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|Porsche 911 "G" Carrera RS 3.0 Replica|
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|Got a 904, 908, etc.? The trend nowadays is to build another, and keep the million pound original safely tucked away.|
30 years ago, renowned competition Porsche collector Lord Mexborough was way ahead of the curve, and rather than use his superb RHD ’74 RS 3.0, he commissioned us to build an accurate Replica for his regular journeys.
We sourced an excellent 1974 donor 911, plus a full set of the special competition parts needed from our contacts on the Continent, and built this car up from scratch, commissioning it in late 1982, our Project no. 84.
The final specification followed that of the original Factory cars extremely closely throughout, with the added bonus of an IROC specification 3.0 engine, with the high butterfly competition injection system, Marelli dual ignition system, big bore exhaust and much besides.
Lord Mexborough kept the car until 1985, selling it on to John Starkey, author of the RSR and Turbo reference books. John has good memories of it on his web site www.johnstarkeycars.com. After a couple more owners, we then sold it to RSR owner Mike Moore in ’94, who sold it on to the current owner in 2000.
The last 30 years have seen several evolutionary changes on the car, the engine now having grown to 3.5 litres for instance, built by us in 2006. Still fitted with the RS camshafts, this is a stunning unit, with the RS ability to trickle along in traffic all day, but a huge torque curve when you hit the open road. Dyno’d with Bob Watson after build, 272 ft lb at 5500 and 311 bhp at 6500 in correctly silenced road tune.
The 915 competition transmission was fully rebuilt by us in 2007, geared for sprint and hillclimb use. For those that know, some recent results are Gurston 33.88 secs, Prescott 46.23 secs.
This engine and transmission took the bodyshell stress levels into unexplored territory, so in 2008 the owner embarked on a major renovation, with extensive bodyshell underside renovation work using the correct repair sections, plus a total respray of the virtually bare shell.
This took to the end of ’09 to complete. We carried out a full pre-season check for 2010, but time had moved on, and after just a couple of outings, the owner decided he’d ‘been there, done that’ with a car with such an enormous performance envelope, and it’s been barely used since.
Currently it has a black painted ‘Club Sport’ style interior, with one-piece glassfibre doors, polycarbonate windows, bolt-in full roll cage and no passenger seat. And incongruously a full Cat 1 alarm/immobilizer. Spares include the original steel doors, and the pair of original RS Lightweight seats.
It is offered as a flexible package, such that at no great additional cost the Lightweight interior and original doors can be re-instated, road or track gear ratios fitted, a heating system installed, FIA’s HTP papers obtained, etc..
MoT’d in January this year, this car represents an ultimate form of period competition car, yet still fully road legal. It is not for the faint-hearted.
Sold on the 28.01.2013
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