Launched ahead of this year’s Le Mans Classic race meet, Paul Stephens has honed a limited-edition car, based on its Clubsport model, uniquely tailored in keeping with Le Mans Classic’s heritage, and priced around £250,000 depending on final specification.
Conceived in collaboration with event organiser Peter Auto, the next showing of the car will be at the Le Mans Classic 2018, ahead of delivery to lucky owners at the Le Mans Classic in 2020. The handover process will be a little different, with each owner being invited to parade their car and partake in the famous Le Mans start ritual in front of the Le Mans Classic crowds in 2020.
Paul Stephens starts with an original 911 body tub, which is then restored ahead of conversion into its Clubsport model. Comprehensively rebuilt to as-new condition, it features the Paul Stephens’ `less-is-more ethos` and includes lightweight de-seamed roof panel (including sunroof delete), lightweight composite bumpers and engine cover, lightweight aluminium bonnet, lightweight soundproofing and aerodynamically-designed lightweight external mirrors.
Available in a more accommodating Touring specification, or a rawer Lightweight guise, just ten of these hand-finished and numbered examples will be released, marking the ten outstanding Classic Le Mans events; every one being an inspired celebration of a revered classic.
Powered by a 300 bhp, 3.4 litre air-cooled flat six, the attention to engineering details include a new cross shaft-less ITB injection system with GT3 RS plenum, a programmable ECU mapped in house, RS specification camshafts, a lightened and balanced crankshaft, lightweight conrods, and a lightweight flywheel mated with a Getrag G50 gearbox and limited slip differential. With a kerb weight as low as 970 kg in Lightweight specification (1,075 kg in Clubsport guise), it offers a scintillating power to weight ratio and sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 175 mph.
As befitting such a legendary car, hundreds of hours have been lavished on the interior. The stylish and supportive full leather ST-style touring seats are trimmed in black leather with unique Le Mans Classic houndstooth inserts in green, black and white. These are mirrored by the fully trimmed and hand stitched leather interior panels, houndstooth door pockets with green boucle floor mats and aluminium foot plates. Le Mans Classic green door pulls, seat belts and bespoke dials, with a 24-hour clock complete the detailing.
For buyers looking for a more focused machine, the Le Mans Classic Clubsport is also available in a true Lightweight specification. Forgoing some of the more luxurious trappings, it pares the car back further through the use of lightweight carpets, the removal of sound proofing, Lexan rear windows and the installation of manual front windows, the deletion of central locking and the use of no-tilting lightweight seat frames. Even the glove box door has been removed and the car is fitted with just a single sun visor.