RE: Dutch firm fashions a Boxster Shooting Brake

RE: Dutch firm fashions a Boxster Shooting Brake

Monday 2nd December

Dutch firm fashions a Boxster Shooting Brake

Van Thull has extended the rear of a former 986 convertible for the full wagon effect



A Boxster might not seem like the most appropriate choice for a shooting brake because – without stating the obvious – it has a mid-mounted engine in the way. But Van Thull Development of Holland has not let that minor hindrance prevent it from launching its latest project, which involves slapping a custom rear section and a 997 911 front end to an early 986 Boxster. It’s been in the making for several months, but now, the one-off’s skin is finished – as shown by these latest images.

As part of the alterations, the Dutch firm – which is a specialist in working with Porsches among other things – has added a 991 bumper and taillights to the back, with convincing 911-esque rear windows on each side of the new section to keep up the brand theme. Since the two-seat Boxster’s boxer engine takes up a large portion of the added area, we suspect this is more of a demonstration for the work Van Thull’s engineers can handle, rather than a genuinely practical offering to buyers.

It looks like the firm has made a decent fist of joining three very different body sections together; the work certainly goes a lot further than its other recent projects, which have centred around restoration and fettling rather than complete re-bodying. There’s no word as to whether this particular Boxster is a regular 2.5-litre car or the more potent 3.2 S, or whether any more performance will be extracted from its powertrain. Or, indeed, whether this one-off could be produced again for customers. Demand for bespoke creations like this definitely exists; see the QWest Model S Shooting Brake and its Dutch rival, as well as that rather pricey run of Aston Martin Zagato Shooting Brakes. Different class, maybe - but similarly themed.


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Pic credit: Van Thull Development



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Camry_Man

Original Poster:

59 posts

128 months

Monday 2nd December
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Shut and take my money.
After they finish it properly first......(obviously)......

J4CKO

28,605 posts

148 months

Monday 2nd December
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Nice work, sort of Z3M Coupe vibe.

hixster

330 posts

165 months

Monday 2nd December
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Why?

Reciprocating mass

5,537 posts

189 months

Monday 2nd December
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Oh dear ! scirocco crashed up the rear of a boxster

Plate spinner

13,692 posts

148 months

Monday 2nd December
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Kind of pointless, but kind of fun I guess.

psi310398

5,291 posts

151 months

Monday 2nd December
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I admire the ambition but my guess is that I could buy the rather better resolved Panamera shooting brake for the same money...

CrossMember

1,563 posts

87 months

Monday 2nd December
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As a former Smart Roadster Coupe pervert, I approve of this.

OK, that was more rear-engined than mid, but I still like this. Makes me wonder what a 911 breadvan might look like?

Turbobanana

1,559 posts

149 months

Monday 2nd December
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Puts me in mind of the joke where a local is asked for directions, and replies with "Well I wouldn't start from 'ere".

Black S2K

898 posts

197 months

Monday 2nd December
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Looks like it could use the front roof/windows from a Cayman. Otherwise it's pretty well-resolved.

johnnyBv8

1,959 posts

139 months

Monday 2nd December
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I quite like it. I wonder why they choose to get some media interest before they've finished and slapped some paint on though.

Greeneyelevin

8 posts

37 months

Monday 2nd December
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Why would you go to the trouble (expence of making a Porsche look like a VW Sirocco ?.....

Sean207

23 posts

85 months

Monday 2nd December
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a volvo C30, a VW Sirroco, a Z3 breadvan, 911 and Boxster go to a hotel bar...after a few too many shots, one suggests getting a room and bam, 9 months later...

I think the normal boxster front may have worked better, but like someone else has said, this is a spy shot the company must be furious has leaked surely...

LimaDelta

4,126 posts

166 months

Monday 2nd December
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psi310398 said:
I admire the ambition but my guess is that I could buy the rather better resolved Panamera shooting brake for the same money...
Is there a Panamera shooting brake? I thought they were all 4-doors?

thegreenhell

6,299 posts

167 months

Monday 2nd December
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I like it, although I'd prefer more of a rear hatch than just the opening glass.

easytiger123

1,958 posts

157 months

Monday 2nd December
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It looks so good and fills such an obvious gap in the market, I can't believe nobody tried this sooner...

Hotfire2000

4 posts

20 months

Monday 2nd December
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I'll have some of that! Scirocco & Z4M are both good looking cars but in a Porsche, wow!

Alan535

33 posts

1 month

Monday 2nd December
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Thats how it would turn out if i made it with my lack of skills.Why bother even showing it without paint?It looks like a cheap kit car.

thelostboy

3,660 posts

173 months

Monday 2nd December
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Wondered what it reminded me of - the Z3M, of course!

That is still a 997 GT3 rear bumper, just the lights that are different.

I'm interested to see how usable they make the 'boot', given that's kind of the point of it. I imagine the Z3M has quite a decent space given the engine's in the front.

SturdyHSV

6,720 posts

115 months

Monday 2nd December
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That's awesome

Paulo_G

6 posts

24 months

Monday 2nd December
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I admire the intent, however it just doesn't appear to be a particularly good effort... The line all the way across the back doesn't work for me, and there's something odd with the windscreen line vs door windows. I want to like it, but in truth I'd take the old 944 shooting brake. A much better resolved design all round IMO, and no doubt more practical being front engined, although the 944 did have a fairly high boot floor IIRC.