Rothmans Replica: 1983 Porsche 911 SC Safari

Jun 25, 2019 2 min read
Rothmans Replica: 1983 Porsche 911 SC Safari

While it may be a replica of the real deal, this 911 SC is ready for rallying.

One of the coolest things about the 1980s was production-based racecars, which were born in order to satisfy motorsport homologation requirements. Nowadays, these vehicles are extremely valuable, due to the fact that many of them were purposefully used and driven hard.

Porsche’s iconic 911 is one of these vehicles where ownership is expensive, with many examples being restoration items that are usually reserved for collectors. However, this 1983 Porsche 911 SC is both restored and ready for hard driving, as it is a replica of the Rothman East African Safari 911SCRS racecar.

Trissl Sports Cars in Florence, Alabama offers this unique Porsche for sale. When the car arrived with them, it needed a full restoration after sitting in a field for 20 years. At that point, they decided to pay tribute to one of their favorite racecars of all time.

Martin’s Classic Cars in Huntsville, AL rebuilt the 3.0-liter engine, and it features upgrades such as ported and polished heads from Ollie’s Engineering, an improved carburetor, Dougherty Camshafts, and race cams. Additionally, the transmission received a reseal and it utilizes a lightweight clutch kit. Trissl believes that there are around 100 miles on the engine build, but they do not have sufficient documentation to prove this, so the vehicle is sold with the true miles unknown.

Rothmans Replica: 1983 Porsche 911 SC Safari

Vintage Auto Craft in Nashville, TN handled the paint on this Porsche, using pictures and measurements from the original Rothmans car to perfect its look. They also custom fabricated the TRE Motorsports front oil cooler to work with the factory front bumper, and sourced a rear lightweight Porsche wing and molded it to the factory trunk lid. TRE Motorsports also created a custom Hella light pod for the front of the vehicle, while Freddie Louis Auto Accessories from Huntsville, AL tackled the exterior graphics.

Last but not least, this 911 rides on the factory Fuchs wheels and also features tires tread set up for usage in snow and ice. The brake system consists of Bremtek Racing parts, while TRE Motorsports cooked up a set of custom-made Bilstein coilovers.

The asking price for this rally-ready 911 is $123,942, which certainly makes it harder to justify putting this Porsche through its paces. What would you do with this beautiful Porsche?


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