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    FS: @classicdriver.com - 1968 Porsche 911 TR Factory Car ex-Sonauto Le Mans

    THIS is hot!!!

    1968 Porsche 911
    TR Factory Car ex-Sonauto Le Mans

    http://www.classicdriver.com/de/car/...11/1968/203144

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    In 1968, the 911 T was reclassified from the Touring Car category to Group 3 (Stock GT), same as the 911 S. To give a successor to its formidable R, Porsche offered to his Rallyemen or Track Racing customers a special version of the T with an extensive “on-order” program. This opportunity was allowed by a much lighter body compared to the S (-52 kg) aggravated by the deletion of any kind of sound deadening (-25kg). All the racing equipment already homologated on the 911 R was then offered on a comprehensive extras catalog, including big tanks, plastic elements, roll-cage etc..Engine could be specified as a standard S with 160HP, or as a tuned S with 180 Hp but also as a twin plugged, titanium rods 230 HP engine based on 906 or R specs. Suspension was also reinforced with 2 stabs and Koni shocks. 35 cars are said to have been produced as TR's.

    Chassis Nr 118 20 807 was delivered new in April 68 to the French importer Sonauto . As shown by the Kardex, this car was dedicated to Ballot-Lena and equipped with the Rallye Package (Rallye Ausrüstung), including a foot rest ! Engine was an S engine (Nr 4081042), but the gearbox was specified as a “Nurbürgring” 901/54 with special gear ratios ( 5 speeds 7:31 ratios B : A : M : R : V).

    Sonauto still had another 911 TR Nr 118 20 779 they had previously raced during the Le Mans pre-qualifications beginning of April, into the hands of Buchet, Laurent and Farjon. But Claude Ballot-Lena and Guy Chasseuil were hired in this month of April as the official racing drivers of Sonauto and 118 20 807 was immediately entered in Montlhéry Coupes de Vitesse in April (finished 10th), then in the Paris GP in May and in the Rallye du Sud-Ouest, where the car was photographed with its actual road registration number 6350 UT 75 , its title showing the Sonauto ownership. This car was then entered with the number 44 to the 1968 Le Mans 24H , the race having been postponed in September by the French Mai 68 events. Unfortunately, the car didn’t finish the race and lapped only 224 times, after an engine failure.

    In 69 the car was sold (or hired) to Marcel Martin and was entered again in the Montlhéry Coupes de vitesse (10th) , then at the ACIF Grand Prix (7th). The car qualified for the Le Mans 24Hours 1969 with number 63, driven by Mazzia and Mauroy but was forced to rest after a gearbox failure. The car was entered at the 1000 km de Paris in september, made the best lap time in the GT category and finished 15th again with Mazzia-Mauroy. Its last appearance as a pure-bread is dated 1970 at the Coupes de l’ ACIF, again in Montlhéry (finished 10th overall)

    This historic major car is currently undergoing a complete restoration. A comprehensive file of more than 300 pictures will be available to certify the comprehensive and professional process. It was an emotion to rediscover when the car was stripped out some of the traces of its racing career, like the very “Le Mans” number-lights holes on the doors and of course all the original numberings on the body, including the matching body-shell “secret” number.

    This car will of course be eligible to all lajor international events like Le Mans Classic, Tour Auto etc..An homologated FIA roll cage will be fitted, same as other current racing safety equipments. A 2L twin plugs Carrea 6 engine with Weber 46 carbs will give to this fantastic car all of its former glory and voice !

    Clearly a grail for an early eleven discerning collector.
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    911 S 1967 and ...

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    400$ ??? sorry, much, much more...
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    Talking

    But is it in the right hands? I mean will the people restoring it know how to do it properly, like this 911R restored for the Collier museum:
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    Wow!
    This is a wonderful car. A favorite Le Mans 911 of mine

    11820807

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    Makes me happy camper reading this......Jezebel, Sonauto....my car came two numbers appart xxx05; xxx07; xxx09 . Funny thing xxx07 came out of line apr.04th. When xxx05 only Apr.26th ?
    Options are different though too.


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    This racing history is fascinating. What is the best read which covers this Porsche rally period?

    Very exciting.

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    thanks for posting this...........however I am confused about some of the details shown in the "for sale" claims.

    As you are on the ground and have a lot of connections in this area maybe you (or someone else) may enlighten me.

    Many (but not all) of the records (such as schlegelmilch photo site) I have seen so far suggest that the #44 car at Le Mans in 1968 was the other Sonauto car, 118 20 779, registered as 3652 VA 75 not #807. Of course all of the records are subject to errors, and even if the data was taken from original entry sheets the fact that Sonauto had 2 similar looking cars and the race was delayed that year may mean that the entry sheet showed one car and the other actually competed.

    I know that #779 is in Belgium and still competes in some historic events. I thought the record ascribed to that car is 1968 LM car #44, 1969 LM car #40; 1969 TdF car #121 and 1970 TdF car #123.

    If #807 really was the #44 car I want to correct my records, so it would be good to know one way or the other.
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    Hello HughH, glad that you like it ;-)

    I like cars they tell a Story, and this one does...
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    Methinks he missed your question, Hugh
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