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 was a ‘pure build’ historic racing car, built specifically for historic racing by a low key but well-known car builder. With an impressive set of entries to its name and a fresh race engine, it is on the button and ready to go.
Chassis number: 300915 (showing)
Engine: 2.0-litre flat 6-cylinder
Gearbox: 5-speed manual
Colour: Light Ivory
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 6,200 rpm, alongside new four and five-speed manual transmission options, all-around disc brakes and 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, 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 race car was built in 2009 by Glynn Evans and sold to the current owner in May of that year. The car was then raced at the Goodwood Revival Meeting that year by well-known Porsche Club member Jeff Moyes. It should be pointed out that the car is not believed to have its original shell.
The current owner campaigned the car extensively from 2010 to 2015. He competed in some major events such as Le Mans Classic (2014), the Goodwood Members Meeting (2015), the GT & Sports Car Cup (2010, 2011, 2013) and HSCC Guards Trophy (2010, 2011).
The owner used both Steve Monk and Steve Winter for race support as well as Sportwagen for bodywork. There are two bills from Sportwagen on file, one in 2010 for what is described as ‘pitlane damage’ and one in 2015 to correct what is described as minor corrosion in the front scuttle and bonnet.
The engine was rebuilt by well-known Porsche engine specialists as a full race engine in 2016 and has not been used in anger since. A rolling road test at the time showed a power output of 170bhp. The engine drives very nicely with a wide power band and would be perfect for use in a road racing event such as the Tour Auto.
At the end of 2018, the car was given 40 hours of preparation by Andy Prill for service as a Course Car at the popular Goodwood Revival Meeting, a task it completed with flying colours.
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 at many of the most desirable historic racing meetings already, this smart car is ready for the second season of the 2 Litre Cup. It is a well-prepared and set-up car that could clearly compete consistently for top 10 results in this closely fought series.