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Porsche 911 SEMA Challenge Rally Tribute 1984 WPOAB091XES120832-Bring a Trailer - Week 31 2018 5581

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Bring a Trailer - Week 31 2018
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Sold for: $ 73.000

This 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera was modified as a tribute to 1970s rally cars during the 2012 BUILT from eBay SEMA challenge, in which eBay Motors brought together the editors of four automotive magazines and paired them with professional builders to create an interesting vehicle in eight weeks with a budget of $50k. The car and all parts had to be purchased on eBay Motors, and the cars were then shown at the eBay SEMA display in 2012. At the conclusion of the challenge, the vehicles were auctioned with all proceeds going to charity. The seller was the winning bidder of this Carrera in October 2012, and he has driven it approximately 1,000 miles since. In 2013 the seller took this 911 to Jerry Tatum of Tatum Racing in Tooele, Utah, where over $24k was spent on further modifications and a rebuild of the 3.2-liter flat-six. A crack was discovered in the 915 gearbox in 2014, so the car was sent back to Tatum and over $4k was spent on a different 915 gearbox freshly rebuilt by Vertex Automotive. This unique Porsche is now being offered at no reserve with ~$30k in invoices from the sellers ownership, a separate 2,500 word description, a clear Carfax, three copies of the November 2012 issue of European Car in which the vehicle was featured, and a clean Utah title in the sellers name.
During the challenge, the editors of European Car, Hot Rod, Lowrider, and Four Wheeler were each paired with a builder. European Car and GSR Autosport of Forest Lake, California built this Porsche. Work was led by Michael Essa, a champion driver in the Formula Drift Race Series, and his partner Nick Richards. Exterior cosmetics were handled by Bells Autobody in Huntington Beach, who received the car with the glass, trim, and interior removed and spent over two weeks finishing the car in a Rothmans-style livery. The factory electric sliding sunroof was cut out and a composite panel was blended in, both to lower the curb weight and center-of-gravity, as well as allow for a roll cage. Since the sellers purchase, this 911 has been stored in a climate-controlled garage under an included custom cover.
A rally light pod and RSR-style bumper have been added up front. Custom mesh protects a front oil cooler with Aeroquip fittings and stainless lines. A Porsche ducktail rear deck lid was also added, and the exterior is shown from multiple angles in the extensive gallery below. The seller states that several small rock chips on the bottom of the front lip are present, the front hood latch sticks intermittently, and the rear deck lid could use further aligning.
Cast 15 Enkei RC-G4 wheels were reportedly designed specifically for Group N rally cars. 255/55 series Pirelli XR7 gravel rally tires are fitted at each corner. Per the seller, turning the torsion bars one spline and adjusting the spring plates raised the car about 1.5 to its current height. During the original build, Bilstein Sport shocks were fitted all around, as were new brake calipers, cross-drilled rotors, and stainless brake lines. Full specifications are provided via the sellers complete description in the photo gallery.
The minimalist cabin features a roll cage, dual Recaro SPG bucket seats on sliders, Schroth multi-point harnesses, an RS-style carpet kit and door panels, a Rennline aluminum pedal set, Momo Prototipo wheel on a quick release hub, a fire extinguisher, and more. The A/C and heater were also removed. A Sony CD head unit is still mounted in the dashboard, though the speakers have been taken out.
According to the seller, the front lighting is working, including the rally pod fog, as are the electrics, other lights, signals, and wipers. A Porsche crest horn button for the Momo Prototpipo wheel is included. The mechanical odometer shows 77,622 miles, which is backed up by the Carfax. The seller claims that the car has never been tracked or raced during his ownership, and roughly 1,000 miles have been added since his purchase in 2012.
Up front, the trunk compartment has been stripped and now contains Rennline aluminum trim, a strut tower brace, and a stainless steel cross-brace. Further interior pictures are shown in the gallery.
During the eBay Challenge build process, Fabspeed headers were linked to GSR Autosports stainless exhaust system. In 2013, the seller had Jerry Tatum rebuild and upgrade the air-cooled 3.2-liter flat-six. An invoice for $24,323.99 is provided in the photo gallery. After work was complete Tatum put the car on a dyno, where it produced 277 horsepower at the wheels. Tatum reportedly speculated that after being broken in, the motor should make around 290 horsepower.
A seven minute video of Jerry Tatum describing the work he performed can be viewed above.
In 2014, the seller had Tatum remove the original 915 5-speed transaxle and replace it with a fully rebuilt unit from another car. The accompanying $4,089.85 invoice and additional undercarriage shots are depicted in the gallery. In 2016 the seller had Strong Porsche in Salt Lake City repair existing oil leaks, change the engine oil/filter, and adjust the valves and rocker arms. The associated invoice for $1,108.53 is also provided in the gallery.
A cold-start video is shown above.
The accident-free Carfax dates back to 1995 when the odometer showed 47k miles. The car stayed in California from 2008 until the sellers purchase in 2012. Consistent mileage readings and a number of service history records are also recorded.
A 5-page, 2,500+ word description of this car written by the seller can be read via the photo gallery. Interested parties are encouraged to peruse the document for full specifications, and also check out the 10-video series from the 2012 Built by eBay SEMA challenge below:
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