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Porsche launches three packs of 1970s race-inspired decals for the 911 Dakar

Three Porsche 911 Dakars are parked in the sand, each with a different historic paint color.

Porsche’s 911 Dakar was already cool, but now it’s even better.
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Porsche 911 Dakar rips offand Rothmans Racing inspired heritage paint colors too. However, what do you do if you want your extremely expensive 911 to have a classic look, but the Rothmans stuff just doesn’t work for you? Porsche has the answer to this, and it comes in the form of three appearance packages that take design cues from Porsche’s collective efforts in the 1970s.

A Porsche 911 Dakar speeding through the desert with Rallye 1971 paint

Gathering 1971
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The first was called the 1971 Rallye, inspired by the Polish team in 1971, which finished fifth overall in a tough 3,100-mile race across Kenya. The racing paintwork for the 1971 cars was fairly simple, with black decals on the hood, doors and front fenders. Porsche’s 1971 Rallye package recreates this and has the number 19, as it is the highest-ranking car in the team.

A Porsche 911 Dakar plunges down a desert road in Rallye 1974 paint

Protest 1974
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This was followed by the 1974 Rallye pack, inspired by the 1974 East African Safari Rally, in which famous Swedish racer Björn Waldegård was able to finish in second place after a broken suspension bar knocked him out. it took over an hour to fix, and the top spot on the podium. This package features blue stripes running across the shoulders and a Porsche logo on the bottom of the doors.

Porsche 911 Dakar parked in the desert with Rallye 1978 livery

Rallye 1978
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Last is the Rallye 1978 pack, which once again takes inspo from East African Safari Rally cars, this time the 1978 911 SC 4. This time, Waldegård was only able to manage a fourth-place finish, owing to even more mechanical trouble, but another team with South African driver Vic Preston Jr managed to walk away with second place. This livery features a classic Martini Racing inspired layout.

Porsche is pretty proud of these designs, which you can tell because they’re charging a veritable boatload of greenbacks for them. The Rallye 1971 and 1974 packs will set you back $5,260 and can be ordered as a factory option or as Porsche Tequipment from your dealer. The 1978 pack costs an even more bonkers $7,510 and can only be ordered from the factory.


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