Or one of the closest things to it.
It may have started out as a 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera, and it still very much is today, . This latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage features this ’85 Rally Porsche 911 Carrera, the so-called brainchild of three-time ALMS GT and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Patrick Long. He’s only 35 years-old and one of only ten Porsche factory racing drivers. In fact, he’s the only American in that already small group. Not surprisingly, he’s a Porsche guy, and one day he happened upon this 911 from a owner who was tired of driving stick.
A deal was made and what started out as an idea over coffee with friends became a reality: build a 911 inspired by the East African Safari Rally. Long conveniently had a donor car good to go. By the time the four month transformation was done, the 911 had a 10-inch ground clearance, along with a number of other modifications. .
Obviously you’ll spot the luggage rack and two spare tires almost immediately, but also note the new side mirrors; they’re literally fused to the A-pillar to prevent them from being ripped off. Even the headlights were given additional protection. Step inside and there’s an awesome fully hand-made rollbar integrated into the shock towers. As for the 3.2-liter flat-six? It’s mostly stock, and has around 200 hp. And in case a future owner, for some reason we can’t fathom, wanted to return the 911 to stock form, it’s totally possible, mainly because there were mostly suspension modifications made over anything else.