50 Years of 911 Featured at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s
By Fred Young and Dave Renner. Photos by Ray Massa
The 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911 in 2013 is a monumental occasion for Porsche aficionados.On July 28, 2013 the Concours d”Elegance of America held at the Inn at St Johns in Plymouth, MI honored the occasion by creating a special exhibit showing the chronology of 911s from 1964 to the present. This Concours is one of the premier shows in the U.S. with 375 of the world’s greatest autos displayed and viewed by over 10,000 spectators. In addition to the Sunday Concours, weekend activities included a classic car driving tour and car show in Novi, MI featuring some of the vehicles to be entered in the Concours ; a RM high line and classic car auction; a world class art exhibit; as well as several seminars and banquets.
In recognition of the 50 anniversary, twenty-three various types of 911’s were selected by SEM’s Dave Renner, were various types of 911’s for the special exhibit. Eight of the cars were displayed by SEM members. The 911’s were divided into two categories: Early 1963-1978 and Late 1979-2013, with Trophy Winner’s receiving the Lion Class Award, a beautiful marble based trophy with a cloisonné event badge and a statue of a lion atop. In addition PNCA brought a prototype of the special anniversary edition 911/50 . Following are the 911’s displayed in the exhibit.
1963 901 Prototype Coupe – Red
First Place Winner of the Early 911 Class. Barbarossa, as the 911 was known to the engineers, is the only survivor of the 13 Pre-production prototypes built. #31332 is the oldest existing 911 Porsche.
1964 901 Targa/Cabrio Prototype – Red. The first “open” 901 prototype, it is one of two remaining 901 prototypes. Butzi Porsche’s new open air design was approved February 1965 and the production model name become known as the Targa. This 901 has not been altered from the way it left the Factory and it was equipped with prototype Fuchs alloy wheels and other 911S model equipment.
1966 911 Coupe – Champagne Yellow
A first generation 911, former SEM president, Bill Lovett is the third owner of this magnificent Porsche, acquiring the car in 1976 with only,36,000 miles. The 911 now has 102,000 miles as Bill has driven this Porsche to 25 states and 5 provinces to participate in ten different PCA Parades across the country.
1967 911S Coupe – Polo Red
Mckeel Hagerty of Western Michigan Region. Another first generation 911, this is McKeel’s first car. McKeel did all the work himself under his Dad’s watchful eye and the total restoration cost less than $2,500 about 32 years ago. After 25 years of enjoyment, another complete restoration was performed to bring the 911 back to its original condition.
1970 911S Coupe – Signal Yellow An Event Trophy Winner. The current owner found this 911S in 2010; the engine had not been cranked since 1996, the tires had rotted, and squirrels even built nests in the engine compartment. The Brumos Motor Car Companies of Jacksonville did a complete rotisserie restoration of this true “Barn Queen”.
1970 911S R-Gruppe Coupe – Grand Prix White
Rick Riley of Western Michigan Region. The car represents a combination of the reduced weight of a 911-R and the power of a 2.7 911 Carrera RS. It has a fiberglass hood, front fenders, doors, aluminum engine lid and Lexan windows and a custom roll cage. The current curb weight is 1,800lbs dry and with 2.7 liter mechanically injected twin plug engine it produces 250 hp.
1972 911 Coupe – Yellow – RSR Tribute
Peter Maehling of Rallye Sport Region. A racing version of a first generation 911, this 2.8 Liter 911 has participated in the Porsche Rennsport Reunion II at Daytona in 2004, and to date it has raced at 13 different tracks. In 2011, it was the “poster car” for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and it is the current Porsche lap record holder at that event.
1973 911E Targa – Emerald (Viper) Green
Joel Topf of SEM showed his first generation Targa model. This 1973 911E was produced during the last year of the long nose 911s. The interior has the Hounds Tooth (Pepita) seat inserts that were available with the standard leatherette interior.
1977 934.5 Brumos Porsche Trans Am – White
An Event Trophy Winner. In 1977, Porsche built only ten 934.5s. This one, the famous number 59 Brumos car, is the second of the series. Peter Gregg campaigned it in the 1977 SCCA Trans Am Series and he won the Series with 8 first place finishes. It was raced by another driver in 1977 and 1978. and was then sold to two Southern California owners and stored out of public view for 25 years before being acquired by the present owner.
1979 911SC Coupe – Mercedes-Benz “Deep Green” #825
Dr. Peter Heydon of SEM ordered this second generation 911 from Fred Lavery Porsche in 1978. Special options included color to sample, full black leather interior, air conditioning, power windows, rear window wiper, cruise control, heated exterior mirrors, fog lights and Bilstein shock absorbers.
1985 911/640 Speedster/Cabrio Prototype – Guards Red
Rick Riley of the Western Michigan Region. This second generation 911 is a prototype of the “Speedster concept”. A U.S. version 1985 911 Factory Turbo Look Cabriolet was “taken” from the new car assembly area and delivered to the Special Wish Department for modification into the Speedster prototype. in 1989 a limited number of 911 Speedsters were offered for sale.
1986 911 Carrera Coupe M491 – Marble Gray
David and Christine Renner of SEM Region. A European version 1986 3.2 Carrera that features the M491 option also known as a “Factory Turbo-Look”. This 911 was imported by the current owner and it was shipped to the Port of Detroit arriving March,1986. A Gray Green Full Leather Interior features many Sonderwunsch “Special Wishes” Porsche Exclusive options including specially stitched and leather trimmed surfaces.
1988 959 Coupe – Black Metallic
Ken Ligenfelter of SEM was the First Place Winner of the Late 911 Class. When introduced the 959 was the world’s fastest street-legal production car, boasting a top speed of 195 mph, and 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. This 959 is a “Komfort” version that was Federalized for the U.S. market by Canepa Design. Modifications by Canepa to the twin sequential turbocharged six-cylinder boxer engine raised the total power output to 570 hp.
1988 911 Carrera Cabrio – Nougat Brown Metallic
Bob and Marilyn Amano of SEM Region. A second generation 911 – the G-Series is painted in the unique and rare color combination of Nougat Brown Metallic with Mahogany Partial Leather Interior and top. This 911 Carrera was special ordered and it currently has 25,000 original miles. This 911 Carrera has participated in nine different PCA Parades across the country
1992 964 America Roadster – Raspberry Red Metallic
Patricia and Philip Kubik of SEM Region. Only 250 of these America Roadsters were made between 1992 and 1993. This 911 is one of four Factory Turbo Look Cabriolets painted in the unique and rare color of Raspberry Red Metallic with Raspberry Full Leather Interior and a special matching Leather “Boot Cover”. It was special ordered and currently has 1,200 original miles.
1996 993 Targa – Arctic Silver Metallic
Ray Massa of SEM Region was an Event Trophy Winner. A fourth generation 911, this 993 is the last of the air-cooled 911s. The Targa body style is unique with an electric glass sliding roof. The car came from the Factory with the Advanced Technic option. After 10 years of ownership this 911 has just over 46,000 miles.
2002 996 Coupe – Guards Red
Fred and Kathy Young of SEM Region. A fifth generation 911, designated as the 996 model, this is the first truly all new 911, sharing no body panels, underbody or mechanical bits with previous 911s. This 996 model has a 3.6 litre engine and is capable of 4.9 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and has a 177 mph top speed.
2008 997 Turbo Cabrio – Dark Blue Metallic
Suzanne Gilson of SEM Region. The 997 Porsche is a sixth generation example of the 911. The Turbo, introduced in May 2007, became one of the fastest sport convertibles in production, capable of 0 – 62 mph acceleration in 3.2 seconds.
2011 997 GT3 RS 4.0 Coupe – Carrera White
Darren Draves of the Western Michigan Region was an Event Trophy Winner. The 4.0-liter engine, features the highest per-liter output — 125 horsepower per liter — from a naturally aspirated flat-six engine with 500 hp at 8,250 rpm, a top speed of 193 mph. Only 600 GT3 RS 4.0 were produced, this is # 475 of 600, only 124 were built for U.S.
2013 Porsche 991 Carrera Coupe – Guards Red
Eitel Dahm’s Porsche of the Motor City dealership displayed this seventh generation 911 known as the 991. Even after 50 years, the 911 family resemblance still exists. The Guards Red example featured the Factory optional SportDesign Package with a “ducktail rear spoiler” that we all recognize from classic 1973 911 Carrera RS.
In the “Racing Through the Ages” category ( a variety of manufacturers), the 1966 Porsche 906 LeMans race car owned by Millbrook Motorcars was selected Best in Class.. SEM’s Alex Pollock’s silver Porsche 904 was also a trophy winner .
In short, the 2013 Concours was a great show which gave it’s proper due to the magnificent 911. We want to thank both Porsche of the Motor City and Porsche of Farmington Hills for the supporting the concours.