GTCC presents the story of Thomas Frees Buthler and his very personal take on the Porsche 911, one of the most iconic sports cars worldwide

Perfected by Thomas Frees Buthler, part 1

His 1979 3.0 Super Carrera has been through an extensive transformation, from an outlaw styled street racer, to what Thomas believes to be just the right weapon for those fast Grand Touring sweeps along his favourite roads.

This is the story of an individual who didn’t just buy a nice car and left it as it was, but actually spend many hours creating a one-off with a very personal touch.

A couple of weeks ago, Gran Turismo Car Club approached Thomas and asked;

Could we feature your Porsche and write your story?

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Photo: Thomas Frees Buthler

But first, let’s dwell at what kind of car we are dealing with? We all know the Porsche 911 quite well, right? It’s a time machine, plain and simple. If you want to make yourself younger or cooler, buy a classic 911. It’s from a time when Porsche built exciting sports cars: the worlds best sports cars. They looked like classics, straight out of the box. The incredible stance, for those requiring form over function, and it’s iconic silhouette with the froggy eyes. The quick and very direct turn-in response is legendary and the engine located behind the rear wheels makes it a handful at times.

Some will argue it demands king-size balls to drive quickly. Heck, it’s the car that Car and Driver journo P.J. O’Rourke once called an «ass-engine Nazi slot car”.

To sum it up, the Porsche 911 itself needs no further introduction. It’s already a desirable car «ab werke».

But what if a standard car doesn’t do it for you? Of course there is the Singer or the RUF. In fact, there is a lot of companies ready to make a custom 911 for you, that is, if you are willing to fork up the cheddar. Problem is, it will be someone else’s vision. God only knows how many cars out there, that was created just like the ones Magnus Walker so brilliantly make. The downside obviously, all of these cars cost more money than most people can afford. Way more actually. So what do you do?

Once visiting the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Thomas saw the car Ferdinand Porsche had made for his daughter Louise and it sparked an idea for an interior he later ended up installing in his own car. The bold decision to put classic checkered and red fabric mixed with black leather worked really well with car.

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Photo: Roman Raetzke

This is just one of many details with Thomas’ 911 that makes it absolutely perfect. His pursue for nothing but the best parts shows through the entire build, and his Super Carrera oozes individuality and quality. The ever-present urge to modify his car and to create a unique 911 was something he couldn’t let go when, by a leap of faith, his mind were set on finding a 911.

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Photo: Roman Raetzke

For many years though, Thomas always wanted a classic English sports car. But something pointed him in the direction of the 911. Being the manager of a medical company, Thomas is familiar with making accurate decisions and working with set objectives, so he went on and studied the world of classic Porsches. They are relatively easy to maintain, parts are available and prices go up and such an investment is kind of secure.

Plans were made, websites scoured and suddenly it took form. He found a car online, listed as a project. It was bought unseen from SportHaus Reno in Nevada and was supposed to be in good mechanically condition. The photos didn’t lie, as the car was in great shape, but the body needed work and after many years in the desert sun, it also needed a fresh lick of paint. Originally being delivered in Paris it was then exported to America. Back then, Porsche sold the majority of their cars over there, but many customers couldn’t wait and had cars imported.

After spending most its life in a dry environment this 911 SC has returned to Europe.

Now, three years in to his ownership, Thomas tells me about the motivation for modifying the car when he first bought it:

«I love the white Magnus Walker 911 SCHR with red bumpers and black bonnet. My goal was to make exactly one like that, and before the car arrived, I’d already bought several parts. I wasn’t a 100% sure in which direction I would go, and someone told me to drive the car, and drive it for some time, before deciding what I wanted».

After a while he painted the bonnet and ducktail black and his Outlaw 911 was born.

He drove it for a while and enjoyed the fact that an Outlaw isn’t a garage-queen and it’s meant to be driven hard.

As an outlaw 911, the car had already been on several trips to the continent but the Outlaw theme was a style he felt was used too often.

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When asked; what made you want to change the appearance of your car, Thomas replies, in perfect synchrony with the trend these days, originality matters.

«As prices rise in the 911 market, I began to realize that I had to go in different direction. I then set my mind to build a custom 911 with only the best parts available and a very personal look. A car that no one else have».

And who can blame Thomas? Original, or modified-with-originality-in-mind, 911’s tends to hold more value. Later years we have seen even the G models sold for extraordinary sums.

«I got the inspiration to do this when I visited the Porsche Museum and especially their custom division. Every part on the car is something Porsche themselves could have made. Exactly like when you buy a new Porsche you can have the factory customize it for you», he explains.

With this in mind a new path was laid out. In concrete, as it turned out!

Refinement is a word that constantly pops up in my mind when I interview Thomas, and though this particularly word gets thrown around often in the car world, I can’t think of a better term to sum up his über cool 911. 

«It’s rewarding to see it finally coming together and getting such an overwhelming response from everybody«.

Thomas quickly adds;

«I haven’t seen anyone just like mine as it’s a mix of concepts I really like».

 

Join us in part two, where we break down exactly what makes Thomas’ 1979 Porsche 911 3.0 SC so cool, and asks him what the car means to him and if he would ever part with it.

Stay tuned.

Gran Turismo. Fun. Delivered!

Photos by Roman Raetzke. Thank you Roman!

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