Porsche 911 R
First registration 01.1966
Swiss delivery by AMAG, Xavier Perrot
800 kgs / 238 hp – sensational power-to-weight ratio
FiA papers and FIVA Identity Card
Swiss road registration with veteran entry
This beautiful and uncompromising Porsche 911 R has been perfectly rebuilt to R specifications on an original 1966 911 S chassis without any ifs or buts. The engine has been recently rebuilt to the highest standard by very well known Swiss Porsche specialists. Likewise, the transmission was completely revised / rebuilt. The car offers a sensational power-to-weight ratio with a curb weight of only 800 kgs and a measured 238 hp.
The 911 R offered here was delivered by AMAG, Xavier Perrot, has FiA papers, a FIVA Identity Card and is veteran-approved. The period correct seats (see photo) are of course included with the car.
The 1967 Porsche 911 R was the lightest 911 of all time and laid the foundation for its sporting success.
The Porsche 911 made its racing debut shortly after the start of production in 1965 at the Monte Carlo Rally. With an even faster sports version of the 160 hp Porsche 911 S, a class victory was achieved at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 and the European Rally Championship was won. Thus, the development of new, even more powerful racing versions was a high priority.
The focus was on reducing the weight of the 911 S. The hood, doors and fenders were replaced by fiberglass, the windows by Plexiglas. The underbody and many other metal parts were simply pierced with holes. The cockpit was also reduced to the bare minimum and the sound insulation removed. The diet had truly paid off: Instead of the approximately 1,030 kg of a standard Porsche 911 S, the lightweight 911 weighed in at only 800 kg! To this day, the Porsche 911 R is considered the lightest 911 of all time.
For faster cornering speeds, the lightweight 911 was fitted with thicker tires and a wider rear end. The engine chosen was the 210 hp Type 901/22 aluminum six-cylinder, which was also used in a similar form in the Porsche 906 and 910 race cars. Experiments were also conducted with the 230-hp, even higher-revving Type 916 racing engine.
One of the first racing drivers to try out the new Porsche 911 R was Huschke von Hanstein. The Mille Miglia and Targa Florio winner was thrilled and pushed for homologation for GT racing. But the sales department in Zuffenhausen was less optimistic: they didn’t have the confidence to sell the 500 units needed for homologation. So production of the series model at the Stuttgart company Baur was discontinued after only 19 examples.
Just how great the potential of a purist racing 911 really was was demonstrated in October 1967. Jo Siffert and his Swiss teammates had traveled to Monza together to break the high-speed world records set by Ford and Toyota. But their Porsche 906 was not suited to the bumpy Italian track; shortly after the start, the suspension went. A Porsche 911 R from the Baur small series was used as a replacement car. In fact, the Swiss set five new endurance world records with the racing 911 – including the distance of 20,000 kilometers.
However, this was not quite the end of the Porsche 911 R’s history: When the Tour de France Automobile was opened up to prototypes in 1969, Gérard Larrousse started with the lightweight 911-and won. He also triumphed in the Tour de Corse shortly afterwards with the same car.
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