The Porsche 911 Sally Special is one-of-a-kind, developed to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction proceeds will then be donated to 2 charities i.e. Girls Inc, and USA for UNHCR.
The Sally Special is a joint effort by Porsche and Pixar Animation Studios, inspired by one of the most popular 911s i.e. Sally Carrera from Pixar’s animated movie, Cars. There will only be one 911 Sally Special, and this is the first time Pixar has supported such a project.
“Vehicles need a face and a story. And the animated Pixar’s film ‘Cars’ has impressively transferred done just that: brought cars to life on the big screen,” said Dr. Sebastian Rudolph, Vice President Communications, Sustainability and Politics at Porsche AG. “The story conveys values such as friendship, love and mutual support – and in the middle of it all is a Porsche: ‘Sally Carrera’. Together with Pixar we have brought the spirit of Sally to life in a new way, not on the screen, but off the screen. With this one-off street legal 911, the “Sally Special”, which we are auctioning for charity, we want to help people who urgently need support, quite in keeping with the spirit of the film character.”
The Sally project began in November 2021 and united the original Cars team that brought created the Sally Carrera character over 20 years ago. The team included Jay Ward, Creative Director of Franchise at Pixar Animation Studios, and Bob Pauley, the Production Designer who first drew Sally Carrera for Cars. They were assisted by members of the Sonderwunsch team at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur in Stuttgart and designers from Style Porsche in Weissach. The team worked together for 10 months on this project.
“We had great fun creating 911 Sally Special and it’s the first time we’ve worked on a project of this kind,” said Jay Ward, Creative Director of Franchise of Pixar Animation Studios. “We decided early on that we wanted to create a completely drivable 911 – inspired by Sally Carrera, but just not an exact copy. Sally Carrera loves to drive – that was our inspiration. We asked ourselves: if Sally were built today as a road-approved model, what would she look like?”
“911 Sally Special is based on the fastest and most agile variant of the 911 Carrera model line, the 480 PS 911 Carrera GTS. The car is equipped with a manual gearbox, tapping into Sally Carrera’s passion for driving,” explained Boris Apenbrink, Director Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur vehicles. “The customisation elements are detailed and extensive. 911 Sally Special was one of the most intense, emotional and detailed Sonderwunsch projects our team has worked on. One example is that the car is painted in Sallybluemetallic, a custom paint that was hand-applied specifically for this project. We also thought of Sally’s tattoo, of course. Implementing that was a very special challenge.”
Sally Carrera’s Turbo-look rims were reinterpreted by Style Porsche designers in Weissach and manufactured especially for the 911 Sally Special. The ‘five-arm design’ rim was adapted to the 20-/21-inch wheel dimensions of the current 911 generation and creates a visual link to the 911 Type 996 on which Sally Carrera is based.
Simultaneously, Porsche interior designer Daniela Milošević led the team that worked with Pixar to design the new blue colour as well as the vehicle’s interior. “We were given complete freedom, which was great! In the film, Sally Carrera was a lawyer from California who valued style and elegance. At the same time, she was down-to-earth and fun-loving,” said Milošević. “The special Sallybluemetallic is used in the interior as well, where it creates both obvious highlights and subtle details that will hopefully bring a smile to the future owner’s face. 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. We developed a special Pepita houndstooth fabric upholstery in three colours, combined with chalk-coloured leather and stitching in Speed Blue. Working out these details makes the project special and brings back a lot of memories of the movie and Sally Carrera.”
911 Sally Special will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s on Saturday, 20 August 2022 during Monterey Car Week in California. Only US citizens are eligible to participate in this auction. Proceeds will be channeled to Girls Inc., which works to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold; and to USA for UNHCR, an organisation to support refugees from Ukraine.
“We are grateful to Porsche and to Pixar for their commitment to this project, which will directly benefit our work,” said Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D., Girls Inc. President & CEO. “The character of Sally, and what she represents, is a great role model for young girls and it is fitting that she should be helping a new generation achieve their dreams.”
“The majority of those forced to flee Ukraine are women and children, among them unaccompanied children and those separated from their parents,” said Anne-Marie Grey, Executive Director and CEO of USA for UNHCR. “But there is reason to hope with the critical support of companies like Porsche and Pixar who have generously stepped up to help ensure their safety and protection in months to come.” The United Nations Refugee Agency supports more than 6.2 million refugees who have been forced to flee their homes due to the war in Ukraine.
In addition to Sally, the auction will also include other highlights such as a unique chronograph by Porsche Design, also created in collaboration with Pixar. Like the car, the coloured ring is painted in Sallybluemetallic. The chalk-coloured leather strap with Speed Blue stitching underscores the sporty design of the unique timepiece. The strap can be quickly and easily swapped out for a second strap in Speed Blue with chalk-coloured stitching, without the need for any tools. Also similar to the car, the chronograph has a limited edition marking on the back of the case. This one-of-a-kind piece is powered by a COSC-certified Porsche Design WERK 01.100 movement. The 911 Sally Special Chronograph is precision engineered and manufactured at Porsche’s own watchmaking facility in Solothurn, Switzerland.
The auction will also feature a special indoor car cover from Porsche Tequipment, a wheel rack with an additional wheel set consisting of Carrera Exclusive Design wheels, a book on the development and production of the one-off model and original drawings by designers Shuichi Yamashita and Bob Pauley.