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With values of the original 1,590 2.7 RSs having surpassed £500,000 and heading towards the £million mark, it's unsurprising that interest in quality evocations continues to escalate. However, 'ABW970L' is no ordinary replica, but a totally re-engineered car of very high modern specification. It was decided the basis should be a Grand Prix White 911 equipped with G50 transmission and factory-fitted air conditioning, but no sunroof, and a perfect 1987 3.2 Carrera was duly sourced in Italy in 2006 by marque specialist Autofarm. They then subjected it to a full bare-shell restoration, using steel or fibreglass panels as per the original Carrera RS. The engine was fully blueprinted, balanced and re-engineered by Nick Fulljames to 3.5-litre specification, complete with high compression pistons, 964 cams and stainless steel exhaust. The Getrag transmission was refurbished with a new limited slip differential. The suspension was re-assembled with new Bilstein dampers front and rear, uprated torsion bars, and adjustable front anti-roll bar. The braking system now features a Brembo 4-pot caliper conversion and vented discs all round. The car sports genuine 7J and 9J 16 inch Fuchs alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres.
The interior was completely refurbished with new period style Recaro seats. The deep pile carpet is to period lightweight style and steering is now effected by a Momo Prototipo leather rimmed wheel. This incredibly desirable Porsche also benefits from a large number of detail extras - eg uprated headlights; rear parking sensors; Toad Cat1 alarm; remote locking system etc. The total cost including donor car, duty and conversion of this 'nod to the past, built for the future' 911 was c.£100,000, and Autofarm have apparently said it would require nearer £150,000 to replicate it today. At 20,000 kilometers since completion it is barely run in and therefore represents astonishing value for the next keeper.