One-of-10 Le Mans Classic Porsche revealed

| 5 Jul 2018
Classic & Sports Car – One of 10 Le Mans Classic Porsche revealed

If you're at this weekend's Le Mans Classic, be sure to check out this brand-new, limited-edition Porsche 911.

The work of independent marque specialist Paul Stephens, the Le Mans Classic Clubsport edition starts life as an original 911 body tub, before undergoing a full rebuild to as-new condition.

And although the covers came off at a pre-launch event in London this week, the 2018 Le Mans Classic is where members of the public will get their first chance to take a look.

Classic & Sports Car – One of 10 Le Mans Classic Porsche revealed
Classic & Sports Car – One of 10 Le Mans Classic Porsche revealed
Classic & Sports Car – One of 10 Le Mans Classic Porsche revealed
Classic & Sports Car – One of 10 Le Mans Classic Porsche revealed
The limited-edition run marks the 10th Le Mans Classic

The price? Around £250,000, depending on spec, and only 10 will be built, to celebrate 10 runnings of the Le Mans Classic.

But there's a catch... You'll not get your car until the Le Mans Classic in 2020.

Let's see what you get – and if it's worth that wait!

Based on Paul Stephens' Clubsport model, but designed to chime with the heritage of the Le Mans Classic, it's in keeping with the specialist's 'less-is-more' philosophy.

We're talking a lightweight de-seamed roof panel (including a sunroof delete), lightweight composite bumpers and engine cover, an aluminium bonnet, lightweight soundproofing and aerodynamically-honed lightweight external mirrors. Yes, the whole 'lightweight' thing is a bit of a theme here.

Two versions will be available: the more comfortable Touring spec, or the rawer Lightweight; the latter can weigh as little as 970kg.

Classic & Sports Car – One of 10 Le Mans Classic Porsche revealed
Classic & Sports Car – One of 10 Le Mans Classic Porsche revealed
The lucky few won't get their cars until 2020

Power comes from a 300bhp, air-cooled, 3.4-litre flat 'six' and there's plenty of clever business under the bonnet, including RS specification camshafts, lightweight conrods, and a lightened and balanced crankshaft.

That engine is mated to a Getrag G50 gearbox and there's a limited-slip differential. Expect 0-60mph times of 4.4 seconds and a 175mph top speed.

The interior will be trimmed in black leather with special, Le Mans Classic-style green, black and white houndstooth inserts, and these colours are used across the rest of the cabin, too.

Other details inside include a 24-hour clock (of course), aluminium foot plates, bespoke dials and green seat belts. And every car has a luggage box sited where the rear seats would usually be, plus a specially commissioned luggage set.

The crowning glory? Each owner will be invited to parade their car and partake in the famous Le Mans start ritual in 2020.


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