Lot 268 - 1973 Porsche 911T to ‘R’ Specification
|Odometer reading||96,445 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £26,000|
The original Porsche 911, with its famous, distinctive and durable design was introduced in the autumn of 1963 and, from its inception, was modified both by private racing teams and the Porsche factory itself for racing, rallying and other types of competition.
Before creating the 911R, Porsche did offer substantial support to customers who wanted to take their cars circuit racing or rallying. Even in near standard specification, the 911 and subsequent 911S proved very successful on both sides of the Atlantic. Among the many achievements was a class victory in the 1966 24 Hours du Mans with a 911S that was driven to and from the track.
Porsche's engineers were well versed in lightening cars and did not waste this opportunity. After four prototypes were built in Weissach on existing 911S chassis, production switched to the Bauer factory where a further 20 examples were constructed in September of 1967. The sales department then halted the project as they did not believe they could sell 40 examples per month of the new competition car.
The Porsche 911R made its competition debut at Mugello early in 1967. Vic Elford and Gijs van Lennep finished a commendable third behind two works Porsche 910 sports racers. Having outlived their use to the factory, the 24 examples were eventually sold to privateers. The 911R remains as one of the rarest 911 derivatives and it holds the distinction as being the very first purpose built 911 competition car.
This fascinating tribute to the R-marque stated life as a standard electric sunroof 'T' car in San Francisco, USA as detailed in the official Certificate of Authenticity found in the history file. It was also well 'spec'd' containing, as it did, 6x15 Fuchs alloy wheels, front and rear anti-roll bars, antenna, door speakers, leather steering wheel, additional 'S' instruments including oil tank, climate control and tinted windows. Most of which remain. The engine and gearbox (five speed, 915) are a 1978/79, three litre 'SC' unit pushing power through Toyo R888 fast-road tyres. The carburettors are original 'S' IDS Webers with K&N filters and solid chain tensioners. The interior sports period Recaro-style bucket seats, 'R' style door trim with coco mats to the floor a period, US option at the time and finished off with a custom Moto Lita steering wheel with 'Werks' style leather covering. Supplied with a full one year's MoT test certificate, the correct decals and plenty of 'get up and go', this unusual example of Porsche rarest production racing car is in good order throughout, not to mention something just a little different.
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