The Autumn Leaves Project charity had a good day the other day after the Rally-spec 911 that previously belonged to Porsche factory driver Patrick Long was sold at an auction for $275,000.
While things haven’t been like this for years, we still get our hearts racing at the sight of an air-cooled 911 modified for rallying, given also that a factory driver from Porsche itself had been involved in the project. Porsche hasn’t rallied in years but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be proud of its heritage in that department – which is why they decided to help Patrick Long bring a new lease of life into a classic 1985 911 Carrera which had clocked 79,000 miles on the odometer. Now that model is a very special Porsche that has been modified for rally duties. Among the modifications we can mention the new KW suspension and long-travel dampers.
That flat-six 3.2-liter engine was put through an extensive service and the body now has custom skid plates, an extra set of lights, and 15-inch monoblock Braid wheels with Pirelli P Zero rally tires. The cabin also gained Recaro seats, full roll cage, OMP Rally steering wheel, and a CNC-milled shift knob. The best thing about the project is that it was all for charity – the Autumn Leaves Project which supports pancreatic cancer research – with the auction hosted by RM Sotheby’s taking place during Luftgekühlt, an annual celebration of air-cooled Porsches.