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Autotrader Find: 1983 Porsche 911 Rothmans Rally Car Tribute

Here’s something really cool: While every aspiring car collector these days seems to be entering the Porsche market and buying some air-cooled model from the 1970s or 1980s, this particular example can really distinguish you from the crowd. It’s a 1983 Porsche 911 SC, but it’s been converted to an excellent replica of the famous Rothmans rally car — and it’s currently listed for sale on Autotrader.


And yes, I mean an excellent replica. The Porsche you see above started life as a normal 911 SC like so many others, and it eventually fell into disrepair. Instead of simply restoring it, the seller decided to make a rally car tribute — and the detail provided in the listing is excellent. The finished product speaks for itself, or at least it seems to in photos; I can’t speak to the driving experience. But if it drives anywhere near as cool as it looks, I think this thing would be a blast.


Some of the changes made to closely match the real rally car involve a custom-made skid plate that’s measured to identical specs as the original, custom-fabricated body parts and a totally revamped chassis from a restorer who’s well-known in the auto show circuit.


The result is this excellent build, offered by Trissl Sports Cars in Florence, Alabama, for a whopping $139,000. That’s big money, but I imagine the cost — and time — of doing this yourself would be prohibitive. Now, you can have a turn-key example that’s ready to be driven home.


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  1. People buy STI’s because they can’t afford M3’s. People buy Baja Beetles because they can’t afford this car.

    But this is what we should be doing with all those $2500 Boxters that show up from time to time.

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