1965 Porsche 911 SWB Competition Car

First introduced to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, the Porsche 911 has now been in production for over 55 years. From its original production car base, the 911 has become one of the most successful competition cars of all time, both as a circuit racer and rally car. As early as 1965, the ‘Works’ entered a 911 SWB in the Monte Carlo Rally and within two years Vic Elford was winning rounds in the European Championship. Today, early 911s continue to be competitive in both historic racing and rallying.

Built in May 1965, this very early 911 was delivered new to Cologne Germany before later crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the USA, before returning to Europe – this time the U.K.

It was here that this Short Wheel Base 2 Litre was fully prepared to FIA rally specification. Prepared by Tuthill Porsche to showcase their capabilities, it competed with great success throughout the 1990s, securing numerous podium finishes by a who’s who of professional drivers; Stig Blomqvist, Jimmy McRae, Bjorn Waldegard and Beatty Crawford, to name but a few. Since the initial build, it has been maintained throughout the majority of its competition life by Tuthills, benefitting from constant development throughout its competition life.

Acquired by the current owner in 2013, the decision was made in 2014 to have the 911 completely rebuilt by Tuthills to full race specification, with the option of being able to easily convert it to rally use. As such, the car was stripped to a bare shell and rebuilt from the ground up with all the latest upgrades. This included a custom FIA approved roll cage, along with a full engine and gearbox rebuild. The work was completed in 2015 at a cost in excess of £110,000.

Since then the Porsche has performed impeccably with many stage rally podiums, as well as competing in the FIA European rally championship with several outright wins.

Since these rally events, the setup has been switched to race specification including a lower, stiffer circuit suspension set up for a successful outing at the Algave Historic Festival. The car is currently fitted with 80ltr twin lightweight ATL bag tanks for rallies alongside a smaller low mounted tank for up to 2hrs of circuit racing. There is  currently a zero hours ‘circuit’ race gearbox fitted.

Accompanying the car is a wonderful history file documenting its UK owners, current FIA papers valid until 2025, past FIA papers, invoices dating from the 2000s, records of its results throughout its competition life along with photographs and press cuttings showing the car in action.

Want to be in the thick of it in the 2.0ltr Cup and GT & Sports Car Cup? No problem! Fancy winning an international FIA rally? Been there, done that! Looking to blitz competitive road events such as Modena Cento Ore and Tour Auto? As one of the most raced Porsche’s in the contemporary motor sport scene, it’s a car that can genuinely turn its hand to every event.

Year: 1965
Make: Porsche
Model: 911 SWB
Dealer: Pendine
Pendine specialise in the sale of historic cars for road and track. Whilst focusing specifically on the immediate post-war period through to the 1970s, our experience ranges from Edwardian racers through to the supercars of the 1990s. The company is named after Pendine sands, the 7 mile stretch of beach on the south coast of Wales that was the setting for Britain claiming and retaining the land speed record in the 1920s. The record runs started with Malcom Campbell in 1924, Parry Thomas with ‘Babs’ in 1926 and finally Campbell again in the first Bluebird in 1927. In the spirit of those pioneer racers, our mission at Pendine is to become the leaders in our field, breathing fresh life into the historic car market as we go.
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