Custom Porsche 911 GT3 Honors 1985 Le Mans Victory

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Custom Porsche 911 GT3 Honors 1985 Le Mans Victory

Earlier this year, Porsche launched Sonderwunsch, a new initiative to design one-off dream cars based on old or new Porsches. The division is a collaboration between Porsche Classic—the company’s restoration and parts department—and Exclusive Manufaktur, which builds Porsche’s bespoke vehicles. While customization usually brings unique materials or paint jobs, the Sonderwunsch program promises owners the ability to modify virtually anything they want, including powertrain and suspension parts. Now the first product of Sonderwunsch has arrived, a 911 GT3, modified by Paolo Barilla for his 60th birthday and honoring the Porsche 956 that he took to overall victory at Le Mans in 1985.

The most obvious callback to Barilla’s 956 is the GT3’s livery, which combines Summer Yellow paint with white and black stripes. Although the Le Mans–winning car’s sponsors have been left off the new creation, the number seven is still emblazoned on the hood and doors. The wheel design mimics the 956’s when it triumphed at the Circuit de la Sarthe, with white wheels at the front—harkening back to the aeroblades from the race car—and gold wheels at the rear. The black and yellow combo continues inside.

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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