1986 Porsche 911 GT1
The 1970s represented a truly 'rich vein' of Motorsport success for Porsche, regulation changes to 'level the playing field' only tested their resolve and ingenuity. The Porsche 917 was rendered obsolete by late 1972 with rule changes to the World Sportscar Championship now geared for prototypes. Without sufficient time to respond to complete a build program, Porsche switched their attention to the European GT Championship, developing still further the successfull 2.7 RS. If ever there was justice, it prevailed in early 1973 when a Porsche 2.8 RSR, virtually 'out of the box', won the 24hrs of Daytona - a field littered with Prototypes. Unsurprisingly, it totally dominated European GTs (considering its 911 underpinnings, a remarkable achievement). The 911 RSR derivatives would remain a 'nemesis' to manufacturers for a decade. Porsche entries won all of the 'blue ribbon' events - Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring, etc. with regularity.
This 1986 911 3.2 litre Carrera was converted to RS style in approximately 2005 by its fastidious last keeper. The front wings and bonnet are steel, with fibre glass front and rear bumpers and rear ‘duck tail‘ spoiler, similar to an original 2.7 Carrera of 1973. The car’s interior has been partially stripped, the door cards replaced with light weight panels, the rear seats removed and a strengthening bar fitted in the front and rear of the car. The seats are period style buckets and set off the interior perfectly, hugging the driver and passenger to perfection.
In all this work was carried out most diligently as the end end result is a credible early looking car, which was also repainted at this time. The finish of the paintwork remains good but there is some micro blistering on the wings and boot lid. The engine is the standard 3.2 litre 231bhp unit but with the addition of a electronically driven supercharger. Often used in race cars these small and light weight units can boost the intake manifold pressure by up to 2psi giving aprox 15hp across the power range, the result doesn’t sound much but it is particularly noticeable during mid range acceleration.
This car boasts a huge history file, the six previous owners sparing no expense on maintaining the car, mostly at Porsche main dealers and some well known specialists. The car has a copy of the factory service recored stamped until 2009, but there are many other invoices following that, the last being in September 2013 for service work totaling £1,157.14. The mileage is showing 121,500 miles, which is backed up by twenty three old MoT certificates that go right back to its first MoT in 1989. In all this is very presentable classic Porsche with RS styling, the handling set up is excellent and the added performance makes it a real joy to drive. It is also supplied the original 911 handbook, UK V5C log book and Mot until September 2015.