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Lot 60

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1979 Porsche 935

SOLD $4,840,000

Estimate

$4,500,000 - $5,500,000

Chassis

009 0030

Car Highlights

One of the Most Successful Endurance Racing Cars of its Era
1st in Class and 2nd Overall at Le Mans (1979), Overall Winner at Daytona (1981), and Sebring (1983)
Driven by Rolf Stommelen, Paul Newman, Brian Redman, and Bobby Rahal
Well-Documented History and Complete, Unbroken Provenance
Award-Winning Restoration; Presented in 1979 Le Mans Hawaiian Tropic Livery

Technical Specs

3,164 CC SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
Twin KKK K27 Turbochargers
Estimated 750 BHP at 8,200 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated and Drilled Disc Brakes
Fully Independent Suspension with Shock Absorbers

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this Vehicle is sold on a Bill of Sale.

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Dick Barbour Racing, California (acquired new in 1979)Garretson Enterprises (acquired from the above in 1979)Baker Engineering (acquired from the above in 1982)Electrodyne Engineering (acquired from the above in 1985)Carlos de Quesada (acquired from the above in 2002)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2010)

Overall Winner of the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours | Driven by Paul Newman, Rolf Stommelen, and Dick Barbour to Second Place Overall at the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans24 Hours of Le Mans, June 1979, Barbour/Newman/Stommelen, No. 70 (2nd Overall)6 Hours of Watkins Glen, July 1979, Barbour/Newman/Stommelen, No. 70 (2nd Overall)500 Mile Road America, September 1979, Barbour/Redman/McKitterick, No. 6 (23rd Overall)24 Hours of Daytona, February 1980, McKitterick/Garretson/Verney, No. 9 (9th Overall)12 Hours of Sebring, March 1980, Rahal/Garretson/Nierop, No. 9 (7th Overall)5 Hours of Riverside, April 1980, Rahal/Garretson, No. 9 (2nd Overall)24 Hours of Le Mans, June 1980, Rahal/Garretson/Moffat, No. 71 (DNF)6 Hours of Watkins Glen, July 1980, Rahal, No. 71 (DNF)100 Mile Golden State, July 1980, Rahal, No. 9 (2nd Overall)Mosport 6 Hours, August 1980, Rahal/Garretson, No. 9 (DNF)Road America 500 Miles, August 1980, Rahal/Garretson, No. 9 (3rd Overall)24 Hours of Daytona, January 31-February 1, 1981,Garretson/Rahal/Redman, No. 9 (1st Overall)12 Hours of Sebring, March 1981, Garretson/Rahal/Redman, No. 9 (DNF)Road Atlanta, April 1981, Rahal (3rd Overall)6 Hours of Riverside, April 1981, Rahal/Redman, No. 9 (3rd Overall)Laguna Seca, May 1981, Rahal, No. 9 (4th Overall)24 Hours of Le Mans, June 1981, Verney/Garretson/Cooke, No. 42 (6th Overall, 2nd in Class)Daytona, July 1981, Rahal/Garretson, No. 9 (18th Overall)6 Hours of Watkins Glen, July 1981, Garretson/Mears/Rutherford, No. 9 (3rd Overall)Sears Point 100 Miles, July 1981, Rahal, No. 9 (DNF)Portland 100 Miles, August 1981, Rahal, No. 9 (3rd Overall)Road America 500 Miles, August 1981, Garretson/Gloy, No. 9 (4th Overall)6 Hours of Brands Hatch, September 1981, Garretson/Rahal, No. 50 (2nd Overall, 1st in Class)Daytona Finale 250 Miles, November 1981, Rahal/Garretson (17th Overall)24 Hours of Daytona, January 1982, DeNarvaez/Wood/Garretson, No. 46 (3rd Overall)12 Hours of Sebring, March 1982, McKitterick/Ratcliff/Clay, No. 9 (7th Overall)6 Hours of Riverside, April 1982, Ratcliff/Clay, No. 9 (5th Overall)500 Km Charlotte, May 1982, Ratcliff/Clay, No. 9 (4th Overall)24 Hours of Le Mans, June 1982, Verney/Garretson/Ratcliff, No. 77 (11 Overall, 5th in Class)24 Hours of Daytona, February 1983, Baker/Mullen, No. 9 (9th Overall, 9th in GTO)Grand Prix of Miami, February 1983, Baker, No. 9 (DNF)12 Hours of Sebring, March 1983, Baker/Mullen/Nierop, No. 9 (1st Overall)Road Atlanta, April 1983, Baker/Mullen, No. 9 (7th Overall, 1st in Class)6 Hours of Riverside, April 1983, Baker/Mullen/Nierop, No. 9 (5th Overall, 1st in Class)Laguna Seca, May 1983, Baker, No. 9 (9th Overall, 5th in Class)500 Km Charlotte, May 1983, Baker/Mullen, No. 9 (5th Overall, 1st in Class)Lime Rock, May 1983, Baker/Mullen, No. 9 (5th Overall, 2nd in Class)6 Hours of Mid-Ohio, June 1983, Baker/Mullen/Nierop, No. 9 (24th Overall)Daytona, July 1983, Baker/Mullen, No. 9 (18th Overall, 7th in Class)Brainerd, July 1983, Baker/Raub, No. 9 (10th Overall, 3rd in Class)3 Hours of Sears Point, July 1983, Baker/Mullen, No. 9 (8th Overall)3 Hours of Portland, July 1983, Baker/Mullen, No. 9 (5th Overall)Road America 500 Miles, August 1983, Baker/Muller/Nierop, No. 9 (18th Overall, 5th in Class)Daytona Finale, November 1983, Baker/Mullen/Blackaller, No. 9 (30th Overall, 6th in Class)24 Hours of Daytona, February 1984, Baker/Mullen/Blackaller, No. 9 (5th Overall)Grand Prix of Miami, February 1984, Baker/Blackaller, No. 9 (14th Overall)12 Hours of Sebring, March 1984, Baker/Mullen/Blackaller, No. 9 (4th Overall)6 Hours of Riverside, April 1984, Baker/Newsum, No. 9 (16th Overall)Laguna Seca, May 1984, Blackaller, No. 9 (11th Overall)Road America 500 Miles, August 1985, Vincentz/Nierop, No. 91 (12th Overall, 2nd in Class)500 Km Pocono, September 1985, Vincentz/Nierop, No. 91 (26th Overall, 9th in Class)Watkins Glen, September 1985, Vincentz/Nierop, No. 91 (14th Overall, 3rd in Class)IMSA GT Columbus, October 1985, Vincentz (4th in Class)3 Hours of Daytona Finale, December 1985, Vincentz, No. 91 (DNF)Grand Prix of Miami, March 1986, Vincentz (DNF)Road Atlanta, April 1986, Vincentz, No. 91 (2nd in Class)Charlotte, May 1986, Vincentz, No. 91 (DNF)Ohio 250 Km, June 1986, Vincentz/Bauer, (DNF)West Palm Beach, June 1986, Vincentz/Bauer, No. 91 (4th Overall)Watkins Glen, July 1986, Vincentz/ Bauer, No. 91 (14th Overall, 3rd in Class)Road America 500 Miles, August 1986, Vincentz/Bauer (DNF)Lime Rock, September 1986, Vincentz/Hutchings, No. 91 (6th Overall)Watkins Glen, September 1986, Vincentz/Bauer, No. 91 (6th Overall)IMSA GT Columbus, October 1986, Vincentz (9th Overall)Grand Prix of Miami, March 1987, Vincentz, No. 91 (DNF)250 Km Mid-Ohio, June 1987, Vincentz/Bauer, No. 91 (16th Overall)West Palm Beach, June 1987, Vincentz/Bauer, No. 91 (5th Overall)Road Atlanta, June 1987, Vincentz/Bauer, No. 91 (12th Overall)Summit Point, July 1987, Vincentz/Bauer, No. 91 (9th Overall)Road America 500 Miles, August 1987, Vincentz/Bauer, No. 91 (34th Overall)Watkins Glen, September 1987, Vincentz/Bauer, No. 91 (7th Overall)IMSA GT Columbus, October 1987, Vincentz, No. 91 (12th Overall)

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 2007 (Most Historically Significant Racing Car)Monterey Historics, August 2009Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 2011 (Most Historically Significant Porsche)Classics at the Castle, Castle Hedingham, England, June 201150 Years of Daytona Champions, Daytona Beach, Florida, January 2012Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 2012 (Best in Class)Sebring 60th Anniversary, Sebring, Florida, March 2012Classics at the Castle, Castle Hedingham, England, September 2013Porsche Museum, Le Mans Exhibition, Zuffenhausen, Germany, January-August 2014Automobile Club de l’Ouest Exhibition, Le Mans, France, June 2014Goodwood Festival of Speed, England, 2015Automobile Club de l’Ouest Exhibition, Le Mans, France, June 2016

In the world of racing Porsches there are certain machines that stand head and shoulders above their peers due to the historic nature of their accomplishments and stature of their drivers. This incomparable 1979 Porsche 935 certainly exists in this sphere and ranks as an icon of 1970s and ’80s racing glory. Porsche 935s, themselves the ultimate iteration of the racing 911, were a very important model for Stuttgart, with variants successfully bridging the gap between the successes of the 936 prototype and the revolutionary 956, introduced in 1982.

Purchased by Dick Barbour Racing in 1979 from Porsche as a tub to replace a damaged 935 that the team had been running in 1978, chassis 009 0030 was prepared for Barbour at Bob Garretson Enterprises in Mountain View, California, for its first outing, the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans. Barbour’s team had shown its world-class abilities at the 1978 running of Le Mans, finishing 5th Overall (1st in the IMSA Class) with a 935, and the team built upon that experience in preparation for the 1979 season. The drivers for the French classic would be Barbour, accomplished German driver Rolf Stommelen, and movie legend Paul Newman.

Newman’s accomplishments as a driver and as co-owner of Newman-Haas are well documented, and occasionally he was able to combine his passions for racing and films, such as when he starred in the 1969 movie Winning and voiced the character of Doc Hudson in the Disney movie Cars. Newman became nearly as much of a legend in the auto world as he was in film.

Le Mans was a successful outing for the team, with 009 0030 placing an amazing 2nd Overall and winning the IMSA class. The 935 would race two more times with Barbour in 1979, at Watkins Glen (2nd Overall) and Road America (23rd Overall).

The 935 remained in the Barbour Racing stable for 1980 but was owned by Bob Garretson, who raced the car at Daytona, placing 9th, before converting the bodywork to Kremer K3 specification using an upgrade kit sold by the Kremer team. Importantly, the Porsche was sponsored by a small California computer company: Apple. In a recent conversation, Dick Barbour recounted meeting with Steve Jobs, who took enough interest in the project to discuss the car’s livery. The 935 is the only racing car known to be sponsored by what is now one of the world’s corporate giants.

The remainder of 1980 saw mixed results for 009 0030, including an unfortunate DNF at Le Mans and 2nd Place finishes at Riverside and Sears Point. For 1981, the Garretson team set about improving 009 0030; revisions to the bodywork and suspension, along with a new engine induction system designed by the team’s now-legendary engine builder, Jerry Woods, resulted in better performance and reliability. Garretson raced the 935 for most of the 1981 season, ultimately winning the coveted 24 Hours of Daytona with Brian Redman and Bobby Rahal, and eventually triumphing in the World Endurance Drivers Championship and claiming victory in the Porsche Team Cup for the Garretson Team.

Limited resources at Garretson Enterprises in 1982 led to 009 0030 being run on a limited schedule funded by outside drivers. Nevertheless, the 935 ran in both the Daytona and Le Mans 24-hour races, the latter being not only the last year that Group 5 cars were eligible to compete but also the inaugural year of the Group C era. After the 1982 season, 009 0030 was purchased by Southern Californian Wayne Baker, who set out to convert the 935 to 934 specification so that it could run in the IMSA GTO class. The bodywork, wheels, and engine were all reverted to earlier specification, and Jerry Woods was tasked with developing a drivetrain that would provide 935-levels of performance from a now-single ignition and turbocharger setup. Woods accomplished the feat, and the newly redeveloped 009 0030 finished 9th at Daytona in 1983.

The 1983 edition of the Sebring 12 Hours was marred by attrition in the upper classes, and 009 0030 amazingly won the race outright, becoming the first GTO competitor to win the prestigious event. As chronicled in a comprehensive accompanying document on the car’s history, Baker achieved further success in GTO competition through 1983, 1984, and early 1985; he then sold 009 0030 to racer Chet Vincentz, who raced the Porsche extensively through the end of the 1987 season.

Vincentz owned the 935 until 2002, when it was sold to Carlos de Quesada, founder and president of Alegra Motorsports in Tampa, Florida. In 2006 the car was sent to Porsche specialist Paul Willison in Florida for a comprehensive restoration to 1979 Le Mans specification and livery. No expense was spared in this endeavor, and the results are truly spectacular, with the Porsche once again appearing in its original and iconic Hawaiian Tropic paint scheme. The 935 was subsequently sent to the 2007 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where it won Best Race Car. It competed in the 2007 Rennsport Reunion and 2009 Monterey Historics, and was acquired by the consignor in 2010.

Since purchase, the consignor has entered 009 0030 in many events, including the 50 Years of Daytona Champions in 2012 and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it was driven by Brian Redman in 2015. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest invited the 935 for display at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014 and again earlier this year, reflecting the 935’s place in the history of that great race. In addition, the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, Germany, approached the consignor to request the 935’s inclusion in its 2014 Le Mans exhibition “24 Hours for Eternity, Le Mans,” celebrating the company’s Le Mans heritage and the unveiling of the new Porsche 919 Hybrid.

This incredible 935 has a competition record equaled by few, if any, endurance racers. This true legend is a veteran of 72 top-level races, an overall winner and five-time participant in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Moreover, it boasts a class win and a 2nd Overall in its 24 Hours of Le Mans debut in 1979, where it was driven by veteran racer and Hollywood icon Paul Newman.

Now offered at public sale for the first time, accompanied by various bodywork pieces from the car’s racing past, this commanding symbol of both Porsche and endurance racing history is ready to be added to any of the world’s great collections. Whether the intent is to race or simply enjoy its glorious presence on display, there can be few other examples of a racing 911 that elicit the response of this remarkable machine.