First introduced to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, the Porsche 911 has now been in production for over 55 years. From its original production car base, the 911 has become one of the most successful competition cars of all time, both as a circuit racer and rally car. As early as 1965, the ‘Works’ entered a 911 SWB in the Monte Carlo Rally and within two years Vic Elford was winning rounds in the European Championship. Today, early 911’s continue to be competitive in both historic racing and rallying.
Chassis 301048, was built in May 1965, this very early 911 was delivered new to Cologne Germany before later crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the USA, prior to returning to Europe, this time the U.K.
It was here that this Short Wheel Base 2.0 Litre was fully prepared to FIA rally specification. Prepared by Tuthill Porsche to showcase their capabilities, it competed with great success throughout the 1990s, securing numerous podium finishes with a who’s who of professional drivers; Stig Blomqvist, Jimmy McRae, Bjorn Waldegard and Billy Coleman, to name but a few. Since the initial build, it has been maintained throughout the majority of its competition life by Tuthill Porsche, benefitting from constant development throughout its competition life.
Acquired by the current owner in 2013, the decision was made in 2014 to comprehensively upgrade the car with Tuthill Porsche to full race specification, with the option of being able to easily convert it to rally use. The car was stripped to a bare shell and rebuilt from the ground up with all the latest upgrades, this included a Custom Cages FIA approved roll cage, along with a new wiring loom alongside a full engine, gearbox and differential rebuild. The work was completed in 2015 at a cost in excess of £110,000.
Since then the Porsche has performed impeccably with many fastest stage times in the FIA European rally championship with outright victories at Ypres in 2015 and 2016.
Since these events, the setup has been switched to race specification, a lower circuit suspension set up for a successful outing at the Algarve Historic Festival. The car is currently fitted with 80ltr lightweight ATL bag tank for rallies which allows a spare wheel to be carried alongside a smaller 20 ltr tank to facilitate up to 2hrs of circuit racing. The car is presented with a zero hours ‘circuit’ race gearbox.
Accompanying the car is a wonderful history file documenting its UK owners, current FIA papers valid until 2025, several past FIA papers alongside service invoices dating from the 2000s as well as records of its results throughout its competition life with photographs and press cuttings showing the car in action.
Want to be in the thick of it in the 2.0ltr Cup and GT & Sports Car Cup? ; no problem! Fancy winning an international FIA rally? ; been there, done that! Looking to blitz competitive road events such as Modena Cento Ore and Tour Auto? ; as one of the most raced Porsche’s in the contemporary motor sport scene, it’s a car that can genuinely turn its hand to every event.