1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Art Car by Dominic Besner
This 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe has been refinished by artist Dominic Besner and collaborator Yves Thibeault as number three in the Art Cars Project, wherein different artists have completed uniquely painted Porsche 911s in cooperation with the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec in Canada. Power comes from a 3.2-liter flat-six paired with a five-speed manual transmission, and features include a tan interior, a Kenwood stereo, and 16? Fuchs-style wheels with painted center caps. The current owner acquired the car in 2013, and service in 2020 consisted of changing the oil and replacing the battery. This 911 art car is now offered on dealer consignment in California with an accident-free Carfax report and an Arizona title.Auto-body painter Yves Thibeault transposed artist Dominic Besner’s original directives onto the car itself, which is number three of four completed Porches in the Art Cars Project, named “Masterpiece III.” A bull with a nose ring decorates the car’s hood, its horns extending over the fenders and onto the doors. For the Art Cars Project, Thibeault has used techniques involving airbrushes, hand brushes, spray paints, felt-tip markers, finger-painting, and sanding. The oil-based custom paintwork is shown up close in the photo gallery below.
Black 16? Fuchs-style wheels wear custom-painted center caps with Porsche crests and are mounted with 205/50 front and 225/50 rear Pirelli Cinturato tires.
The interior features bolstered seats with tan upholstery, and matching floor mats protect the carpeting. Amenities include air conditioning and a Kenwood CD player.
A four-spoke steering wheel sits ahead of VDO instrumentation that includes a 7k-rpm tachometer, 160-mph speedometer, combination gauges, and an analog clock. The six-digit odometer shows 66k miles, and a mileage inconsistency is noted on the Carfax report.
The 3.2-liter flat-six was rated for 217 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque when new. The oil was changed and the battery replaced in May 2020. The car is located in California but has not been subjected to the state’s smog testing.
Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transaxle. Additional photos of the underside are presented in the gallery below.
An image of the car parked in front of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec in June 2014 along with the other three completed Art Cars is provided above. More photos of this car with others from the series are viewable in the gallery. Eight Porsche 911s are planned for the Art Cars Project in total, and the fifth is said to be currently in progress.
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