28 August 2013

First 4-door 911 goes back to ’67

One-off porsche: Texas dealer got it made for his wife for slightly more than a Rolls

 

Celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 are taking place at just about every concours event this year in Europe and North America.

The display that will take place at the Luxury & Supercar weekend gracing the lush green (perhaps a little brown at the moment) great lawn of VanDusen Gardens will certainly be one not to miss.

For many years the Stuttgart-based automaker considered producing a four-door, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the Porsche Panamera had its public debut at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show.

Because the 911 has been the core of the company brand for a half-century, it was no surprise that Porsche designers incorporated the timeless 911 shape into the four-door Panamera.

A 911 four-door sounds a little odd but, believe it or not, it is nothing new as the first one was built 46 years ago.

Dr. William Dick, a Porsche dealer principal in San Antonio, Texas, wanted to give his wife something special for Christmas. The Dick family garage housed a fleet of cars that included a number of Porsches, a Ferrari and a Rolls-Royce, but not one of them was a four-door sedan.

Dick sent the general manager of his Porsche dealership on a trip to Italy; his task was to visit the various coachbuilders with his idea of building a four-door Porsche 911. Only one of the firms took this request seriously and he returned with some design prints.

A contact in the U.S. suggested that Troutman-Barnes of Culver City, Calif., could handle such a project and that is exactly what happened.

They began with a new 1967 911, cutting it in half through the roof and floor. They built a new “B” pillar and added a “C” pillar to hang the rear doors from. The rear doors were standard 911 front doors mounted in reverse and on opposite sides. A reversed left front door became the right rear door and vice versa. The Porsche factory made two non-adjustable rear seats for the car.

The Fuchs aluminum mag wheels were replaced with chromed steel rims with hubcaps to give it a more appropriate sedan look and to handle the additional weight. Other luxury touches included the installation of electric motors, normally used to power the sunroof, into the doors to operate the windows.

Mrs. Dick received her four-door 911 for Christmas in 1967, at a cost of slightly more than that of a Rolls-Royce.

Unfortunately this one-off will not be at the L+S weekend because no one knows where it is!

For more info on the show and to buy tickets visit luxurysupercar.com

1 Reader Comment

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    Steven Snider Denver, Colorado January 6, 2015 at 18:57
    I remember seeing a four door Porsche that looked a lot like this sitting in the showroom floor of a vintage auto dealer on Broadway Blvd. in Denver Colorado. This would have been in the 1970's or 1980's

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