If you had the choice between this classic 1982 Porsche 935 or a new Porsche 911 RSR, which would you choose? If you answered the RSR, you’re wrong. If you answered the 935, then you, like us, are clearly a great connoisseur of cars. Or at least that’s what we like to tell ourselves.
I digress and rightfully so because this classic racer, once a competitor at Le Mans, is well worth talking about and not simply because of its bright red Coca-Cola livery.
When Porsche built its last 935 in 1979, Bob Akin got his hands on one and swiftly recruited the help of Chuck Gaa to transform it into a so-called ‘Super GTP 935’. Rules at the time necessitated the car’s use of a production-spec Porsche 930 windshield and roof but apart from that, Akin’s 935 is bespoke and underpinned with custom components and then bathed in an aerodynamic body.
The car made its racing debut in 1982 at Lime Rock before heading to Le Mans in the same year. Unfortunately, a malfunction in the reserve gas tank resulted in its retirement in the great endurance race. In the months after Le Mans, it ran at Road America, Mid-Ohio, Road Atlanta and the Pocono 500 miles.
In the years since its retirement, the car has had its engine and transmission rebuilt and is said to be in “spectacular condition”. At $1.2 million on James Edition, it isn’t even ludicrously expensive. If only we had the money…