Walk past a bistro on a French village square and you cannot help being drawn-in by the plat du jour that’s on offer; no matter how full-to-the-brim you are. The French understand the art of seduction a bit too well, from which there’s no escape. Gastronomy, art or culture, the French have always been able to stir up the perfect recipe. The reason behind this is the countrymen’s inquisitiveness to experiment on everything they set their eyes on. With time, effort and a inbred hereditary talent to seduce, they then present their work made from the perfectly soulful recipe that’s hard to look away from. And that’s exactly the case in point here too with the 1983 Porsche 911 SC 3.0 “MR11” created by Machine Revival.
What we have here with the MR11 is a Porsche 911 restomod that’s like nothing else you have gotten used to seeing. Its character – part rockstar, part reserved and part bespoke. All of which come together for one purpose – to excite the one who drives it. From afar, the MR11 doesn’t scream and shout for attention. It is no “look at me” Porsche this. What it is from a distance is what the French like to call “Subtlety in flavour”. Up close though, things could not be more opposite.
The Bespoke: The MR11 Porsche 911 SC receives a custom made bodykit by Machine Revival. There’s a set of Fuchs wheels painted in black and gold paint that go perfectly fine, like a pair of brogues on folded-up blue denim. To balance the gold on an otherwise grey paint, Machine Revival has added a golden mesh under the custom made engine aluminium cover. It’s a subtle touch, but an incredibly fabulous one none the less.
The Reserved: With the MR11, the guys at Machine Revival have played with the way the Porsche 911 SC 3.0 presents itself, leaving the flat-six in its original stock charm that all Porsche air-cooled machines of the generation are famous for. That said, they haven’t forgotten to spruce up the bits that would aid the driver to make the best from the classic neunelfer engine. The brakes, suspensions intake and exhausts have been upgraded, so while the engine is in stock tune, there’s more that you can do with it.
The Rockstar: It’s on the inside though where Machine Revival has gone bonkers with the customisation of the MR11. Almost everything in here is custom made and worked upon in detail. The carpets, leather covers and seats are all made in-house by Machine Revival. Even the doors panels and door handles have been re-designed. The MR11 Porsche 911 SC 3.0 gets a pair of fibreglass bucket seats that have been inspired from the ones that came with the Porsche 911 ST. The roof is left bare, only given a big gold Machine Revival sticker that matches the one that’s on the rev counter. Both reminding you that although beautiful, this Porsche 911 SC is meant to be driven by the scruff of the neck. The intensions are clear here. A stripped out Porsche riding on upgraded underpinnings isn’t a lounge to chill. On the contrary, it is a concert stage with 20,000 Watt speakers connected to a mic in front of a long-haired guy on vocals and a quiet blog who’s about to break out an unstoppable, memorable guitar solo! All you need to do in is be quiet and drive, and enjoy the pure, undiluted flat-six clear it’s throat to the command of your right foot.
Photography by Thomas Cortesi for Machine Revival
Machine Revival Porsche 911 SC 3.0 “MR11”