Two Tuthill-built Porsche 911s starred at the Porsche 70th anniversary celebrations at Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend. One was the winning 911 from last year’s Safari Classic Rally – more of that later – and the other was a very special 1965 2-litre Porsche 911 in the colours of British designer, Paul Smith.
A collaboration between Paul Smith Design and our friends at Sports Purpose, the car was built here at Wardington and is painted in the famous ‘Artist Stripe’ colour scheme, so closely associated with the British fashion house. The paintwork was all done in-house by Tuthills and is real: no vinyl was harmed in the making of this ’65.
The distinctive paint scheme is not just external: it carries right through the cabin of the car. The interior is also part trimmed, with ivory headlining, race seats with rich blue centre inlays and the classic padded dash top. The exterior showcases classic Porsche simplicity: just as Ferry intended, albeit slightly more colourful.
Built to 2.0L Cup regulations, the Paul Smith 911 made its competitive debut at the recent Le Mans Classic weekend, where it was raced by James Turner of Sports Purpose. Despite being assembled to a tight ten-day deadline, the car performed impeccably all weekend.
The art car then went straight to the Festival of Speed, where it formed part of the Porsche 70th photoshoot line up and was also invited to run up the famous Goodwood Hillclimb: see video below. James is shown as the driver, but in fact it is Richard behind the wheel. Other drivers across the four-day weekend included Lord Charles Settrington, heir to the Goodwood estate.
We’re delighted to be part of this wonderfully eye-catching project, which captured the imagination and enthusiasm of so many Porsche enthusiasts at Le Mans and at Goodwood. Social media has also responded well to the new car and we’re looking forward to sharing more photos of the car – and the story of its build – in due course. We hope you enjoy the video: