standard too.

Those early customers who saw it liked the idea of a properly raw Speedster, doing without any roof, but Preuninger and his team denied them that, fitting a hood, in part to ensure that owners actually use them rather than park them away with delivery miles in collections. And the 1,948 Porsche will build? That’s the year when the first Speedster was built. 

Opening the low, neat roof is simple enough – a button unlatches the hood at the top of the lower windscreen and unclips the buttresses which then spring up from the large clamshell. The clamshell lock is released too, and the huge carbon-fibre panel – the largest Porsche has ever made, and weighing just 10kg – lifts out and back on struts, the hood simply pushed into its stowage area underneath.

Pop down the cover and the Speedster is open, as it should be, the slightly steeper rake and lowering of the screen, as well as that rear, fundamentally changing the look of the 911. It’s very reminiscent of original 356 Speedsters, losing the sometimes-uncomfortable, heavy-looking rear of later 911 Speedster models. There’s also a hint of Carrera GT in its proportions, particularly that rear three-quarter view.

The black stone guards on the flanks fore of the rear wheels were a late – and necessary – addition, admits Preuninger, breaking the visual length while harking back to the G-series models.

You don’t have to have them, and if you’re after an even more retro style then there’s the Heritage Pack plus a numbered, customised Porsche Design timepiece, as is the norm these days.

Forget those, though. Preuninger leans in, says to press Auto Blip and the exhaust button and go and drive it. I argue I’ll do the footwork myself and leave the Auto Blip off, Preuninger laughing and saying: “It’s better than you,” before adding, “and me…”

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