The friendship car

The Metallic Pink Pearl really stands out in the morning sun. We scan almost every millimeter of the unique paint job, which can appear pink, pearl pink or Sahara, paisley or ceramic beige, depending on the light. Suddenly, an arrow-shaped shadow begins to hover over the figure again and again. We look up to the sky with half-closed eyes and see a golden eagle soaring majestically above. Was he watching the drone take off or interested in the sports car below? Before we can guess it, the eagle takes flight and soars on the updraft, soaring higher and higher into the Austrian sky above the Northern Alps, a silent salute before veering towards the Kitzsteinhorn mountain that watches over Lake Zell.

Here in Pinzgau, Ferry Porsche has found a suitable home for his family. Motor sports were always present: in winter, the famous ice race on the frozen Lake Zell, and in summer, a time trial on Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner.

911, Grossglockner Alpine Road, 2022, Porsche AG

Historically, this area has always been closely associated with the Porsche name. Ferry Porsche not only found a suitable place for his family here, but also found plenty of motor racing in the Pinzgau: In winter, the famous ice race on the frozen Lake Zell, revived by Wolfgang Porsche’s son Ferdinand , and his friend Vinzenz Greger , and in summer a tough time trial on Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner.

A color sample car

So it’s perhaps no surprise that today the area is home to a remarkable 911 in Pearl Pink Metallic. The 81K 93 color code is unique to a Porsche 911, making it what is called a color sampling car.

911, Zell am See, 2022, Porsche AG

Panorama of Lake Zell: there is still some snow above, but fortunately the lake is no longer frozen. That would mean salt on the roads and this 911 certainly wouldn’t be parked here if that were the case.

“There is a long tradition of color sample cars in Zuffenhausen,” says Daniela Milošević, designer at the Weissach Development Center, explaining the process: “The motivation to produce sports cars with new exterior colors is the even for several decades.: It is often very difficult to imagine a color that you have only seen on a small paint sample on a real car.Whether it is a plain or metallic shade, the interaction of light and shadow is very different.And through constantly changing trends and outside influences, the way we perceive a color or a color world is constantly changing.That is why we are always very happy to be able to present our favorite color proposals on color sample vehicles,” says the 30-year-old, whose first color development was Ice Gray metallic.

911, 2022, Porsche AG

“It was the first color we designed for Porsche. It was first introduced in the Mission E Cross Turismo concept car and is now also included in the Taycan’s production color range. Of course, after years of professional experience, you can name a litany of colors, but you never forget the first one you designed.The metallic pearlescent pink of this 911 shows that Porsche’s interest in light and pastel colors was already important, even then. These days, this range of colors is increasingly seen on the Taycan”, specifies the paint expert from the Color & Decor department. Some things, and the colors are no exception, take time to break in. Sometimes up to 35 years.

Mark Philipp Porsche, Arno Haslinger, id, 911, Grossglockner High Alpine Road, 2022, Porsche AG

Moments in the mountains are followed by moments of couple: here, it is good to recharge your batteries. Mark Philipp Porsche and Arno Haslinger are enjoying the moment. Carolina Porsche shares her new passion: photography.

And it almost seems appropriate when the full force of the painting is revealed under an alpine sun. It’s time for Rosa, as the car is called, alluding to the German word for rose, to tell her story. Or better yet, ask the two owners to do it: “From 1987, the 911 spent four years in Stuttgart as a factory Porsche before passing into the hands of a Bosch garage in Austria which paid 685,000 shillings (about $50,000). Now he’s back in Porsche country, so to speak,” smiles Arno Haslinger with a wink, offering a first clue to the remarkable project partner and friend who looks after Rosa (a G-model) with him. Originally from Austria, Haslinger wrote his thesis on the Porsche 911 at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and worked internationally in the luxury automotive industry for many years. He is a fan of the three-digit icon and often compares it to the world of exclusive watches in his posts. The English auction house Bonhams has relied on its expertise in valuable watches for many years. His friend and color swatch car comrade is Mark Philipp Porsche, son of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the creator of the 911.

Mark Porsche wrote his thesis on the watch industry, with a focus on market research and product development, and that’s how the two men first came into contact and later became friends. . Today, Mark Philipp Porsche is active in the automotive industry and sits on the supervisory board of Volkswagen AG. The two cultivated for many years a unique transfer of knowledge between friends, an exchange that resulted in a common project that was perhaps inevitable.

911, 2022, Porsche AG

Watch lovers: Mark Philipp Porsche and Arno Michael Haslinger share the 911 and a passion for watches. For example, in the form of the Heuer Monaco.

Haslinger came across the color sample car seven years ago in a newspaper classified ad. Nachrichten of Salzburg. “When I opened the Saturday edition with a morning cup of coffee, I felt like I had to read the classifieds. And lo and behold, what I found sounded very interesting,” he recalls “I called Mark and asked him if he wanted to come and see a car with me. When we met the seller the next day, we were both delighted with its condition and history and decided to make it a joint project.” After careful inspection, it turned out that at the age 28-year-old Rosa, as the extraordinary 911 was soon dubbed, still shone in its original paint and, in fact, still sealed with factory wax.

Interior in Hannibal Gray

“The interior is leather in a color called Hannibal Grey, but it has a brown look that contrasts perfectly with the grey-green carpeting and perforated light brown headliner. The dashboard, A-pillars, side tables side and rear windows are optionally upholstered in fine leather.A sunroof, electrically adjustable seats and heating, as well as a Blaupunkt Bremen stereo round off the extensive equipment package.

911, 2022, Porsche AG

The interior is leather in a color called Hannibal Grey, but it has a brown look that contrasts perfectly with the grey-green carpeting and the perforated light brown headlining.

911, 2022, Porsche AG

911, 2022, Porsche AG

Changes come with the coveted G50 gearbox in the leather-trimmed center console, while the four-spoke steering wheel features the Porsche logo on the impact pad,” Haslinger continues, reverently listing the features of the 911. exclusive. 1987 Model G is equipped with the best aerodynamic package in the world. A front spoiler and a rear turbo spoiler accelerate the airflow and have a stabilizing effect. Finely coordinated elements increase the Carrera’s top speed by 9 km/h to 254 km/h.

911, Grossglockner Alpine Road, 2022, Porsche AG

In 1987, the G model was fitted with a racing aero package. They added a front spoiler, as well as a turbo spoiler in the rear. Together they provide an additional 9 km/h, allowing the Carrera to reach a top speed of 254 km/h.

The friends store their car treasure with care: they only drive it when there is no road salt, they change the oil regularly and accelerating aggressively on a cold engine is never a good idea. All known information about the car’s color swatch has been carefully filed by the two men.

911, Grossglockner Alpine Road, 2022, Porsche AG

The friends treat their automotive gem like a treasure, only driving it when road salt is out, changing the oil regularly and avoiding aggressive acceleration when the engine is cold.

“Perhaps the Porsche AG employee who had the privilege of driving it will contact us, if he is still alive,” Haslinger says, before Rosa’s story is told in an issue of Porsche Klassik. . It would be nice to know a bit more about the car, even if the feeling it conveys to its owners is already perfect. “Rosa is the source and engine of our creative exchange,” says Mark Porsche. “Partly because it is a 911 in such a particular configuration that it fascinates and polarizes opinion, and partly because the car, resting between our respective garages, gives rise to so many journeys and shared conversations. .” The friends are already looking forward to the awakening of the Großglockner Pass from its annual hibernation. In any case, the golden eagle will undoubtedly keep an eye on the metallic Pink Pearl paint.


Text first published in the 23rd edition of Porsche Klassik magazine.

Author: Bastian Fuhrman

Photographs: Carolina Porsche and Markus Schwer

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