Lot 237 - 1967 Porsche 911R Recreation

Lot 237 - 1967 Porsche 911R Recreation

Lot 237 - 1967 Porsche 911R Recreation

Lot Number 237
Registration PHJ 290E
Chassis Number 355118
Engine Number tbc
Estimate £58,000 - £65,000

The 911R is a rare and little known beast; back in 1967, plans began to evolve for a 'factory' race version of the 911. While the 911S had enjoyed success in the hands of privateers and the occasional factory-backed competition effort, the 911R was to be an ultra-light weight version of the car that would improve Porsche's chances in competition. The monocoque was made of the thinnest gauge steel possible, while fibreglass was used extensively replacing the bumpers and front and rear deck lids. The doors and deck lids all had aluminium hinges while the interior was stripped of all creature comforts and seats were replaced with Scheel racing bucket seats. Side and rear windows were all replaced with Plexiglas and the floor boards were drilled and lightened. The result was a 911 that weighed 450 pounds less than its production equivalent. Attention did not stop with the body shell however, larger brake calipers, wider wheels and tyres, front and rear, were installed and the  engine was very similar to the one used in the racing Carrera 6 (or 906) and put out 210 horsepower from just 2 litres.

Just 22 examples of the 911R were constructed but they were never homologated by the factory. Three 911Rs were kept by Porsche and the other 19 cars were sold to selected privateers. It achieved much success in private hands and examples of the 'R' are highly prized.

This faithful recreation is described by the vendor as stunning in every respect. Over 1,100 man hours have been invested resulting in this example. Built by and on behalf of Porsche rally veteran, Paul Drinkall, the car was completed in March 2011 and it is due to a change of circumstances that has led to the Porsche becoming available.  It has only covered approximately 100 miles since completion. Wherever possible, genuine Porsche parts were used and the accuracy of the construction, in relation to the original car, is superb. The engine, built by Mike Bainbridge, is a two litre unit with an aluminium case and has been balanced, 'ported' and had 'E' cams fitted. Complemented by twin 40 IDA Weber carburettors, a lightened flywheel is married to an AP competition clutch and a close ratio gearbox, a 'teddy bear' bearing retainer is also fitted whilst finally a ZF limited slip differential (set to 50%) completes the major mechanical components. The brakes and suspension are commensurate with a high performance rally car; the conclusion of all this time, effort and financial investment is a super quick car with outstanding road holding and performance. It is eligible for historic papers and with just a few changes, FIA papers should also be attainable. Prior to the auction, the car will be transported to Andy Prill of Maxted Page and Prill, one of the UK's leading specialists in historic and competition Porsches, to have a full set up, including a final tune on a rolling road, ready for the new owner to enjoy. This 911R is not for the faint hearted - but any rally driver or enthusiast will recognize this car for what it is; a fabulous example with astonishing performance and a serious contender for the many high profile race and rallies that now cater for machinery of this calibre.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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