1964 Porsche 901

an air-cooled icon

Porsche 901 - an air-cooled icon

The brief was to create a Porsche with the classic lines of the original 1964 Porsche 901 but with the additions of some more modern touches for a unique look.

Both the front and rear bumpers were designed to mimic, yet smooth off, the original designs but within a one-piece bumper/valance units. These were also modified to match the now widened front and rear fenders that cover the specified 20inch Porsche rims. Deepened and re-profiled sills have been added to enhance the side-profile along with carbon-composite bonnet and engine cover for lightness.

Other changes to the appearance are upgraded lighting with clear lenses, updating the headlights to hi-power projector types and the re-manufacturing of the original wing mirrors and body trim parts in carbon-fibre.

One of the decisions on this project was how to enhance the aero of this early Porsche without resorting to adding additional spoilers. Utilising our motorsport experience we have added a subtle carbon front splitter underneath the newly designed bumper and at the rear a diffuser has been designed for additional rear downforce.

It was not just the exterior of the car that has had a makeover, the interior has had some special and personal touches made. The dashboard will be remanufactured with better ventilation and re-trimmed in soft-touch grey leather with the same grey leather used on the upper door cards and pockets. The main dashboard facia will be sprayed in the unique paint colour chosen for the exterior and the modern Porsche steering wheel with have accents in the same colour whilst the rim will be covered in black alcantara.

The later Porsche seats will again be trimmed in the grey leather, with cloth inserts and a central trim line in body colour.

The rear seats have been removed and replaced with a bespoke lockable storage trunk, that the client specified, in the same trim as the seats.

One of the most exciting changes to the interior is the replacement of the instruments with bespoke high-definition LCD dials that mimic the Porsche ones. These can be reconfigured or re-programmed to display differently in the future. The instrument layout is the same as the original and sit in the instrument binnacle behind body coloured bezels.

Engineering modifications to the car will include uprated brakes and multi-link suspension and a late spec air-cooled engine pushing out an estimated 280-300bhp.