In 1997, Akira Nakai founded RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF, bestowing Porsche 911s with ultra-slammed and flared widebody kits that had previously been reserved for Japanese drift and tuner cars — much to the dismay of staunch Porsche purists and aficionados. In the intervening quarter-century, Nakai would use this unorthodox style to establish himself as one of the most highly-regarded and influential builders or tuners in recent history. And while RWB is now known the world over by auto enthusiasts, Akira still personally hand-builds each of the prolific Porsche tuner’s projects — limiting the number of cars it can churn out while making them that much more sought after.
Because most RWB Porsche owners wouldn’t even dream of giving up their one-off ride, Akira-built specimens seldom come up for sale, making this pristine 1995 911-based build that’s headed to auction extremely significant. Dubbed “Hideyoshi,” the project takes its name from the 16th Century Samurai warrior, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Originally built for a client in Puerto Rico, this ’95 993 donor was converted by Nakai in late 2016, receiving a 17-piece RWB widebody kit with ultra-flared front and rear fenders, vented bumpers fore and aft, extended rockers, custom canards, and a biplane rear spoiler.
Though it left the factory wearing a coat of Iris Blue Metallic, Akira had the Porsche repainted in Mexico Blue. Moreover, in June of 2017, Japanese artist Ryo “Roamcouch” Ogawa was tasked with painting the 911’s doors and sills. The car’s front bonnet has also been signed by the artist, as well as the builder. What’s more, the car’s original factory Grey and Blue leather interior has also been replaced with custom black leather and Alcantara throughout. In late 2021, this example was also treated to an extensive mechanical refresh courtesy of Dubai’s Alex Renner Motors Garage LLC.
Located in Dubai, RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF’s 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé “Hideyoshi” build will soon be going under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Open Roads auction that’s scheduled to run from February 16th through the 23rd. RM has yet to reveal how much this RWB example is expected to fetch once it hits the block, though a similar 1995 Porsche 911 RWB build sold for $132,000 in 2019, so we anticipate the car to easily surpass the $100,000 mark.
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