The Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (964 generation) is definitely one of the most beautiful classic cars out there. Nearly 30 years since it was launched, the 911 Carrera 2 still attracts attention when driven on the road and especially when parked on anyone’s lot. We are still able to see a good number of older generation Porsche sports cars to this day thanks to owners who really take care of their rides, even going to the point of spending thousands of dollars for restoration works to make them look as elegant as they were in the early 1990s.
However, a certain custom shop based in Vanosc, France has gone beyond expectations on how a Porsche 964 sports car should be reworked or restored. After all, this 911 Carrera 2 has been transformed into a rat rod by French creative group Danton Arts Kustoms, which prides itself as a company that specializes in converting rides into hot rods that were the trend in the pre-war era (World War II).
Recently displayed at the International Auto Show, this particular 911 Carrera 2 Rat Rod is definitely a show stopper – not because it was beautifully elegant, but because it seems really out of this world, something that would even earn the ire of a true-blood Porsche fan. According to reports, the whole front portion of the 911 Carrera 2 was chopped off, literally cutting the classic sports car into half. This was done in order to mount another engine to this Porsche 911 Carrera 2.
Originally, the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (964) is powered by an air-cooled 3.6-liter naturally aspirated flat-6 M64 engine that is tuned to deliver up to 184 kW (247 hp or 250 PS) of output at 6,100 rpm as well as up to 310 Nm (228 lb.-ft.) of torque at 4,800 rpm. Perhaps thinking that this mill wasn’t good enough -- or more like not big enough to transform the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (964) into a hot rod -- Danton Arts Kustoms took the liberty of removing the six-cylinder powerplant out of the engine bay (located on the rear on the sports car) and replacing it with something bigger.
For this project, Danton Arts Kustoms picked a Ford Big Block – a massive V8 engine. But instead of fitting this powerplant into the rear engine bay, Danton Arts Kustoms opted to mount it on the front. However, this huge V8 engine wouldn’t fit on the front, so the French company needed to cut the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 into half. This process caused the sports car to stretch and become longer than it originally was. Add a set of wide tires mounted outside the wheel arches, the result is a Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Rat Rod or what’s called as the Franken-Porsche 964.