Porsche 911 HLS Is A Weird And Futuristic Car Forgotten By Time

Is this the weirdest Porsche 911 you have ever seen? The 196 Porsche 911 HLS is a one-off with a canopy cockpit

During the 1960s and 1970s, Porsche was experimenting with the 911 platform. At that time, the people at Porsche were yet to realize what an icon the rear-engine sports car would become, and decided to experiment with a sportier version that featured a one-piece canopy. The only issue was that Porsche did not really want to bother making the car. As a result, Porsche sent a 911 to the Technical University in Aachen and asked the bright minds there to have a go at it. They obliged, and one of the weirdest, one-off Porsche models was born.

Porsche 911 HLS Is A Weird And Futuristic Car Forgotten By Time
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Work on the Porsche 911 HLS began in 1966, just three years after the inception of the original Porsche 911. A mock-up along with technical drawings were finished before the university’s body department began work on a completely new body. As it was meant to be a more performance-oriented version, lightness was key. Many of the parts were made of aluminum, including the Targa-style rollover bar and louvers behind it.

The highlight of the design study was, without a doubt, the canopy that provided access to the motorsport-inspired cockpit. The cockpit itself featured the traditional for a 911, five-gauge cluster, which in the HLS, was positioned to the right of the driver. The 911 HLS took some inspiration from the Porsche 904, despite being rear-engine rather than mid-engine. With that said, many jokingly refer to it as “the child of a Saab Sonnet and a Volkswagen SP2 (you can see why). After being completely assembled, the 911 HLS concept was sent to a paint shop in Würselen where it got its bright green exterior finish.

Porsche 911 HLS Is A Weird And Futuristic Car Forgotten By Time
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Having been based on an early Porsche 911, the 911 HLS was powered by a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six engine that produced 130 horsepower (96 kilowatts) at 6,000 RPM and 129 pound-feet (175 Nm) at 4,200 RPM. Power went to the rear through a five-speed manual transmission. An early 911 tipped the scales at 2,381 pounds (1,080 kg). While official figures were never released, the 911 HLS was built to be much lighter than the 1966 Porsche 911.

Engine 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six
Power 130 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 129 LB-FT @ 4,200 RPM
Transmission five-speed manual
Weight 2,381 lbs (1,080 kg)
Porsche 911 HLS Is A Weird And Futuristic Car Forgotten By Time
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Every story deserves a happy ending and the Porsche 911 HLS got it. The one-off prototype was fully-restored and showcased at the 2015 Techno Classic. According to the latest reports (from 2015), the unique Porsche is still under the custodianship of 911 expert, Manfred Hering, although you will likely never see or hear from it again unless it goes on sale. Still, it’s one of the obscure and more unusual projects, Porsche has dabbled in, as well as one of the rarest 911 models, and now, you know about it.

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Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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