Porsche Paul Stephens Autoart Retro Touring R

Porsche Paul Stephens Autoart Retro Touring R

Coupé, 2006

Highlights

  • Paul Stephens Autoart creation!
  • Based on a 964 C2
  • Engine upgrade to 3.8

Paul Stephens Autoart Retro Touring R

Paul Stephens began specialising in Porsche in 1994 and as the company approached its tenth anniversary, he was developing his series of bespoke cars based on the Porsche 911. Officially launched at Brands Hatch in 2005 under the PS Autoart brand, the initial models were the 240C which was based on the 3.0SC and the Lightweight 300R, based on the Porsche 964 which featured a 300BHP 3.8 litre engine and retro styling cues from the 73 RS.

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United Kingdom

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Sudbury Road
Little Maplestead
CO9 2SE Halstead
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The reception was very positive, and orders were placed for future builds including this car. Jeremy Clayton had owned his silver 964C2 manual for several years and posed the question could a Touring version of the Lightweight R be created? So, in 2006 PS build number 5 rolled out as the first PS Retro Touring R, this actual car.

The brief was to keep it mechanically standard, but to create the external style of the car you see here, whilst retaining feel and agility of the lightweight. A black leather interior was created together with a unique needlecord lightweight carpet, lightweight door cards and lightweight sports seats with corduroy inserts. This is the interior still fitted today. Externally the wheels were 17” 3 piece split rims inspired by the original Fuchs, but to a unique PS design, whilst the bonnet was hand formed out of aluminium. The external mirrors were still electric, redesigned in a retro style and made from aluminium.

Jeremy kept the car for three years as a daily driver before a growing family dictated this two-seater Touring R was no longer suitable. It came back to Paul Stephens to be sold and quickly found its current owner who had been wrestling with the concept of having his car built to replace his, then current, 997. Shortly after, it was returned to PS for a substantial mechanical upgrade.

The engine was rebuilt and capacity enlarged to 3.8 litres, the gearbox was replaced with a 993 6 speed unit, brakes were upgraded to RS specification, the suspension was refurbished and fitted with new Bilstein adjustable dampers along with a new PS sports exhaust system. Headlights were upgraded at the same time with LED units behind clear lenses. This work was carried out at 85,000 miles and the car has covered another 20,000 miles since completed.
Producing circa 300BHP through a 6-speed gearbox with just over 1200KGs to propel, this 2wd Touring R is certainly no slouch. The lightweight flywheel and clutch ensure an instant and eager response each time the accelerator is pressed, whilst the exhaust system provides a unique and vocal soundtrack. Combine this with ABS assisted RS brakes, power steering, sure-footed handling and it may not come as a surprise to hear it is not only inspirational to drive, but as the owner will testify, the timeless understated style ensures this car is admired wherever it goes.

As PS Autoart enters its fifteenth year of creating bespoke 911s, this Retro Touring R provides an opportunity to enjoy a unique car at a fraction of a new build cost today and is available for immediate enjoyment.

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Specifications

Year of construction: 2006
Model: Paul Stephens Autoart Retro Touring R
Body: Coupé
Series: 911 Backdate/Modified
Mileage: - km
Power: 320 HP
Cylinder capacity: 3,8 Liter
Steering: right
Transmission: Manual
Drive: Rear drive
Interior color: Black
Interior material: Fabric/Leather combination
Exterior color: Silver
New/Used: Used car
Ready to drive: Yes

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