1992 Porsche 968 Turbo RSSOLD

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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: 2,990 CC SOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine Single KKK Turbocharger 350 BHP at 5,800 RPM 6-Speed Getrag Gearbox 4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes with ABS Independent Front Suspension with Lower Wishbones and Coil Springs Independent Rear Suspension with Semi-Trailing Arms and Transverse Torsion Bars About this Car: After years of development, Porsche announced a purpose-built 968 competition car at the 1993 Geneva Auto Show. The 968 Turbo RS, as it was known, represented the ultimate evolution of the front-engine, four- cylinder line and was the most powerful model produced. Featuring a 16-valve head (four valves per cylinder), a KKK turbocharger, lightweight bodywork, a stripped cockpit and 18" two- piece wheels, the Turbo RS was capable of an astonishing 175 mph flat out and 0?60 times below five seconds. Designed for the German grand-touring championship, 100 units were initially slated for production. However, neither the car nor the series found success and production ceased after just four examples were completed. This particular Turbo RS has the remarkable distinction of being the first example constructed. Due to its early build date, this car is the only 968 Turbo S recognized as a 1992 model. Originally finished in red, the completed car was used in the factory?s press photographs and literature. When the various testing and press duties were completed, the car was loaned to the Joest Racing Team for two races in the 1993 ADAC GT series. With Manuel Reuter at the wheel, the 968 competed in both the ADAC Avus and ADAC Zolder events. In 1994, the 968 was purchased and operated by Seikel Motorsport?s Dr. Thomas Bscher, a noted German race car driver and prominent banker. The Turbo RS was repainted yellow and went on to race in the 1994 BPR Global GT Series at the hands of Lindsay Owen- Jones, John Neilson and Thomas Bscher himself. The car participated in the BPR 4 Hours of Dijon on May 1st, followed by the BPR Montlhery 1000 km of Paris event on May 29th. The next outing for the 968 Turbo RS was the 24 Hours of Le Mans, making it the only such model to have participated in this legendary event. Driven by the same trio of drivers in class GT2, the 968 completed 84 laps before retiring due to an accident. Porsche did, however, win Le Mans that year with a 962. In July, the 968 Turbo RS continued to compete in the BPR Series, earning a 9th Place finish at the Vallelunga racetrack. Later that same month, the car participated in the BPR 4 Hours of Spa, the last European venue for the year. In 1995, after being retired from European racing, the 968 Turbo RS was sold to Lloyd Hawkins of Louisiana. In his care, the car participated in several leading US IMSA events, including the 12 Hours of Sebring where it finished 18th overall and 6th in GTS-2. After the successful showing at Sebring, the 968 Turbo ran in the IMSA Road Atlanta 3-hour race in April 1995. At the same event the following year, the 968 led the entire race in the hands of David Murray, but with only four laps to go, a header cracked, crippling the car. Since that time, the Turbo RS has been faithfully restored to its original livery and specifications. Generally regarded as the most successful of the Turbo RS models, this car has been part of the Drendel Family Collection for some time, rounding-out a significant group of 924 and 944 competition cars. Most recently, this 968 was featured in Porsche Panorama magazine, the official publication of the Porsche Club of America. As the first 968 Turbo RS, this car also lays claim to competition in several international racing series, including participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring. This is undoubtedly the most important 968 and, as the ultimate evolution of the line, a very significant transaxle Porsche. 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

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as of 3/13/2012

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Car 1992 Porsche 968 Turbo RS
VIN (VIN) WPOZZZ96ZNS820065 
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The Drendel Family Collection

Formerly the Property of Dr. Thomas Bscher and Lloyd Hawkins