This example was stripped to bare metal and underwent extensive metal and bodywork to achieve the result the car now wears. The tub was stitch welded from front to rear for added rigidity. As far as exterior tribute parts, this 911 has 911R-style fiberglass front fenders, hood, and rear decklid, along with 911R-style rear flares and a 911R-style wraparound fiberglass rear bumper/guard/license panel assembly to complete the aesthetic. Plastic door handles are additional tribute pieces, and a period 911R stripe package rounds out the exterior. The side, quarter, and rear windows are made from plexiglass for added lightness. The car had fiberglass doors with aluminum frames upon original completion but currently wears steel doors with chrome frames.
The engine in this 911R tribute is exceptional. A 2.5-liter short stroke was assembled utilizing a 1969 magnesium case wrapped in amber fiberglass cooling “sheet metal.” The case benefits from piston oil squirters and the oil pump bypass modification. Mahle pistons (set to 10.6:1 compression) and cylinders contain combustion, and the pistons push 911S rods and spin a 70.4mm-stroke counterbalanced crankshaft. The heads were machined for twin plugs and port matched (40mm exhaust ports), breathing through 46mm intake/39mm exhaust 906 valves opened by 306/288 Elgin camshafts.
PMO 46mm carburetors wearing mesh velocity stack covers and rain hats provide fuel. Ignition comes from an Electromotive direct-ignition twin-plug ignition system. A Glenn Yee Motorsports ported and polished oil pump supplies Elephant Racing finned lines taking oil to and from a Carrera oil cooler. A custom set of headers with a two-in, two-out Dansk exhaust rounds out the package.
The 901 gearbox was overhauled and had a ZF 906 limited-slip differential installed. The clutch is a Sachs Sport Clutch kit with a balanced flywheel. The engine and transmission mounts are solid. A 915 turret-style shifter and Wevo shift linkage ensure proper gear selection.
The fuel tank is a 20-gallon Fuel Safe aluminum fuel cell, dated 08/04/00.
The suspension is coilovers front and rear with Bilstein Shocks, H&R springs, spherical bearing upper strut mounts, 935-style front suspension with billet crossmember, an adjustable front anti-roll bar, an adjustable front strut tower brace, rear anti-roll bar, rear 935-style adjustable spring plates, gusseted rear shock mounts, and fully overhauled brakes. Front brake calipers are aluminum 911S pieces. The restored 15×6 ‘Deep Six’ Fuchs wear 2015 date-code Avon CR6ZZ tires. The car is not touring-oriented as set up, and the ride quality is on the stiff side of sporting.
The car’s interior is very Spartan, wearing a full roll cage sans door bars. Recaro ST-style seats upholstered in black vinyl with houndstooth inserts provide an excellent seating position and deep bolsters for the driver when hitting the canyon roads. There’s a dead pedal for the driver to keep themselves in place, and the throttle pedal is relocated and converted to cable actuation. Custom-made rubber mats were made for the car to continue the theme of lightness. 911R-style door panels complement the steel doors. Windows are pulled up and down with a leather security strap, as the car has no regulators. A set of restored gauges were installed along with a new dash topper.
A battery cutoff switch was installed in the doorless glove compartment for ease of access, along with a secondary cutoff located in the trunk.
Our latest offering is a purpose-built homage to the original 911R with the benefit of half a century of updates and knowledge, weighing just 1,987 pounds and providing impressive horsepower from its 2.5-liter engine. This 911’s sole purpose is to be driven spiritedly and exercised to its full potential: on back roads or on your local race track.