1968 Porsche 911 Race CarSOLD


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Estimate: $90,000-$140,000 US

Sold: $50,600

Est. 175bhp, 1,991 cc horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.3"

While the Porsche 911 has amassed an unmatched record of racing successes in its forty-plus-year history, its entry into road racing competition was not initially championed by Zuffenhausen. With the exception of the 911R for 1967 and a short run of 911L models, factory support was non-existent. Racing drivers interested in piloting a 911 at Sebring, Le Mans or various SCCA events had to do so on their own. After all, the 911 RS/RSR program did not begin until 1972 and Porsche management first thought of the 911 as merely a suitable rally car.

The car presented here, however, has a very early and successful racing history and was campaigned by Milestone Racing for the 1968 season in the year-old SCCA Trans AM Under Two Liter division, which was created to allow for such smaller import sedans as the Lotus Cortina and Alfa Romeo GTV. Marvin Davidson at Milestone Racing hired the 27-year old Tony Adamowicz on a recommendation from Mac Tilton, who would later achieve success for his work on Formula 1 clutches. Debating between a GTV and a 911, the team opted for the Porsche, inspired by Bert Everett’s success in the previous year’s U2L Championship. They performed various modifications “by the seat of the pants”, as Adamowicz would later describe in a September 2004 issue of Porsche Panorama, in which the car was featured. Equipped with solid rubber suspension bushings, a roll cage, custom torsion bars and retaining its original Solex carburetors, which “gave [them] a straight shot through the head to the combustion chamber”, the Milestone Porsche 911 made its first appearance at the Daytona 24 Hours.
Unfortunately, a wreck in this first race placed the team’s future in jeopardy. Luckily, they managed to use the shell of a 912 and married it to many of the parts from the first car, upgrading it to 911 specs in the process. Their efforts proved successful. Milestone won six of the ten races that season, at such tracks as Lime Rock Park and Bridgehampton, competing alongside Mark Donohue in his Camaro. The Milestone car was even featured in a print advertisement for Champion spark plugs. Following its successful season, the car was sold by Milestone in early 1969. It was purchased by Herb Wetanson, who used it as a model to convert his own 911L to the same specifications. Thereafter, however, it disappeared for nearly 30 years.

By the late 1990s, Adamowicz and a fellow Porsche enthusiast decided to go vintage racing together and embarked on an exhaustive search for the old Milestone car. Just as they were about to settle on a similar 912, they discovered the original car in time capsule condition after having been converted to street use and spared the extensive modifications and repair of a lifetime in racing. As evidenced by extensive correspondence and documentation that accompanies the car, the restoration process was tremendously meticulous, paying attention to the most minute details, be it a period-correct decal or the proper presentation of the stainless steel wires of the bonnet tie-down pins. Following completion, the car was shown at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion in 2007. It was also photographed for an upcoming Porsche book and, with the exception of a roll cage and fuel cell, remains authentic and period correct in appearance.

Featured in Dave Friedman’s book Trans Am, The Pony Car Wars 1966-1972, the importance of this Porsche cannot be underestimated. In many ways, its success helped prove the viability of Porsche’s 911 as a capable racing car, which gave way to the factory-backed programs of years to come. Fully sorted and complete with extensive documentation and period photography, it remains a glorious American piece of Porsche’s “Rennsport” heritage.
Please note that this vehicle is offered on a Bill of Sale only.

Reference Number 38618

as of 2/10/2009

Car 1968 Porsche 911 Race Car
VIN 352854 
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