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Vintage Racer Project: 1973 Porsche 911 Track Car

I can only imagine how gutting it is to get so far on a project and realize there’s still far too much work to be done – at least, more than you feel like dealing with. Track cars are an especially slippery slope since there’s not necessarily a road map you  can follow. More upgrades are generally better, at least those that reduce weight and increase speed. In the case of this 1973 Porsche 911, it’s hard to discern whether the seller tore down his race car to rebuild it, or was building one from scratch. Either way, it’s listed here on eBay with bids to $21,100 and the reserve unmet.

If nothing else, this looks like a fairly well-executed build. The details seem right, even if the listing description really doesn’t do the car justice. The base is a 1973 911T that’s been built to RSR specifications (if I’m reading the listing correctly.) It has been gutted and caged with a welded interior painted Guard’s Red. The body consists of high-performance panels from well-known Porsche builder GT Racing, consisting of aftermarket fenders, hood, front spoiler, and “duck bill” rear spoiler. The paint work also appears to be finished to a high level.

The seller notes that the interior needs re-assembly, along with the vehicle’s wiring system and lights. The gauges, steering wheel, and shifter have all been installed. The 911 will come with a 915 transmission with a mag case but he doesn’t have any info on it, which suggests he bought this as a project and never actually raced it. Engine-wise, it will come with a powerplant from a 1976 930 that apparently sat for years; the listing indicates it needs to be torn down and re-done after initially being built in 1990 (presumably as a track car motor.)

It features a coilover suspension with 930 trailing arms that offer inner camber adjustment. In addition, it will come with two sets of center lock 956 hubs, wheel centers, and rotor hats, along with 930 calipers front and rear. The rear of the body has also been modified so the engine and transmission can be removed straight out the back of the car, which should make pit stop engine swaps much more efficient. As I am not a race car builder, I cannot confirm if this is a desirable build, but it certainly seems like it a lot of thought went into planning this build – and it surely is worth more than the price bid here.

Comments

  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Nicely done, nicely finished out with all the details covered. Great running gear selection. The 915 five speed gearbox is one of the best ever made by anyone. All that said, it’s also a great looking race car.

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  2. alphasud Member

    I agree with Bob. The fact it has a drivetrain is a big hurdle overcome. Nice vintage racer. Just bring deep pockets as this is no budget racer.

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  3. Derek

    The quick-change bodywork is good if you’ve a mind to do endurance races.,

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  4. Grant

    The engine needs to (and has always needed to) be brought ahead of the rear wheels. Not a biggie guys, just use the useless rear seat. Whats the hold up? yet, rich people keep buying these death traps/ back when we just had cute little low power bug engines, the rear engine wasn’t so dangerous, in fact, kind of fun. Once you get real power too far back, that and the horrible balance, trouble is dancing with glee, and high fiving his buddies. I guess the world always needs hot rich trophy wife widows.

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    • bobhess bobhess Member

      I’m confused. How did Porsche manage to win all those races for so long with all that power in the back?

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    • FrankD Member

      It wasn’t the car Grant, it was uneducated drivers especially in the early years of the 930’s. Simple rule, don’t unload the rear end in a turn in a Porsche.

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    • DonC

      I love my 911. Simple advice given years ago to me….”Son…you can ask this fine lady to go fast or you can ask her to turn on a dime…..but you cannot ask her to do both at the same time.” I’ve won a handful of autocrosses and placed 2nd at Sebring in my class. Rear engine is not a prob in my book….it’s the driver.

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  5. Martin

    I have a vintage race car at exactly the same stage. The cost to do the motor is around $15,000 to $20,000 which is what I have in the rest of the car and I need to save the money to continue. This owner may have run short as well.

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    • bobhess bobhess Member

      Would love to see it when it’s finished Martin.

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