See the 2023 Porsche 911 Dakar’s Retro East African Rally Body Wraps

Porsche’s rally-inspired 911 Dakar, an off-road-prepped sports car, is a rolling nostalgia bin. Way back when, the 911 was a force in rallying, its rear-engine layout giving it traction in the dirt and muck, while that same rear-engine layout helped, er, whip the tail around rally-style. But Porsche never transferred that rally heritage directly into its roadgoing sports cars, leaving adventurous owners to lift their suspensions, fit burlier tires, and festoon their rides with fun running lights and roof racks and such—leading to the so-called “Safari-style” 911. Well, with the 2023 911 Dakar, an ultra-limited-production, eye-wateringly expensive 911, Porsche is finally selling a factory Safari-style 911. And to really push the whole old-timey rally 911 vibe, it’ll sell three heritage-inspired liveries (in the form of body wraps) to customers who want a less subtle Dakar in their garage. Here they are:

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2023 Porsche 911 Dakar | Rallye 1971 Livery

Reaching way back in Porsche’s rally racing vault to 1971’s East Africa Safari in Kenya, this “Rallye 1971” wrap brings a delightfully retro flair to the Dakar’s body. The No. 19 getup harkens back to the year’s “most successful 911 in [that] rally,” which was piloted by Polish drivers Marian Bien and Sobieslaw Zasada.

2023 Porsche 911 Dakar | Rallye 1971 Livery

The 1971 East African Safari Rally racing 911s were the first ever factory-backed rally 911s.

2023 Porsche 911 Dakar | Rallye 1971 Livery

The ’71 rally car’s simple graphics carry over to the $5,260 Rallye 1971 wrap option for the Dakar, with a large black block on the hood, a round No. 19 card on the doors, and even some cool Bilstein and Shell sponsor decals on the front and rear fenders.

2023 Porsche 911 Dakar | Rallye 1974 Livery

Wait, isn’t this the same No. 19 car? Not exactly. Though the numeral is the same, this graphics kit harkens back to the 1974 East African Safari contender driven by Björn Waldegård and Hans Thorszelius.

2023 Porsche 911 Dakar | Rallye 1974 Livery

That ’74 car was a 911 Carrera 2.7 RS, and it actually led the 1,255-mile race right until the end, when suspension damage caused a 72-minute delay—enough to erase the team’s 36-minute lead and then some, meaning Porsche ultimately finished second.

2023 Porsche 911 Dakar | Rallye 1974 Livery

Just like that ’74 model, the new 911 Dakar’s Rallye 1974 wrap is applied to a plain ol’ white body. The graphics are simple, with black and blue shoulder stripes, Bilstein and Shell sponsor decals, and the classic “PORSCHE” lettering and stripes on each door. It runs the same $5,260 as the Rallye 1971 wrap, and like that one, can be ordered via Porsche Tequipment at participating Porsche dealerships in addition to Porsche Manufaktur.

2023 Porsche 911 Dakar | Rallye 1978 Livery

This setup was previewed at the Dakar’s launch late last year, and is clearly a nod to a certain Porsche racing livery that rhymes with “cartini.” While the words “Martini Racing” are mentioned only once in Porsche’s materials on this specific livery, there’s no mistaking that iconic white, blue, and orange getup.

2023 Porsche 911 Dakar | Rallye 1978 Livery

Also referred to as “the sponsor’s decals” from Porsche’s 1978 East African Safari effort, the Martini stripes look amazing here in combination with white-painted wheels.

2023 Porsche 911 Dakar | Rallye 1978 Livery

For the “respectfully reinterpreted historic decals” you see here, get ready to pony up. The Rallye 1978/Martini livery will set you back $7,510 and can be ordered via Porsche’s Exclusive Manufaktur program.

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