Jack Olsen has built himself a lair called the 12-Gauge Garage, and inside that garage he built a lairy Porsche 911 nicknamed Black Beauty II. Although it looks like one of Stuttgart's models from the sixties or seventies, it is actually four decades of 911 gubbins from 1965 to 2000 thrown under one shell: the lightweight body is from 1972, the transaxle from 1977, the brakes from a 1986 Turbo, the engine from 1995, for example. It weighs 2,400 pounds and it's got 272 horsepower to get it going, but it's still a pure Porsche, Olsen saying, "If you stop thinking about what you're doing, it will remind you in very abrupt ways."

Olsen said the real point has been to have one car that does it all, so he does everything in his 911 from neighborhood runs to 7-11 to track racing – he loads the aero bits in the car and bolts them on trackside. And he says he'll never stop tweaking the suspension.

You can watch and hear the rest in Olsen's words in the video below.

One Car to Do It All from Petrolicious on Vimeo.



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      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 911 is barely common enough to allow people to do these badass Frankenstein builds. It's wrong.........in an awesome way.
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      A "poor mans" Singer? Gorgeous car. I thought he was trying to sell it?
        Erik Eagleman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan
        I was thinking the same thing. Isn't this a Singer Porsche?? maybe the price tag is the difference?
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      2400lb- that is flat out amazing.
      Michael Harley
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jack is one hellava good guy. He took me on a few hot laps around WSIR recently. Believe me, the man can drive every bit as well as he can build a car. Plus, he's the type of person who will lend a hand to a newbie without giving it a second thought — he gave me advice about brake cooling on my 930 a decade ago! - Mike
      karlhungus
      • 1 Year Ago
      I ran across his thread on garagejournal a few years back. It's a long read focused mostly on his garage, but well worth it. His garage is elegant and ingenious, and although he seems well off, he is incredibly frugal and hardworking.
      GirchyGirchy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very cool - the concept of a Singer 911 (the similarities between what this guy and the Singer guy came up with, featured in a recent Drive video, are uncanny) but in a much, much more attainable package. Love it. I recognized the garage as soon as the door went up as well. Great colors, layout, and a perfect set of well picked tools...restored American power tools and vises, with Knipex Cobras and Metabo grinders.
      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a great car! I first started reading about BB II about seven years ago on Pelican Parts! I wish I had the funds or the ability to build one for myself! Well done Jack!
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      So beautiful
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guy looks about exactly like you'd expect a guy who drives that car to look like. Great Car!
      TorontoJeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the garage but don't understand the lift "table". Great to get to your four corners but anything in the middle is gonna have you lying on your back on the floor again. Am I missing something?
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TorontoJeff
        I'm thinking he doesn't mind since it is a 911 that he planned on using it for, most of the components are in the rear and in the corners. It was probably an acceptable compromise to lose access to the middle of a car that doesn't have much there to have a lift that is useful and compact (and probably reasonably priced too) rather than the more traditional lifts that will always be in the way or are too expensive to produce.
        CarNutMike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TorontoJeff
        It IS a 911. There's not much in the middle he's going to be worried about. The table means it's fully out of the way when retracted.
      M-M
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing like a sexy wide body 911. Gorgeous.
      Cursethedawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice car, great film, but that garage is amazing! Having a lift in your garage?!? Must be every car guy's dream and certainly is mine.
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