PAUL STEPHENS CLAS­SIC LE MANS CRE­ATION

New Club­sport-based 911 will be de­liv­ered in time for a de­but at Le Mans Clas­sic in 2020

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If Singer’s lat­est 500hp mon­ster is a bit too wide of body, car­bon-fi­bre of flank and steep of price tag, per­haps sir might like Paul Stephens’ lat­est and great­est resto­mod? The lim­ited edi­tion Le Mans Clas­sic Club­sport has been re­vealed and of­fers a very dif­fer­ent take on the high-end air­cooled 911 propo­si­tion. A heritage vibe and ul­tra-light­weight con­struc­tion are among the new car’s high­lights.

Paul Stephens starts with an orig­i­nal 911 body tub, which is fully re­stored ahead of con­ver­sion to Club­sport spec­i­fi­ca­tion. Com­pre­hen­sively re­built to as-new con­di­tion, the Le Mans Clas­sic Club­sport fea­tures the Paul Stephens less-is-more ethos and in­cludes a light­weight de-seamed roof panel with sun­roof delete, light­weight com­pos­ite bumpers and en­gine cover, an alu­minium bon­net, op­ti­mised sound­proof­ing and aero­dy­nam­i­cally-de­signed light­weight ex­ter­nal mir­rors.

En­gine-wise, we’re talk­ing 300hp and 3.4 litres of air-cooled flat six. De­tails in­clude a new cross-shaft­less ITB in­jec­tion sys­tem with GT3 RS plenum, a pro­gram­mable ECU mapped in-house, RS spec­i­fi­ca­tion camshafts, a light­ened and bal­anced crank­shaft, light­weight con­rods and a light­weight fly­wheel mated with a Ge­trag G50 gear­box and lim­ited slip dif­fer­en­tial. If 300 horse­power sounds a lit­tle pedes­trian, even in its heav­i­est ‘Tour­ing’ for­mat, the Le Mans Clas­sic Club­sport tips the scale at just 1075kg. The op­tional Light­weight spec­i­fi­ca­tion re­duces that to 970kg and de­liv­ers zero to 60mph ca­pa­bil­ity of just 4.4 sec­onds along with a top speed of 175mph.

Achiev­ing that sub-1000kg to­tal in­volves Lexan rear win­dows, man­ual front win­dows, cen­tral lock­ing delete and the use of non­tilt­ing light­weight seat frames. Even the glove box door has been re­moved and the car is fit­ted with just a sin­gle sun vi­sor. Speak­ing of the cabin, Paul Stephens says hun­dreds of hours have been lav­ished on the in­te­rior. Full leather St-style tour­ing seats are trimmed in black leather with unique Le Mans Clas­sic hound­stooth in­serts in green, black and white, a de­tail car­ried over to the fully trimmed and hand stitched leather in­te­rior pan­els, hound­stooth door pock­ets with green boucle floor mats and alu­minium foot­plates.

Con­ceived in col­lab­o­ra­tion with event or­gan­iser Peter Auto, the car was shown at the re­cent Le Mans Clas­sic in July, ahead of de­liv­ery at the Le Mans Clas­sic in 2020. Even the hand over process is de­signed to be a bit spe­cial, with each owner in­vited to pa­rade their car and par­take in the fa­mous Le Mans start rit­ual in front of the Le Mans Clas­sic crowds in 2020.

“To have teamed up with Peter Auto in nam­ing this unique Le Mans Clas­sic Club­sport is an hon­our,” says, founder and man­ag­ing direc­tor Paul Stephens. “The pas­sion of the event, from the or­gan­is­ers through to the en­thu­si­asts at­tend­ing, re­flects our own de­vo­tion to the finest clas­sic cars, and to be able to ded­i­cate a be­spoke ver­sion of our Club­sport model feels like an ideal match.”

Whether op­tioned in more ac­com­mo­dat­ing Tour­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tion or the rawer Light­weight guise, just 10 of these hand-fin­ished and num­bered ex­am­ples will be re­leased in hon­our of the 10 Clas­sic Le Mans events thus far. Pric­ing is pegged at ap­prox­i­mately £250,000 de­pend­ing on de­tailed spec­i­fi­ca­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter your in­ter­est, head for paulstephens.com.

Just 10 Paul Stephens Le Mans Clas­sic Club­sport 911s will be built in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Clas­sic Le Mans event or­gan­iser, Peter Auto

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