70 years of Porsche in the Mag­nus Walker 964

Here are all the key de­sign el­e­ments rep­re­sent­ing the en­tirety of Porsche’s motoring his­tory, which have been in­cor­po­rated into Mag­nus Walker’s 1990 964

Total 911 - - Magnus Walker’s 964 -

Back round to the front of the 964 there’s ev­i­dence of 991 in­spi­ra­tion with GT3 Rs-style lou­vres above the wheels on the front fend­ers. How­ever, whereas the GT3 RS has pressed-in plas­tic lou­vres, on the 964 these have been in­di­vid­u­ally stamped in. Marvel­lously ex­e­cuted, this was the work of a cer­tain Rod Emory, the mav­er­ick 356 out­law builder who also hap­pens to be a friend from across town in LA. The re­sult is stun­ning.

In­side is very in keep­ing with Mag­nus’ ‘sports pur­pose’ mantra; it is pared back, but boasts an ex­quis­ite fin­ish. “The previous owner had cut out the lower dash por­tion by the glove box, so that gave me the op­por­tu­nity to delete ev­ery­thing,” he says.

Its spar­sity is rem­i­nis­cent of the early pre-im­pact and G-se­ries cars with the A/C unit, ra­dio, fog light switch, sun­roof switch and the big 964 air bag knee guard all gone. A Mag­nus Walker Momo Pro­totipo (what else) is the wheel of choice, and we also spot the chrome in­ter­nal mir­ror has been af­fixed to the roof rather than the wind­screen, á la pre-1968 cars.

Of course, the project goes be­yond its homage to 70 years of Porsche en­gi­neer­ing, and so there are el­e­ments on this 964 which haven’t been ex­e­cuted on a 911 be­fore. The gas cap is one: “Ev­ery­one’s done a cen­tre hood filler, a side hood filler, but no­body has ever done this,” Mag­nus ex­plains, un­wind­ing the cap. “It’s pretty sim­ple but a bolt load of work. It’s all orig­i­nal stock but the filler neck has been raised right up, the flap has been welded in and the cap worked into the fender.” Delv­ing into more minute de­tail, the 964’s two-piece rock­ers have now been made into one to keep with the car’s smooth, seam­less look, and the 90-de­gree an­gle on the deck­lid’s cor­ners at the hinge end have been ra­diused. The trick­i­est part of the car though was the rear re­flec­tor strip. Mag­nus picks up the story: “I had a lot of op­tions but de­cided to go with the in­te­grated

‘R’ turn sig­nals. To go be­tween them we had a spare re­flec­tor strip, so we sprayed it to match the Slate grey body, but it just didn’t look right. Then we mocked up a piece of steel, which was go­ing to be welded in to delete the seam like on the 959, but somehow it just made the deck­lid look odd. So that’s when we de­cided to keep that 964 DNA ev­i­dent, along with the bumpers and side rock­ers.”

Out­ra­geously svelte in its ap­pear­ance, the car is a les­son in mas­ter­ful en­gi­neer­ing – there’s not a square inch on the car that hasn’t been well crafted, its many de­tails sim­ple in their de­sign yet clever in their ex­e­cu­tion. Just as im­pres­sive, it’s truly dif­fer­ent to any­thing we’ve seen on a 964 be­fore. “It’s not a back­date and it’s not an up­date: it’s a com­bi­na­tion of ev­ery­thing from 356 de­sign cues, through to the Ruf Yel­low­bird, up to the present day, in­clud­ing Sport Clas­sic and GT3 RS,” the Ur­ban Out­law says. There’s sub­stance to the abun­dance of style, too: hid­ing in the back is a 993 Rs-spec flat six in a fac­tory 993 case, it de­vel­op­ing in the re­gion of 300hp. Add in the fact this car has shed some 200kg off the kerb weight of a stock 964 Car­rera 2, weigh­ing in at just 1,161kg with half a tank of fuel, and you get some idea of the car’s per­for­mance ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The sus­pen­sion is taken care of with KW Club­sport coilovers, Brembo Clu­brace brakes pro­vid­ing suit­able stop­ping power, and those forged, two-piece Out­law 001 wheels keep un­sprung mass down de­spite their big­ger 17-inch di­am­e­ter.

Mag­nus says the aim of each of his builds is to be bet­ter than the one be­fore it, and there’s no deny­ing this is his most com­pre­hen­sive to date. It’s more gen­tle­men’s racer than the ‘sports-pur­pose cars with a boy-racer colour scheme’ oc­cu­py­ing the rest of his garage, and it can be con­sid­ered a greater achieve­ment for it, the di­ver­sity to its con­cept as pro­found as the crafts­man­ship be­neath its Mc­queen­spec paint­work. Let us not for­get, Porsche it­self has ‘en­gi­neer­ing’ in its full ti­tle, this be­ing a buzz­word for the 964’s mod­i­fi­ca­tions which have tran­scended the en­tire breadth of the com­pany’s past. Never mind a Speed­ster or new Moby Dick: this is the most fit­ting trib­ute to 70 years of the iconic Porsche sports car. Ku­dos, Mr Walker.

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