For some weird “what happens at the farm stays at the farm” reason, Paul Stephens started driving at the age of six, behind the wheel of a Land Rover. At nine, as part of a local car club, he did 100mph for the first time in a Porsche 911. And from that point on, he was hooked on Porsches for life.
Still at a young age, he worked his way up through Minis, MGs and Triumphs to a 911E, only to ditch an education in mechanical engineering to start his own car business in 1994. In the first few years, he sold Caterhams, Morgans, Ginettas and Marcuses alongside Porsches, but then German engineering took over, and Paul Stephens becamer the UK’s leading Porsche guy.
When 964s became so cheap that restoring them didn’t make financial sense, Stephen began hot rodding them. With the help of some folks from Ginetta, he soon started building his own body panels, and by 2005, the first Paul Stephens 911, the PS 300R prototype was ready. It was the ultimate old-school 964-based 911, done the British way.
Thirteen years on, Paul Stephens’ latest is the Le Mans Classic, and Alex Goy met the man and the machine for a great conversation—and a fantastic drive.