Words by Raj Hunjan
After decades of sitting close to the bottom of the classic sports car market, the 80’s Porsche 911 is back in favour. What’s great about this rise in popularity is the variety of appreciation out there. Standard unmodified cars are rapidly increasing in value, early 1980’s 911s dipped below £10,000 in the UK and are now well on their way to multiples of this low price point. Despite the large production numbers, a lot of people rate the 911 as one of the greatest cars of all time. Cared for and enthusiast owned cars are commanding premium prices.
For example a low mileage Porsche 911 930 Turbo from the late 80’s would have been sold for under £20k in 2010, now these cars a regularly selling for over £30k. The run out 930 Turbo LE (limited edition) commands a premium due to the their rarity. They were the last 50 cars off the production line and featured several enhancements, including uprated 330 bhp engine, quad exhaust pipes and lower front spoiler.
An increasing trend is using these 80’s 911s as a base car for ultimate custom 911s, “enhanced cars” are becoming a multi million pound industry. Companies such as Singer, RWB, Paul Stephens and many more putting their mark on the 911. They are all very different, but they share one thing, a passion for the 911. The breadth of custom build 911s is incredible, right from replica 1960s and 1970s 911 recreations all the way to extreme Racing cars that are used by clients on streets across the world.
The Porsche 911 was a mass produced sports car, and in the past this was seen as a negative for owning them as a collector, now the sheer variety of models produced over its life, availability of parts and the ability to mix and match parts from multiple generations of 911 enable you to build your ideal 911.
Below are some of the 911 enhancers around the globe. If you would like assistance in creating a custom 911 or advice around finding a bespoke 911 please contact RevivalSportsCars.
Singer Vehicle Design – Singer undertake restoration and enhancement work on customer cars to their specification. They are at the cutting edge of technology development for classic air cooled Porsche 911s. They have recently announced partnerships with both Cosworth for engines and Aria Group for their composite material such as carbon fibre. Singer will continue to evolve their formula for creating the ultimate 911. They base their creations on the Porsche 911 964. Singer Vehicle Design 911 gallery click here
Paul Stephens – PS Autoart is a part of this UK based Porsche Specialist that blend the timeless design and simplicity of the classic air cooled 911’s with modern technology and useability. They build cars to order based on customer requirements, as well as development cars based on their own original ideas. Rrecent builds include a Porsche 911 PS 240C which was built to outperform the great 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS in every way and also a ground breaking 911 PS Autoart Spyder. click here
RWB – RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF is one of the most extreme custom 911 creators. We have previously covered Nakai-San’s work in a news article earlier this year. Nakai-San, along with his cars we featured in a video we posted. He takes Porsche 911 930, 964 and 993 models and transforms them into wide bodies racing cars for the road. His kits are now available via distributors in several parts of the world. For Nakai-San the key is stance and composure of a car. Whilst his cars are not to everyones taste, its clear to all that his vision is very bold and unique. click here