What you see here is a no ordinary 1965 Porsche 911. It bears the iconic mark of British fashion figure Paul Smith. It has a body color that of the famous “artist stripe” familiar to fans of Paul Smith. The result pretty much speaks for itself. A classic suddenly has a different lease of life. The Paul Smith colors, in 1960s-appropriate saturated hues, were applied by Porsche tuner Sports Purpose, turning a timeless classic even more timeless and well, very artful.
There’s something about pastel colors that capture our hearts and when these pastel tones are applied to a classic, something magical happens. Something unexplainable. Something lends it even more allure that make one can’t resist stealing a few more looks. Even more brilliantly, the bold stripes are not limited to the exterior; they extend into the inside with the Porsche customizer stripping out most of the interior to allow the colored stripes to shine in the cabin.
The result is something which I can only describe as enchanting. Seeing the bare steel now coated in colors is something akin to being inside Alice in Wonderland. Except that that wonderland did not have cars, much less a Porsche, but this one does. The dash’s fascia, which is now shared between bold yellow hue and wood panel, is particularly mesmerizing.
The colorful interior is sporadically punctuated by black components like the cable-actuated handbrake, instrumentation, rubber seals, dash, pedals and whatnot. Rounding up the Paul Smith touches are a dark green roll cage, petrol blue racing seat cushions, and a very classy wooden gear shift knob, signed by the iconic fashion name himself.
This is an one-off example which recently made its debut at the Le Mans Classic historic sports car event. You probably won’t be able to buy one, but I am sure, if you can get the folks over at Sports Purpose to custom an identical unit. Though I am not sure if Smith will be agreeable. As for me, I am good ogling at the images of this gorgeous Paul Smith x Sports Purpose 1965 Porsche 911. I am just so easy to please, don’t I? No, I am not. I am just a man of circumstances.
Images: Paul Smith.