1965 Porsche 911
Originally unveiled in 1963 as the 901, the 911 – as it would be renamed upon production launch a year later – would quickly become the celebrated successor to Porsche’s first production car, the 356.
With its new 2.0-litre engine and all-around independent suspension, the bigger, more powerful and more refined 911 was designed with Grand Touring in mind, going onto to become arguably the most successful sports car ever built, with continuous development to this day.
This 1965 911 is a ‘pure build’ historic racing car, built specifically for the new 2 Litre Cup series. Race leader at the most recent round, it is on the button and ready to go.
Retaining the familiar rear-engined, air-cooled ‘boxer’ configuration of its predecessor, the 911 acquired a new 1,991cc flat 6-cylinder power unit, producing 130hp at 6,2000rpm, alongside new four and five-speed manual transmission options, all-around disc brakes and revolutionary 2+2 seating.
Whilst development of the early road car forged ahead with the introduction of new models such as the high-performance S variant and celebrated ‘Targa’ – named in honour of the famous Targa Florio road races in Sicily where Porsche enjoyed much success – the exclusive 911 R was also unveiled, a lightweight racing version with only 20 cars produced.
With its revised 901/22 engine producing some 210hp, the R also featured thin aluminium doors, a magnesium crankcase and twin-spark cylinder heads, forging the path for the dominant 911-inspired racing programme that was to follow.
Our 2-litre racing car was built with a friend of Sports Purpose to the highest standards possible, conforming to Pre-1966 FIA specifications from an extremely good, matching-numbers, fully-stamped Californian donor car.
Chassis 302219 was originally manufactured at Porsche AG, Stuttgart on 3 September 1965, leaving the factory in attractive Irish Green paint (code 6606) – the same colour it retains today – and lists all-around tinted glass amongst its options on the car’s original Kardex.
Today’s chassis was built by multiple Goodwood winners, the Jordan Racing Team, with the engine and gearbox by renowned specialists, Tuthill Porsche. Completed in time for the launch of the new 2 Litre Cup series with Peter Auto this year, it has been campaigned extensively this season by Sports Purpose director, James Turner, finishing on a high with fastest lap and third place at the final round of the season at Paul Ricard in September.
With the launch of Peter Auto’s new Europe-based 2 Litre Cup in association with Sports Purpose, the popularity of the Pre-1966 Porsche 911 racing car has firmed considerably over the last 12 months, with racers of all backgrounds eager to be involved with the increasingly popular one-make series.
1966 is the obvious cut-off point for FIA Historic racing cars and also sits well with the end of the pre-911 S era of early, short wheelbase Porsche 911 development.
Having contested the debut season in the hands of Sports Purpose director James Turner, including well-documented success at the year’s final round in Paul Ricard, our Irish Green car is ready for the second season of the 2 Litre Cup, a well-prepared and setup car that is primed to challenge for honours again as one of the quickest and best developed cars on the grid.