Article by Rick Jensen. Photos by Stanceworks.com.
If you’re not familiar with Magnus Walker, StanceWorks has a great piece on one of the world’s most interesting Porsche fanatics. In addition to having one hell of a backstory, Magnus is one of the world’s most dedicated yet unorthodox Porsche collectors and builders.
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Born in Sheffield, England, in 1967, Walker’s formative years were spent bonding with his dad over motorsports. Ten years later at age 10, he saw the car that would change his life: a white 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo in Martini livery. Ten years after that, he jumped a plane to Los Angeles and dove into the clothing business and the music scene. The film and music business soon followed. All were successful, and in 1992, this punk petrolhead added a new ride to his burgeoning collection: a "Frankensteined” slant-nose conversion 911.
Gradually, love became obsession; he poured money into the slant nose until finally picking up his second Porsche seven years later—the iconic 1971 "277” seen here. The first Porsche was sold a few years later, but the hook had been set. This self-taught mechanic collected more and more projects and parts cars, eventually owning every 911 from 1964 through 1973. And soon his love and his skills became known to thousands of enthusiasts.
But the "277” is his true love—during those tumultuous 15 years, it has evolved and changed, and is still the only race-type build he owns. Magnus claims to drive it about five times more than any of his other classics, so as the miles and the track days build, old motors wear and go out, and fresher mills get put in. The current one, a 200-horse, 2.6-liter, nicely frames the car’s simplicity. Only a few basic suspension, brakes and safety mods have been done, yet the "277” has reached near perfection to its owner and icon status with his fans.
Learn more about this amazing Porsche on Stanceworks.com.