The Porsche 911 is an icon in the automotive world — indeed, perhaps the biggest in that world. While you can’t fault how Porsche builds them, everyone has their particular taste in 911. Resto-modding them into unique custom builds has become extremely popular; and, like the Land Rover Defender, there are a relative lot of them, so irrevocably altering one to your fantasy spec is not necessarily an act of blasphemy. And there are plenty of other Porsches out there with less-fabled backgrounds that you can play with to your heart's content, as well.
As a result, a custom Porsche can be whatever you want it to be. Utterly exquisite work of art based on the 964-generation 911? High-riding off-road rally car? Something with extreme bodywork? Porsche tuners can build almost literally whatever you want...especially if you’re willing to pay well into the six figures for it.
So whether you’re looking to build your custom 911 or just want to lurk and fawn over them like the rest of us, here are the big names in the world of turning Porsches into custom dream machines.
Russell Built creates Baja 911s based on the 964-generation 911. Their premise is building what would have happened if Porsche had kept up its off-road racing development into the 1990s.
California-based Gunther Werks builds the “what if money was no object” version of the 993-generation 911, made from 1994 to 1998. Their custom builds of the last air-cooled model incorporate as much modern RS-inspired technology as possible, while still retaining the 993’s character.
Paul Stephens is a British tuner that builds bespoke “AutoArt” versions of the 911. They're also making a limited run of Le Mans Classic Clubsport builds, which fuse classic looks with modern tech.
Once known just for its sports cars, Porsche now produces a wide variety of coupes, convertibles, SUVs and sedans.