When it comes to tuning Porsches, we have plenty of specialists ready to meddle with the looks and the engines of any sports car and SUV currently offered by the Germans. Then we have DP Motorsport, a small company that takes the art of modifying Porsches to a whole new level. If you’re not familiar with the name, then you should know that most of its products bring together classic Porsche bodies and modern underpinnings. And its newest creation, the DP 964 Classic S, is no exception.
Don’t let the 911 in the photo above fool you, underneath that gorgeous classic body lies a more modern chassis, while the rear bonnet can host newer flat-six engines. As the name suggests, the base of this project is a 964-generation Porsche 911, which was manufactured and sold between 1989 and 1994. But that’s not all. This intriguing "hybrid" was brought to life using a bevy of state-of-the-art technology, racing gear, and enough enthusiasm to turn a road-going 964 into an authentic, track-prepped Porsche 911.
Click past the jump to read more about the 1973 Porsche DP 964 Classic S by DP Motorsport.
Porsche DP 964 Classic S by DP Motorsport in detail
Stripped of its early 1990s body, the 964 chassis received a 1973 Porsche 911 shell, probably the sexiest 911 classic body ever produced. But DP Motorsport didn’t stop there, as it enhanced the car’s aerodynamics by means of a lightweight, fiberglass kit that includes a revised front apron. Finished in a classic Lime Green and fitted with a matte-black bonnet, the body is now adorned by a competition livery with white dots waiting to receive their race number. If lime green doesn’t tickle your fancy, DP Motorsport also offers Light Yellow, Blood Orange and Classic Gray paint options.
Once inside, customers will buckle up using the four-point safety belt that comes with the classic sports seats and grab a hold of the Momo-type steering wheel. Just like in the good-old days when these Porsches were roaming the tracks. Another cool feature added to the Porsche’s cabin is the rpm gauge painted in the same color as the exterior. Lime Green on this example, the rev counter can become either yellow, orange or gray.
Moving under the rear bonnet, DP Motorsport has two engines on offer. First up is a 3.6-liter flat-six rated at 290 horsepower, while the second mill displaces 3.8 liters and generates 330 raging ponies. The company doesn’t offer additional details as to where these engine were sourced from, but our guess is the 3.6 comes from the 964, while the 3.8 is from a newer 911. Either way, both units are ready to send a lot of oomph to the pavement. Updates continue beyond the engine bay with nine-fold, adjustable coilovers from Bilstein and lightweight Fuchs wheels wrapped in performance tires. Let the racing begin!
With its foundation by Ekkehard Zimmermann in Overath, Germany, in 1973, the history of the dp motorsport company got irrevocably wedded to the idea of modifying Porsche cars. The one to break ground was a Porsche 911, followed by a “K3”, “CK5”, 935-I and II, 928, 944, and other creations such as the legendary 944 Cargo (the most beautiful station wagon of all), the 962 racing for the street and the 996 dp5. Yet, even after the process of “optimization” all vehicles can still be clearly identified as Porsche cars.
Starting with a regular Porsche 964, equipped with an antilock braking system, a power brake unit, power assisted steering, precise gearshift, modern chassis, sliding sun roof and even A/C for hotter days, dp motorsport created the so called dp 964 Classic S with usual perfection. The already existing advantages in the car body are enhanced by a high class and aerodynamically elaborate fibre-glass-kit as well as all adapters and lighting which make the Porsche 964 appear to be made from one piece. The paint in classic lime green is elegantly contrasted by the bonnet in matt black and the white dots for the participant’s race number on the front and either side of the car. The matt black engine covering and sponsor stickers give it the final touch.
The featured power units vary from 290 HP (= 213 kW) generated from 3.6 liters of engine displacement to up to 330 HP (= 243 kW) out of a 3.8 liter engine displacement. Additionally, a 9-fold adjustable coilovers, made by Bilstein, is implemented, also available with unibal bearing if desired. Concerning the wheel-tire combination dp motorsport decided to make use of the modern, lightweight and forged Fuchs rims, size 7x17 ET55, while tires will be 205/50 ZR17 (front axle) or 255/50 ZR 17 (drive axle) respectively.
Once you sit down in the classic sports seats, fasten the 4-point safety belt and look through the Momo sport type steering wheel you cannot help but notice the revcounter that leaps into vision. Just like the safety bar, the revcounter is also highlighted in the same color as the car. Speaking of colors: apart from the classic paint in lime green dp motorsport also offers variations such as light yellow, blood orange or (sport)classic gray.
In addition to newly built and completely revised cars dp motorsport offers customized individual offers from Classic S, RS to Classic RSR for self-assembly.