Manfred Huber doesn't need an automatic – or legs – to drive his classic 911 T.
We've grown used to the idea of pedals disappearing from the foot-wells of sports cars as automatic and dual-clutch transmissions gain in popularity over three-pedal manuals. And Porsches aren't immune: though you can still get a 911 with a manual, the German automaker undoubtedly sells more with the PDK option. Manfred Huber clearly favors the old-school approach, yet he's replaced not only the clutch pedal, but all three pedals in his classic 911.
The focus of the latest segment from 9:11 Magazine, 52-year-old Huber dreamt of owning, driving, and caring for Porsches since he was a child.
Having been born without legs, though, he had to get creative. So not unlike what BMW's done for Alex Zanardi, he fitted his classic 911 T with hand controls to operate not only the clutch, but the gas and brakes, too.
The pedals aren't the only things he's jettisoned from the inside of his old Porsche, either. Decked out in bright green with orange wheels and roll cage, it has no glove box, airbags, radio, heater, or air-con. Just a Sparco wheel, racing buckets (the better to hold him in place), and his custom hand controls.
Despite the pedal setup (or lack thereof), then, Huber's 911 is about as focused and hardcore as they come. And he seems to enjoy driving it at least as much as anyone more able to make use of all three pedals.
"An automatic transmission is out of the question for me and this air-cooled 911. That simply does not fit together,” explains Huber. "That is why I fitted this second lever. It operates the throttle, brake and clutch. At home, I also have a 991 Cabriolet with Tiptronic, but that is only for longer journeys with my wife.”