Like a dream vehicle built from a car nerd’s wildest dreams, the 1978 Porsche 911 “G” is unlike any Porsche ever produced—maybe unlike any sports car ever produced. And that’s because it can do things that other sports cars of it’s ilk could only watch a car do from the sidelines. Aptly nicknamed The Safari, the 1978 Porsche 911 G has massive tires and a lifted suspension that makes you feel like you’re mounting a horse when you get inside, allowing it to—yes, you guessed it—drive off-road with Porsche-like speed and precision.
In other words, this sports car can go just about anywhere—“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads” is actually a perfect tagline. With the bawdy engine of a late 70s Porsche, the vehicle roars over hill and dale and down otherwise quiet backroads, making a drive through the country quite literally a drive through the country. All that said, the Safari actually handles worse on real roads than your standard Porsche, due to the larger tires and higher center of gravity. Throw in absolutely abysmal gas mileage and city driving becomes an absurdly expensive endeavor, making this sports car oddity something best kept for adventures.
But who cares about all the real roads when you don’t have to use them? With thousands of other Porsches and similar sports cars out there stuck to the width and length of the asphalt, the 1978 Porsche 911 G will give a true sports car enthusiast something they never knew they were missing: total freedom.