If you’re going to make a cartoon out of your Porsche, you have to be serious. By that, we mean the changes you make and the quality you put into them has to be well above par. Then, it’s not so much a cartoon as it is an attention magnet. That’s what this Porsche 944 six-wheel pickup definitely is, a delicious, demented pickup conversion that begs attention.
Who built this Porsche 944 pickup?
How could you not want to check out the details while wondering why? And who built it? That part is easy, 914-Boxergarage in Germany is the builder, and it took them only 26 years to do it.
If your side project is also part of your business, as this six-wheel 944 is, it can be stuck on the back burner for paying jobs. Bringing in the cha-cha or making a race or show deadline trumps that dusty project in the corner of the shop. That’s what we expect happened here, and why it took so long to finish.
Do the Porsche 944 pickup’s rear axles work?
But the work looks top-notch, as you’ll agree. The Porsche pickup shop truck started out as a pedestrian 944 S. The Ute has over 2,500 hours into it. A modified stock 3.0-liter four-banger from a 968 powers the pickup, which spins a transaxle from an Audi 200 Turbo in the rear. That’s because of the dual rear ends, with power to both of them.
The front fascia comes from a 944 S2, with 924 Carrera GT headlights. It has a bed over six-and-a-half feet long, which is the same as most short-bed half-ton trucks. And the floor of the bed is oak planks.
If you’re thinking that utility was of no consideration, it is. The Ute has a tailgate, a backup camera, and a tow hitch. You don’t need any of those for a boulevard cruiser. And if you’re thinking it won’t pass an inspection, it passed the German TÜV, which is difficult to do with a modified car.
It’s for sale, so how much?
After the body was lengthened and the Targa roof was constructed, it was time for paint. Porsche Continental Orange is the vibrant color. It was used on many a Porsche in the 1970s. Inside, the seats are black leather with orange pleat inserts and stitching. The driver’s seat is heated, too.
And the good news is it’s for sale. But the bad news is that the asking price is $189,500, not that it is not worth every penny. The price puts it well past most new pickups including the electric variety. Not that they’re apples and apples because they’re not. It’s more like apples and guava.
So if you’re looking for a work truck combined with some notoriety, this is the pickup to have.