1997 Porsche 911 GT1 EvolutionSOLD

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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: 3,163 CC DOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine TAG Electronic Fuel Injection Twin KKK Turbochargers Estimated 600 BHP at 7,200 RPM 6-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Drilled and Ventilated Disc Brakes 4-Wheel Independent Double Wishbone Suspension with Adjustable Coil Springs, Shock Absorbers and Stabilizers About this Car: Following McLaren?s outright win at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans with the production-based F1 GTR, Porsche began to seriously rethink the future of their GT1 program. With the 911 GT2 Evos unable to compete in the GT1 class, Norbert Singer and Horst Reitter evaluated the requirements to find a workable solution. Their conclusion was both radical and effective: build a mid-engine 911 based on the contemporary 993 and construct a limited run of street-legal production cars for homologation purposes. While recognizable as a 911, the GT1 was essentially a pure prototype, complete with a special tube-frame chassis, composite panels, sophisticated double-wishbone suspension, massive Brembo brakes and a water-cooled, twin turbocharged flat six. The debut at the 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans did not disappoint. The two works entries finished 2nd and 3rd overall, with GT1-002 taking victory in the GT1 category. From there, the GT1s went on to success in the BPR series, proving that the McLaren F1s were not invincible. Over the winter of 1996?1997, the Porsche racing department further developed the GT1 for the 1997 Le Mans effort, and to ensure that it would be able to compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, Panoz Esperante and long-tail McLaren F1 GTR in the new FIA GT Championship. Dubbed the GT1 Evo, the new model was a considerable improvement over the original and was immediately distinguished by its redesigned bodywork, complete with the ?teardrop? headlamps of the production 996. In addition to the aesthetic updates, the Evo featured a new front suspension, a wider track and, later in the season, a sequential six-speed gearbox. For the 1997 Le Mans effort, Porsche AG constructed two 911 GT1 Evos ? chassis 004 and 005. GT1-004 first rolled onto the Weissach test track on March 7, 1997, with Bob Wollek behind the wheel. From there, the GT1 Evo was tested at Mireval, Estoril, Lurcy and Jerez before arriving at Le Mans in early May for pre-qualifying sessions. There, GT1-004 was joined by its sister car and both works Porsches set promising times in testing. Wearing race number 25 for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the trio of works drivers ? Hans Stuck, Wollek and Thierry Boutsen ? quickly established GT1-004 as the car to beat for the overall win. By Sunday morning, it was still a dead heat between the two works Porsches. Sadly, near the 14-hour mark, Wollek spun and crashed, the result of a broken driveshaft. Three hours from the finish, GT1-005 retired with a fractured oil cooler. Had these mishaps been avoided, the works GT1s were almost assured victory. Following Le Mans, GT1-004 was entered in the fourth round of the FIA GT Championship at NŘrburgring on June 29th. Driven by Yannick Dalmas and Wollek, the works GT1 encountered a variety of setbacks and finished 25th overall, 15 places behind the other Porsche AG entry of Stuck and Boutsen. For the last two rounds of the Championship, GT1-004 was sent to the US. After serving as the training car at Sebring, the works Porsche traveled across the US to take part in the final round at Laguna Seca on November 26th. With Allan McNish and Ralf Kelleners driving, GT1-004 took the lead from the Mercedes-Benz team and kept the Porsche in front until the first round of pit stops, when an unfortunate miscalculation slowed the works team. At the end of the three-hour race, GT1-004 finished 3rd overall, less than a minute behind the winning CLK-GTR. With the close of the 1997 season, GT1-004 returned to Weissach where, in preparation for the 1998 championship, it was used for extensive tire testing with Michelin. In 1998, after Porsche completely redesigned the GT1, two of the four ex-factory team cars were sold. GT1-004 eventually passed to avid Porsche enthusiasts and founders of the Canada GT Challenge Cup Klaus and Harry Bytzek, joining a stable of three other GT1s. Unsurprisingly, the Bytzeks campaigned the GT1s in their series with tremendous success, consistently winning the GT1 championship. GT1-004 competed for several years, reportedly winning or achieving a podium finish in almost every race it entered. In addition to its Canadian exploits, GT1-004 was used as a practice car at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. In 2005, when the GT1 was finally retired from racing, US collector Phil Bennett purchased the former works Porsche. In 2008, Matthew Drendel sold his customer 911 GT1 (GT1-108) and acquired the former factory works Evo. After joining the Drendel Family Collection, GT1-004 was carefully refurbished and returned to its original Le Mans Mobil 1/Warsteiner livery. Not only has the GT1 served as a centerpiece in the Drendel Collection, it has been used in several significant Porsche-sanctioned displays. In 2009, Porsche requested that GT1-004 be used on the company?s display stand at the New York Auto Show and be featured in the famed ?family tree? commercial filmed for the introduction of the Panamera sedan. Moreover, due to its status as a 1997 works car, GT1-004 has been featured in a number of books and publications as well as Porsche?s own literature. As one of the few ex-works GT1s in private hands, GT1-004 is a hugely important piece of Porsche?s racing history, particularly the firm?s involvement at the world?s most prestigious race ? the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Having contended in both Le Mans and the FIA GT Championship as a works entry, this GT1 Evo played a significant role in the 1997 season, and its later successes in the Canada GT Challenge Cup speak to its lasting technological superiority. Whether GT1-004 continues to serve as historical bookend or an entry into major historic events, it remains an outstanding representative of Porsche?s never-ending pursuit of motor sport dominance. 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 164085

as of 3/13/2012

Car 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution
VIN 993-GT1-004 
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The Drendel Family Collection

The Mobil 1/Warsteiner Porsche Works