Porsche’s official off-road version of the 911 that will receive the “Dakar” title is just around the corner, but it’s now a big company with very high standards, so it will be a while before anyone can actually park a modern rally -ready 911 under their garage – and that’s if you manage to get in line first.
What if you need it now? Well, Bring a Trailer has you covered, as a 1988 911 Carrera Coupe G50 that has been modified by STRAAT to mimic Safari 911s of the past is currently up for auction on the site.
A surprising amount of this car’s history has happened on BaT. Delivered new in 1988, painted Guard’s Red, the car drove approximately 270,000 miles (434,520 km) with one owner before being purchased by its current owner at auction in 2019.
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STRAAT, which is based in Miami, Florida, then spent around 20 months dismantling the car and rebuilding it as you see here. Painted in Baltic Blue Metallic, builders opted to restyle the interior, overhaul the 3.2-liter flat-six, add a G50 five-speed manual transaxle, and more.
Plus, it has a Warn winch, Cibie LED auxiliary lights, a custom skid plate to protect its soft underbelly, a roll bar to protect its top, and a roof-mounted spare. Ride height was raised with Von Shocks suspension and adjustable perch front coil springs.
It also has a Getty Design ducktail spoiler, custom bumper bars and amber rear corner lights to give it an air of sophistication. The Safari-style 911 rolls on 15-inch BRAID Fullrace TA staggered-width alloy wheels that have been finished in a metallic gray triple powdercoat. They are wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires.
Overall, it looks pretty well made and will no doubt attract a lot of attention. Between classics like these, the Marc Philipp Gemballa Marsien and the upcoming official Porsche 911 Dakar, it seems the world has gone crazy for rugged 911s.