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Gulf Racing 997 Porsche 911 goes for the retro look

Here’s an interesting tuned 997 Porsche 911, and an especially tantalising one for those who recognise/love the classic Gulf Racing livery.

The soft blue and orange colour scheme was extremely famous back in the Sixties and Seventies. It was the major sponsor for various Porsche racing cars and other Le Mans specials, such as the Ford GT 40.

The owner of this 997 decided to reignite the classic theme and adapt it to a Porsche 911. The 911 underneath appears to be the 911 Sport Classic special edition, making this even more desirable.

Likely based on a wide-body Carrera 4 – also what the Sport Classic is based on – the Gulf Racing 997 Porsche 911 features a GT3-style rear bumper bar with heat-extraction vents in the rear corners.

There’s also a ducktail rear spoiler – featured on the Sport Classic – and a set of two-tone deep dish 20 x 8.5-inch front and 20 x 11-inch rear Oxigin alloy wheels.

The wheels may seem a bit too ‘modern’ for this theme, however, the 911s of the day did actually feature two-tone black/chrome Fuchs – a kind of modern interpretation? Maybe the blue sections should be in chrome?

As far as we know, there are no other major engine modifications on the project. What do you think of it though? Do the retro colours work on a modern car?

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • JHRM

    Car is cool but wheels are horrible. They should go with the new Porsche Sport Classic wheels styled after the original Fuchs with orange painted centers. That would really finish the modern retro theme.