1981 Porsche 924 GTR

Estimate: $250,000 - $300,000
SOLD $220,000
Chassis: 924-004 (Holbert)
*Please note that this vehicle is sold on a Bill of Sale. Please also note that, according to Holbert Racing team member Paul Weinberger, the racing history of this car also includes 6 races during the 1981 Trans-Am season when it was driven by Al Holbert and Doc Bundy. A complete racing history can be viewed in The Archives or by contacting a Specialist.

One of Just Six Holbert-Built 924 GTRs
Impressive Race History Including the 24 Hours of Daytona
Driven by Al Holbert, Doc Bundy, Hurley Haywood, and Elliot Forbes-Robinson
Restored, Actively Used, and Well Maintained
Eye-Catching and Era-Correct Löwenbräu Livery

1,984 CC SOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
Single KKK Turbocharger
Estimated 400 HP at 7,000 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
Independent Front Suspension with MacPherson Struts
Independent Rear Suspension with Coil-Over Shock Absorbers

PROVENANCE
Holbert Racing (built car from new Porsche tub)
Bruce Leven (acquired from the above in 1982)
John Schneider (acquired from the above in 1983)
Bob Bergstrom (acquired from the above circa 1986)
Charles Price (acquired from the above)
Larry Volumn (acquired from the above in 1995)
Current Owner (acquired from the above)

RACE HISTORY
Trans-Am Charlotte, May 1981, Holbert, No. 14 (28th Overall)
Trans-Am Portland, June 1981, Bundy, No. 14 (22nd Overall)
Trans-Am Lime Rock, July 1981, Bundy, No. 14 (3rd Overall)
Trans-Am Road America, July 1981, Bundy, No. 14 (39th Overall)
Trans-Am Trois-Rivieres, September 1981, Bundy, No. 14 (27th Overall)
Trans-Am Mosport, September 1981, Bundy, No. 14 (2nd Overall)
Trans-Am Laguna Seca, October 1981, Hurley Haywood, No. 88 (6th Overall)
Trans-Am Sears Point, June 1982, Hurley Haywood, No. 86 (21st Overall)
Trans-Am Portland, June 1982, Hurley Haywood, No. 84 (25th Overall)
Trans-Am Laguna Seca, June 1982, Hurley Haywood, No. 84 (23rd Overall)
Trans-Am Kent, July 1982, Hurley Haywood, No. 84 (19th Overall)
Trans-Am Road Atlanta, 1982, Hurley Haywood, No. 84 (25th Overall)
Daytona 3 Hours Camel GT, November 1983, Schneider and Leven, No. 87 (13th Overall, 1st in Class)
Daytona 24 Hours, February 1984, Forbes-Robinson, Schneider, and Williams, No. 87 (21st Overall, 5th in Class)
Sebring 12 Hours, March 1984, Forbes-Robinson and Schneider, No. 87 (DNF)
Road Atlanta 500 Km, April 1984, Schneider and Forbes-Robinson, No. 87 (DNF)
Riverside 6 Hours, April 1984, Schneider and Forbes-Robinson, No. 87 (9th Overall, 1st in Class)
Laguna Seca IMSA GTO, May 1984, Schneider, No. 87 (15th Overall)
Watkins Glen 6 Hours, July 1984, Schneider and Forbes-Robinson, No. 87 (7th Overall, 1st in Class)
Portland IMSA GTU, July 1984, Schneider, No. 87 (5th Overall, 5th in Class)
Sears Point IMSA GT, August 1984, Schneider, No. 87 (DNF)
Road America 500 Miles, August 1984, Schneider, No. 87 (24th Overall)
Pocono 500 Km, September 1984, Schneider and Forbes-Robinson, No. 87 (12th Overall, 1st in Class)
IMSA GTU Michigan, September 1984, Schneider, No. 87 (DNF)
Watkins Glen 500 Km, September 1984, Schneider and Forbes-Robinson, No. 87 (12th Overall, 2nd in Class)
Daytona 3 Hours, November 1984, Forbes-Robinson and Schneider, No. 87 (14th Overall, 1st in Class)
Daytona 24 Hours, February 1985, Forbes-Robinson, Schneider, and Istook, No. 87 (DNF)
Trans-Am Firebird, April 1985, Schneider, No. 65 (DNF)
Trans-Am Sears Point, June 1985, Schneider, No. 66 (DNF)
Trans-Am Portland, June 1985, Schneider, No. 66 (DNF)
Trans-Am Detroit, June 1985, Schneider, No. 66 (8th Overall)
Trans-Am Road America, August 1985, Schneider, No. 66 (9th Overall)
Trans-Am Lime Rock, August 1985, Schneider, No. 66 (DNF)
Trans-Am Watkins Glen, August 1985, Schneider, No. 66 (DNF)
Trans-Am Trois-Rivières, September 1985, Schneider, No. 66 (10th Overall)
Trans-Am Mosport, September 1985, Schneider, No. 66 (DNF)
Trans-Am St. Louis, September 1985, Schneider, No. 66 (DNF)
Trans-Am Sears Point, September 1985, Schneider, No. 66 (DNF)
Daytona 3 Hours, December 1985, Schneider, No. 06 (DNF)

THIS CAR
The late 1970s and early 1980s saw a new chapter unfold at Porsche Motorsports. Though the company had plenty of success with its 911-based racing cars, the introduction of the front-engine, water-cooled 924 model signaled something new on the racing scene. Starting with the well-balanced chassis of the 924, Porsche fortified the car for race duty, resulting in the 924 Carrera GTR. With 400-plus hp from its turbocharged inline four tasked with propelling only about 2,000 lbs. and huge fender flares covering massive center-lock BBS wheels, the 924 GTR was ready to tear up the track. The company built 17 examples, nine of which were raced at Le Mans.

Following Porsche’s lead, Al Holbert built six 924 GTR racers of his own, using bodies and racing components from Porsche Motorsports. These GTRs initially participated in the IMSA and Trans Am series. As with the factory-built 924 GTRs, Holbert’s were serious racing machines.

The 924 GTR offered here is Holbert chassis 924-004 and is a semi-tube frame design. The colorful history of 004 includes legends Hurley Haywood and Elliott Forbes-Robinson among its list of drivers. Bayside Racing took ownership of the car from Holbert in 1982, and the Porsche was subsequently set up to race in the IMSA Camel GT, GTO, and GTU series. At one point, the GTR’s 2.0-liter Audi-derived engine reportedly cranked out an estimated 600 hp, and the car was – as then-crew chief Don Istook stated – a “rocket” that set several track records.

In addition to racing at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, this car’s impressive highlights include finishing second in points in the 1984 GTU championship. Based on race results detailed in the included book The Porsche 924 Carreras: Evolution to Excellence by Roy P. Smith, this car is among the most successful Porsche 924 GTRs in American racing history.

This thoroughbred was retired after 1986 and restored by Speed Sports in Milwaukie, Oregon, in 2014 to its current specification, in which it wears the handsome Löwenbräu livery. The latter harkens to the car’s glory days of 1984 to 1985, when Elliott Forbes-Robinson and John Schneider raced it during its most successful period. More recent years have seen 004 participate in the Rennsport Reunion V as well as various HMSA and SVRA events. The car has been carefully and professionally maintained by Competition Touring Cars in Sonoma, California, including a recent replacement of the timing belt and tensioner, intercooler, and nut-and-bolt race prep. The car comes complete with a comprehensive spares package.

Given its exciting provenance, eligibility for events such as Le Mans Classique, and well-maintained condition, this 924 GTR presents a rare opportunity to acquire an important and thrilling piece of racing history.


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