Based off an '88 Carrera, this blue beauty has been turned into a ground-up project which rivals a Singer. With every nut and bolt replaced, every plastic bumper switched with composite bits, and tastefully executed '70s styling at each corner, this Rennsport-build 911 will catch the eye of the studied Porsche aficionado. A restrained, highly polished machine like this—one which retains all the odd, endearing characteristics of a classic 911—will make even the coldest, most lap time-obsessed driver reconsider their priorities.
Some creature comforts, a Saddle Brown interior, supportive Recaro seats, and an overwhelmingly classy spec sheet make the enthusiast drool. Royal blue paint, Fuchs wheels, aluminum bezels, and an athletic stance turns any racer's head. It's a classic racer with elegant curves and plenty of character.
Though the eye candy present is enough for a pair of petrolheads to spend an evening swilling scotch and soaking in the details, this Rennsport-built gem is at its best while on the road. The raspy wail of the 3.2-liter engine is bliss to the ear, and the 2,400-pound frame isn't too much for the unassisted steering. It's all you on your own; no cosseting driver aids available. For that reason among others, this steel-paneled 911 provides an involving experience even below the speed limit.
With all those lovely 911 idiosyncrasies—read: a bouncy nose and a very lively experience over bumpy roads—tempered by modern technology, this well-sorted machine offers its driver a constant smile. Though some might feel a vintage Porsche bordering on $170,000 is overkill, the style and sense of occasion should make it a budget Singer for the discerning vintage 911 enthusiast.