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.