2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
What’s rarer than a limited production, special edition 911? One that’s been driven.
This two owner Sport Classic has covered 34,463 miles from new, having been owned previously by a collector of exceptional taste who believed the engineering precision and spades of character found in this 911 should actually be experienced.
One of just 250 made worldwide, the 997 Sport Classic was a unique offering in the form of a rear wheel drive Carrera 2 drivetrain in the buxom widebody of the Carrera 4 alongside myriad other retro touches. With visual cues such as the double-bubble roof , specially made Fuchs style wheels and finished in the now highly desirable shade of Sport Classic Grey, the Sport Classic was an exceptionally desirable variant and sold out in no time.
For those who don’t remember just how special the 997 Sport Classic was when launched, years ahead of the more dubious retro-remakes we’ve seen from Porsche in recent years, the nuances of this car went far beyond a ducktail and some paint. As EVO Magazine once wrote “The attention to detail borders on the weird. By way of example, I offer you the leather-wrapped coat hook on the back of the front seats. The only people who will ever see this modification are the poor children squeezed into those little kidney-bowl rear seat squabs, or the few people who actually use those hooks. I don’t know what it costs to cover that weeny plastic prong with leather, but it must be a lot.”
The headlines were an uprated version of the naturally aspirated Carrera S 3.8 flat six, with an additional 22bhp taking it up to 402bhp, paired with a 6-speed short shift manual gearbox. Some commented that the exhaust produced a tone more in line with 911s of the 1970s, with the ducktail spoiler being the first on a production 911 since the iconic 2.7 RS.
No stone was left unturned in the quest to make this a extraordinary 911, with almost every touch point part of the car revised and instilled with a subtle retro feel. Items such as the dials, gear knob and even the seats were unique to the Sport Classic, with Porsche’s Exclusive Department heavily influencing the Espresso Nature leather interior which encapsulated even the air vents and door handles. Embellished with a subtle checker board cloth in homage to the old timers, the interior is a very special place to be.
With Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes as standard, and aluminium doors compensating for the extra weight of such special features and keeping the kerb weight equivalent to that of a pedestrian Carrera S, the Sport Classic offered an engaging drive as one would expect. Fitted with the Sport chassis, reviewers at the time noted that the car was a superlative grand tourer with no shortage of dynamism, and felt like far more than simply a fancified Carrera S.
Today, this car presents in absolutely superb condition. Despite having been actually used, the car shows minimal wear all round having been cared for properly by the enthusiast custodian. The car has a full Porsche main dealer service history and will be serviced by Porsche West London as part of the sale.
Even retaining its original Sport Classic-specific car cover, the car is available for viewing today in our West London showroom and represents a fantastic opportunity to obtain a very special 911.