You know your car club is pretty serious when the automaker themselves produces a one-off just for you. That is what Porsche has done with the creation of the Classic Club Coupe. This is a 996 911 restomod that was built for the Porsche Club of America (PCA). The PCA is one of the oldest and largest Porsche clubs in the world. It was founded in 1955 and currently has over 145 000 members
Old made new
We’ve made no secret of the fact that we are fans of restomods here at Double Apex. That is why we are happy to see an old Porsche given a new lease on life. A dilapidated 996-generation 911 was sourced in the US and sent to Germany. The car was completely stripped down and rebuilt at the Porsche factory.
Over two and half years, the 996 was turned from an old, unloved abandoned machine into a factory fresh 911. The project was overseen by Porsche’s Sonderwunsch programme.
The body of the Classic Club Coupe was completely covered in Sport Grey Metallic paintwork. The roof now boasts a double-bubble design feature, as seen in older racecars. In profile one can see a fixed rear spoiler similar to the ducktail lip of the 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7. Adding to the retro appearance are a set of gloss black Fuchs alloys.
The 996 restomod was inspired by the GT3. Accordingly, its bodyshell was rebuilt and strengthened using new original parts as well as newly developed components. Under the revitalised skin is the braking system from a second-gen GT3. The engine and manual transmission were also sourced from the same car, giving the Classic Club Coupe 280 kW of power from the 3,6-litre flat-six engine.
Interior to match
The centre sections of the sports seats and the door cards are made of leather, and feature a houndstooth pattern. Black leather is the material of choice for the interior. In this car it is used in combination with slate grey and partially perforated Alcantara; the latter is used on the roof lining and pillars. A “911 Classic Club Coupe No. 001/001” badge adorns the dashboard.
“The Type 996 is unjustly overshadowed by the other 911 ranges. That’s why we were happy to choose it as the basis for demonstrating all the things we can do with Porsche Classic and the recently expanded Sonderwunsch programme of Porsche AG,” says Alexander Fabig, head of individualisation and classic. “In 2009, the 911 Sport Classic, a limited series of 250, had already generated worldwide interest. However, this special model was not sold in the US. With this one-off, we’ve now managed to bring a similarly exciting vehicle concept to the U.S. as well.”