People who loved the 2006 Pixar film Cars as kids are now old enough to drive. If they have the cash they can bid on a Porsche 911 inspired by one of the characters.
The Porsche 911 Sally Special pays homage to the character of Sally Carrera, voiced by Bonnie Hunt, who was depicted as an anthropomorphic 996-series Porsche 911 Carrera.
Developed by Porsche and Pixar Animation Studios, the one-off 911 Sally Special is based on the Carrera GTS manual and is hand-painted in unique Sallybluemetallic, a colour also used in the interior.
Other nods to the character include Sally Carrera’s tattoo at the rear, plus unique five-spoke 20/21-inch wheels, a reinterpretation of the character’s wheels developed by Porsche designers in Weissach.
Inside, the seats are finished in a special Pepita houndstooth fabric upholstery in three colours, combined with chalk-coloured leather and Speed Blue stitching.
There are plenty of other nods to the character, like a cartoon of Sally on the dashboard, a ‘Kachow! Mode’ button on the steering wheel, and the Cars logo in various spots in the cabin.
Porsche says the 911 Sally Special “is meant to be driven often and gladly”, with an eye to everyday usability and practicality.
Naturally, for visibility reasons there are no giant eyes on the windscreen.
As it’s based on the Carrera GTS, the Sally Special is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre flat-six engine producing 353kW of power and 570Nm of torque, mated with a seven-speed manual transmission.
“911 Sally Special is based on the fastest and most agile variant of the 911 Carrera model line, the 911 Carrera GTS. The car is equipped with a manual gearbox, tapping into Sally Carrera’s passion for driving,” said Boris Apenbrink, director of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.
It’s being auctioned on Saturday, 20 August 2022 by RM Sotheby’s, with the proceeds going to two charities.
Porsche says a portion of the proceeds will benefit young women through a donation to Girls Inc, while the second portion will go to USA for UNHCR to support refugees from Ukraine.
The project began in November 2021, uniting members of the original Cars team. The team included Jay Ward, Creative Director of Franchise at Pixar Animation Studios, and Bob Pauley, the production designer who first drew Sally Carrera.
“We had great fun creating 911 Sally Special and it’s the first time we’ve worked on a project of this kind,” said Mr Ward.
“We decided early on that we wanted to create a completely drivable 911 – inspired by Sally Carrera, but just not an exact copy. Sally Carrera loves to drive – that was our inspiration.
“We asked ourselves: if Sally were built today as a road-approved model, what would she look like?”
The Pixar team worked with members of the Sonderwunsch team at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur in Stuttgart, plus designers from Style Porsche in Weissach, with the project taking 10 months.
“With this one-off street legal 911, the ‘Sally Special’, which we are auctioning for charity, we want to help people who urgently need support, quite in keeping with the spirit of the film character,” said Dr. Sebastian Rudolph, vice president of communications, sustainability and politics at Porsche AG.
The company is also auctioning a unique watch, developed and built at Porsche’s own watchmaking facility in Switzerland.
It has a ring finished in Sallybluemetallic and two straps: one finished in chalk-coloured leather with Speed Blue stitching, the other finishes in Speed Blue with chalk-coloured stitching.
Also on the auction block are original drawings, an additional wheel set, and an indoor car cover.
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