Up For Auction: Porsche 935 Racecar for the Street
Porsche Exclusive (Porsche's prestigious in-house custom shop) has been delivering bespoke dream cars to clients since the 1980s, originating with modded versions of the 930 Turbo. One of its first cars and incidentally one of the division’s most outrageous projects, is now heading to auction – the one-off Porsche 935 Street. If it looks like a dressed-up racecar, that’s because it essentially is one. The car was ordered in 1983 by Mansour Ojjeh, CEO and co-owner of Techniques d’Avant Garde (TAG), best known for its TAG Heuer brand of watches. Ojjeh adored the 935 racecar and asked Porsche Exclusive to build him a street-legal version.
To build Ojjeh’s dream machine, the company lifted a new 930 body from the assembly line and fitted it with racing components from the company garage, including a 375-horsepower 3.3-liter turbocharged flat-six from the 934, along with the brakes, suspension, and widebody arches from a 935 racecar.
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It’s safe to say the car inherited some Porsche racing DNA, but in contrast to its grand prix design origins, the inside remained exquisitely posh. Light cream-colored leather was massaged into the car’s cabin and accented with wood veneer, a first for the brand. These luxury options complemented a list of over 550 other modifications that allegedly filled up a 17-page invoice.
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The grand total for this “racecar for the street” was never released, and over its lifespan it has acquired a mere 12,000 miles on the odometer. It's set to go up for auction at Bonhams’ Spa Classic Sale on May 18, with final sale estimates ranging from $410,000 to $540,000.
Does that sound like a bit much? To put it all in perspective, the engine from a Porsche 935 sold at a Bonhams auction last year for $116,500.
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