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Porsche Chanabe CH2

Porsche Chanabe CH2

Rennwagen, 1973


  • Porsche licensed
  • The last existing original Chanabe Porsche!
  • Complete Porsche drive


Extremely rare vehicle! The Chanabe fits perfectly in a well-positioned vehicle collection as well as on the racetrack.

About the history of the vehicle:

Jean Chanabe designed and built the car at the age of 29 in accordance with the Group 5 regulations for sports prototypes for the European championship, which was exclusively for two-liter sports prototypes.

The dominant brands were Chevron, Lola, March and Abarth. The engines were largely made stable Formula 2 engines from Ford (Cosworth) and BMW.

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The vehicle in detail

Jean Chanabe did not fall back on an existing chassis during the construction, but designed everything himself. In some cases he received support from Mr. Gadras.

However, the original idea of using a Renault engine was discarded. Due to the close relationship with his father's company – father, Charles Chanabe – was a Porsche and De Tomaso dealer in Toulouse, a Porsche engine was ultimately used. In addition, all other parts such as brakes, gears etc. were taken over by Porsche. The existing frame allows an engine output of up to 350 hp.

The construction time for the vehicle was 2 ½ years 1971-1973.

The first test drives took place in August 1973 on the F1 racetrack in Albi, southern France.

Porsche itself soon became aware of this vehicle and after a detailed assessment, Chanabe was allowed by the factory to use the name Porsche for his car

The vehicle was used in mountain and circuit races in France from 1974 to 1990 by different owners.

Ultimately, the prototype was in the possession of the circuit operator of Spa Francorchamps.

Deployments from 2002:

World Sportscar Masters

Oldtimer Grand Prix Nürburgring

FIA hill climb

Demo runs

Technical specifications:


Tubular frame made of steel tubes in a square profile, inert gas welded or soldered. The roll bar – special, round steel tube of quality 25CD 4 S – is welded to the frame.


Front: wishbones, adjustable custom-made Billstein shock absorbers, adjustable stabilizer

Rear: aluminum wheel carrier, triangular link below, strut above, shock absorber hinged at the front,

adjustable stabilizer hinged at the rear.

4 disc brakes, ventilated at the front, dual-circuit brake system

Wheel hubs made by Porsche

Wheels / tires:

front: BBS 10.0 x 15, Goodyear 11.6 / 24/15 Avon 10.0 / 23.5-15

rear: BBS 11.5 x 15, Goodyear 11.9 / 24/15 Avon 11.0 / 23.5-15

Three-piece rims


Riveted aluminum sheet, ascending rear line and spoiler lip

2 tanks a 40L are on the side in the laid frame tube.

Motor: 2.L short-stroke magnesium motor

HKS double ignition

Power approx. 260 hp at 7500 rpm


Porsche 5 speed 914 – magnesium racing gearbox

ZF limited-slip differential


Wheelbase: 2240mm

Front track 1600mm

Rear track 1570mm

Length 3280mm

Width 1900mm

Body height 810mm

Height with roll bar 980mm

Ground clearance 50mm

Weight 550kg

Speed 260Km / h depending on the gear ratio

Historic Technical Passport:

Period HR 1972 – 1976 FIA Class TSRC29

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Year of construction: 1973
Model: Chanabe CH2
Body: Rennwagen
Series: Chanabe
Power: 260 HP
Cylinder capacity: 2,0 Liter
Steering: left
Transmission: Manual
Drive: Rear drive
Fuel: Gasoline
Interior color: Black
Interior material: Fabric
Exterior color: Blue
Condition: Partially restored
New / used: Used car
Ready to drive: yes
Country of first delivery: France

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