Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
This isn't just a rally 911 - it's the rally 911. The first ever example of the model to be prepared for motorsport by the factory, this Ruby Red late-1964 2.0 was prepared by Porsche Motorsport specifically for the 1965 Rallye Monte Carlo. With Herbert Linge at the wheel and Peter Falk co-driving, the 911 took second in class - fifth overall - which is a pretty damn good showing for a first try.
...it's had a fairly varied history since, though. In 1966 it was demoted to test car duties for Vic Elford before being sold, minus engine, to Parisian race and rally driver Silvain Garant. He shoehorned in a mightier flat-six motor and rallied it regularly through to 1969 (often with full factory support).
In '69 the car passed into the hands of privateer Gérard Dantan Merlin, who rallied and hillclimbed in it, before it moved on to a more sober life with a variety of owners who used it as a road car.
Its fortunes changed again in 2012, when the current owner bought it and set about treating the car to a full nut-and-bolt restoration to original Monte Carlo specs. Furthermore, the work was carried out by the factory's own restoration outfit, Porsche Classic. The engine, the gearbox, the funny little swivelling light on the roof, it's all period-correct. A very fitting return to glory for such an iconic and important 911.
Spotted at the 2016 Windsor Concours - more photos here.