Modern Porsche Safari 911: An Ideal Stand-In For the Dakar.

Adventure-Ready for Dirt and Beyond

This particular 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Safari is certainly one of the more thoroughly revised builds around, and it’s currently obtainable for purchase on Bring a Trailer. With all 2,500 of the Porsche 911 Dakar already sold, this vintage sportscar reinvented as an off-road vehicle might be the wiser option for those after a 911 that can cope with tougher terrain – especially in light of the large number of upgrades here.

This Rest of World (RoW)-spec unit for sale has been engineered with more potency than those manufactured for American shoppers. Last year, it was fabricated by Sports Purpose Garage East and is geared up with a 3.2-liter flat-six engine providing 228 horses to the back wheels through a five speed manual transmission fitted with a limited-slip differential. Exhaust gases are passed through SSI heat exchangers and a 2-in-2-out Dansk muffler.

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Externally, the Safari build includes tubular bumpers, fender-length mudguards, aluminum interior fender linings, custom-crafted skid plates, and PIAA lights – an essential component of any competition-ready set-up. It’s additionally furnished with a carbon-fiber Getty Designs duck-tail decklid spoiler, and the car body is done in Grand Prix White without any hints of Rothmans rally homage. Even the 16 inch Braid rims are immaculate white with relatively new BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires fitted.

The 911 off-road creation features a customizable Tarett Engineering/MCS safari coilover suspension, along with tie rod support brackets and machined spindles to ensure a smooth ride.

Within, the 911 Safari is swathed in black and maroon leather. Inside amenities encompass sports seats, panels resembling RS-style doors, a RennShift performance gear-shifter, dual-condenser Classic Retrofit electric air conditioning, and a Momo Prototipo steering wheel wrapped in leather.

The construction may not be ideal, as stated by the merchant. On the left rocker panel and top of the correct front fender, there are dings or dents; whereas, on the left side door, parts of it display a lack of paint. Also, across the dashboard, there is a split, and the seating indications of wear. While an instrument cluster with imperial units (yet again, not American-spec) is already present, an adhesive label on the entry way jamb suggests that the odometer number of 156,000 miles has been reset over the course of the vehicle’s lifetime -meaning the real mileage is unclear.

The vehicle was recently attended to in October of 2023, which necessitated the installation of new mechanical components.

The bidding for this 1985 Porsche 911 Safari build is soon coming to a close, with the present offer staying close to $40,000. We are certain that it won’t meet the sums paid for the 911 Dakar, which hit the staggering cost of $340,000 when auctioned. In the next few days, however, we expect the price to increase.

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