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From The Dobbs Motorsports CollectionDavid Richards Autosports, UK (acquired new via Porsche AG circa 1984)Private Collector, JapanJames K. Dobbs III (acquired in March 2003)
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, 2013
Following its amazing success as the sponsor of Porsche’s Group C racing program, Rothmans assumed a similar role with Stuttgart’s mid-1980s rally campaigns. For 1984, Porsche built 20 examples of the 911 SC/RS to satisfy FIA Group C homologation requirements. According to a letter from Porsche Motorsport Director Jürgen Barth, five of these were allocated to David Richards Autosports (DRA) for conversion to rally specification and use as Rothmans team cars. These 911 SC/RS examples won the 1984 and 1985 Middle East Rally Championship and finished second in the 1984 European Rally Championship.
According to an accompanying letter by marque expert Prescott Kelly, who himself bought four of the surplus DRA 911 SC/RS models after their racing careers were over, this 911 was built by DRA utilizing a 1984 Porsche factory replacement tub, numbered 004 0035. The rigors of rally competition are believed by Kelly to have required the replacement of several SC/RS tubs, including on this car. Kelly also believes that this was likely one of two cars that contributed to the history of “car number 6,” an internal designation denoted by the small “6” decal in the rear window. As it sits, this 911 features all of the special and fascinating build details that are unique to the DRA/Rothmans cars and shows very clear signs of use in rally competition. It is powered by a three-liter SC/RS engine, numbered 63E09022, which corresponds to factory records included with the car as an engine that was used in competition by the Rothmans rally team.
Following the end of their racing service in 1987, the DRA/Rothmans 911s were superfluous, and this example was later owned by a Japanese collector. Acquired in March 2003 by James K. Dobbs III, the Porsche had since been associated with a VIN that corresponds to a 1984 RHD Carrera 3.2, a process that may have happened to register the car for road use in Japan or been done in the UK during its racing days. Now titled using this VIN, the 911 has since benefited from an extensive bout of sympathetic restoration measures, as demonstrated by several invoices in the car’s file. In 2003, the car was sent to Pat Williams German Auto in Memphis, Tennessee, where it received thorough mechanical refurbishment including an engine rebuild and attention to the fuel, plumbing, electrical, braking, and suspension systems. Williams also replaced the racing transaxle with a rebuilt standard 915 gearbox, which offered ratios better suited to street use. The original transaxle, along with five spare wheels with slick racing tires, accompany the sale.
This powerful 911 SC/RS is a rare and important piece of Porsche motor sports history as a contributor to the manufacturer’s successful rally campaign. The 911 is documented with the letter from Prescott Kelly and maintenance invoices under Mr. Dobbs’ ownership, as well as copies of factory documentation of the rally campaign. This extremely rare and special 911 would make a stunning acquisition for any marque enthusiast.