29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

Lot 150

1978 Porsche 911 3.0 Litre RSR Tribute
Re-imagined at a cost of over £100,000

Lot details

Registration No: BOL 124T
Chassis No: 9118301287
MOT: August 2024

Please Note: The Registration Number is BOL 124T not as mentioned in the catalogue description.

  • Extensively restored and re-imagined at a cost of over £100,000
  • Based on 1 of just 3,318 RoW 'L-Series' Porsche 911 SC Coupes made
  • Finished in Martini Colours as a tribute to the vendor's daughter who works for Williams F1
  • Recent c.£8,000 engine overhaul

Celebrating its sixtieth anniversary this year, the Porsche 911 is, for many, the ultimate sportscar. The model has evolved significantly over the past six decades with the only real constants being a rear-mounted flat-six engine and its manufacturer’s unwavering commitment to motorsport. Porsche has long catered for those customers who want their 911 to stand out from the crowd via its ‘Sonderwunsch’ department and even created one-offs such as the 996-generation based Classic Club Coupe (which was bought by Jerry Seinfeld for $1.32 million in June 2023). However, the factory’s efforts do not go far enough for some to the extent that re-imagining the 911 has become an industry in, and of, itself. The likes of RUF Automotive have been imbuing the iconic 2+2-seater with supercar humbling performance for decades, while more recently Singer Vehicle Design, Tuthill and Lanzante have all become synonymous with retro styling, cutting-edge engineering and (often) $1m plus price tags.

1 of just 3,318 ‘Rest of the World (RoW)’ specification ‘L-Series’ Porsche 911 SC Coupes made during the 1979 model year, chassis 9118301827 is understood to have been supplied new to Northern Ireland and also to have passed through the hands of the renowned Belgian Porsche dealer D’Ieteren SA. First registered with the DVLA on September 1st 1982, the 2+2-seater had re-crossed the Irish Sea by the time the vendor acquired it some thirty-three years later. Taking inspiration from the all-conquering 911 RSR racing cars of the 1970s and 1990s, he set about creating a road going tribute. Thankfully, as the proprietor of a classic car restoration business the seller had no shortage of skilled hands to work on the project. Stripped to bare metal, chassis 9118301827 was found to be far more heavily corroded than previously assumed. All rotten metal was duly cut out and replaced with new sections before the rejuvenated bodyshell was painted in Grand Prix White. A previous owner had already updated the interior with later 911 electric seats, while the inspiration for the Martini stripes came from the vendor’s daughter who works for Williams F1.

Looking period perfect, the Fuchs style 17-inch alloy wheels are shod with Bridgestone Potenza tyres (215/45 front and 245/40 rear). The refurbishment is documented via a wealth of photos and culminated with the 911 being entrusted to marque specialist D9 Autotech for an engine overhaul and attention to its gear linkage at a cost of some £8,000. A real eye-full, the bewinged Coupe is estimated to have had over £100,000 lavished on it by the vendor (excluding the purchase price). Starting readily and running well during our recent photography session, the Porsche has a definite 1970s feel to it with a meaty clutch and unassisted steering. Paperwork on file reveals that the 2+2-seater was maintained by the likes of Charles Follett Ltd, Waldron OPC, Bianchi Porsche, Stuttgart Connection and Autostrasse during the 1980s and into the 1990s (including being uprated with Carrera 3.2 timing chain tensioners etc). Nicknamed ‘BOLT’ on account of its number plate which seems appropriate given that it rivals a bolt of lightning or Usain Bolt for visual presence, this unique Porsche still requires running-in prior to being driven in anger. Nevertheless, it possesses a ‘no advisories’ MOT Certificate valid until August 2024. The accompanying history file includes service invoices / receipts dating back to 1984, assorted previous registration documents (including an EIRE one) and the aforementioned restoration photos. A great opportunity for Weissach enthusiasts everywhere.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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