911 R 2.0 – 210 ch [1968]

Sales Spotlight: 1968 Porsche 911 T/R

Thanks to the launch of its modern namesake, the original Porsche 911R has been thrust firmly back into the limelight over the last year. Developed by Ferdinand Piëch, it was the first time Porsche had built a 911 purely to go racing with.

However, the ‘R’ wasn’t built in great enough numbers to be homologated for GT competition. That honour would have to wait until the following year when Porsche chose to homologate the 911 properly for the Group 3 class.

The resulting car was known as the Porsche 911 T/R, with the factory producing 28 examples for the 1968 season. One of just four right-hand drive cars, this exact 911 T/R is now up for sale with classic Porsche specialist, Maxted-Page and enjoys a particularly storied history.

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Ordered by Paddy McNally in November 1967, chassis no. 118 2 0884 was finished in Silver Metallic and originally came delivered with a standard 901/02 flat six (the 160bhp unit from the 911S) however, later in the 1968 season, it was upgraded to twin-plug Carrera 6 specification, turning out 210bhp.

1968 was a relatively quiet season for the car, competing in a couple of UK races before winning the Winter Sprinbok Series in South Africa. For 1969, the car was sold to Paul Vestey who began to campaign it in Europe, including the Mugello 500km and 1000km race at Monthléry.

It was 1970 that was perhaps the car’s most impressive season though, finishing second in class at the Targa Florio with Alain De Cadenet and Mike Ogier at the wheel, the duo going on to repeat that result at the Nürburgring 1000km.

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After rallying in Ireland during the Eighties and Nineties, the car came to Maxted-Page & Prill in 2012 where a full bare metal restoration was carried out before it was loaned out to the Porsche Museum for display during 2014.

It was here where the Total 911 team first came across the car, sitting resplendent alongside Porsche’s latest racing wonder, the 919 Hybrid.

Now back with Maxted-Page, the car comes complete with its original engine (albeit not currently fitted) that could be rebuilt to period specification, and an incredible file documenting this 911 T/R’s fantastic competition pedigree.

For more information on this Porsche 911 T/R, or to check out their other incredible stock, check out Maxted-Page’s website now.

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Porsche 911 2.0-litre: ultimate guide

As the Porsche 911 gets bigger, faster and evermore luxurious, it’s easy to forget that there was once a much simpler way. Nothing epitomises that more than the car featured here.

A 911 shorn of the electronic driver aids and the clever aerodynamic enhancements we’ve become used to seeing with every new generation, scrolling back half a century brings us to this, the short wheelbase (SWB) 911.

Back in 1964, when the 911 was finally launched to an expectant public, this was a sports car that looked impossibly pretty. Delicate and with a purity of line that, some argue, has been lost in the race for ballistic performance and the ability to brag about lap times, the simplicity of Porsche’s approach was more than a little breathtaking.

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And that simplicity extended to a two-door coupe body shell that was constructed – beautifully, it should be said, and with traditional attention to detail – as a straightforward steel monocoque.

Little was needed by way of embellishment, certainly no ungainly spoilers or other aerodynamic protuberances, just the slimmest of bumpers and with chrome surrounds for the windows and delicate grilles adjacent to the sidelight/indicator units.

Chrome was also used for the small door mirror and handles, and the whole effect was one of neatness and understatement. This was truly a case of function over form, and the earliest 911 was all the better for it.

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A Targa model would appear in 1967 with its now-iconic steel roll hoop and a zip-out plastic rear window, although this latter feature proved fiddly and 1968 saw a fixed-glass item offered as an option.

But whatever the body style, the dimensions too were somewhat less than we’re used to today, a SWB car measuring around 30 centimetres shorter overall and 20 centimetres narrower than a current 991 Carrera.

To read our full Porsche 911 2.0-litre ultimate guide, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 123 in store now. Alternatively, order it online for home delivery or download it straight to your digital device.

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Top eight rarest factory-built Porsche 911s of all time

Rarity is a huge draw for many Porsche 911 enthusiasts, with Zuffenhausen having produced its fair share of small-run oddities. Here are the eight most unusual cars to have ever rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen. Have you seen all of them in the metal?

8) Porsche 964 Turbo S
Porsche 964 Turbo S

Production numbers: 81
Ignoring the us only 930 S (which was actually a flatnose 911 Turbo), the Porsche 964 Turbo S was the first car to carry the fabled moniker. 180kg lighter than the standard 3.3-litre Turbo it was the fastest road-going 911 ever released when it arrived in 1992.

Get all the tech specs on the 964 Turbo S in our data file section.

7) Porsche 964 RS 3.8
Porsche 964 RS 3.8

Production numbers: 55
While the 3.6-litre car currently gets all the plaudits, the Porsche 964 RS 3.8 was much, much rarer. It utilised the Turbo’s bodyshell and the 18-inch split-rim Speedlines. Numbers were kept low thanks to a single-year production run in 1993.

Get all the tech specs on the 964 RS 3.8 in our data file section.

6) Porsche 930 LE
Porsche 930 LE

Production numbers: 50
The ‘LE’ stood for ‘Limited Edition’ as this particular Porsche 930 was meant to mark the end of 911 Turbo production. As it was, a 964 version was created but the 930 LE remains sought after thanks to its aggressive looks, formidable performance and G50 gearbox.

Get all the tech specs on the 930 LE in our data file section.

5) Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion
Porsche 911 GT1

Production numbers: 25
Is it a true Porsche 911? The mid-engined Porsche 911 GT1 was a thoroughbred racer designed to bend the rules and take on the McLaren F1. 25 examples were needed to homologate the race version which would go on to take second place at the 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Get all the tech specs on the 911 GT1 Straßenversion in our data file section.

4) Porsche 911R
Porsche 911R

Production numbers: 20 (plus 4 protoypes)

The Porsche 911R was Zuffenhausen’s first attempt at a homologation special. However, weighing just 800kg and featuring the Carrera GTS’s 210bhp flat six, the FIA weren’t convinced that this was just a variant of a 911S, instead making it race as a prototype.

Get all the tech specs on the 911R in our data file section.

3) Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight
Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight

Production numbers: 22
Build using surplus parts from the 953 Paris-Dakar project, the Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Leichtbau made extensive use of fibreglass to bring the base cars weight down to 1,050kg. It didn’t make financial sense for Porsche but it did give Weissach’s engineers something to do after the end of the 959/961 development.

Get all the tech specs on the 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight in our data file section.

2) Porsche 911 SC RS
Porsche 911 SC RS

Production numbers: 20
Built for the 1984 rallying season, the Group B specification Porsche 911 SC RS wasn’t really an SC at all. In competition guise, the Turbo-bodied car turned out 290bhp though the road-going versions were down tuned to 255bhp. This is the car that helped form rallying powerhouse, Prodrive.

Get all the tech specs on the 911 SC RS in our data file section.

1) Porsche 911 2.7 Turbo
Porsche 911 2.7 Turbo

Production numbers: 1
Everyone thinks that the first Porsche 911 Turbo featured a 3.0-litre powerplant with a single KKK turbocharger. However, the real beginning to Zuffenhausen’s forced induction 911 legend was this 2.7-litre car given to Louise Piëch, daughter of Porsche founder, Ferry.

To read about this incredibly unusual Porsche 911 Turbo, pick up a copy of Total 911 issue 112, available to download now.

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