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1979 Porsche 911 RSR Outlaw

Posted by WindingRoad about 6 months, 1 week ago

1979 Porsche 911 RSR Outlaw

Chassis no. 9119201766

Engine no. 6292087

3,166cc SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine

MegaSquirt Programable Fuel Injection 

280bhp at 5,600rpm

5-Speed Manual Transmission

4-Wheel Independent Suspension

4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Twin-Plug 280BHP Engine by noted Porsche engine specialist Dave Brown 

*Offered with its Porsche-issued Certificate of Authenticity 

*Classic RSR looks with modern drivability 

*Incredible outlaw build by Porsche Experts 

*Great car for High-Speed Rallies, and Porsche Club events


Porsche's long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356. The latter's rear-engine layout was retained, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the body shell and dropped the 356's VW-based suspension in favor of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. 

In its first incarnation, Porsche's single-overhead camshaft, air-cooled flat six displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp. Progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3-liters and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower. The first of countless upgrades came in 1966 with the introduction of the 911S. Easily distinguishable by its stylish Fuchs five-spoked alloy wheels, the "S" featured a heavily revised engine producing 160bhp, the increased urge raising top speed by 10mph to 135mph.

A lengthened wheelbase, introduced in 1969, improved the 911's handling. Then, in 1970, the engine underwent the first of many enlargements—to 2.2-liters. The S's power output then was 180bhp, increasing to 190bhp with the introduction of the 2.4-liter engine for 1972. Tenacious adhesion, responsive steering, excellent flexibility, superb brakes, meticulous finish, and a solid, unburstable feel were just some of the virtues praised by Motor magazine in its test of a Porsche 911 in 1973. 


This particular 911 left the factory on June 10, 1979 as a slicktop, sunroof-less 911SC. It was acquired by the consigner a few years ago. This particular enthusiast had a particular love for Porsches of the early 1970s and had been looking for a good donor car to turn into an outlaw tribute. So shortly after, it was acquired the groundbreaking restoration was begun. 

After the car was disassembled, the body and chassis were entrusted to Backyard Legends in Concord, NC who to date have done a number of high-quality Porsche builds. All rust was removed, and fiberglass flares along with other fiberglass panels were purchased from GT Racing. The original hood was in very good shape and was retained. The entire car was stripped to bare metal, then painted in #018 Glasurit orange. Panel fit and finish is to a very high level and was also fitted with carbon fiber rear spoiler. 

Since the car retained its original engine. The rebuild of this unit was entrusted to noted Porsche engine specialist David Brown. The unit was fitted with new Mahle Barrels that increased the displacement to 3.2-liters. This engine was then fitted with Balanced factory rods, forged JE piston, and a 3.8 RSR grind cam. The ignition system is a coil on plug that is controlled via the MS3x Megasquirt ecu. Fuel delivery was handled by a MegaSquirt injection system and a custom 70mm throttle body. This finished engine produced 280hp at the crank, and naturally, this leads to very brisk level of performance. To cope with the extra power, Dave Brown also attended to the transaxle; he fully rebuilt the unit, fit a Wevo shifter, and upgraded the rear end with a Wavetrac LSD.

To ensure the car's chassis was able to deal with the substantial power upgrade, the suspension was fitted with all new Elephant Racing components, featuring Von Shocks coilovers all around, monoball and polybronze bushings throughout, decambered balljoints, RSR style front and rear adjustable sway bars and adjustable camber plates. The steering system was completely restored and upgraded turbo tie rods were added. Additional chassis bracing was welded onto the shock mounts and sway bar mounts as well as a 935-style front X brace. Braking is handled by modified 993 brake calipers that utilize floating 930 front rotors and 930 rear rotors. This has ensured that the car has excellent road-holding and braking. 

Lastly, the interior was trimmed to a very high level. The dash was finished with a radio and glove box delete along with a Rennline lower dash delete wrapped in Alcantara, and an RSR style 10k tach. The door panels were finished in carbon fiber to make the interior look even more sporting. The car was fitted with GT Classic Ralley seats that were upholstered in leather and Alcantara with contrasting orange stitching. 

The final assembly of the vehicle was entrusted to Porsche specialist CM Performance in Bessemer City, NC. The end result of over a year's work is truly astonishing. The 911 was first displayed at the 2018 Werks Reunion at Amelia Island Concours, where it scored a first in the 911 Outlaw class.

This particular outlaw 911 is a fantastic tribute to the legendary RSR. A great car for Porsche Club events, or as an exciting weekend cruiser.

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