It seems as if every model of the Porsche 911 is iconic and rare for one reason or another. The 930 911, for example, seems to be special for a fair bit of different reasons. A particular version of that stands out to some as one of the greatest Porsche race cars ever built, and that would be the 935/78 ‘flachbau’, or ‘slant nose’ as it’s commonly known.
The slant nose 911 was possibly the greatest racing car Porsche has ever produced. It was an unstoppable force in the late 70’s through the early 80’s GT racing. To the extent that Porsche enthusiasts everywhere were driven mad about the idea of getting their hands on one. Problem was, there wasn’t a street going version of the slant nose. At least not for a while.
The idea for the slant nose wasn’t some master designer that wanted to build the most iconic Porsche imaginable. Although that may have been an inadvertent side effect. No, the original idea was much simpler than that; it was a manipulation of the then new Group 5 rules. The rules stated that the front fenders of any competing car could be modified in order to fit the spec wheel and tire sizes. Porsche engineer Norbert Singer read this rule and promptly decided to ditch the stock headlight location, allowing for a more streamline front end. And the ‘slant nose’ was born.
With a myriad of other changes the 935 Porsche would go on to decimate its competition for some years to come, causing every 911 owner and enthusiast to yearn deeply for their very own slant nose. In 1982 Porsche created the Special Order Program, one that included a 935 style nose to be fitted for an additional fee. Less than 1,000 units would ever be sold, but the ones that were would become some of the rarest 930’s one could buy. The new nose featured low-slung fog lights like the race car, with additional pop-up headlights to meet street legal regulations. While you didn’t get the same wide body and crazy wing, you did get yourself just a little closer to owning the dominant 935 race car.
Today the 930 Porsche has a cult-like following. People are paying good money to get their hands on a vintage 911 turbo, even with newer turbos continuing to hit the market. Unlike the regular turbo, a true 930 slant nose was only made for a handful of years, causing them to become more and more rare to find. People are even paying out the nose for a quality replica, just to have the look. Which raises the question, if you are going to buy a replica anyway, why not one with all new guts?
What we have here is a second to last generation 911 built to remind us why we love the slant nose oh so much. The kit originates from a shop in Japan called Old & New. A fitting name for such a concept. The 997 911 ran from 2004-2012 with relatively good reviews and feedback during that stretch. While I’m a big fan of the 997 some people were vocally not as thrilled. Styling seemed to be hit or miss, with some even saying it lacks the iconic 911 character. Thanks to New & Old that will no longer be the case.
The slant nose kit that New & Old has created is truly unique. It blends newer modern touches in with the sleek body lines that we dearly love. The kit is even more like the race version of the 70’s than the street version Porsche built in the 80’s. This is attributed to the fact that there aren’t any pop-up headlights, instead just using the low-slung halogens to handle the lighting. The front track has also been widened slightly and they absolutely nailed the louvered fenders.
The kit doesn’t stop after the front wheels either. The rear fenders have been heavily modified, giving the 997 an extra wide stance that attempts to mimic the 935. These fenders are easily hit or miss. While I don’t think they look terrible I would have loved to see them molded more into the body. A small qualm with an overly impressive car. The rear wing is a fitting match for the big style that comes with a kit of this fashion, like a cherry on top of an ice cream sundae.
With much power comes much responsibility, and this is no different. With the reputation of the original slant nose you can’t just slap this on your base 911 and call it a day, no sir. That 997 better be turbo, and it really should be highly tuned like those track monsters we remember. It’s hard to fathom slapping an aftermarket body kit on a car that booked at over $120k before extreme mods. But if your pockets are deep enough that you don’t mind, a slant nose 997 is about as cool as a water-cooled 911 can get. The real question is if it’s worth doing over an original 930 road going slant nose. A question I do not have the answer too.