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Singer’s DLS project - a Porsche 911, re-engineered to perfection

Singer has been responsible for some incredible reimagining’s of the Porsche 911. This is a most radical yet.

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2023 Porsche 911 GTS Manual 992

If, instead of Porsche’s impressive facility in Stuttgart, the 992 911 family was actually grown on vines and finished in oak barrels, the Carrera would be a fresh young riesling and the Carrera S would be a bold durif, while the Turbo siblings would sit on the top shelf in grappa bottles.

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Air-cooled classic 270bhp 3.2-litre 1967 Porsche 911 SC restomod

Don’t mess about! If a particular competition model has caught your eye, or if a specific era of Porsche production turns you on, then go for it. This is precisely what Dave Lewis did — infatuated by the legendary 911 ST of 1967, he found just what he wanted in a 1981 SC backdate...

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2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic 992

Porsche’s 911 Sport Classic 992 is back, with Turbo power, rear-wheel drive and a manual gearbox – and it’s every bit as good as that sounds.

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2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 996.2 converted to RWD

This side of a GT3 or Turbo, the Carrera 4S is widely considered the optimum 996. Paul Layte decided to refine the recipe. We track his car’s evolutionary progress to hot-yet-practical road-burner...

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Porsche 911 S 127 corners of the 1966 Freiburg to Schauinsland hill climb

A 911, clearly being driven with commitment, tackles one of the 127 corners of the Freiburg to Schauinsland hill climb. But this isn’t just any one of the many 911s that contested the Schauinsland climb until competitive events stopped after 1972. The driver is the Swabian, Eberhard Mahle, and in this 1966 photograph he’s well on the way to winning the European GT Hill Climb Championship and also the 911’s first international triumph. The irony is that if Huschke von Hanstein had prevailed, Eberhard wouldn’t have had a 911 to compete in.

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25 Years Porsche 911 996

Watercooler moment 25 years ago, the Porsche 996 attempted to replace the iconic 33-year-old 911. We drive the bargain Carrera 2, ultra-reliable Turbo and collector-grade homologation GT3RS to see whether they make great classic buys today.

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If you think the water-cooled 996 is still the new kid on the 911 block, this issue will change your perspective


The generational effect on which cars we perceive as classic compared to those merely secondhand is something I’ve talked about before. Probably more than once in over two decades on Classic Cars, so forgive me if I appear to be repeating myself, but celebrating the 996 generation of Porsche 911 as it reaches a quarter of a century makes me feel classic myself. I remember testing a 996 Carrera 4S when it was new, and joining the long queue of journalists to simultaneously praise its huge ability while bemoaning the passage of the air-cooled flat-six engine, compact dimensions and other 911-defining characteristics. As we saw them. Would the new water-cooled wonder ever be revered by enthusiasts not just when new, but at every step of its journey through secondhand status to bargain performer and eventually classic old age?

Well here we are, regarding the 996 in much the same way as we did the SC and Carrera 3.2 of the Seventies/Eighties back then – an affordable entry point to the 911 experience, but not looking or feeling quite dated enough for universal classic acceptance. Well we know what happened to those cars, as buyers too young to be inspired by Sixties chrome started chasing dream machines of their formative years. And now the 996 has set off on the same path, enthusiasts not just settling for them as the only affordable 911 option, but increasingly targeting them out of pure desire.

Certainly the entry-level Carrera 2 still represents the most affordable entry ticket to the 911 cult, but as Sam Dawson concludes, that doesn’t damn it with faint praise. After a day exploring the joys and limitations of the intense and collectable GT3RS, the crushingly quick but greatvalue Turbo and a simpler Carrera 2, you might be surprised by the car he could most see himself owning.

And our special celebration offers even more to complete the 996 picture, including an interview with successful GT racer Jörg Bergmeister, plus sections on its role in film, tuning and more. Enjoy the article.

GT3RS, 911 Carrera 2 and Turbo makes the case for 996
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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera S 993 vs. 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS 997.2

Carrera widebodies Paul Cowland pits the revered 997 GTS against the classic 993 S, to see which is the best wide-hipped Carrera.The 993 Carrera S and 997 GTS offer girth, spec and the purity of normal aspiration. But which is the better driver’s car? Total 911 finds out…

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1984 RUF BTR-1

In the chase to establish the first 200mph road car, this special Porsche laid some extremely impressive foundations. Meet RUF’s BTR-1.

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1989 Porsche 911 Turbo LE 930

It’s been more than 25 years since the original Turbo ceased production. Total 911 goes behind the wheel of the last 930 and finds a surprisingly modern classic

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1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Lightweight 964

The 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Lightweight 964 is a little known motorsport footnote. Can the Leichtbau manage to trump the RS? We take to the track to find out.

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1998 Porsche 911 GT1 996

There’s a silver car in front of us that’s completely alien to how we normally consider a 911 to look, yet strangely, some aspects of its aesthetics are recogniseable. This, then, can only be the venerable GT1.

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1967 Porsche 911R

Belgian 911 enthusiast Frank Hendrickx has many über-rare sporting icons in his collection. He was kind enough to grant Total 911 full access to the first R at Abbeville circuit, France.

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