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Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 66

1979 Porsche 911 SC 'Flachbau' Cabriolet

Sold for £27,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: CXI 703
Chassis No: 91A0130808
Mot Expiry: Sept 2020

- Professionally converted by Mark King from a 911 SC Targa into a 911 (930) Turbo `Flachbau' Cabriolet look-a-like to showcase his Stuttgart Connection business

- Purchased by the vendor in 1990 after it had graced the front cover of that summer's `911 & Porsche World' magazine

- Recently MOT tested following ten years' dry storage, extensive service history, stainless steel exhaust

A Group 5 competition version of the roadgoing 911 (930) Turbo, the Porsche 935 claimed over 150 victories between 1976 and 1984 including the Le Mans 24 hours, Daytona 24 hours and Sebring 12 hours. More aerodynamically efficient than their showroom siblings, all but the earliest 935 racers featured a distinctive `Flachbau' (flat nose or slant nose). Responding to customer demand, the likes of Kremer and RUF soon offered `Flachbau' conversions for street cars with Porsche doing the same from 1981 onwards via its Sonderwunsch (Special Wishes) programme. Entering limited series production in 1985, just 948 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo `Flachbau' models were made of which a mere 50 came to the UK.

Knowing how rare and expensive a right-hand drive `Flachbau' was, Mark King decided to showcase the skills of his Leigh-on-Sea based business Stuttgart Connection by transforming this car from a 911 SC Targa into a `Flachbau' Convertible. As well as a revised visage, the 2+2-seater gained side skirts and vented Turbo-style rear wings. The suspension was lowered by circa 1.5 inches and custom alloys fitted but the car's running gear (3-litre normally aspirated flat six engine, five-speed manual gearbox) was otherwise unchanged. Finished in Black with Black upholstery and re-registered as `CXI 703', the resultant show-stopper graced the front cover of `911 & Porsche World' magazine in Summer 1990. Having read about the Porsche, the vendor bought it that same year following a professional inspection. In regular summer use up until 2009 when a house move saw it put into secure storage, the 911 SC is said to have generated considerable attention wherever it went (including on a memorable trip to Le Mans). Uprated since its purchase with a custom steering wheel, new leather upholstery, stainless steel exhaust and electric door mirrors, `CXI 703' reportedly sounds like a full-blooded racer. Recently brought up to MOT standard, this unique Porsche is offered for sale with V5C Registration Document and history file.

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