Starting life in January 1975 as a relatively rare Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe ~ this car was converted in to a rally car in the early 1990’s and campaigned extensively by legendary Irish tarmac rally driver, Billy Coleman. Fresh from Irish success it was then purchased in the late 1990’s by expert Porsche rally preparation team, Tuthills of Banbury. The team were building rally winning pre-1965 Porsche 911 2.0 litre cars that were dominating historic rallying throughout Europe at the time, and Francis Tuthill was aware that the new “Post Historic” class (for cars from 1965 -1977) would soon be allowed by the MSA and FIA and this car was his development car for that new class.
Hired by Nick Whale for the 1998 RAC Historic rally, it was to become his property by the end of the rally as Nick took to the car and realised the potential that it presented. He went on to win the 1999 Safety Devices Rally Challenge outright as well as the first British Historic Rally Championship held in 2000 over 8 rounds, 4 tarmac and 4 gravel events. The car was very successful every time out, including an outright win on the Ypres tarmac rally in 2001.
Sold to our vendor in May 2002, the car was rallied for the next decade or so before being converted, once more by Tuthills, in to a full house East African Safari spec rally car. Tuthills had become the leading preparer of cars for this event globally, and Francis’s son, Richard Tuthill, was now at the helm and building winning Safari spec cars and running a team of up to 20 cars competing in this amazing biannual event. Much work was done to the car at the time and it has continually benefited from their ongoing maintenance and improvements.
The car went on to compete in no less than 4 East African Safari events in 2011, 2013, 2015 and finally in 2017 when the car was to take the very top step on the podium and win the event outright. An absolutely amazing achievement by our private vendor and world class rally driver, Ryan Champion, helping him on his way. The pictures capture some of the great moments of this event and show the potential of this car doing it all again when the next East African Safari event takes place at the end of this year.
In the history file is an MSA Competition log book, MSA papers and an FIA HTP as well as a raft of invoices and history. Some of this documentation may now be out of date as may some of the safety related parts of the car. Nevertheless this car is a great basis for another Safari project that Tuthills have indicated can be brought up to current front running specification for a spend of about £40k. Newly built cars today are around £300k plus VAT, making this car with such an outstanding pedigree, look relatively good value for money in this price guide.
We encourage close inspection of this car and believe it could be a fantastic UK or European rally car, in either tarmac or gravel trim, or re-prepared to go on and compete in this years Safari event. It is a very special thing with an outstanding history and provenance.