Something very strange – and kind of nifty – will be selling at this year’s Mecum auction in Monterey, California from the 13th through the 15th of this month: a center-drive-converted Porsche 911 Carrera S from 2008.
No, such a car was never built at Porsche’s factory in Zuffenhausen. Instead, reportedly inspired by the central seating position in the McLaren F1 road-going hypercar, Trinity Motorsports Group in Lima, Ohio built this singularly strange Porsche 911S by re-engineering the Type-997’s floor pan. The driver’s seat, pedals, instrumentation, steering wheel, shifter, and parking brake all obviously had to be relocated, in a painstaking operation soaking up a reported 300 man-hours.
What’s more, the “Centro” Porsche 911 Carrera S even features a mechanism to allow the driver’s seat to slide left for easier ingress and egress. The conversion itself came at a cost of about $75,000, plus however much was spent on securing the donor Porsche 911S, and it has done just over 30,000 miles – probably most of them with the seat in the factory position.
The folks at Mecum Auctions expect the effortlessly unique “Centro” Porsche 911 Carrera S to fetch somewhere between $85,000 and $115,000.