Two Approaches to the Off-Road Porsche Safari Car

When one thinks of the words "air-cooled Porsche," the idea of a big and mean off-roader isn't the first thing that comes to mind. The words bring up images of sleek, classic roadsters and race cars with the organic, smooth lines. Porsches are known for their distinct two bulb headlights, so what happens when you add a bunch more? Off-road awesomeness is what happens. Check out these two different approaches to shaking up a classic Porsche into an off-road monster:

1. The Safari 911 Built by Leh Keen

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Leh Keen's Safari Porsches are works of art, plain and simple. His fourth creation, a '91 911 pictured above and owned by Michael Pollock, is no exception. In a brilliant hue of blue, this car doesn't need much else to stand out from the crowd. In addition to its stunning paint job, the battlecar features four extra hood-mounted headlamps, a large metal bar and skid plate extending from the bumper, mudflaps, and chunky tires. Although the car only features a roll bar and not a full roll cage, it certainly would look right at home in a rallycross race, in addition to the showroom floor.

2. Luftauto 001 and 002

The people behind the fabulous Luftgekühlt event took their own approach to the off-road Porsche, creating both Luftauto 001 and Luftauto 002. Both vehicles were created by a team of highly skilled enthusiasts, namely: Joey Seely, Patrick Long, Rod Emory, and Jeff Zwart. Both vehicles, although nearly identical Baja-style racers, have some slight differences. The most prominent and obvious of these being: the paint job. Luftauto 001, built from a 1985 911 Carrera Coupe, is built in a dirty-ready in a stunning yet simple Grand Prix White. Luftauto 002, however, through subtlety out the metaphorical window with its bold and brilliant Signal Yellow color.

You can find more about the creation of these two vehicles on the official Luftgekühlt website.