Many Porsche enthusiasts who visit Auto Vino get the “Sooner” Porsche mixed up with the “Singer” Porsche. The two cars are both stunning custom renditions of an air-cooled Porsche 911, with one exception: the Sooner has redesigned the 911 by recombining 100 percent Porsche parts from various models to create this car. The rare and sought-after Singer uses carbon fiber bodywork in their restorations, notably from the 1989-1994 Porsche 911 Coupe or Targa.
The donor car for this Sooner example was a Porsche 964, which had a substantial stylistic upgrade over prior 911 automobiles at the time, most notably the integrated bumpers. The suspension was also modified with coil springs, which were the first significant engineering revisions since the first 911 in 1963. The rear fenders are from a 911 Turbo (internally known as the 930 Turbo), which redefined the look and appeal of the 911’s profile, and the suspension is from a 911 RS (RS stands for Rennsport in German, meaning race sport).
The Sooner Porsche is the brainchild of Norway’s new Porsche Classic Center. They are known for thinking outside the box and devoting the time required to put together each new concept of the 911 nicknamed “Sooner.” Sooner is a pun on the term “sooner.” The Classic Center is located in Son, an old seaside town south of Oslo that was initially called “Soon” and later abbreviated to Son. The word “Sooner” translates to “quicker” in Norwegian, which aptly fits this car.
The Norway Classic Center is the world’s third, founded by Porsche in Stuttgart, Germany, to serve the needs of automobiles from earlier eras and newer models. More than 70% of all cars made since 1948 are still on the road today, a monument to Porsche’s design and engineering. There are 10,250 Porsches on the road in Norway alone, with 5,000 of them being classics or cars that have been out of production for more than ten years.
Auto Vino rare and exotic car storage is proud to preserve and protect the heritage of German Motorcars in a museum-like setting to display beautiful examples of Art-on-Wheels for those who have a passion for rare, exotic, and fast cars, and for those too who don’t.