Founded in 1994, Essex-based Porsche specialist Paul Stephens has established an international reputation for restoring classic 911 cars and adding a modern twist to make them practical daily drivers. One of the most recent creations in the firm’s AutoArt line was the Le Mans Classic Clubsport, a 10-car limited edition launched earlier this year to mark a decade of the biennial Le Mans Classic race event. As well as being lightened, tuned, modified and finished in special Carrara White metallic paint, the cars (priced £250,000, plus the donor car) – the first of which will be delivered at the 2020 Le Mans Classic meeting – also come with a bespoke luggage set that has inspired the separate creation of the Paul Stephens Clubsport holdall (£695).
Being the owner of an old 911, I'm well aware of the bag-carrying restrictions imposed by the sloping bonnet that covers the rear-engined car’s boot space. However, with soft luggage of suitable dimensions, it is surprising just how much can be loaded aboard, especially if the small back seats are folded into their “cargo platform” configuration.
As someone who knows the measurements of a 911 better than most, Stephens has designed the Clubsport holdall to be the optimum fit in both locations – and has had the bag crafted in Italy using a combination of high-grade leather and a green, black and white version of the distinctive houndstooth fabric found in the Le Mans Classic Clubsport.
The Clubsport holdall measures 56cm x 32cm x 28cm and has a 50-litre carrying capacity. Each one comes with a matching leather shoulder strap and luggage tag.