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
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.