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Motorsport Monday: 1968 Porsche 912 Rally

There are few things to me that are quite as cool as the factory rally cars. For a long period of time – indeed, until the mid 1980s, works rally cars really differed very little from the production cars. Compared to their track-racing equivalents, there was something more realistic about rally cars compared to the quite extreme measures manufacturers went through to make circuit cars. Perhaps part of that nature was because the big money wasn’t really in the rally scene until much more recently, but whatever the cause you got plenty of action from cars that you could conceivably buy, modify and race. While in many ways a bit of an unlikely candidate, Porsche actually managed to front several cars up through and into the 1980s in World Rally Championship events, but many more were entered by privateers. Such is the case with today’s rally find, a 1968 Porsche 912:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1968 Porsche 912 Rally on Pelican Parts

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Motorsport Monday: 034 Motorsports GTI RS

Being a fan of older Audis – and owning one – I’ve followed with much excitement the development of a small California-based tuning firm called 034 Motorsports. 034 – a reference to the 5-cylinder Audi motor part numbers – has taken a niche community and turned it into a flowering business. Initially starting with turbo modifications to the older 5 cylinder cars, the folks that make up the brain trust at 034 created some legendary Audis – most notable, the 1,000 horsepower turbocharged 80 quattro. But the reality is that these now 25 year old cars make up a very small percentage of the tuning market, so 034 turned to the much more popular A4 and Volkswagen GTi crowds, creating two stunning cars in the process. Less spectacular but stunningly effective was the A4 Time Attack car which went through several different engine configurations; but much more notable and impressive is what 034 attempted next; mid-mounting a V6 turbo into a 2001 GTi. The results are nothing short of stunning:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Volkswagen GTi-RS on eBay

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Week In Review

Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:

The 1987 Audi 4000CS Quattro did not meet its reserve with a final bid of $6,766.66: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

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1986 Porsche 944 Rothmans Cup

If you don’t know about the Rothmans Cup 944s, you’d be not the only one. As one of the lesser known single-make race series from the 1980s, the Canada-only Rothmans Cup series didn’t have the flashiest, fastest cars on the planet. It wasn’t even as crazy as the later Turbo cup, where the cars had magnesium and unobtanium bits. No, what the Rothmans Cup was all about was the bare-bones racing. Some of the best drivers in the world signed up, proving the idea was a good one – and the sealed motors ensured a level playing field. It was all about the driving! To help a bit though, the Rothmans cars were stripped to the bones; no A/C, no power steering, no sunroof – and they were beefed up with the M474 Koni suspension and M220 limited slip differential. This isn’t the first time I’ve written up a 944 Rothmans car, as last year we saw a Rothmans Cup in need of a restoration that had trouble trading hands. In much better overall shape and ready to race, this car looks splendid in its original colors:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 944 Rothmans Cup on eBay

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Belated Motorsport Monday: 1973 BMW CSL Race Car

One of the best ways to get into a classic race car is to buy a fully built replica. While everyone really wants the real deal, no one wants to step up to pay the bills; and even if you did, would you really have the serious coin necessary to race a near priceless original race car to the max? While undertaking one of these race replica projects can be entertaining to say the least, more often than not the best way to get into one of these cars is to buy one that’s done. Today’s CSL replica is no stranger to the interweb faithful; it’s been featured on sites such as Bring A Trailer multiple times, and it’s up for sale again. In one of the most recognizable liveries run on German cars from the 1970s, sit back and soak up this awesome visual feast:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 BMW CSL on eBay

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