1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica

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Lot 253
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica

£ 60,000 - 80,000
US$ 75,000 - 100,000
Amended
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
Registration no. not registered
*Based on a Porsche 911E
*Highly competitive; numerous race wins
*3.3-litre twin-turbocharged engine; circa 530bhp
*Eligible for the CSCC's Special GTs series and GT Cup
*Easily returned to 'historic' specification

Footnotes

  • Owned and raced by former long-standing Financial Times motoring editor John Griffiths for more than two decades, this replica and further development of Porsche's iconic Type 935 World Sports Car Championship and Le Mans winner, has long been one of the more colourful and best-known cars on the UK club and 'gentleman racer' scene. On occasion it has been shared with well-known driver friends: Tony Dron taking an outright win with it in the Porsche commemorative race in the 2007 Silverstone Classic, and works Mazda and Vauxhall driver Mark Ticehurst winning six out of the car's last seven races in 2014 (a series record) against hallowed machinery such as the late Gerry Marshall's 550bhp V8 'Baby Bertha' and the Marsh Plant leviathan Aston Martin V8 in the CSCC's popular Special GTs series. The car's travels further from home have included Bahrain's GT Festival for FIA and invited GTs, where Griffiths' partnership with Ian Flux was brought to an unfortunately premature end by a broken wheel.

    The car has been absent from the circuits for the past two seasons as the result of a high-speed testing 'off' at Brands Hatch's Paddock Bend and a subsequent decision to undertake, a complete, ground-upwards rebuild of both car and engine, including frame re-jigging, all new bodywork, suspension, splitter, diffusers and other aero. This has been completed at a cost approaching £40,000, and the car is fully circuit-ready. It should be noted that all engineering work has been designed and carried out by CTR Engineering of Huntingdon. CTR is led by Richard Chamberlain, whose own famous orange 935 evocation is front-running against state-of-the-art McLarens, Bentleys et al in the UK's GT Cup, and which is widely acknowledged to be the fastest Porsche racing regularly in Britain today.

    Griffiths and Chamberlain began racing together in 1996, in their then near-identical cars, in the AMOC's Intermarque team challenge: Ferrari, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Porsche, AC Cobra, and in Porsche's Open series for the most highly modified examples of the marque. Both were part of the winning Porsche team for three successive years, while individually Chamberlain and Griffiths were consistent finishers in the top five of Porsche Open and Intermarque rounds. However, with drivers of the calibre of Marshall to contend with, 'an overall win escaped me,' recalls Griffiths. 'I got the occasional class win and I did get past Gerry once, at Brands, to take a 2nd but only because, uncharacteristically, he briefly left the door open. Truth is, the car's faster than I am.'

    The full history of this car is set out in a five-page special feature undertaken by the CSCC for its Oulton Park Classic meeting of 27th September 2014 (copy available). Like Chamberlain's car, it began life as a road-going 1974 Porsche 911E, its racing career beginning in normally-aspirated, slide-injection 3.2-litre RSR form at around 320bhp in the ownership of City solicitor, Gideon Hudson. As the CSCC history charts, it was invariably a front runner, scrapping in company including Marshall, John Greasley, Malcolm Hamilton and Autofarm's Josh Sadler.

    A chance encounter in the Castle Combe paddock in 1994 led to Griffiths' ownership. He has just clinched an MG V8 championship after a season-long battle with former British saloon car champion, Warwick Banks 'and I found myself parking up behind the widest, curviest, most exciting backside I had ever seen in my life.' A deal was done with Hudson and the car has carried its Financial Times and Pirelli sponsors' livery ever since.

    With cars such as Ferrari's F40 and Jaguar's XJ220 arriving in Intermarque in the late 1990s, plus invitations to the Chamberlain and Griffiths cars to join the 'invitation' class in the Group C revival, substantially more power was required. Thus the car for sale retains its Bosch K-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection system (to retain authenticity) but otherwise has been comprehensively re-engineered to Type 935 twin-KKK.27 turbo format providing some 530bhp, with more available at increased boost. Bodywork is primarily Kremer K3 but adapted at the rear for improved aerodynamics. Powerful AP Racing brakes at front and rear are fully compatible with the car's performance. The Porsche is offered with a comprehensive history file, spare wheels and wets, while Richard Chamberlain's CTR support services are available during the motor racing season.

    While considered 'too fast' for the current formats of AMOC Intermarque and Porsche Open, this car is eligible for the CSCC's Special GTs series, GT Cup, and various other UK and Continental European events. It should be noted that original-shape rear wings and a Stuttgart 'biplane' spoiler are readily available from specialist suppliers, typically for a total under £4,000, should a buyer wish to obtain 'historic' papers and race the car in those classes.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that there is a full set of wet tyres for this vehicle which can be forwarded to the buyer post sale.
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1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
1974 Porsche 911 Type 935 Replica
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