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The ROCS Tatooine is a different kind of restomod

In a galaxy far, far away…

At first glance, this may look like a derelict, but it’s more than that. PHOTO FROM ROCS

Most restomods that we write about here are exquisite, handcrafted creations, delicately finished to exacting standards and with the finest of finishings. These million-dollar machines feature immaculate paintwork, coach-built bodies, and interiors where not a single stitch is out of place.

The ROCS Tatooine is not like that. This Porsche 964 by artist, designer, and custom car builder Richard Goncalves is a completely different interpretation of the term “restomod” and goes its own way with some unique looks and rough style.

You’re looking at a carefully crafted restomod made by a fan of the series and the vehicle. PHOTOS FROM ROCS

As the name suggests, the ROCS Tatooine PEV 1990 964 C4 Planetary Exploration Vehicle (to spell out its full, artist-given name) was inspired by the Star Wars franchise.

Goncalves is a fan of both cars from Zuffenhausen and the worlds created by George Lucas, and this open-top 964 certainly shows that.

Not just the number plate indicates that this vehicle wouldn’t look out of place as Luke Skywalker’s company car, but many of the design elements carefully reference the Star Wars world.

Tastefully applied ‘body damage’ can be found all across. PHOTOS FROM ROCS

The climate on Tatooine is hot and sandy, a combination that wreaks havoc on any paintwork. Consequently, this Porsche looks like it has driven right through a sandstorm.

The paint looks matte and worn, plastic parts are faded, and things like a fuel filler flap or the rear bumper are missing completely. A bull bar, additional front lights, a tow hook, and a spare wheel prominently mounted on the frunk have been added to prepare the convertible for operations in rough terrain.

To the right people, these small details mean a lot to them. PHOTOS FROM ROCS

At the back, the third brake light reminds the onlooker of the rear turbine on the X-34 Landspeeder, while the Aurebesh alphabet was used to write the model name on the lid.

Custom-tuned off-road suspension and matching tires should ensure plenty of fun on bumpier roads, while the single orange spoke on the gorgeous Fuchs wheels is a reference to the pauldron color worn by Stormtrooper unit leaders and commanders.

A battle- and environment-worn cabin. PHOTOS FROM ROCS

The interior has also been given a once-over, and it now looks like it has seen some pretty rough times. All in all, the ROCS Tatooine is a pretty well-executed idea that slots perfectly into the growing lineup of reimagined classic Porsches by Richard Goncalves.

After all, why drive something shiny when you can have a car ready to defend the galaxy?

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.