There are Porsches and then there are rally Porsches. Perhaps one of the most enigmatic of the lot remains the Porsche 953 – a modified 911 that featured a mechanical four wheel drive, long travel suspension with stabiliser bars and a heavily massaged 6 pot motor that made 300bhp in a car that weighted a scant 1247kg despite the addition of a roll cage. Made specifically for the Paris Dakar Rally, 911 Porsche entered three 953s. It was a debut year for Porsche in the gruesome rally and they came prepared. The contingent included no less than racing legend Jacky Ickx. It was however the team of Frenchmen René Metge and Dominique Lemoyne who won outright honours.
Now here is the interesting news for wealthy motorsport collectors out there, Luftgekühlt has something right up an alley. They have built Luftauto – their interpretation of an 80’s rally 911 Porsche. The base car is a 1985 Carrera coupe with 79,000 miles on the odo. The 3.2-litre engine has been rebuilt and now gets a host of upgrades like SSi headers, sports exhaust and Sachs clutch.
For this 911 Porsche, the axles have been rebuilt and now have custom-built KW long-travel dampers alongwith completely updated underpinnings. The brakes are competition spec now with 15-inch BRAID Winrace competition monoblock wheels painted in the same competition white and wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Rally tyres.
The exterior gets custom made, powder coated front and rear bumpers, custom front and rear skid plates and custom fog lamps with headlight grills. There is also a roof rack which holds the spare tyre secured with classy leather straps. There is a hint of RS there with the duck tail and mirrors.
On the inside of this rally 911 Porsche is a roll bar, lightweight Recaro bucket seats with four point rally harness, lightweight RS doors, OMP steering wheels and CNC milled floorboards and shift liver.
The Luftauto was made to be a daily driver that can handle the occasional off-road jaunt. Luftgekühlt will be auctioning this one-of-a-kind creation with the help of RM Sotheby’s at the upcoming Luftgekühlt car meet on 10th April 2016. While the car is expected to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000, it is offered without reserve and the proceeds of the sale will go to Autumn Leaves Project, a charitable organisation dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research. So all you rich motorsports buff out there, all she needs is a Rothmans livery and a couple of extra lights and she is good to go.