1972 Porsche 911 IMSA RSRSOLD

Vintage Race Car

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Exterior Color: Blue
Interior Color: Black
Transmission: 915

Reference Number 125583

as of 11/10/2011

Overview
Car 1972 Porsche 911 IMSA RSR
Exterior / Interior Color      Blue 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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Known History

Vehicle to be offered WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 18 - 20th, at Russo and Steele's 11th Annual "Sports & Muscle at The Marriott" in Downtown Monterey, California. Please contact us for more information.

 

This is the historic Porsche raced by Gary Auberlen and his son Bill Auberlen (Rolex GT & DP).

 

It raced 43 events in the IMSA (International Motorsports Assoc.) series between 1979 and 1990.

 

Its most significant wins were a 1st place at the 12-hrs of Sebring (GTU) in 1985, and 2nd at the 24-hrs. of Daytona (GTU) in 1988.

 

The car is best known for its 1984-1990 period under the SP Racing banner, where it first raced at the 1984 six-hour event at Riverside, with Gary Auberlen and Peter Jauker driving. The team continued in GTO (over 2.5-liters) for the remainder of the 1984 season then switched to GTU (under 2.5-liters) for 1985. Success came with a stunning class win at the 12-Hours of Sebring with Gary Auberlen, Peter Jauker, Adrian Gang and Cary Eisenlohr driving. This victory, in the face of many newer and factory-backed cars, led to the car being nicknamed "The Cinderella Porsche" in many racing magazines of the day.

 

A second-place class finish was achieved at the 1988 24-Hours of Daytona, but by 1990, in spite of a larger engine and a 935-style ?slant-nose? front end, the little privateer Porsche was no longer competitive against the big-budget, factory-sponsored racing teams. After an impressive 11-year run in the IMSA GT series, the car was finally retired. It was purchased by a collector based in Europe and put into storage until 2006 when it was acquired by the current owner, having remained in virtually the same condition as the day it last raced.

 

Along with noted Porsche shops Gunnar Racing and Klupsport racing in West Palm Beach, FL, undertook a mild restoration to bring it back to it's Sebring-winning configuration. The car's mechanical systems were overhauled and the exterior was brought back to it's earlier RSR look. The interior was left virtually the way it ran in the 1980's with the exception of a modern HANS type racing seat, and upgraded electricals. It now has a normally aspirated 3.4 liter endurance racing engine built by Kelly-Moss Motorsports, and a period correct 915 gearbox.

 

The engine has approximately 10-hours on it. As it did in period, it has a partial tubular frame, full RSR coil-over suspension, fully adjustable front and rear sway bars, brake bias adjustment, and full roll cage. The original long distance endurance fuel cell was restored, and the car retains all of it's hand made and original hardware. It also comes with it's original rare Ronal racing wheels, as well as a set of modern BBS racing rims, and goodyear slicks. The car was recently repainted, inside and out and all new graphics applied, the Ronal Rims were recently restored, and the car looks fantastic!

 

After restoration, the car competed very successfully in the Historic Sports Car Racing (HSR) series and the Sport Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) series, earning class endurance championships twice during this period, with numerous wins and podium finishes. The Auberlen Porsche has also appeared at many significant historic racing events including the Sebring Classic, the Rolex Vintage Fall Festival at Lime Rock, Rennsport III at Daytona and the 24-Minutes of Daytona, in addition to having been displayed at the Sebring Heritage Museum. Recently, Jurgen Barth, the noted Porsche factory driver and historian, drove the Porsche in a four-hour endurance race. This very well known and recognized vintage racing car attracts attention whenever and wherever it is displayed and raced. It has fantastic, race-winning history and stands ready for future competition.

 

The car started life as a 1972 911 VIN # 911 210 0224 - It was built into a racer by Rick Borlase of Las Vegas, and then later by Gary Auberlen of Southern California.

 

The Full History can be found at: www.racingsportscars.com/cars/search-archive.html 210 0224