When it comes to making gorgeous restomod air-cooled 911s, Singer is usually the first name to come up. But, although they are indeed exquisite, they are also very pricey. Luckily, Makellos Classics, a small shop in Escondido, California, is pretty darn good at making tributes of classic 911s that are much more affordable.
The Carrera 2.7 RS is one of the most highly-sought after classic 911s. The German automaker only made 1,580 examples and, like many other 911s of the period, it was born out of Porsche’s need to go racing. While prices for air-cooled 911s are sky high, 2.7 RS models are the most expensive, with some fetching over $1 million at auction.
The Hooniverse got behind the wheel of Makellos Classics’ ’73 911 2.7 RS tribute and found the vehicle to be “vintage Porsche motoring at its best.” That’s a bold claim, but it’s easy to see why the outlet sings its praise.
The Porsche specialist took a regular ’73 911 and gave it the RS treatment. That means there’s a 2.7-liter flat-six at the back that makes 220 horsepower, a short-ratio manual gearbox, cross-drilled brake rotors and Koni shocks. The classic also has the right looks thanks to fender flares, ducktail spoiler and period-correct bucket seats.
The best part of the classic Porsche is that it costs roughly $120,000. That may sound like a lot, but when you compare it to an original Carrera 2.7 RS, it’s a bargain. Plus, the latter is now a collector’s item, so while you could drive one, you probably wouldn’t want to put many miles on it so it would retain its value.
This, on the other hand, you could enjoy everyday. And no one would know it’s not the real deal.