Lot 220 - 1978 Porsche 911 SC / RS Inspired Lightweight
|Odometer reading||500 miles|
|Result||Sold - £69,440|
- Fresh from a 3 year rebuild to RS Inspired lightweight specification
- Engine and all mechanicals by Wrightune
- Bodywork strengthening and lightening by Bodywerks
The Porsche 911 is the flagship car of the German manufacturer. It has a distinctive design, rear-engined, with independent rear suspension, an evolution of the swing axle on the Porsche 356. Since its introduction in 1963, the 911 has undergone continuous development although the basic concept has remained little changed. Throughout its lifetime, the 911 has been modified by private teams and by the factory itself for racing, rallying and other forms of competition and is among the most successful competition cars ever. The earliest edition of the 911 had a flat six engine in the ‘boxer’ configuration, similar to the 356, air-cooled, rear-mounted and displaced 1991cc. It was mated to a four or five-speed manual ‘Type 901’ gearbox.
Built over a three period and only finished earlier this year, this fantastic, one of a kind 911 was built for the vendor, a well-known historic 911 racer. Based upon a 1978 911 SC, this project was overseen by renowned Porsche specialist Steve Monk of Bodywerks, Iver and Wrightune based in Oxfordshire. The plan was to build the ultimate classic roadgoing 911, taking the experience gained by both the vendors years of racing, Steve Monk’s and Wrightune’s decades of experience building and racing, to build a car that is both comfortable on a tour but also with uprated and capable handling. Headline figures weren’t the aim here, nor was the plan to create something with lots of trinkets adorning it. The idea was to make a lightweight, great handling car that had uprated power, but run through carburettors for both great throttle response and glorious intake sound.
First registered in February 1978, this very early 911 SC was originally delivered to Glen Henderson Motors, Ayr, Scotland and must be one of the very first in the UK. Steve Monk rebuilt the car from the ground up with the shell receiving attention to the floor pan, new inner and outer sills, new wings front and rear with the rear arches re-shaped to create a more subtle wider stance. Whilst in a bare state, he also reinforced and lightened the shell and added new SC/RS style lightweight bumpers. The original period style black and cork trim was retained and restored, including the leather seats, the only hint to the car’s performance being a new Heigo bolt-in half-cage, together with four-point harnesses and a Momo Black Edition Prototipo steering wheel. All the running gear was either restored or replaced, including all suspension with new dampers, brake calipers and discs. The period Fuchs-style 15” 7J/8J wheels are shod with Avon period-profile, historic road tyres giving the car a purposeful, period look, whilst also complementing the handling style of the car. The engine was built by Wrightune and the displacement increased to 3.2 litres, with gas flowed cylinder heads, 964 cams and Weber 40ID downdraught carburettors, plus SSI exhaust system and a fully programmable 123Tune ignition system. Meanwhile, power is transferred to the road through a lighter magnesium-cased 915 gearbox.
Supplied with a UK V5 registration document, file of receipts and a MoT test certificate valid until October 2023, the vendor reports that the car runs and drives extremely well. Presenting a unique opportunity to own a true ‘jack of all trade’s’ performance Porsche, conceived and built by the best in the business, this is a 911 not to be missed.
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