gProgramm is a bespoke Porsche 911 builder based in Oyster Bay, New York, on Long Island’s Gold Coast. The outfit takes G-body 911s (from 1974–1989) and improves upon every aspect of the original car. These ultra–high-quality custom builds command a price tag of more than $250,000 when new and have earned a cult following in the Porsche Outlaw community.
This exquisite 1978 Porsche 911 has been given the full gProgramm treatment and received the nickname “Mercy.” The body was media-blasted to bare metal, treated for rust prevention, and painted a beautiful shade of Slate Grey. The fuel filler was relocated to under the hood, with a center cap, similar to early Porsche R/RSRs. A set of under bumper ‘round factory’ Porsche fog/driving lights are featured up front. The car rides on a set of reproduction 17-in. Fikse forged aluminum Fuchs-style wheels. The brakes are upgraded to the 986 Boxster setup front and rear, featuring four-piston calipers. The car was also fitted with the optional Leistung Package, which includes adjustable coil-over spring/damper units, with aluminum rear trailing arms, additionally all bushings, drop-links, as well as upgraded front and rear sway bars.
The interior was also extensively updated. It features a set of bolstered leather racing seats with Tartan inserts and fitted with a four-point Schroth Racing harnesses. Door cards are finished in matching tartan, with pull strap handles and manual windows. A classic 350-mm Momo Prototipo steering wheel has been fitted. Behind the steering wheel is a gProgramm tachometer alongside the standard Porsche VDO gauges. The 915-transmission base is elegantly left exposed and polished with the shifter wearing an iconic 917-style wood shift knob. The car is radio-delete with hidden twin USB outlets for phone or other electronic devices. The carpets are completed in the classic German wool square weave. Lastly, a roll bar has been fitted, adding rigidity and passenger protection.
The gProgramm 911 is powered by a 320-hp, 3.4-liter twin-plug engine featuring Weber down draft carburetors. The engine was completely disassembled and then meticulously blueprinted, balanced, and hand-built prior to installation. It is truly a work of art, with a twin center exhaust, stainless heat exchangers, and hidden wires and lines. The engine is paired to a 915 five-speed manual transmission.
This car was one of three gProgramm Porsches driven 3,500 miles from New York to California in 2017 as a promotional trip which ended at Luftgekühlt 4. While in California this car was driven and reviewed by Matt Farah for the popular Smoking Tire web series One Take.
A wonderful bespoke creation, this gProgramm 911, the second example built, is the best of both worlds with its retro-inspired design and modern performance underpinnings. With less than 7,000 miles since the completion of the build, it has been fully sorted. One would be hard-pressed to find such a Porsche Outlaw with superior build quality at this price point.