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Porsche Of The Day: 1967 Porsche 911 R

Based on the 911 S, the 911 R was produced by Porsche to compete in the FIA’s GT 2.0 category. To make it competitive, the 911 R was powered by a flat-six engine, Type 901/22 from the Porsche 906, capable of 210 hp. It went on a diet too, with weight savings coming from everywhere, getting the 911 R down to just 1,800 pounds dry.

While initially conceived to race in the sports car class, the 911 R never met homologation requirements and was forced to race with the potent prototype classes. However, this didn’t stop Porsche from building 20 customer cars that went on to race to select events in 1967 and 1968.

Alongside competition such as the seven-liter Ford GT40, the 911 R never got its honest chance at victory until the Tour de France relaunch in 1969. A single car was entered in the race by the factory with Gerard Larousse behind the wheel. The agility of the 911 helped him take the overall victory through a mixture of hillclimb and road courses.

Beyond the Tour de France, the 911 R failed to take any other significant victories. Porsche learnt from their mistakes and developed the much more standard 911 2.0 T/R 911 for customers dedicated to the GT class.

No doubt, the 911 R would have contributed much more to the 911’s legacy had Porsche filled its 500 car requirement for homologation. Production ceased in 1968 after four prototypes and 20 customer cars had been made.

Photos by Robin Adams courtesy of RM Sotheby’s