Porsche Classic partners with the American Porsche Club for this special 996.
The 996-generation Porsche 911 ushered in the most significant change in the history of the 911: liquid cooling. The death of the wind-cooled Porsche 911 may have left a bitter taste in the minds of some collectors and has made the 996 generation one of the most underrated eras of the Porsche 911.
To shed light on this often overlooked sports car, the Porsche Classic team teamed up with the Porsche Club of America and turned the 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera into a unique product.
Now dubbed the Porsche 911 Classic Club Coupe, this tiny 911 ’98’ has undergone a thorough restoration and has also been extensively modified. Trying to emulate the look of the limited-production 997 911 Sport Classic, this custom Porsche now has duck-tailed spoilers similar to the 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7, double-bubble roof and 18-inch Fuchs aluminum wheels.
Closer connected to the Sport Classic, the Porsche Classic has perfected this 911 in sporty metallic grey paint with sporty light grey metal and club blue stripes.
Under the spoilers and hood is an engine taken from the 996.2-generation Porsche 911 GT3. In English, that means this Porsche uses a naturally aspirated 6-cylinder 3.6-liter engine with 381 horsepower. Other parts from the GT3 of the same generation are also present on this 911. If you peel off the tires of this custom Porsche or go down below, you’ll find frame parts and brakes from the GT3.
Porsche Classic pays as much attention to the interior of this particular 911 as the rest of the build. On the inside, you will see no shortage of leather and alcantara wrap as well as custom details.
There’s custom embroidery on the headrest and custom sill cladding that reminds you of this custom Porsche’s name every time you open the door. Even so, Porsche also wants to introduce the Porsche Classic Communication Management Plus system, which brings modern infotainment comfort to this age-old machine.
If you’re wondering why so much effort is spent on one of the least appreciated 911s, the answer is easy. Tom Gorsuch, president of the Porsche Club of America, said: “We wanted to take a different route, based on this unique project on a less obvious car — the modern classic — that would appeal to a slightly different group of enthusiasts,” said Tom Gorsuch. The president of the Porsche Club of America said.
Completing this Porsche is the badge no. 001/001 mounted on the dash that highlights the special nature of this version. You may have trouble owning this particular 911, but the Porsche Classic will happily make you one. However, if you have to ask how much, you probably can’t afford it.