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Porsche 911 RWB Backdated… Le rouge et le noir !

Backdating, restomod, custom, outlaw… On finit un peu par s’y perdre. Surtout que parfois, les styles se mélangent, chacun y voyant sa propre vision. Mais finalement, au delà du nom, de l’appellation ou je n’sais qu’elle étiquette à la con, l’essentiel c’est le résultat non ? La gueule, le poutrage de rétine… Et justement, la […]

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forward-dated 911 SC: back to the future

The road ahead is deserted, its twisting Tarmac totally bereft of traffic. A thick wall of trees lines the roadside, their density willing us to keep moving our 991 towards the setting sun.

A look in the rear-view mirror reveals much the same story behind us. The highway is empty, save for two hazy yellow lights in the far distance. However, as the minutes tick by, those lights become more prominent. Glancing briefly at the road ahead, my eyes return to the 991’s rear-view mirror, fixated on those yellow lights coming quickly towards us. There’s a red hue visible between them now. A bonnet. A roof. A windscreen. It’s a car.

The rate at which this car is closing in on us is astonishing. It surges up the stretch of road behind us, revealing more detail with each passing second as its features become ever larger in our mirrors. A 964, I think to myself, catching its chunky front PU with integrated side lights. Then, roaring up behind us, the 964 pulls out and shoots past, gliding back in line and charging up the road ahead. Now the confusion sets in: replete with one-piece bumper, full-width rear reflector with clear ‘Porsche’ script, a distinctive tea tray spoiler and wheels with the lip and profile of Cup-spec alloys, the visual cues give this car away as a 964 3.3 Turbo. However, the mechanical howl of that flat six as it shot past certainly wasn’t akin to the noise of a 911 with an exhaust turbocharger bolted on. So, what on earth has just overtaken us on this rural stretch of Swedish asphalt?

Luckily, we don’t have to wait too long to find out. Not 20 minutes later we pull into a gas station and there, sitting by the pumps in front, is our mystery Porsche 911, being fuelled by its joint owner, Andreas. Originally a 1982 SC, the car was converted to a 964-look of sorts before Andreas and co-owner Lennart bought the car, though closer inspection of that one-piece Strosek front PU shows it to be more 944 than 911. We’re also told the rear bumper mimics that of a 3.0 RS. A peek inside reveals the car’s true age, its Pasha interior an obvious giveaway. Not that this car is trying to hide anything: Andreas and Lennart have even left the ‘SC’ lettering on the car’s decklid.

In our contemporary world where backdating a 911 is all the rage, the idea of a forward-dated 911 makes for an odd concept, but one which, in a bygone era, was a popular conversion. Due to the large spectrum of interchangeable parts on air-cooled 911s, many found favour with the idea of swapping a few panels to make an older model look just like one which had only just rolled off the production line at Zuffenhausen. Much like backdating, how convincing the car looked depended largely on how far you were willing to go, or how much you were willing to spend. So what of the car we’ve caught up with?

Andreas tells me he and Lennart bought the car in its current guise, complete with ‘teardrop’ wing mirrors commonly found on later 964s. “We found favour with how different it was compared to other SCs, and especially liked how it drove,” Andreas tells me as he replaces the fuel hose and tightens the 911’s filler cap. So did Andreas and Lennart ever consider converting the car back to standard, or backdating it – as is currently in vogue – to a longhood, pre-impact bumper 911? “No, because a lot of work had gone into converting it to 964 spec. For example, the rear reflector on a 964 sits at a slightly different angle to the G-series cars, so getting this to fit required the previous owner to make some modifications to the rear wings. We believe this is part of the history of the car and shouldn’t be changed,” comes Andreas’ reply.

For the full feature on forward-dated 911s, including a how-to guide from specialists, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 171 in shops now. You can also order your copy here for delivery to your door anywhere in the world, or download to an Apple or Android device of your choice. 

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Porsche 911 Aurora… Signée Singer !

Déboitage de rétine assurée ! Et tant que vous y êtes, essayez de maintenir votre mâchoire avec du chatterton… pour l’hémorragie des tympans, ne vous inquiétez pas, ça va passer assez rapidement ! Oui, voilà Aurora, une 911 toute de jaune vêtue… Finalement rien de spécial… mis à part qu’elle est signée Singer, le pape […]

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« An Early 911 » – La conduite en direct live…

Il fut un temps où dans une voiture, la seule trace d’électronique qui pouvait exister se situait exclusivement du côté de l’autoradio ! Chaque geste du conducteur engendrait une réaction en direct live, sans aucun filtre ou la moindre puce intermédiaire…   Bien entendu, les 1ères générations de 911 étaient de celles ci. Pas de traction control… … Continuer la lecture de « An Early 911 » – La conduite en direct live…

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Porsche 911 Singer Montana – Vous aimez le bleu ? (Photos)

Entre les bestiales Rauh Welt et les somptueuses Singer, difficile de passer une semaine sans en prendre plein les yeux. Car même si les 911 se suivent et se ressemblent (Ha si quand même !) à chaque fois, c’est une claque visuelle. Et on fini par tomber dans la mauvaise foi juste pour justifier un … Continuer la lecture de Porsche 911 Singer Montana – Vous aimez le bleu ? (Photos)

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