To many Porsche aficionados, it’s regarded as the greatest car ever made.
So when Adrian Flux wanted something special to commemorate 40 years of providing insurance for some of the world’s most iconic motors, attention turned to the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring.
Obviously getting hold of one of these rare beasts is a wallet-crushing extravagance (check out the price here), so the UK’s largest specialist broker asked customer Ian Cook if he fancied immortalising the 70s supercar on canvas.
Now Ian is no ordinary customer, and no ordinary artist, as anyone who has seen him in action at motor shows across the world will know. He can usually be found at his Pop Bang Colour stand, on the floor, covered in paint and surrounded by similarly paint-covered remote controlled cars – his “brushes”.
Ian has successfully combined his twin passion for cars and art to create a unique explosion of riotous colour, his outsized paintings giving the impression of movement and sheer vitality.
He explains: “The idea for the process started for a number of reasons – I am a big car enthusiast, I am trained as an artist, and thirdly I was bought a radio controlled car for a Christmas present and was told ‘not to take it down my studio, and not to get paint on it’ (lightbulb moment) so like any bloke would – I listened to a bit of that conversation.
“Years later, having created artwork the size of a three storey building, painted with real cars and travelled to different parts of the globe with a suitcase full of paint covered cars, I’m still going strong!”
And here is the result of Ian’s latest masterpiece, held up outside the Adrian Flux HQ near King’s Lynn in Norfolk. It’s a stunning interpretation of a stunning piece of automotive brilliance – the only problem will be finding a wall large enough to hang it…
Carrera RS 2.7 Touring factfile
- Revealed at the 1972 Paris Motor Show, Porsche wanted to improve the racing performance of its 2.4 Litre 911S, which was being beaten by the BMW CSL of the time.
- FIA Group 4 rules meant at least 500 vehicles needed to be produced for road use to the same specification as the racing cars – in the end, 1,580 cars were made, of which 55 were used for racing.
- The new car featured a 2,687cc engine producing 210bhp, with a top speed of 152mph, larger rear wheel arches, a ducktail spoiler and heftier brakes.
- The cars dominated the 1973 European GT Championship, with wins Daytona 24-hour and Targa Florio.
- Three versions were produced – a lightweight sports trim, race trim or touring trim for the road.
- Prices for the RS 2.7 Touring have rocketed over the years, with £300,000 not uncommon.
Adrian Flux can provide competitive insurance for all types of Porsche 911 – as well as every other type of supercar.