If you’re a fan of the vintage Porsche 911, you’ll love this. You can now give your new 911 the vintage treatment with a special dashboard based on the original one that appeared in 911 models from years 1969 to 1975.
Porsche Classic designed the reproduction using a modern substructure and the original surface design. The fluted texture, tactile feel, gloss and shade of black are designed to be as close as possible to the original. It should also last longer than the original.
Porsche re-engineered the new dash using materials that hold up better to temperature and humidity, things that can attack the surface and materials over time. It also conducted extensive tests to new modern standards assure precision fit and quality.
The dashboard is now available for order and runs about $1,400. Don’t try to install it yourself, though. You should have trained experts at a Porsche dealer install it, since it requires removing the windshield. As an original equipment part, the dashboard, which contains the loudspeaker cover, can only be installed by the original assembly procedure. This is why Porsche Classic recommends the replacement be performed by authorized Porsche dealer partners who have trained experts.
Earlier this year, Porsche went the other way. It offered a vintage looking modern navigation radio for classic 911’s. It looks retro, but has maps along with bluetooth connectivity.
Porsche is currently beefing up its Classic division, which is responsible for a wide range of services and products for Porsche vehicles whose production date is generally ten years old or older. The automaker is building up its international network over the next several years to approximately 100 authorized Porsche dealers who will become Porsche Classic partners. The specialty group is the source for original delivery and maintenance documentation as well as the reproduction of original parts, up to complete restorations of Porsche vehicles.
Meanwhile, Porsche recently unveiled an exclusive summer edition Black Edition 2016 911 Carrera. It’s based on the standard model with a 3.4 liter flat-six engine developing 350 hp. It is offered in coupé and convertible versions with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Standard features on the Black Edition include 20-inch 911 Turbo wheels, LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+), as well as Park Assist at the front and rear with a reversing camera. The black interior promotes a sophisticated look. The driver and passenger sit on heated sports seats, and it comes with a standard Bose Surround Sound System. It’s available to buy now with delivery set for this July.