After years of restoring vintage Porsches, in particular 356 Speedsters, Clyde Kwok set his sights on something new, something different and something that caused something of a stir over in Stuttgart. As a professor of mechanical engineering, with a Ph.D. in the field and background in aerodynamics, Dr. Kwok enlisted designers, fabricators and family to reimagine those vintage Speedsters.
Starting with a low-mileage 1978 donor 928, the team at Wingho Auto set to work stripping it down to the bare essentials. Gone were the roof, bumpers, glass, body panels, insulation and cabin components. The 4.5L V8 and 5-speed manual powertrain were retained, with a bit of added performance, but a custom fiberglass composite shell brought the new 928 Spyder to life in January 1993.
It featured a host of trick features like single-piece front clip construction, telescopic seats and integrated retractable rollbar. This car made the Canadian Auto Show circuit, was featured in a variety of publications and drew the interest of both Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson Peter, and the head of Porsche research and development, Horst Marchart. The attention was perhaps no surprise given the 700-pound weight reduction, meticulous engineering and high-quality construction.
This 928 Spyder was developed by serious Porsche enthusiasts with a deep appreciation for the brands’ history and eye toward future possibilities. Lovingly referred to as the original “Boxster on steroids”, this modern-day Speedster is an epic tribute to the Porsche brand.