1981 Porsche 944 GTPSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 9, 2012. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 2,478 CC DOHC Type 949 Inline 4-Cylinder Engine Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection Single KKK Turbocharger Estimated 410 BHP at 6,200 RPM 4-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes Independent McPherson Strut Front Suspension with Anti-Roll Bar Rear Semi-Trailing Arm Suspension with Coil-Over Shock Absorbers and Anti-Roll Bar About this Car: Following the success of the three works 924 GTPs at the 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche saw an ideal opportunity to introduce the suc- cessor to the 924 road car, the 944. With the launch of the 944 scheduled for the Fall of 1981, a plan was put into place whereby a heavily revised GTP would be entered at Le Mans equipped with a turbocharged racing variant of the new car?s engine. Hans Mezger developed the competition engine (Type 949) using a 944 block and a specially designed twin-cam cylinder head with four valves per cylinder. In a subtle reference to the upcoming Porsche road car, the one-piece camshaft cover was cast with the script ?944 Le Mans.? Utilizing dry sump lubrication, belt- driven camshafts, balancer shafts, an air-to-air intercooler and a KKK K28 turbocharger, the engine produced a reliable 410 bhp with just 15 1/2 psi of boost. In addition to the new engine, the 1981 944 GTP benefitted from larger brake discs, wider rear tires, subtly revised bodywork and a special heavy-duty transaxle. Constructed during the Winter of 1980 under the auspices of Eberhard Braun, 924-005 was to serve as the development car for the 1981 Le Mans project, as well as a rolling test bed for the forthcoming 944. In March 1981, 924-005 went to the Paul Ricard Circuit in France for testing. Following the test runs, sister car 924-006 was prepared for Le Mans and entered in the GTP category. Driven by Walter R÷hrl and JŘrgen Barth, the Hugo Boss-sponsored 944 GTP finished 3rd in Class as well as 7th overall. Beyond its sensational results, the new Porsche was extremely reliable, spending less time in the pits than any other car in the race. After Le Mans, 924-005 was disassembled at Weissach and placed in storage. Porsche eventually sold the components of the car to Australian Porsche importer Alan Hamilton. Impressed by the performance of the 944 GTP at Le Mans, Hamilton modified his 924 GTR (known as Spirit of Australia) to accept the Type 949 engine and campaigned the car in a local racing series. In the early 1990s, Hamilton sold a number of his race cars, including Spirit of Australia, to Porsche AG. Eventually, Porsche sold Hamilton?s 924 GTR to noted Porsche collector David Morse. Around that time, marque expert Kerry Morse discovered the bare tub of 924-005 sitting behind a shop in Southern California and, recognizing its significance, immediately acquired it. In the mid-1990s, Porsche collector Jim Edwards was presented with the opportunity to purchase both 924-005 and Spirit of Australia. Keen to reunite Porsche?s original test mule with its original Type 949 engine, Edwards restored 924-005 using the correct, original components sourced from Hamilton?s GTR. According to an interview with Mr. Edwards that appeared in the May 2002 issue of Excellence magazine, ?...all the pieces we took from the Spirit of Australia fell right into place on the 005 chassis. There was no question that it was the original kit that had been on that car.? During the restoration process, extensive photos were taken of 924-006 at the Porsche factory to ensure authenticity in every detail. The completed car was even finished in bold Hugo Boss livery to resemble 924-006. Fortunately, 924-005 was completed in time for the 1998 Monterey Historics and was a notable addition to the Porsche anniversary celebration. In February 2007, Mr. Edwards sold 924-005 to Matthew Drendel. Once in the Drendel Family Collection, 924-005 was entrusted to Jerry Woods Enterprises in Campbell, California, for extensive cosmetic attention and necessary mechanical upkeep. Today, this important Porsche race car presents beautifully and, with appropri- ate preparation, would make an oustanding candidate for historic racing or major Porsche gatherings such as the Rennsport Reunion. A fascinating piece of Porsche competition history, 924-005 is both the ultimate development of the original 924 GTP and the prototype of the 944 series. Considering that the only other 944 GTP, 924-006, is kept in the Porsche museum, the appearance of this car at auction represents a unique opportunity that is not to be missed. Matthew C. Drendel Exposed to the exciting world of motorsports as a young man, Matthew Drendel nurtured his love of automobiles through racing, where he felt the closest connection with the cars. Through direct competition on the race track, Matthew Drendel developed his deep appreciation for Porsche automobiles. While his racing career began behind the wheel of a Ferrari, he soon recognized that he was regularly competing against ? and losing to ? Porsches. It did not take long for him to find his way with the German marque ? in 2001, while driving a 911 GT3-R for G&W Motorsports, Matthew became part of a championship-winning team and, from then on, his focus was directed towards the great competition-oriented Porsches. Although Matthew Drendel?s own racing successes were primarily associated with normally aspirated Porsches, the turbocharged models and their profound influence most interested him as a collector. The Drendel Family Collection began with a single 930 road car and eventually expanded to incorporate almost 25 years of Porsche?s motorsport heritage. Matthew?s boundless enthusiasm for Porsche led him to discover the firm?s golden age of turbocharged race cars and form relationships with some of the foremost experts in the field. A forward-thinking collector, he brought together an extraordinary stable of cars that spoke to Porsche?s innovation in a wide variety of racing series and represented the company?s finest achievements. With a sophisticated eye for the most significant and influential examples, he sought to acquire cars that carried a special pedigree ? factory team cars, prototype and development models, and the most successful customer cars. Having spent many years refining the collection, Matthew recognized rare qualities in these cars, particularly those with great originality both in concept and condition. Consisting of 17 automobiles produced between 1973 and 1997, the Drendel Family Collection is, without question, the finest assembly of turbocharged Porsches ever amassed by a private collector. Well-known for his world-class collection, Matthew Drendel was even more admired for his generosity of spirit and support of the Porsche community. He was always willing to open his collection to other enthusiasts and was a regular participant at Rennsport Reunion, the Amelia Island Concours d?Elegance and Porsche gatherings throughout the country. His commitment and passion for the marque was even recognized by the factory who sought his cars for official displays and promotions including the famed ?Family Tree? commercial ? a celebration Porsche?s illustrious history. Gooding & Company is honored to present the Drendel Family Collection at auction. For collectors who share Matthew Drendel?s vision and appreciation for these historic motorcars, we invite you to experience 25 years of automotive excellence. The Drendel Family Collection 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14 1976 Porsche 934 1976 Porsche 935/76 1980 Parnelli-Porsche Indy Car 1980 Porsche 924 GTP 1981 Porsche 944 GTP 1984 Porsche 962 1985 Porsche 962 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup 1987 McLaren MP4/3 Formula 1 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S 1991 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet 1992 Porsche 968 Turbo RS 1994 Porsche 968 Turbo S Clone 1995 Porsche 911 GT2 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution

Reference Number 164071

as of 3/13/2012

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Car 1981 Porsche 944 GTP
VIN 924-005 
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The Drendel Family Collection