Its appeal is simple to understand: A turnkey entry into most every exciting historic race and rally, including the Monte Carlo Historic Rally, the Tour Auto in France, the Tour of Spain, and the Rallye des Alpes
This ex-works car was one of 14 built in 1963, according to specifications for its export to Sweden, where it was used in the Swedish Rally Championship. It ran in the June 1963 “Midnight Sun” rally, which went 150 km north of the Arctic Circle in unbelievable conditions, including a 1.5-km stage through a dark underground iron mine. Driver Berndt Jansson and co-driver Erik Petterson won the race, an outstanding result considering among the competitors were “Mr. Saab” Erik Carlsson and Ove Anderson, today the head of Toyota’s Formula One department.
During the rally, the car had red interim registration plates showing B1780. The car made an exhibition tour to Porsche dealers in 1964, and was totally restored by the Porsche factory itself from 1981-1985.
In 2000, work was carried out to optimize the car for use in vintage rallies. All necessary safety changes were made, including modifications to the gas tank, addition of a circuit breaker and fire extinguisher, and the installation of four-point seat belts and a roll bar. Two Recaro seats are mounted in the car, but the original seats still exist and the mounts have not been changed. Other equipment needed for rallying that has been fitted includes a Tripmaster and interior light. The car comes with four sets of wheels (street, race, snow, studded).
It has current FIA papers and is ready to rally or race in any vintage car event. It is an all-numbers-matching car, as on the factory certificate.