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Kannacher GT Racing, Krefeld, Germany (acquired new in 1976)Kremer Racing, Köln, Germany (acquired from the above in 1977)Victor Wilson Ltd., Edinburgh, Scotland (acquired by 1982)Elias Gunnell III, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (acquired from the above in 1982)Current Owner (acquired from the estate of the above in 2003)The First Example Built Delivered New to Jürgen Kannacher | Raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979
Zolder Bergischer Löwe, March 1976, Kannacher, No. 319 (3rd Overall)Nürburgring 300 Km, April 1976, Bertrams, No. 56 (9th Overall)DRM Hockenheim, April 1976, Kannacher, No. 936 (3rd Overall)Flugplatzrennen Sylt, April 1976, Kannacher, No. 103 (6th in Heat 1, 8th in Heat 2)DRM Nürburgring Eifelrennen, May 1976, Kannacher, No. 8 (DNF)DRM Flugplatzrennen Mainz-Finthen, May 1976, Kannacher, No. 19 (14th Overall)Nürburgring 1000 Km, May 1976, Van Lennep/Bertrams, No. 3 (5th Overall)European GT Championship Zeltweg, June 1976, Bertrams (3rd Overall)DRM Hockenheim Rhein-Pokal-Rennen, June 1976, Bertrams, No. 10 (5th Overall)European GT Championship Norisring, June 1976, Bertrams, No. 9 (DNF)DRM Norisring, June 1976, Bertrams, No. 9 (DNF)DRM Flugplatzrennen Diepholz, July 1976, Bertrams, No. 6 (6th Overall)DRM Nürburgring Rheinland-Pfalz Preis, August 1976, Bertrams, No. 5 (3rd Overall)DRM Kassel-Calden, August 1976, Stocks, No. 17 (6th Overall)DRM Hockenheim Preis der Nationen, August 1976, Bertrams, No. 107 (3rd Overall)ADAC Flugplatzrennen Sylt, April 1977, Winter (3rd Overall)Flugplatzrennen Diepholz, May 1977, Winter (3rd Overall)Flugplatzrennen Diepholz, July 1977, Winter, No. 266 (2nd Overall)Flugplatzrennen Mainz-Finthen, August 1977, Winter (2nd Overall)Flugplatzrennen Kassel-Calden, August 1977, Winter, No. 123 (2nd Overall)Flugplatzrennen Ulm-Mengen, September 1977, WinterJoisten Trophy Zolder, October 1977, Winter, No. 35 (3rd Overall)Rheintal Hockenheim, November 1977, Winter (3rd Overall)24 Hours of Le Mans, June 1979, Verney/Bardinon/Metge, No. 84 (3rd in Class, 19th Overall)
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, 1999
The early 1970s marked the culmination of Porsche’s dominance in the prototype era and the beginning of a factory-supported GT racing program based on the 911 platform. In 1973, the new Carrera RSR 2.8 dominated its class and won the Targa Florio outright, defeating factory-entered sports racing prototypes. The following year, an experimental 2.1-liter RSR Turbo entered by the Porsche factory team placed a remarkable 2nd Overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. These successes led Porsche to develop two new state-of-the-art 911-based racing cars to compete in the FIA world championship: the 934 and 935.
Introduced for the 1976 season, the 934 was Porsche’s highly anticipated Group 4 GT racing variant of the all-new turbocharged 930 – a factory-built racing machine that maintained close ties to its road car counterpart. On the surface, the 934 retained much of the classic 3.0 Turbo form, though it featured riveted GRP fender flares, a prominent front air dam, and center-lock BBS wheels. Under the skin, Porsche’s latest production-based racer was a carefully engineered thoroughbred. Equipped with 917-type disc brakes, rear coil-spring suspension, a full-aluminum roll cage, and a turbocharged flat-six producing 485 hp, the 934 accelerated from 0 to 100 mph in about 12 seconds and had a top speed approaching 190 mph.
In total, just 31 examples of the 934 were constructed, nearly all of which were sold to private racing teams and campaigned in a variety of regional and international series. As Porsche had intended, the 934 expanded on the success of the RSR racing program, with the new model capturing the European GT Championship and the Trans Am Championship in North America.
This Porsche 934, chassis 0151, is the first production example built. Today, it is widely recognized as one of the finest of its type, possessing a rich, well-documented provenance and an outstanding European racing history that includes a successful outing at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans.
According to factory records, this 934 was completed at Porsche’s Werk I race shop in late 1975. Originally finished in Indischrot (India Red), 0151 was the car that Porsche selected for the model’s press presentation at Weissach. To allow journalists to experience the powerful new Group 4 machine firsthand, Porsche fitted a standard passenger seat to the car’s race-prepared cockpit.
Although records note that 0151 was intended for Klaus-Dieter Märker of Hamburg, Germany, the 934 was instead sold to Jürgen Kannacher of Kannacher GT Racing in Krefeld. A colorful character in the German GT racing scene, Kannacher established his automotive career as a Porsche parts dealer before turning to motor sports in the early 1970s, when he began competing in the newly formed Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft (DRM) and the Deustscher Rundstrecken-Pokal (DRP) series. He soon realized that there were many talented drivers who wanted to take part in these popular series, but lacked the means to acquire their own racing car. Kannacher’s clever solution was to create an all-inclusive “rent-a-ride” service whereby drivers would pay him to supply a car, transportation, and on-site support.
After running several 3.0 RSRs in this fashion during the 1975 season, Kannacher transitioned into the Turbo Era with this brand-new 934. Throughout 1976, Kannacher GT Racing campaigned 0151 in many German National (DRM) and European GT Championship events.
As noted in Jürgen Barth and Bernd Dobronz’s book Porsche 934/935, the first outing for 0151 took place in March 1976 at the Belgian Zolder circuit, where Kannacher drove the Porsche to a 3rd Place finish. Two weeks later, Hartwig Bertrams, a driver from Laichingen, Germany, who had been crowned winner of the 1975 European GT Championship racing the Egon Evertz Porsche RSR, entered the 934 in the 300 Km race at Nürburgring, finishing 9th Overall. The highlight of the 1976 season was an outing at the competitive Nürburgring 1000 Km, where Bertrams and Le Mans-winning Porsche works driver Gijs van Lennep took the 934 to a superb 5th Place finish.
After the 1976 season, Kannacher sold 0151 to another prominent Porsche team, Kremer Racing of Köln, Germany. The 934 was then campaigned throughout the 1977 season by Louis Krages, the Bremen-based racing driver better known by his nom de course John Winter. During this period, Winter had 0151 repainted in a light gray color, selected from the Mercedes-Benz color chart, and had much success with the 934, capturing several podium finishes.
After a year hiatus, the 934 returned to the track in 1979, when it was entered in that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. For this important race, the Porsche was entrusted to Anny-Charlotte Verney, one of the fastest female drivers of the era; René Metge, winner of the Paris-Dakar Rally in a Porsche 953; and Patrick Bardinon, son of the famed French Ferrari collector Pierre Bardinon. With this team at the helm, 0151 placed 3rd in Class behind two other Porsche 934s and finished a respectable 19th Overall.
After Le Mans, Kremer Racing reportedly sold the 934 to a privateer in South Africa. By 1982, it had been acquired by Victor Wilson, a British racing driver who, at the time, ran an automobile dealership in Edinburgh, Scotland, specializing in Aston Martin, Lagonda, and Alfa Romeo.
In December 1982, Mr. Wilson sold the 934, for £10,250, to Elias “Skip” Gunnell III, a motor sports enthusiast and boat builder living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Throughout his two-decade ownership, the Porsche saw limited use and was exhibited on rare occasions, including an outing at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March 1999.
In 2003, about a year after Mr. Gunnell passed away, the 934 was sold to the current owner, a knowledgeable Porsche collector who has owned and raced many significant competition models, ranging from RSRs to 962s. Soon after acquiring 0151, the consignor commissioned his in-house restoration shop, RennSport Racing New Orleans, to perform a complete, ground-up restoration with the goal of returning this historic car to its original glory.
During this process, the 934 was completely disassembled and stripped to the bare tub, revealing 0151 to be a highly original and unusually sound example. Painstakingly restored with a careful eye for detail, this 934 is now beautifully presented in its as-delivered India Red livery and equipped with proper, period-correct components throughout. Beyond its excellent presentation, 0151 is offered with a substantial documentation file that includes period photographs, an album of restoration photos, and original correspondence from Victor Wilson, Jürgen Kannacher, and Jürgen Barth.
Having seen limited use since being restored by one of the foremost marque specialists in the US, this magnificent Porsche would make an ideal entry for a variety of major historic racing events including Le Mans Classic, and would be a standout at marque gatherings like Rennsport Reunion or the Porsche Parade. Not only is this 934 a ticket to the most exclusive historic motoring events, its impressive European racing history, uncommon integrity, and high-quality restoration place it among the very best examples of a rare breed. Furthermore, unlike many 911-based competition cars, this car possesses a known provenance and a singular identity, with its history well documented in several books on the marque and model.
An outstanding, historically significant example of Porsche’s legendary turbocharged mid-1970s Group 4 racer, 0151 is certain to impress the most discerning collector.