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In 1968, Porsche developed a lightweight, racing 911 L specially fitted with the 9552 Rally Kit option to answer the influx of requests for a competition model. Factory records indicate 28 such cars may have been built; although, today, just nine of these special 911 Ls are recorded with fewer thought to remain. Given their purposed build, several of the cars stayed in Europe to be used in rally events, while a believed 15 were delivered to US customers for racing in Trans Am and SCCA competition.
Each of these competition 911 Ls was a European-specification L model outfitted with the high-performance 901/30 engine, a roll bar, a limited-slip differential, lowered Koni suspension, a leather-covered steering wheel, and “Porsche” rocker script. Furthermore, the cars were void of sound deadening and undercoating and were otherwise trimmed like a 912. Final delivery specifications varied from car to car, based on expected use and, ultimately, the buyer’s requests.
As confirmed by a copy of the Kardex, this 911 L, chassis no. 11810514, was one of the few cars specially built with the 901/30 engine (motor 3880016) in rally specification. Further specified in Tangerine 6809, the competition 911L was specified for delivery to VW-Auto-OY in Helsinki, Finland, for final delivery to Antti Aarnio-Wihuri, well known as the principle of AAW Racing Team.
Antti Aarnio-Wihuri and his Finnish team were incredibly successful in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a handful of Porsche 911s as well as prototype Porsches, having raced a 906, 908, as well as a 917 Spyder and 917/10. Although the team was comprised of several talented drivers, Leo Kinnunen is perhaps best known for his efforts for the Gulf 917 team, including an outright win at the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona.
During the team’s tenure, it is believed that they competed with as many as three different 911s, including this particular 911 L rally car. While a full race record does not exist, and records show the car entered as a 911 S, the AAW 911L saw its first competitive outing at the 1969 Tunturi Ralli in Finland, where Aarnio-Wihuri and Urpo Vihervaara finished 11th overall. The car was then driven in the Porvoon Ralli by Kinnunen, followed by the 1969 Sadan Auton Ajot, where it earned a 5th overall and a class victory. The exact result was then repeated at the Helsingin Vauhtikisat and the Juhannus Ajot. The 911 L then competed in the Nordic Challenge Cup, where it won 3rd overall and 1st in Class. In 1970, the 911 returned to the Tunturi Ralli achieving 11th overall and 1st in Class. Finally, in the Keimola 500, its last known competitive outing, the Porsche was driven to a 66th Place result.
After an extensive and successful rally career, the 911 remained unknown for decades until resurfacing in Finland in recent years. Found to be in unrestored condition, the Porsche proved an exceptional discovery as one of the rare and genuine 911 L factory-prepared rally cars.
After recent import to the US, the 911 L is presented here today in largely as-found condition. Having long since lost its original engine, the current owner rebuilt the 2.0-liter 911 S engine that was found disassembled with the car bringing the Porsche to operating order. The interior remains original, including the proper sport seats and roll bar. The exterior exhibits fantastic patina, as one would expect of a barn-find rally car. The chassis and body present straight, with the expected surface corrosion visible in the usual areas. The numerous layers of paint touch ups showcase the car’s original competitive purpose and the battle scars from its success.
Presented in its period livery, complete with a dash-mounted rally timer, hood-mounted driving lamps, as well as Shell, Michelin, and Pall Mall sponsorship, this Porsche’s patina only further enhances its incredibly cool appearance. Without question a remarkable find, this rare and significant 911 L is surely one of the more compelling 911s to come to market in years.