Lot 167 - 1980 Porsche 911/934 'Jagermeister' Tribute
|Registration||EU Taxes paid|
|Estimate||£70,000 - £90,000|
The Porsche 911 is, in many ways, the quintessential sports car. Upon its introduction, the world of motoring was changed forever. Still, the 911 continues to help the world of motoring evolve more than 50 years on. Perhaps the most important update to the 911 was the introduction of the 930 turbo which transformed the 911 from impressive in its own right into something far greater. It was the fastest production car available to its home country of Germany and, thankfully for fans of motorsport, the folks at Porsche wanted to take their creation to the race track. In race trim, the 930 was primarily known as the 934, which retained most of the lines and features of the original road-going car. Wider bumpers and more aggressive aerodynamics played important parts but underneath, its essence was the same. Introduced in 1976 alongside the substantially more aggressive 935, the turbo Porsches tackled the world of motorsport with incredible success.
The 934 did so, perhaps most famously, in this very livery. In 1976, it was Max Moritz Racing that initially fielded a matching pair of Jagermeister-sponsored 934s to a number of respectable podium finishes; however, it wasn't their success that brought about their fame but the iconic blazing Jagermeister orange livery. From scale models to Scalextric, Porsche claims few of their cars have seen more incarnations. It's easy to see why, with the classic lines of the 911 emblazoned with one of racing's most vibrant and well-known liveries.
This Porsche was imported into New Zealand by the local Porsche agent in 1980 as a new righthand drive 911SC. In 1990, it was entered in the Nissan Mobil Street Race in Wellington in the hands of a local Porsche Club member. It was then purchased and developed as a wide-body rally Porsche by the well-known Gilmour family in Dunedin with a 3.6 litre engine, G50 gearbox, adjustable suspension and a Quaife limited slip differential. In this form, it won its class in Targa NZ for an incredible six years running.
Current owner, Andy Tyler, shared a support team with the Gilmours in the 2002 Targa in his Porsche Club Sport and got to know them well. In 2003, he acquired the car from them and further developed it for use on the track, running it in both the New Zealand Porsche series and subsequently in the New Zealand Super GT series which it won outright in both 2004 and 2006. In the process, the car twice won the prestigious Bruce McLaren trophy for GT racing. The genes from the original seem to have fallen close to the tree. By this stage, it had a 3.8 litre engine, close ratio gears, 54mm (high butterfly) inlet manifolds, JAE pistons and a MOTEC system; it was developing 400bhp, just 84 less than the fire-breathing original, and weighed a little over 900kg.
After some time in storage, it was decided that it should return to its roots as a classic road car and a replica of the 1970’s Group 4 ‘Jagermeister’ 934 Porsches. Cams were changed and power was reduced to make it more tractable on the road. Both the original paint colour and the original 1970's ‘Jagermeister’ logos were researched and applied.
Still developing almost twice the power it had in 1980, this Porsche is both an exciting eye catching retro street-legal righthand drive road car and an ideal track day car. It has absolutely no rust whatsoever having never been exposed to salt on UK roads and, in spite of a remarkable racing career, has never been damaged. A full photographic history of both the body restoration and its most recent engine rebuild is available. It has travelled less than 100 miles since its restoration for the 2016 Porsche festival in New Zealand. Recently imported into the UK, duty has been paid and a new UK V5C document has been issued.
Well prepared and sporting one the most iconic of Porsche liveries, this 934 reads well and drives even better.
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