Have you ever looked at the McLaren F1’s centrally mounted seating position and thought to yourself, “Yes, this is what I need for my everyday commute”? Well have no fear because a solution has presented itself under the guise of this otherwise fairly basic 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. The cliche is that a picture is worth a thousand words so I will leave it to the pictures to describe this Carrera’s transformation. I won’t lie, things get a little weird.
Model: 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 15,836 mi
This 911 also includes Climate Control, Cruise Control, Homelink System, Power Steering, Telescoping Steering Wheel, Power Windows, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Lthr. Steering Wheel, ABS Brakes, Passenger Airbag, Intermittent Wipers, Keyless Entry, Rear Defogger, AM/FM, Anti-Theft, CD Player, Rear Spoiler, Xenon, Cup Holders, Remote Trunk Lid, Vanity Mirrors, Heated Mirrors, Daytime Running Lights, Side Curtain Airbags, Roll Stability Control, Tire Pressure Monitor, Premium Sound, HID Headlamps.
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Perhaps the only thing more amazing about this car than its center-mounted driving position is that the dealer ad BARELY EVEN MENTIONS IT! They refer to it as a Centro 911…and that’s it. No description, no questions answered, no statements about when this all occurred. It originally debuted at the Petit Le Mans and this dealer is in Atlanta so perhaps they’re assuming everyone will be intimately familiar. Well, I’m from Atlanta and had no idea.
For the details on how we got here we can turn to Wired, who ran an article on this 911 and some of the work that went into its conversion. Does it work? Well, whereas the McLaren possesses the look of racecar functionality, this 911 does not. Retaining much of the center console leads to that and creates a much different interior look when the seating position is centrally located. The strange appearance aside, this does seem really cool! It’s perhaps a little strange to find it in a PDK-equipped Cabriolet (a manual Coupe was also built following this one), but there’s no doubt that driving top-down in this 911 will turn heads. I enjoy top-down driving and this really does seem like a lot of fun. Maybe in a Cabriolet it’s a little poseur-ish given the racing pedigree of the car off which it is based, but, hey, at least it’s a Carrera S. This is the sort of thing you end up with when you have an idea and just want to see it executed and that sort of engineering insanity is something I think we can all appreciate. Lastly, given the one-off nature of this 911 the asking price strikes me as incredibly reasonable. It’s priced pretty comparably to any other Carrera S of this vintage and perhaps that makes sense. The market for this isn’t likely to be huge, but if you’ve ever wanted to own something truly unique there’s certainly no way to replicate this for the cost asked for here.