1967 Porsche 911 Troutman – Barnes
The 1967 Porsche 911 Troutman – Barnes is the only 4door 911 ever made. Where is it? by Bruno Hancké
By Bruno Hancké
In the late seventies, Porsche was satisfied with building 2 seat sportscars only. William J. Dick. Jr., part owner of the San Antonio, Texas distributorship “Porsche Cars Southwest” asked Porsche to build four-seater and even four-door sportscars. The Jaguar E type 2+2 has just arrived on the market and he proved very successful in the United States.
Dr Dick’s car collection included a number of Porsches, Ferraris and a Rolls-Royce however none of the cars had 4 doors – in order to placate his wife the good doctor decided that, instead of keeping asking Stuttgart, he decided to build one himself, with the help of master frabricators Troutman-Barnes in Los Angeles. Troutman & Barnes were well known for their “thunder Alley” Race-car and this project was well within the limits of their capability. In December 1966, they took a new 911 S and extended the floor pan and wheelbase by not less than twenty-one inches or 53,3 cm.
Stylist Chuck Pelly sketched the car and designed the headlight farther back. The rear seats were Porsche Bucket seats. The package area was walnut floored. Both rear doors were also 911 doors attached to the center pillar at each side, and these “suicide doors” even proved attractive and practical. In August 1967 the car was ready, with 2 new 911 options available, Fuchs wheels and the new Sportomatic. The picture of the green version shows no Fuchs wheels anyway.
This unique 4 door Porsche was a surprise gift to Mrs. William Dick at Christmas 1967. The whole project cost slightly more than a new 4-door Rolls-Royce but it was an entirely new, unique car that Porsche themselves would emulate over 40 years later. Rumors suggested the conversion would have cost more than $ 20.000 in 1968.
This car came on the board meeting at Porsche Stuttgart in 1968. They commissioned Pinifarina to design an other one, which became the B17, and later the C20 when Porsche did the job all over again.
Apparently no one knows where the Troutman & Barnes 911 is today…