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Porsche 911 Classic Club Coupe: One-off 996 revealed

Who said Singer should have all the fun? Porsche has created a special one-off 996-generation 911 for Porsche Club America.

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Not content letting companies like Singer have all the resto-modding fun, Porsche has created a one-off version of the 996-generation 911 for the Porsche Club of America.

The Classic Club Coupe calls to mind the 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7 with its double bubble roof, 18-inch forged Fuchs wheels, and unique exterior finish culminating in a ducktail spoiler.

Both the roof and rear spoiler are handmade, as is the rear windscreen. The parts are all part of the Sonderwunsch (special wish) program, which allows buyers to have their classic cars dragged into the modern era using the full spectrum of individual parts in the Porsche catalogue.

A similar formula was applied to the 911 Sport Classic over in 2009, but that car never made it to the USA. This one-off is designed to rectify that.

Power in the Classic Club Coupe comes from a naturally-aspirated 3.6-litre petrol engine making 285kW of power. It’s been lifted from the 996-generation 911 GT3, as have the suspension and brakes.

The donor car was found in Virginia, USA, before being shipped to the Porsche Classic workshop in Germany. It was stripped back, and the body-in-white was reinforced using a combination of original and new parts.

Inside, the car features black leather trim offset by slate grey accents, and seat centres finished in a twill pattern. It’s a thoroughly retro design, and one that once again calls to mind the 911 Sport Classic.

The headrests and rev counter feature blue highlights, in keeping with the exterior finish.

The Porsche Classic Communication Management Plus system brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the 996, along with satellite radio. Porsche has also made the startup screen match the exterior badging.

“We wanted to take a different route – to base this unique project on a car less obvious – a modern classic – that would appeal to a slightly different group of enthusiasts,” said Tom Gorsuch, President of the Porsche Club of America.

“The fact that the finished Porsche 911 Classic Club Coupe looks so cohesive, with the changes appearing so natural, is what’s really incredible about this challenging project.”

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Scott Collie
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Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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