What is the most prominent feature of a Porsche 911, rear-engine, boxer six-cylinder, its silhouette rounded? If we were to stay with a feature that crosses borders, recognizable by connoisseurs and non-connoisseurs, and by grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren, we would stay with their bulging eyes, with these headlamps round (or oval) on its front. Those headlights that they shout, with force, here comes a Porsche. What the hell could lead someone to give up on this feature as desired, that even the time that is left, in part, to advocate for a design that is more oval and the engines water-cooled generated controversy? What made these sports, without bulging eyes, and headlights retractable, as desired back in the eighties?
In the years of the motor TAG Porsche in Formula 1, the Stuttgart received a very special order, create a 911 without “bulging eyes”, with headlights retractable, mode of replication of the Type 935 racing.
In those years Porsche was very present in the Formula 1, as a biker team Marlboro McLaren International. In those years, TAG was one of the main sponsors, and partners of the team, to the point that the engine was officially christened as the motor TAG Porsche. That being said, it is easy to understand that Mansour Ojjeh, the saudi who was presiding over the company Techniques Avant Garde, were the open doors of Stuttgart. Literally wide open.
it Was the Ojjeh who asked a Porsche on a whim very special, a replica of the Type 935 racing. A replica that, to begin with, would not benefit from round headlights to resemble the front smooth of the sport of racing.
Porsche realized that some of their customers demanded preparations of the 911 with this aesthetic-so peculiar, and even surprising to the neophyte.
Quickly Porsche percataría that Ojjeh was not the only customer that wanted a Porsche 911 without round headlights, with a front smooth, or as they would say in German, a flachbau. Some coaches began to install their own kits that dispensed with round headlights to soften the front. It was then when Porsche decided to take advantage of the occasion to create different transformations, from the factory, the Porsche 911 (930) with finish Flachbau. It would produce a total of 34 units in 1984 and 52 other units in 1986. Some of those versions were really radical, with suspensions and components of competition, and a chassis lowered with an aero kit, special.
In the images that illustrate this article, in white, we see a Porsche 911 (930) Flachbau looking for a buyer in the forthcoming auction of Arizona, at the end of January. It is expected to reach between 175,000 and $ 225,000, approximately 160,000 and 210,000 euros.
Is a good example of a Flachbau of the time, with new defenses of steel, their headlights disappearing, its air inlet side, a large wing – style tail of the whale – in the rear, and many other extras that equipped its first owner, as a limited-slip differential. In addition, since 1984, has certificates for import into the United States.
But in those years would have versions even more radical, as the own Ojjeh. Exactly what you see in the image above. A very special order that would be nicknamed as Porsche 935 “Street”, the idea of the Flachbau carried to the extreme, with a bodywork with a deep aerodynamic work worthy of the Porsche 935 racing.
Source: RM Sotheby’s | Images: Darin Schnabel and Porsche