These days it often seems like you can’t go into the nearest internet without falling over a modified classic Porsche 911. Quite frankly, most of them are pretty much the same, but ocassionally one pops up that really stands out from the crowd. The car you see here is one such exmaple.

Dubbed 911K, it was built by American operation Emory Outlaw – best known for its race car-inspired ‘outlaw’ Porsche 356s. It started life as a 1968 SWB 911 that Emory aimed to turn into “the perfect track and rally weapon.”

Inspiration for the build came from the 1968 Porsche 908, a sports prototype race car powered by a 3.0-litre flat-eight engine that put in some giant-killing performances. Specifically, the 911K takes its cues from chassis 908-010, which was raced by multi-talented Brit Vic Elford in the Light Ivory with Signal Yellow nose livery replicated here.

But the paintwork is just one in an extensive list of subtle body mods. The spot lights are obvious, the mesh grilles over the air intakes in the nose less so. A racing filler cap has been installed in the front wing, a twin-grille engine lid added, the bumpers swapped for 911R-style items. The pegasus emblems are hand-painted.

Under that engine lid resides a 2.5-litre, twin-plug flat-six engine from a later 911. A modified oil system, MSD engine management and a brace of Weber 40IDA carbs liberate 190hp from the motor. A fairly modest output, but the 911K will weigh considerably less than a ton.

A Porsche 935-style fan lies flat atop the engine, flanked by handmade amber fibreglass airboxes – another nod to 908-010.

There’s more amber inside topping the dashboard. The seats are inspired by the 908 and there are more retro touches in the Momo Prototipo steering wheel and wooden gearknob. The rollcage is removable and lightweight door cards, door pulls and leather window straps keep the weight down.

Underneath, there’s uprated brakes and suspension, 15″ 1552 alloys with 935 centre-lock hubs and Pirelli CN36 tyres.

Emory says the 911K will remain a one-off, built for a “special client”. Whoever they are, they have impeccable taste. What they and Emory have put together is dripping retro racer cool.

We love it.

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By Graham King