No other car encapsulates the craziness of Group B better than the 1985 S1 E2 Quattro. It wasn’t the most successful or the most technically outrageous. But with its wild spoilers, all-wheel drive and massive power outputs it would have seemed as otherworldly to a rally fan teleported 10 years into the future from 1975 as zero-emissions cars like the Rimac Nevera and E-Legend EL1 would have seemed to us at the launch of the Nissan Leaf a decade ago.
Engine 6-cyl, 3456cc, supercharged
Transmission 6-speed man /6-speed-auto
Max Power 400bhp @ 7000rpm(est)
Max Torque 315lbft @ 3500rpm(est)
0-62mph 4.0sec (est)
Top speed 180mph(est)
Price in UK £70,000+
People often wonder what lasting effects the internet will have on the world. Well, here’s a car and a story that would never have happened without Google. Not so long ago, Stanislav Chavik was an anonymous welder and panel beater, spending long days in a little shop in the eastern Czech Republic customising motorcycles and hammering out Wartburg fenders and dreaming of life in the California sun. Today, Chavik wakes up every morning in the actual sunshine of Southern California and spends all day building exquisite hot rods for a line of cashed-up clientele who aren’t afraid of dropping a couple of hundred grand on a Hot-Rod Chavik USA custom build. ‘It is like God opened a gate,’ says Stanislav, who now calls himself Stanley. And it all started with a dilapidated 1939 Buick and an internet connection.
-One of 449 US Model 911 L Coupes built.
-One of 22 factory-built in 1968 with significant rally options.
-Fully documented history, including original window sticker.
-FIVA Certified and Shown at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering.
This Porsche 911 L is one of 449 L models built and one of just 22 911s built in 1968 with enough rally options to be considered an actual factory-built "rally car." While rally is a broad term, it is used to identify sports purpose and competition options. This car was ordered new by twenty-nine-year-old Ernest Messenger from the Porsche dealer in Manhasset Long Island. His intention for this 911 was to build a car that could be used in rally racing on gravel, dirt, and snow. To this end, he specified an engine compartment light, traveling kit, traveling kit – special tool and parts, quartz fog light, roll bar, limited-slip differential, and full underside protection via stone guards for the steering unit, fuel tank, engine crankcase, and transmission.
Mr. Messenger flew to Germany, toured the factory, and took delivery of his new car on May 31, 1968. From there, he drove it around Germany, Switzerland, and Austria before shipping it home. Shortly after the car arrived in New York, Mr. Messenger realized that his new 911 was just too expensive to enter in rally competition as he had initially planned. Instead, he used it sparingly on paved roads in the Northeast until he sold it in 1985.
1966 Porsche 912 Coupe
• Completed December 17, 1965
• 1 owner for 45 years
• Original window sticker & warranty book
Originally delivered to the first owner, Barbara Foster, by Freeway Volkswagen Inc. in Seattle, Washington on April 20th, 1966. Under Mrs. Foster's ownership, from 1966-2011, the 912 was primarily serviced by Aker's Porsche repair in Seattle, Washington and by several other surrounding shops in the Seattle area with service records including a full engine rebuild in 1985. The first owner worked with the same mechanics for four decades and we have complete maintenance records back to the 1960s.
In 2012, Mr. Speare took ownership of the 912 and enjoyed the vehicle for a year before selling the vehicle to the 3rd owner. Records indicate that Mr. Krone took possession of the vehicle in late 2013 and it was not in need of much work. Krone took a road trip from Seattle back to his residence in the San Francisco area driving 1,000 miles without any issues. In 2014, Mr. Krone, had Autobahn Interior's reupholster the 912 with black German square weave carpets, new floor insulation, trunk carpet set, and re-built the front seats. Over the next two years, Mr. Krone also had upgrades done with, The Stable Porsche repair in San Francisco, California, which included: a rebuilt distributor, a new master cylinder, a rebuilt starter, a new fan belt, a new fuel filter, hoses, rebuilt Solex carburetors, and a new fuel sender. After years of enjoyment, the time came to move on and let someone else have the chance to appreciate this 912. Highly admired by Krone, he prefers the 912 over an early 911. His reasoning is that he has previously owned several 911's and he says nothing compares to the handling & drivability of this 912.