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2007-10-29 08:56
Vintage 911RS. So rare and prohibitively expensive these iconic Porsche models have become today, ownership is nearly unfathomable. Or is it?

If your heart truly yearns for a 1973 911RS, Paul Stephens, owner of PS Autoart, from Suffolk could be the man to make your dreams reality.

A Porsche specialist and former racer himself, Stephens has the uncanny ability to fashion vintage 911S and RS look-alikes from more contemporary Porsche platforms.

Primarily using the '964' platform, compromising 911 models from the 1989-1993 production run, Stephens sets about a bespoke customising job of epic proportions.

To ensure an authentic 911RS look Stephens has to fabricate a longer aluminium bonnet himself and stretch the front wings to accommodate the characteristic old-style front indicator assembly.

He creates his own front and rear bumpers and of course there is the obligatory 'ducktail' rear spoiler. Exterior detailing is meticulous and those chrome finished window frames, side-mirrors and door-handles are simply achingly beautiful.

Although the interior is largely stock utilitarian '964', Stephens did manage to source his own electric seats - the high-backed '964' ones just look too much at odds with the retro exterior - which have been reupholstered in period corduroy.

No classic 911RS interpretation would be complete without those timeless five-spoke Fuchs wheels. Stephens has no choice but to make his own 17-inchers as the standard '964' brakes were too large to be hidden behind original specification Fuchs mags.

Beyond the striking exterior styling customization Stephens ensures a mechanical synergy able to herald a driving experience true to the original 911RS.

In 300R trim the 3.6-litre standard '964' flat-six is fitted with new pistons and a lightened flywheel bumping up capacity to 3.8-litres and power to 224kW.

Although the 1220kg kerb weight is not quite in the lithe league of the original 911RS, it is still trim enough to ensure a five-second 0-100km/h sprint time and a top-speed of 280km/h.

The beauty of the Paul Stephens PS 300R is its classic 911RS chic combined with the presence of modern automotive niceties such as ABS-brakes and interior cooling and heating systems which actually work.

Although 911 purists might scoff at the idea of a 'tarted-up' early 90's 911 posing as a classic early 70?s RS, the Stephens PS 300R is a very bespoke handcrafted conversion combining the best of both worlds.

It might hardly be cheap - if you manage to pick up a 964 for R200 000 odd a finished PS 300R should still run you the wrong side of R900 000 - but it might also be the most authentic take on the retro theme yet.


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