If you're in the market for a modern Porsche 911 but still want to stand out at your local
Porsche Club of America meets, this might just be the car for you. It's a 2008 997-generation 911 Carrera S that's been given a custom center-seating position, similar to the design used on the McLaren F1. It's up for grabs right now on Bring a Trailer.
This is the second 997 to receive a center seat conversion by the folks at Trinity Motors. The first was a convertible, which popped up for sale in 2016. Originally completed in 2013, it was the first center-seat 911 built by the company with a manual transmission.
From the outside, the car seems totally stock, aside from a set of aftermarket taillights. Inside, a singular racing bucket occupies the space where the center console originally sat. That's been moved to the right-hand side, and the entire dash has been reworked to accommodate the new driving position.
As one of the creators explains in an interview above with the Porsche Club of America, the hardest challenges with building this car were extending the shifter cables for the relocated shifter, and remounting the clutch farther to the right. But thanks to lessons learned from the 14 months building the convertible prototype, this car took just seven weeks to convert.
And if you're worried about all the extra maneuvering you'll have to do to get into that center bucket, don't be. Trinity Motors engineered a left-to-right slider into the base that can move the seat closer to the driver-side door for simple ingress and egress. Smart stuff.
The car is currently up for bidding on Bring a Trailer in Katy, Texas, with a high bid of $19,500 and five days remaining. Considering all of the custom work and bespoke craftsmanship work done here, we bet it'll go for a bit more than your average 997.