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Around the world in a lifted 928 S4

Safari and rally style Porsches are the hottest thing at the moment. From Leh Keen’s 911s to ASFOLT’s 924S, getting a bit more clearance under a Porsche seems like the hippest thing in the world. To our knowledge though, no one has seriously attempted to build a Safari-style 928. With a palpable sense of Gallic imperturbability Philippe Delaporte and his sons built a 928 S4 to circle the globe. These fearless Frenchmen took a road literally less traveled, and used the Silk Road to cross much of the ancient near-East and Asia.

While the video is lacking somewhat in technical details, a few things are obvious- the car has been lifted, and the Cup I wheels are fitted with all-terrain tires. A spare is mounted to the roof, and a second full-size spare is installed in the cargo area. Phillipe notes that they added an 8mm aluminum skid plate along the bottom of the car, and a small bash bar has been added to the front bumper. It all seems quite simple.

Yet this, a Porsche notorious for its complexity and difficulty of maintenance, apparently circled the globe without issue. It never failed to start in mounting snow, and it did its part opening the world to the Frenchmen. When they arrived at the Uzbek border the guard was so agog at the 5-liter engine, they entered the country at full throttle for his benefit. Clearly the Porsche 928 S4 is an instrument of peace, love, and goodwill.

We love seeing a transaxle Porsche used this way. Along with cars like Project Luna, a 944S that covered 240k miles in 258 days, this 928 is a sign that the only limit on a Porsche is the owner’s imagination.

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Protecting a 911 Safari with XPEL Film and Ceramic Coatings

We love Leh Keen’s Safari 911s. In keeping with our belief that the 911 is a perfect all-rounder, lifting one and fitting knobby tires seems to take nothing from the experience. Mr. Keen’s cars are brilliant, and Matt Farah’s personal car is one of the most interesting of the lot. Farah’s Safari is finished in Cassis Red, a rather polarizing and slightly urbane color choice for a brawny Safari car. The paintwork, evidently, is largely original, and Matt has wisely opted to protect it. In order to protect the finish Matt has opted for an XPEL film over his entire car.

While most of us would be well-served by XPEL film over just the chip-prone forward surfaces of our cars, Matt’s adventure-friendly ride needed a bit more protection. As such, Chris West from XPEL spent a whopping five days applying a self-healing extruded Urethane film to the entire vehicle. This proprietary film uses a topcoat based on current self-healing automotive topcoats. This design allows minor scratches in the finish to disappear over time. Used in conjunction with ceramic coatings this finish is both durable and easy to clean.

While XPEL does have patterns for many commonly-protected parts of cars, applying a film to an entire vehicle is a different matter. Mr. West had to custom-cut post of the panels installed on Matt’s 911. The light pod, mirrors, and much of the trim required custom work, but that is relatively minor given the project’s scope. Chris was able to wrap the car from the base of the A-pillar to the rear of the quarter panel with a single sheet of film to avoid visible seams.

While Project 944 GTS and Project Mello Yello may not benefit much from this treatment, those among our readership with finer paintwork may be interested in the full-car protection option.

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Porsche 911 on safari

Did you know the Porsche 911’s first ever race was, in fact, a rally? The year was 1965, and Huschke von Hanstein, race director and Porsche PR officer, was keen to show off the dexterity of the company’s new sports car, which could be driven on the road and raced at weekends. Herbert Linge and Peter Falk were thrust into a 2.0-litre 911 for the legendary Monte Carlo rally, driving the car from Bad Homburg, Germany, to the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, finishing a creditable fifth overall. A 911 would win the notorious event outright in 1968 in the hands of ‘Quick Vic’ Elford, the first of many key rallying successes which forms an important part of the 911’s 30,000 overall race victories to date.

Meanwhile, alongside the sport kits which formed the basis of Porsche’s famous Sports Purpose manual in 1966, the company offered a rally kit – option 9552. Comprising of a pair of Recaro seats, roll bar, a 100-litre fuel tank with front hood filler, adjustable Koni shock absorbers plus subtle engine modifications, the kit was intended for customers who wished to participate in long-distance rallies.

Notable success on the rally stage has continued throughout the 911’s history. Who can forget the heroics of the factory-supported Prodrive SC RSs in the 1980s, a precursor to the 1984 Paris-Dakar-winning 953 and, later, the 959, which was built for the very purpose of rallying before the demise of Group B just before its release. The air-cooled 911 remains a regular participant in global regulation and speed rallies, with most notable success courtesy of British Porsche specialists, Tuthills. They have campaigned all manner of classic 911s in various rallies of considerable magnitude right around the world, with the late, legendary rally maestro Björn Waldegård often found at the wheel right up until his death in 2014. Current works driver Romain Dumas, meanwhile, developed his own 997 GT3 RS R-GT which competed alongside a rival 997 – again from Tuthill – in the 2015 WRC, with Porsche itself testing a Cayman GT4 Clubsport R-GT in 2018 with a view to joining the WRC series. As you can see, rallying isn’t a mere offshoot of the Porsche 911 – it’s forever been part of its DNA.

Meanwhile, safari 911s have well and truly captured the imaginations of wider enthusiasts in the last two to three years, catapulted into the limelight by pro racing driver and Porsche enthusiast Leh Keen’s imaginative safari builds. Others have since joined the market with their own off-road expressions of the 911, but what are these cars really like to drive? Today we’re going to find out, thanks to an invite from Makellos Classics to test their most remarkable project to date. Matt Kenyon, owner of the San Diego-based company, explains: “Safari cars are popular right now so we wanted to try our interpretation of it. Some cars have the look, but we wanted to build a car that you could legitimately take off-road.”

The 911 in question is a 1978 European SC, which Makellos acquired in April 2018 with 125,000 kilometres on the clock. As Matt describes, its spec was perfect for the project at hand: “When we came across this 911 SC it had a pretty cool factory spec. It had sunroof delete, lower console delete and radio delete. It just screamed at us to build a rally spec 911.” Work started in May and was completed by mid-September, an incredible feat when you consider this was a passion project which Matt, manager Greg Bartley and the rest of the Makellos team had to fit around a busy stream of paying client jobs.

After a strip down the team began with crucial fabrication work to the 911’s chassis, which entailed custom bracing all over the car as well as reinforcement of the rear strut towers. The front strut towers were custom braced, and custom front and rear skid plates were added too.

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Our Favorite Porsches On Ebay This Week: Volume 125

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for a few years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we’re focusing on some of the more budget friendly aircooled alternatives. This time we’re feeling the need for speed, so we’ve picked out a few Porsche racing cars that are track (or two track) ready. 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 on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s 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. 1995 Porsche 968 Turbo Ex-Daytona 24 Race Car For Sale

I have a soft spot for Porsche’s front-engine watercooled cars, and this is the absolute pinnacle of that series of Porsche sports cars. The 968 was the ultimate extension of the chassis as a road going vehicle, and then a few of them received turbochargers for racing. This particular car was built at the tail end of the 1990s for a run at the Daytona 24. It’s a privateer racer, but appears to have been seriously well built and looks the absolute business. They claim about 500 horsepower on conservative levels of boost, and with a build like this I wouldn’t doubt those numbers. If you’re looking for a great racer that you couldn’t replicate for five times the asking price, this one is for you.

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

2. 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup For Sale

Slightly less powerful than the 968, but with more of that classic transaxle car look, and more factory-built race car pedigree, is the 944 Turbo Cup. This was built for a customer in Europe to race, and spent much of its career in the BeNeLux region doing endurance and sprint racing at famous race courses. The 944 Turbo Cup was shipped over to participate at Rennsport Reunion, and is now in California ready for you to give it another chapter of racing.

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

3. 1974 Porsche 911 RSR Brumos Replica For Sale

It doesn’t get much more iconic in the American Porsche scene than a red, white, and blue Brumos livery on an old 911 racer. This is a replica, but built to similar standards as the car Brumos raced at Daytona in the early 1970s. If you want a sorted race car that doesn’t have the provenance and history (so you won’t be as afraid to drive it hard), this is your car. Check it out.

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

4. 1979 Porsche 911 Safari Rally-Style For Sale

This Porsche 911 SC has been a track racer for decades, but the current owner has decided to trade in the car’s lightweight alloys and racing slicks for a set of rally tires on KPZ-style steel wheels. This beast has been raised up quite a bit, but retains much of the stuff that made it a great track car in order to make it great off road. It’s a strange look, but I have to admit that I love it a lot, and would jump at the opportunity to hoon it off road for a while.

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

5. 1992 Porsche 911 RS Cup Car For Sale

And finally, the holy grail of 964 track performance. This Porsche was built in-period by Andial for a racing series that never came to fruition. It’s claimed to have been driven under 1300 miles since it left the factory, though likely a lot of those miles were on track. If you’re looking for a collectible aircooled that almost nobody else will have, this is a good place to start. With only 25 built, an interesting backstory, and an Andial connection, this is a rare bird that will only continue to be talked about.

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

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Matt Farah Takes His Safari 911 For An Urban Adventure

When you think about the perfect Los Angeles city car, you don’t necessarily jump to a 1980s Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2, but once Leh Keen has fiddled with the suspension and interior, it just might be. With a softer suspension, more tire sidewall, and taller ride height, a Safari 911 is an excellent machine for running around in the mean streets of LA. You can hit bumps, curbs, pot holes, and speed humps at speed without so much as a worry about it hurting your car, and certainly without worrying about it compacting your spine as a stiffly sprung motorsport-inspired suspension might.

Matt Farah, of Smoking Tire fame, recently sent his Casis Red Porsche off for a complete overhaul by BBi Autosport and The Keen Project. He drove Leh’s personal car a few years ago, and fell madly in love with the concept. It’s been just over a year since he bought the car, and it’s turned out exactly how he wanted it. With huge knobby tires, a wild interior, some bash bars, and bright as day fog lamps, Safari Project #14 makes for a great city runabout. It’s comfortable, easy to drive, and works exactly as planned. This is the first of three drive reviews of the car, running around in the city. In the near future, Matt promises to bring us reviews of the car on a twisty canyon road and again on an off-road route. I look forward to seeing if his positive opinion continues to hold when he drives the car in those differing environments.

This kind of does go to show that Leh Keen was a genius for kicking off this trend in the Porsche world. They’re apparently brilliant to drive, still retain the character Porsche is known for, and carry an added value that can’t be reproduced anywhere else. That Leh has a waiting list years long is testament to the car, as well. Well done to Leh and well done to Matt for getting the car he wanted. I’m personally so glad he decided to keep it in Casis Red, it’s such a gorgeous color.

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