A decade ago, the notion of chopping up a vintage Porsche to transform it into a one-off safari-style build was widely viewed as being incredibly sacrilegious. This view, however, has drastically changed in recent times, as the build type has exploded in popularity, giving way to an ever-growing number of go-anywhere 911s. As safari builds have become more popular, the overall standard once seen for these projects has begun to decline, with many builds being little more than a 911 with a light pod and lift kit. And that’s a major part of what makes this particularly elaborate and meticulously-built, spare-no-expense 911 safari project so special, as it possesses a level of detail and performance that only the most elite safari builds can match.
Riding on 16” Braid wheels shod in BFGoodrich Baja Champion All-Terrain T/A K02 tires, the safari-style 911 features a Stage 1 Safari package from Elephant Racing that’s paired with a set of Von shocks and provides 2” of lift. Off-road upgrades on the vehicle include a Werks Gruppe hood-mounted light pod with Hella LED lamps, a Carbone roof rack, yellow fog lamp lenses, and Werks Gruppe tubular-style front and rear bumpers and alloy skid plates — the latter of which also sports an integrated WARN winch. The car has also been bestowed with de-cambered ball joints, a whale-tail rear spoiler, a bump-steer kit, front struts with lowered spindles, Turbo tie rods, and RSR-style hollow sway bars.
Powering the car is a 3.2-liter flat-six that was recently rebuilt by Desoto Euro Werks of Nesbit, Minnesota, where it gained a 915 five-speed manual transaxle, a lightweight clutch and flywheel, a Wevo shifter, an internal Wevo gateshift kit, and Fabspeed headers feeding into an aftermarket dual-exit exhaust system. Cloaked in bespoke upholstery courtesy of GTS Classics in Manchaca, Texas, the interior of the car now features black leather seats, dash, and door panels with tartan fabric inserts, coco mats, Rennline pedals and floorboards, a Porsche-branded digital stereo with navigation, a Wilwood hydraulic handbrake with a Chase Bays rear brake lever, a leather-wrapped MOMO Prototipo steering wheel, LED-backlit re-faced VDO instrumentation, and a Heuer-branded analog quartz clock.
Currently located in Portland, Oregon, this Safari-Style 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe is currently up for auction on Bring a Trailer, where, as of the time of writing, bidding has reached $142,000.