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Porsche 911 Sally Special marks 20 years of a Pixar icon

Porsche and animation studio Pixar have joined forces to celebrate 20 years of Sally Carrera — the sidekick in Cars — with the Sally Special. This brand-new 911 Carrera GTS features a number of cues hinting to the 2002 911 Carrera which appeared in the movie trilogy. Cars and automotive enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to bid on it at this year’s RM Sotheby’s Monterey auctions.

I know what you are wondering, and the answer is no. This second-coming of Sally Carrera does not share the same disproportionate body lines nor the eyes or mouth possessed by the 911 Carrera in the film. Jay Ward, Pixar’s creative director of Cars, explains that it was “decided early on that we wanted to make a drivable 911, inspired by but not a direct copy of Sally Carrera. After all, she loved to drive — and this helped guide us. If Sally Carrera was built today in life-size, for the road, what would she look like?”

As it turns out, she would look quite reminiscent of the 911 Carreras of her day while retaining the widened, modernized characteristics of the eighth generation 911. The team behind the Sally Special borrowed a plethora of attributes from the vehicle in the 2005 film and mated them to the body and interior of this present-day 911 Carrera GTS. The most notable of which are the 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels, which have been modified to fit in with the design language of today, as well as the bespoke Sally Blue paint job.

Finer details haven’t been overlooked either — the Sally Special bears the same “tattoo” that adorned Sally Carrera underneath the rear spoiler, in addition to the rear badging and silver headlight surrounds.

Interior designers had complete freedom over the cabin of the Sally Special as Sally Carrera never had an interior of her own.

“We were given complete freedom, which was great,” says Daniela Milošević, Porsche interior designer. “In the film, Sally Carrera was a lawyer from California who valued style and elegance…at the same time, it was important to us not to forget everyday usability and practicality. 911 Sally Special is meant to be driven often and gladly.”

The team of designers chose Pepita cloth upholstery and exterior-matching Sally Blue accents. The bulk of the cabin is covered in Chalk leather topped off with Speed Blue stitching. Speed Blue is applied further, where it resides on the shift lever’s gear pattern and Sport Response button on the steering wheel that reads “Kachow Mode.”

Whether or not any mechanical modifications were added to allow the Kachow Mode to add a boost in power in relation to the 911 Carrera GTS’ standard 473 horsepower and 420lb/ft of torque remains a mystery.

While a standard 911 Carrera GTS will cost you $142,600, the price the Sally Special is unknown heading into RM Sotheby’s Monterey, California auction on August 20. All proceeds from the sale will be split between Girls Inc. and USA for UNHCR charities.


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