Could this Porsche 911 Carrera be your high-speed adventure rig?
Reject overlanding utes. Embrace Safari cars.
For the past few years, Safari Porsches have been multiplying like Rocket Bunny BRZs. They've quickly become icons in modified car culture with determined Porschephiles of all sort yearning to tap into Porsche's rallying roots for their air-cooled machines; their own piece of FIA World Rally stardom for those dusty trails or even just the urban assault.
Now, thanks to this recent listing on Bring a Trailer, people have a chance to purchase their own completed, turn-key Safari car in the form of one of the cleanest builds on the internet. Seriously. Look at this thing.
Based on a 1985 911 Carrera 3.2, this example appears as though no bolt has been left untouched. Reportedly built by Vali Motorsports of Corona, California, upgrades include a lift kit, roll cage, and skid plating running the entire length of the car, hinting that this spicy Beetle is prepared for a hell of beating.
And of course it has yellow fog lamps. Because old race car.
16-inch Braid wheels (what appear to be a variant of their Fullrace lineup for those who are curious) come wrapped in girthy BFGoodrich KO2 tires like a Raptor. There's even a spare for when you slice your sidewall on a jagged rock. Or the curb leaving Cars N' Coffee.
The chassis has been completely butchered and redone with new bushings, torsion bars, camber plates, wheel bearings, and shocks by Motion Control Suspension, a top-dollar brand which offers their own bespoke lineup for vintage Porsches. After a quick glance at their site and searching for prices online, something tells me that they're probably a step above the Fox shocks you can get for Miatas. Probably.
The builders seem to have gone full-send on the interior with an alcantara Momo steering wheel, Bluetooth audio system, powder-coated flooring and pedals, and a hydraulic handbrake. Sabelt harnesses weave through bucket seats that vaguely resemble those from Porsche GT cars of the 2000s.
Maybe Ken Block could commission one of these for himself. He seems free nowadays.
The engine appears to be the least modified part of the car.
What's a valuable asset in an off-road rig when you're deep in the middle of nowhere? A bulletproof motor, and air-cooled 911s are notably stout when well-kept. This example's 3.2-liter flat-six appears to be mostly stock and maintained with the listing reporting that it had recently been resealed and had its A/C compressor and fan belts replaced.
While not stated, it can be safely assumed this car makes close to the same 207 horsepower the U.S.-market 3.2-liter engines did when new in 1985 and is likely mated to the 915 five-speed manual.
One of the nicest and most complete Safari cars to be built, this car will surely warrant some hefty bids at auction.
No, a car like this isn't totally perfect. Other cars of the luftgekühlt society may have much more power or handling prowess. Some may have more cozy, inviting interiors or feature more desirable components like the G50 gearbox. As this car sits, however, this has to be one of the cleanest and most "complete" builds to come and go online, and that's not just for Safari builds but for all modified Porsches in general.
Chances are, like many big-money off-roaders of German descent, it may never actually see the dirt again, but one can hope for a daring enthusiast to come sweep this thing off its K02s.
As this is written, the car sits with a bid of $61k and seven days left to sell. Other notes and many more detailed photos can be found in the listing below so you too can induce wet-dreams about your own air-cooled rally monster: