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 |  Jul 03 2010, 2:39 PM

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Face lifting and refreshing an older chassis is nothing new to automobile customization. Hot Rodders have been doing it, sport compact tuners are all over it and even European classics are often restored to immaculate conditions for show purposes. None of this is new, but the story behind this Porsche 996 is a tad more interesting – mostly due to its starting price, the process and the end result.

Jordan Paul from Paul Motor Company saw an opportunity where others saw a depreciated hunk of metal. OK so a Porsche 996 C4 isn’t quite a hunk of metal, but with a price tag of $15,000, Paul just couldn’t pass it up. The original article states that it was in “excellent condition” when it was purchased, but we’re a little skeptical at that price tag. Nonetheless, Paul took the 996 C4 and decided to convert it to a TechArt-equipped 997 GT2 look-a-like.

From bumper to bumper, the 996 was stripped and revamped to incorporate every piece to make it look like a 997 GT2. The vehicle was widened with 997 standard pieces including the turbo vents in the rear quarter panels and rear bumper. The front bumper is from TechArt while the wheels are from famed Porsche tuner, RUF. Obviously the front the headlights were converted to match the newer-generation styling with the aggressive and unmistakable TechArt front bumper.

Overall the project is well executed and the idea is interesting. We have no idea what the final price tag was, but we’re sure it wasn’t too cheap. But cheaper than a 997 GT2 from the factory? Surely. Do you get the same thrill in driving it? Probably not. At the end of the day though, it’s not a horrible way to start with a $15,000 project and refreshing it to something that looks current and brand new. Let’s just hope it doesn’t sell for $150,000 to an unsuspecting victim thinking they’re getting the real deal.

GALLERY: $15,000 Porsche 996 to 997 GT2 Conversion

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[Source: Burn-Out via Redliners.ca]