1986 Porsche 944 GTR

Let me get this out of the way first – the asking price of this 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo is $120,000. There, I said it. If you’re still reading, you’re either intrigued or horrified. In either case, the next set of numbers is equally staggering – 650 hp and 2300 lbs. Still reading? How about this – they only made seven of them. You thought the 962 was rare? Nope, they made over 90 of those. The 917? Wrong again, with somewhere around 65 of those made. Allow me to introduce what many consider to be the ultimate front engine Porsche – the 944 GTR.

A little background history – the 944 evolved through the racing program of the 924 – and specifically, the 924 Carrera GT, GTS, and GTR. In the early 1980s, these cars dominated their classes in IMSA racing. In 1981, Porsche Motorsports built a highly evolved version of the 924 GTR called the 924GTP or 944GTP Le Mans, which finished 7th overall at Le Mans sporting a newly developed 2.5 liter motor which would be, in part, the basis for the road going 944. At the same time, the U.S. based Fabcar run by Dave Klym had modified some winning Porsches for Paul Miller and Bob Akin. Al Holbert, who was head of Porsche Motorsports North America, contracted Klym to make a new evolution of the 944 which would be called the 944 GTR. Below is a development photo from Fabcar and not the actual car listed:

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Unlike its predecessors, the 944 GTR was a tube frame race car, meaning it had no connection to the road car. Brakes and wheels from a 962 were fitted, and the 944 GTR received a specially developed all aluminum 2.5 liter turbo under its silhouette body. The early 2.0 and 2.5 liter turbos had developed between 250 and 450 horsepower; the new unit in the GTR developed between 525 to 650 hp. Here is a photo, again from Fabcar, of the development motor:

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A veritable who’s who of Porsche motorsports history worked on these cars, including McLaren and Andial. Slated to race in both the SCCA Trans Am series and IMSA GTO, the GTR achieved moderate success but ultimately fell victim to bad timing and a lack of funding following the death of Holbert. Despite this, they were the fastest front engine Porsches ever raced. The cars were sold off to private parties, which is how this one comes up for sale today:

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Year: 1986
Model: 944 GTR
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: Miles unknown
Price: 120,000

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1986 Porsche 944 GTR turbo race car chassis # 2 of only seven built for trans am at Fabcar. 650 hp engine full tube frame with Hewland 5 speed gearbox.This car is race ready to race in PCA, HSR and SVRA. 3 sets BBS wheels and spares package. 770-596-4844

The listing is lacking many details that would be really helpful in a purchase of this magnitude. Many of these cars were modified after their initial launch so it’s difficult to say if it retains the original – and very valuable – all aluminum engine, or what race history it has had. It also seems to sport a different nose than the original cars had, hinting at some body damage. Obviously, a thorough pre-purchase inspection by a knowledgeable race shop would be a must if you were serious about buying it.

In terms of value, Carrera GTS and GTR values are typically at or above this level, and the purchase price is a fraction of what it cost to develop these cars originally, but judging race car values depends in large amount on the race history and condition. Running this car on track – where it deserves to be – would certainly be an expensive proposition, but I would estimate running costs to be roughly on par with a 996 or 997 GT3 Cup Car, for example. That’s rarefied air for sure, but you would own a really unique piece of automotive history that would be as welcome at a Porsche Club car show as it would be at historical races.

-Carter

1993 Firehawk Porsche 968

We haven’t featured a race car at GCFSB since the summer, so it’s about time we start throwing more competition vehicles into the mix. Given that the holidays are upon us, I’m sure many of you are making a list and checking it twice. I’m not making a list myself, but there’s one list that I’m a fan of year round: Rennlist. The perfect place to scour for gift ideas for that special Porsche enthusaist in your life.

It might be a stretch for a gift, but this Porsche 968 for sale in New Jersey was a part of the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship, a race series limited to vehicles currently available in the showroom. Noted for their superb balance, the 968 was highly successful in this race series. This car, built in 1993, is not a recreation and has had a number of maintenance items addressed as of late.

1993 Firehawk Porsche 968 on Rennlist

Year: 1993
Make: Porsche
Model: 968
Mileage: 24,000
Color: Blue
Price: $32,000
Transmission Type: Manual – 6 speed

Selling an authentic 1993 Porsche Firehawk 968. I’ve owned since 2003 and have over $85,000 in receipts to indicate the level of detail in maintenance and enhancements since purchase. This car was built by Dave White in 1993 to compete in the IMSA Firestone supported Firehawk series. The cage has the original IMSA stickers still in place. This is not a replica Firehawk that you see at the track periodically.

Currently configured for PCA SP3 or F Stock. This car has been exquisitely maintained by Precision Motorsport Racing in Califon NJ since purchase in 2003. All fluids changed after every race weekend. Corner weighted and balanced at least 3 times per season to optimize dialing in of suspension. Have all the spec sheets. Wired for cool shirt and helmet and radio.

Outline of major work done

Within the last 3 years:

Complete engine rebuild by Michael Mount with the best of everything. Approximately 25 hours since the rebuild.
Guards LSD
Moton Club Sports – 600lb front / 250lb rear spring set up
Clutch
Starter
Alternator
Power steering rack and pump
Borla exhaust
Battery
Replaced Fab A-Arm pins
Solid suspension bushings throughout
New window net
Schroth belts
Updated fire system
Belts
18 inch Enkei wheels

Within the last year:

New front rotors and calipers
New rear rotors
New Master Cylinder
Front hubs (Racers Edge)
Rear axles
Control arm pin servicing
Polybronze bearings & rear spring plates

Competition cars are a bit more complex than street machines when it comes to placing a value on them. A lot of variables come into play, such as the series the car was raced in, how many races it won, who drove it, who built it…well, you get the idea. Just like a road car, though, provenance and history are everything. While an eye watering amount has been spent on maintenance, this is par for the course with race vehicles. They are much more needy and run through parts and wear items more rapidly than your daily driver.

Similar to customized hot rods, owners of competition vehicles usually take a loss when it comes time to sell. While it may not bring $32,000, I’d wager to say that someone might snap this 968 up for close to the asking price, as it would be tough to recreate this at this price. Being an original vehicle from this endurance race series makes for a great conversation piece in the pit lane, as well.

-Paul

There are 4 IMSA Porsches for sale on eBay

You’ve seen some of these before, but I thought I’d group them together here. Want to start a new race team? Pick and choose which one of these big time Porsches suit your needs. You can just imagine the sound of the turbos spooling up and picture the flames shooting out the exhaust on these bad boys. All come with race history.

Same owner as the 1981, maybe get a deal if you buy them both. Note the other cars in the background of the photos.

The bargain of the bunch.

4 pictures of each below in the same order as above.

~Evan