Porsche Creates 911 Classic Club Coupe out of a Run-Down 996

In a piece of recent news, Porsche has launched its Classic Club Coupe edition. Last year in 2021, Porsche launched Sonderwunsch, the resurrection of a 1970s-era program, and it’s dedicated to building one-off dream cars based on new and old Porsches. This collaboration bore its first fruit, a custom 911 GT3 with a Le Mans-winning livery, last fall.

The Classic Club Coupe

Now in 2022, Porsche has revealed the latest from Sonderwunsch: the 911 Classic Club Coupe, drawing inspiration from the 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7 and 2009 911 Sport Classic. The company worked closely with the Porsche Club of America on the project, which spanned two and a half years. It started life as a 1998 911 Carrera that the executive director of the Porsche Club of America found in derelict condition in Columbia, Virginia.

The car was then sent to the Porsche Classic workshop near the main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany, where it underwent a complete restoration and gained the chassis, brakes, and engine from the 996.2 GT3. That naturally aspirated 3.6-liter flat-six is good for 381 horsepower.

Astounding Metallics and Sleek

The car is finished in Sport Gray Metallic, with full-length light Sport Gray racing stripes outlined in Club Blue, similar to the 911 Sport Classic. At the rear, a ducktail spoiler protrudes between the taillights in a nod to the Carrera RS 2.7. The Classic Club Coupe also gains a double-bubble roof that, like the spoiler, was hand-built for this car, and rides on 18-inch forged aluminum Fuchs wheels.

Inside, the Classic Club Coupe is covered in black leather with Slate Gray and Club Blue accents, an Alcantara headliner, and a woven black and Slate Gray pattern on the seats and door panels. The ‘Classic Club Coupe’ script appears throughout, and the car receives modern touches including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM.

Porsche says all of the technical modifications were evaluated so that the car remains in compliance with U.S. regulations. Having been the customer for this factory restoration project, the Porsche Club of America has taken delivery of the completed vehicle, according to a Porsche spokesperson.

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