Luftauto - going once, going twice, GONE!

Good things happen when good people do good things for a good cause! The feature act of Sunday's Luftgekühlt at Modernica was the RM Sotheby's auction benefiting the Autumn Leaves Project, a charity dedicated to pancreatic cancer research run by musician Butch Walker who lost his dad to the devastating illness. A set of 4 Luftkekühlt Shell Chairs and an Aircooled Arm Shell made by Modernica and signed by everyone associated with the project were put under the hammer first to warm up the bidding floor for the main attraction, the LuftAuto. The rally-style 911, designed in form and function to be both a daily driver as well as a capable off-roader, in the spirit of the Baja-style desert races that are such a part of the racing history in California. Excitement mounted as the bids increased passed the $200,000, ultimately landing on a winning bid of $275,000, a huge win for pancreatic cancer research and far exceeding everyone's expectations. It was a wonderful feeling for all involved who put countless hours and passion into the project, not to mention the new owner of the very capable Porsche 911 who helped raise money for a meaningful cause! It was a dream team of collaborators with big hearts who were involved in this project, all helping to execute the vision that Patrick Long and Howie Idelson had for the car. Joey Seely at E-motion Engineering led the way on the overall build, mechanical upgrades and suspension overhaul, while Rod Emory of Emory Motorsports headed up the design, fabrication and fitment of the rally-style bumpers and underbody skidplates. Modernica made special one-off wooden floor mats and a unique layered-hardwood gearshift knob. John Benton and the team at Benton Performance led the charge on electronics and wiring, with Carby Tuckwell of Deus Ex Machina on point for custom details. Pelican Parts lent their DIY expertise, knowledge and resources for all things Porsche parts, and special thanks are due to Tom Ridings for transportation and champion rally driver Jeff Zwart for help in development and testing. An amazing list of suppliers is involved too donating their expertise to the cause, including KW Suspension, Pirelli, BRAIDusa, Recaro, ERP Suspension, WEVO, Rothsport, Tarett Engineering, SWEPCO and Rennline. SPECIFICATIONS BASE CAR 1985 911 Carrera Coupe Production Completion Date: 11/12/1984 Engine Number/Type: 64F00572 (M930/21) Transmission Number/Type: 74F00252 (G915/68) Exterior Paint Color/Code: Grand Prix White/P5 Mileage 79,000 ENGINE/TRANSMISSION 3.2L numbers-matching motor Recent major engine service as part of build, including all gaskets and seals, valve adjustment, all filters and fluid, new wires, plugs, cap and rotor, coil, starter motor, ignition switch, sensors and relays, cleaned and balanced injectors Sachs clutch. SSi headers and sport exhaust Stock transmission with Guard Transmission limited-slip differential WEVO engine and transmission mounts WEVO precision shift joint Rebuilt axles Rennline Engine Mount Cross Bar Rennline alternator strap Clewett ignition wires SWEPCO 201 gear lube SUSPENSION KW Suspension custom-designed and hand-built long-travel dampers ERP Suspension control arms, subframes, tie rods, spring plates and monoballs Tarrett Engineering suspension components SWEPCO 101 Moly Grease EXTERIOR Custom lights and grilles by Emory Motorsports Custom, powder coated front and rear bumpers, designed by Emory Motorsports and fabricated by Brian Coats Motorsports Custom front and rear skid plates by Emory Motorsports Auto Foreign Services roof rack Ducktail and mirrors by Getty Design INTERIOR Custom roll bar, fabricated by Brian Coats Motorsports Recaro lightweight sport buckets RS door panels Schroth Rallye 4 belts Rennline floorboards WEVO shift lever, gate and coupler, powder-coated CNC-milled custom American Walnut / Hard Rock Maple shift knob, by Modernica CNC-milled custom Walnut veneer sub-floors, by Modernica OMP Rally steering wheel WHEELS, TIRES, BRAKES AND FITMENTS BRAID Winrace competition monoblock wheels – 15” Pirelli P-Zero Rally 195/70-15 PMB restored calipers with slotted rotors Porterfield brake pads Rennline strut tower brace Goodridge brake lines Custom-designed hydraulic handbrake by Emotion Engineering and Emory Motorsport