How to for­ward­date a 911

Total 911 - - Forward-dated Sc -

It sounds ob­vi­ous, but the 911’s largely in­ter­change­able parts from 1974 right up to the end of the air-cooled era in 1998 means for­ward-dat­ing is as sim­ple as the more com­mon prac­tice of back­dat­ing. There’s a par­tic­u­larly large over­lap in parts be­tween the 964 and G-se­ries gen­er­a­tions, which is why older cars pre­vi­ously were made to look like 964s and how to­day 964s are be­ing made to look like its pre­de­ces­sors.

Jamie Tyler at lead­ing in­de­pen­dent spe­cial­ist Paragon Porsche fondly re­mem­bers a time long ago when the com­pany was fre­quently pro­duc­ing for­ward-dates for clients: “It was fairly easy to do in the sense that front and rear wings were the same, but a lit­tle ex­tra fab­ri­cat­ing was re­quired else­where. For ex­am­ple, front and rear bumpers needed new brack­ets, and the side sills needed glu­ing on, as the 964’s had holes for clips but the G-se­ries didn’t.

“A lit­tle cut­ting was re­quired at the back of the car to get the 964’s rear re­flec­tor and lights to fit. We had a sup­plier who pro­vided a full glass-fi­bre kit, teardrop mir­rors and Cup wheels. We haven’t done for­ward dates for years, but they were very pop­u­lar at the time,” Jamie says. With 70 per cent of all Porsche cre­ated still on the road to­day, it’s quite pos­si­ble that one of th­ese pre­vi­ous for­ward-date cars has since taken on a whole new look in be­ing con­verted back to orig­i­nal, or even been rein­vented as a backdate car.

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