This 1970 Porsche 911 3 litre Rally Car is being offered for Auction at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed event that is running on June 26, 2015.
From the lot listing for this 70’s Porsche 911 Rally car:
This particular car was fully prepared in 2005 from a bare 1970 Porsche 911T bodyshell to full ‘Safari Specification’ and then driven and tested by Jimmy McRae. It was then used for just only two events: the 2005 East African Safari Rally, driven by John Lloyd to 4th place overall, and the 2006 Carrera Sudamericana driven by the previous owner on his first major event to 10th place overall.
The specification is very comprehensive, as the car was built on a ‘no-expense-spared’ basis, which included a welded roll cage that picks up on all suspension points, including the rear torsion tube. Other highlights are full Safari suspension that includes WRC four-way fully adjustable dampers; a 90-litre fuel tank designed to enable twin spare wheels to be accommodated ahead of it; a competition lightweight wiring loom and latest dashboard; centrally mounted ‘Marathon’ oil tank; and oil coolers mounted in the ‘Duck Tail’ rear spoiler, etc. The engine is a 3.0-litre, twin-plug ‘high torque’ unit giving a healthy and reliable 250bhp-plus, which is coupled to a limited-slip differential and high-ratio competition gearbox with its own oil cooler. An equivalent new-build car today, Tuthill inform us, would cost in excess of £150,000 and in the right hands this car is still more than capable of a podium place in any major international historic rally.
The Porsche was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams’ Spa Classic Sale in May 2013 (Lot 37) having undergone a £30,000 rebuild by Francis Tuthill following its last rally. Since acquisition the car has benefited from extensive work exclusively by Tuthill, as evidenced by detailed invoices on file. The car also comes with an MSA Historic Rally Vehicle Identity Form and Competition Car Logbook, French Carte Grise and V5 registration document.
The original Porsche 911 (pronounced nine eleven, German: Neunelfer) was a luxury sports car made by Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany. The famous, distinctive, and durable design was introduced in autumn 1963 and built through 1989. It was succeeded by a modified version, internally referred to as Porsche 964 but still sold as Porsche 911, as are current models.
Mechanically, the 911 was notable for being rear engined and air-cooled. From its inception the 911 was modified both by private teams and the factory itself for racing, rallying and other types of automotive competition. The original 911 series is often cited as the most successful competition car ever, especially when its variations are included, mainly the powerful 911-derived 935 which won 24 Hours of Le Mans and other major sports cars races outright against prototypes.
For model year 1970 the engines of all 911s were increased to 2,195 cc (2.195 L; 133.9 cu in). Power outputs were uprated to 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) in the 911T, 155 PS (114 kW; 153 hp) in the 911E, and 180 PS (130 kW; 180 hp) in the 911S. The 912 was discontinued, thanks to the introduction of the Porsche 911T as an entry model.
PRICE: Auction Estimate – £70,000 – 90,000, €98,000 – 130,000
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