Status: For Sale
Exterior Color: White
Body Style: Sports Car
Engine: 3.0L Flat 6
The 1967 911R is the original Porsche racing homologation special. Devised by Ferdinand Piech when he was promoted to head of Research and Development at Porsche Zuffenhausen in 1966 the design brief was very simple: Remove every single gramme of weight that could possibly be removed. The fundamental chassis of the 911R was pretty much identical to the standard 911 as to keep some semblance of rigidity, but anything and everything bolted to it was either removed, lightened or completely overhauled. All of the bolt on body panels were replaced with fibreglass, the windows with Plexiglass (a very novel idea in 1966) and many metal parts were lightened by drilling holes. One of the engineers famously remarking: “It looked like swiss cheese.” The car was then fitted with a racing engine straight out of the Porsche 906 racing prototype: the type 901/22 which produced 210 BHP. Plenty for a car that weighed near as makes no difference 800 Kilogrammes
The ultimate success of the 911R was limited due to the limited production number: only 20 911R’s were built, meaning the car could not be homologated as a GT, only as a prototype. this came as result of the Porsche Sales department not believing such a radical car could be sold in any real numbers. A road based car could never compete against pure racing prototypes, but nevertheless there was a famous victory for the 911R to take. The 1967 Marathon de la Route was a long distance race which combined the infamous Nordschleife, and the lesser known Sudschleife. A gruelling race of attrition, a special 911R fitted with a revolutionary semi automatic gearbox took the victory and generated huge press for the still relatively young Marque.
This 911R is not an original, but it is very much the closest one can get to the real thing. With original cars fetching incredible prices (Not entirely unfounded considering their rarity) many attempts at replicas have been made, the car presented here is one of the finest. Built by the highly regarded Andy Boyle of RS-911 Porsche restoration, The car is based upon a 1972 Porsche 911 E. Currently fitted with a 1982