Gas Geek
P.O. Box 3617
Santa Barbara, CA 93130

Phone: 805-451-8434

Mostly 1988 Porsche 911 S-R

Vehicle Story

Previously owned by Dick Barbour Racing of 24 of Le Mans racing fame this Carrera S-R Tribute started life as a 1988 Carrera Cabriolet.  The Cabriolet was chosen given its reinforced chassis that provides additional strength over a conventional 911 coupe chassis. A roof from a 1969 Porsche 911 was welded onto the car which dramatically stiffens the chassis providing a solid platform to start the build. Photos of the car under construction during the roof swap show the fit to the cabriolet body nearly perfect before the small gap beneath the C-pillar was filled. Fabrication included a package tray added in addition to the roof.  It is estimated that the swap reduced over 100lbs alone due to the weight of the convertible top mechanism. Continuing with the focus on lightweight, the build removed the impact bumpers, interior components, rear seat, radio, air conditioning and went with all lightweight materials in the interior like Alcantera dash and lightweight carpets. The headliner was also replaced with lightweight carpet and the seats are retro sport seats built by vintage seats. Overall, the car weighs 300+lbs less than a comparable 911 Carrera with better performance. The drivetrain is the 3.2 liter Porsche engine that was completely rebuilt during the conversion from a cabriolet to a coupe with a Steve Wong ECU upgrade and improved lightweight intake system. The car has a complete customer build stainless steel exhaust further improving the breathing for the car while allowing it to still pass California emissions standards. Power goes thru a G50 transmission with a short shift and a 917 knob. The backdate conversion was done by TRE Motorsports to create a “long nose” body configuration as was seen on the pre-1974 cars with the proper “ducktail” rear deck for cars of that era. In addition to the longhood and ducktail, the 911 also wears earlier fenders, headlight rings, slim bumpers, proper exterior mirrors, and 911R taillights. The car was professionally prepared and painted in authentic Ossi blue paint that was only available in 1968/69 .  A set of custom RSR Fuchs wheels were refinished as part of the build along the design of the RSR wheels and fitted with Bridgestone Potenza RE 11 tires. The car has Sport Bilsteins all around, uprated brakes with slotted rotors, and corner balanced for exceptional handling.

  • Year Mostly 1988
  • Make Porsche
  • Model 911 S-R
  • Exterior Color Ossi Blue
  • Interior Color Black
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