A collaboration between two Porsche dealerships has led to a reimagining of the very first Porsche 911 sold in Australia.
The Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur custom order scheme allowed the creation of a special pair of 992 Carrera S examples.
The two completed modern 911 examples will be displayed with the 1965 original, before being sold to customers.
The original Australian Porsche 911
The very first Porsche 911 sold in Australia was ordered by Ron Angas, a pastoralist from South Australia. Angas placed the order in 1964, when the car was still set to badged as the Porsche 901.
Registered on 1st September 1965, Angas had specified Steingrau exterior paint with a green leather interior. Ron also picked an optional five-speed manual transmission, along with a modified exhaust silencer.
Angas later sold the car to a friend in February 1969. Before then, he had racked up some 54,000 miles in the 911. This even included competing at the Collingrove Hillclimb event in Angaston, South Australia.
Reimagining an icon
The original Aussie 911 has passed through several owners since, and now resides in a museum at The Bend Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend, South Australia.
Stewart Kay, the current owner of the car, first became aware of it in the 1980s. Research found it to be one of the earliest examples of a production right-hand drive 911.
After some 55 years, the special car is now serving as a demonstration of what can be achieved through Porsche’s custom build process. Porsche Centre Sydney South and Porsche Centre Melbourne will each sell a new 992 Carrera S inspired by Ron’s car.
Classic style, modern interpretation
The original Steingrau paint is no longer offered by Porsche. Instead, the distinctive ‘Crayon’ colour has been used for the bodywork and engine cover slats. Painted exterior mirrors, and high-gloss chrome window surrounds help recreate the look of the 1965 car.
A set of Carrera Exclusive Design alloy wheels are substantially larger than those on the classic car. The eight-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission is also a thoroughly modern addition.
We imagine Ron Angas would have happily swapped his 911’s 134 hp flat-six for the 444 hp 3.0-litre turbocharged engine in the new car.
Inside, Porsche has fitted sports seats in Agave Green leather with Crayon stitching. Paldao Dark wood trim covers the dashboard and centre console, whilst the illuminated door sills display 1965 Reimagined‘ on them.
The finished Exclusive 911s will be displayed in the two Porsche dealerships in the coming months.