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Rendezvous in Paris

Posted on August 8, 2011 Comments (0)

In 1988 Anton (Tony) Singer sold his silver Porsche 550 Spyder to Ralph Lauren.

1988 Anton Tony Singer sold his silver Porsche 550 Spyder to Ralph Lauren

It was his favorite car and he recently traveled to Paris to see it again. The Spyder was in excellent company in the Louvre's “L'Art de L'Automobile” exhibition.

All the automobiles being shown are from the Ralph Lauren's collection. View more of the images from Tony's visit.

Tags: Porsche, Spyder

Chassis No. *11810429* (type 911L) “0429”

Posted on April 27, 2011 Comments (0)

In the late Fall of 1967, the well known East Coast Porsche Racer, Herbert (Herb) Wetanson of Hewellet Bay, New York placed an order for this Porsche directly through the Teaneck, New Jersey, Porsche North America Distributorship. Wetanson specifically wanted a fully race prepared FIA GT class, 2.0-liter racecar with which to enter and race at the upcoming opening Season race at Daytona.

Chassis No. *11810429* (type 911L) “0429”

Wetanson was well known in the Porsche racing community and as such was able to get financial support from the fledgling Porsche America Race Team which in fact had both direct support from POAC and the Porsche Factory. He was given additional sponsorship from Goodyear Tire, Ferodo, STP, Bosch, Quaker State and several other Motor Sport related companies that would assist him in the upcoming Season.

Wetanson’s order was processed via POAC and handled by the Porsche Factory in a very special way. This was in fact one of the unique and now nearly legendary “Sonderwunsche” or “Special Wish” vehicles and identified clearly as such on the original Porsche “KARDEX” notation section. The Porsche race department under Special Project code “064” handled the assembly and completion of this car.

Wetanson was well aware that only the 911L and not the 911R had been granted homologation status for FIA international racing and specifically requested a “light-racing coupe with highest performance engine.”

Wetanson’s Porsche 911L would on the face of it seem a bit of an oddity. For the 1968 production year there were just two 911 models available for clients in the States, The base model 911 and the 911L. For the US market, the “L” was essentially the Rest of the World marketed 911S but with standard non-vented disc brakes. The loop-hole rule that allowed the “European” version of the 911L to run FIA International races in Group 2 was the main reason Wetson’s car was ordered and built the way it was.

In a day and age of easy, instant information we are far better able look back nearly 45 years ago to understand just how incredibly important and rare such a Porsche GT racecar was. For comparison, the legendary 911R was built along very similar lines with many shared components. The main difference being the extreme light-weight approach to the 911R. The downside however being that the “R” was never homologated and therefore forced to always run in the Prototype Class when racing. The 1967 911T/R and 1968 911L FIA GR2 and 1969 911S models therefore became the mainstay in FIA endurance racing well into the 1973 Season when 911s of 2.2.-2.4, 2.5, 2.7 and 2.8 liters began to take over the “GT” class in international racing.

Over the Winter of 1967/1968, Wetanson’s car was assembled in the Porsche Factory Race Department. It was finally completed on February 9th, 1968 and after testing and sorting, delivered to Wetanson in the States. ( more)

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