Porsche 911 Sally Special: unique example for a good cause

Like the vehicle on the big screen, the 911 Sally Special is unique. There will only be one 911 Sally Special and this is the first time that Pixar has supported such a project. On Saturday August 20, 2022, it will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s as part of Monterey Car Week in California. Proceeds will be donated to two charities. A portion of the proceeds will benefit young women through a donation to Girls Inc. The other portion will go to United States for UNHCR (UNHCR in Spain), an organization that supports refugees from Ukraine.

“Vehicles need a face and a story. and the animated film CarsPixar has done this in an impressive way: bringing cars to life on the big screen,” says Sebastian Rudolph, Vice President Communications, Sustainability and Policy at Porsche AG. “The story conveys values ​​such as friendship, love, mutual aid and, at the center of it all, there is a Porsche: Sally Carrera. Together with Pixar, we’ve brought Sally’s spirit to life in a new way, not onscreen, but offscreen. With this unique, road-legal 911, the ‘Sally Special’ that we are auctioning off for charity, we want to help people in dire need, very much in the spirit of the film character.”

The project began in November 2021 and brought together members of the original team of Cars, which brought the film character to life more than 20 years ago and today’s Sally Carrera in full size. The team included Jay Ward, the franchise’s creative director at Pixar Animation Studios, and Bob Pauley, the production designer who first drew Sally Carrera for the film. They were supported by experts from the Sonderwunsch program at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur in Stuttgart and Porsche Style specialists in Weissach. They worked for ten months and the result is a unique factory-made piece.

“We had a lot of fun creating the 911 Sally Special and this is the first time we’ve worked on a project like this,” says Jay Ward. “We decided early on that we wanted a road legal 911 inspired by Sally Carrera, but not an exact copy. Sally Carrera loves to drive and this was our inspiration. We wondered: if Sally was made today as a street model, what would she look like?

“The 911 Sally Special is based on the GTS variant of the 911 Carrera range, with 480 horsepower. It is equipped with a manual gearbox, true to Sally Carrera’s passion for driving,” explains Boris Apenbrink, Vehicle Director at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. “The customization elements are detailed and extensive. The 911 Sally Special was one of the most intense, moving and detailed Sonderwunsch projects our team has ever worked on. An example is that it is painted Sally Blue Metallic, a custom paint that was hand applied specifically for this project. We also think of Sally’s tattoo, of course. Its implementation has been a very particular challenge. The wheels in the look of Sally Carrera’s Turbo were reinterpreted by the designers at Style Porsche in Weissach and produced especially for the 911 Sally Special. The “five-arm design” rim has been adapted to the dimensions of the 20/21 inch wheels of the current generation 911, to create a visual link with the 911 type 996 on which Sally Carrera is based.

Porsche interior designer Daniela Milošević led the team that worked with Pixar to come up with the new blue color as well as the vehicle’s interior. “They gave us total freedom, it was great! In the film, Sally Carrera was a California lawyer who appreciated style and elegance. At the same time, he was down-to-earth and fun-loving,” says Milošević. “Sally Blue Metallic is also used on the interior, where it produces both bold highlights and subtle detailing that we hope will bring a smile to the future owner’s face. At the same time, it was important to us not to forget everyday usefulness and functionality.The 911 Sally Special is designed for frequent use and enjoyment.We have developed a special Pepita houndstooth fabric upholstery in three colors, combined with chalk-colored leather and Speed ​​Blue stitching Putting these details together makes the project special and brings back so many memories of the movie and Sally Carrera.

Besides the 911 Sally Special, the auction also includes other products, including a unique Porsche Design Chronograph, also created in collaboration with Pixar. Like the car itself, the dial is highlighted in metallic Sally Blue. The chalk-coloured leather strap with Speed ​​Blue stitching underlines the sporty design of this watch. This strap can be replaced quickly and easily, without tools, by a Speed ​​Blue strap with chalk colored stitching. Like the vehicle, the chronograph has a limited edition mark, located on the case back.

This one-of-a-kind timepiece is powered by a COSC-certified Porsche Design WERK 01.100 movement. The 911 Sally Special Chronograph was designed and precision-crafted at the Porsche watch factory in Solothurn, Switzerland. The auction will also include a special cover from Porsche Tequipment, a stand with an additional set of Carrera Exclusive Design wheels, a book on the development and production of the unique model and original drawings by designers Shuichi Yamashita and Bob Pauley.

Information on Girls Inc. and USA for UNHCR

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold through volunteerism and education. With 76 centers across the United States and Canada, Girls Inc. equips girls with the knowledge and skills they need to make positive transformations in their lives and become world-changing leaders. “We are grateful to Porsche and Pixar for their commitment to this project, which will directly benefit our work,” said Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D. and President and CEO of Girls Inc. “The character of Sally , and what stands for , is a great role model for young girls and suitable for helping a new generation achieve their dreams.The UN Refugee Agency supports more than 6.2 million refugees who have been forced to flee their homes due to the war in Ukraine.”Most of them are women and children, including unaccompanied children separated from their parents,” says Anne-Marie Grey, Executive Director and CEO of the United States “But there is reason for hope with the determined support of companies like Porsche and Pixar, who have generously stepped up to help keep them safe in the months ahead.”

Auction Information

The 911 Sally Special will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s on Saturday, August 20, during Monterey Car Week in California. US citizens can participate. The 911 Sally Special can be viewed during auction week in Monterrey. For more information, please visit the auction page.

About the Porsche Sonderwunsch Program

Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur and Porsche Classic improve and restore unique sports cars, with a combination of craftsmanship and attention to detail. As part of its co-creation strategy, the sports car manufacturer is now offering a new interpretation of its legendary Sonderwunsch program from the late 1970s, which will allow the future to design unique and personalized cars, with active customer involvement and Porsche production. The expansion of this offer is divided into two axes: on the one hand, there is the direct intervention of the production chain of the factory for the individual requests for color and materials requested by the customers when ordering their new model (Factory Commissioning); on the other hand, the “official” actions on the vehicle after its delivery to the customer (Factory Re-Commissioning and Factory One-Off). While Factory Re-Commissioning is also aimed at the implementation of individual colors and materials once the model has already been produced, Factory One-Off is a systematic new technical development to create unique cars at any time. Depending on the age of the vehicle, the technical experts of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur or those of Porsche Classic take care of the implementation.

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Bob Pauley, Sally Carrera's production designer for the film Cars;  Sebastian Rudolph, Vice President of Communications, Sustainability and Policy at Porsche AG;  Jay Ward, Franchise Creative Director, Pixar Animation Studios (id), Podcast 9:11, 2022, Porsche AG




From left to right: Bob Pauley, Sally Carrera’s production designer for the film Cars; Sebastian Rudolph, Vice President of Communications, Sustainability and Policy at Porsche AG; Jay Ward, creative director of the franchise at Pixar Animation Studios.

In the latest episode of the Porsche Podcast, host Sebastian Rudolph welcomes Pixar creative consultants Bob Pauley and Jay Ward. They talk about the story behind the cooperation and where Bob and Jay find inspiration for their characters. You can listen to it here or on all platforms podcast usual.

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