15 gorgeous air-cooled Porsches from Luftgekuhlt 7
Marc UrbanoCar and driver
What is Luftgekühlt? Apart from a word with a strong cut-and-paste energy? It’s an auto show celebrating air-cooled Porsches. But unlike some grassy 911 corral in Road Atlanta, walking around a Luft show is like walking through an amusement park where the best ride is time itself. It’s not just the multi-million dollar cars that make the show so rich; much of the joy is due to the direction and thoughtfulness put into each frame. Last year’s Luft, the sixth edition, took place in the backlot of Universal Studios, where you could see a Safari 911 on the old Three Amigos! together.
Luftgekühlt 7 just took place in the Bottleworks district of Indianapolis. The former home of Coca-Cola’s first bottling operations, it’s a fine collection of art deco buildings where the streets were once lined with hundreds of delivery trucks loading America’s favorite sweet drink. Its best days were back when many of the rarest and most valuable Porsches were still racing. Organizing the best Porsches at a Luft show is a challenge. Even the sea of 911 SCs filling arterial parking lots ends up looking like an auto show in an auto show. And while this Midwestern Luft wasn’t as crowded as previous shows, it still featured exceptionally beautiful air-cooled cars. Here are 15.
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911 Super Cup
If you don’t already have a favorite ’90s race car livery, let’s go. These 911 Supercup cars competed from 1994 to 1997 in Porsche’s single-make racing series across Europe. Just over 200 of these 993 Supercups have been built. The Porsche Supercup series continued for over 30 years; today, drivers compete in identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars in Europe, the United States, Mexico and Bahrain. The 993 was the last of the air-cooled Porsches, but thanks to YouTube you can still watch those Supercups commercial paintings in Monaco.
Bob Akin Coca Cola 962
Powered by a fat, air-cooled 2.8-liter flat-six, this 962 IMSA GTP was driven by the legendary Bob Akin. The coke of the 80s, that’s it! the slogan and the red and white livery are bright reminders of the excitement of the first IMSA races. Even today, Porsche and Coke have neighboring headquarters in Atlanta, and that fantastic livery recently reappeared during the 911 RSR’s last IMSA race there. Akin ran this 962 for two years with modest success. The car’s two most memorable moments were its violent accident after being caught off guard at the 500KM Charlotte in 1984 and its first place at the 1986 12 Hours of Sebring.
Vintage 911 by Hans Niederer
The paint colors of the Luftgekühlt lounges do not disappoint. Like the Sand Beige on this 1967 911. The car was bought new and driven by Hans Niederer in a six hour endurance race at Watkins Glen and again at the Pocono 500 Miles. The original engine was stocked and replaced with a bespoke 2.0-liter with stronger components. It’s an incredible holdover from the road racing of the 1960s. Plus, it looks a lot cooler than today’s Honda CR-V and Jeep Gladiator with similar paintwork.
914/6 GT Racer
Straight out of Stuttgart and in a 24-hour race weekend at Daytona in 1971, this 914/6 went from delivery to class-leading in just a few days. This particular car is one of only 16 cars built by Porsche Racing Department for customers in 1970. With an output of 210 horsepower, it was the most powerful version of the 914/6 GT. After several different owners and paint jobs, she regained her winning Daytona look.
Speed Yellow 356 Outlaw
The first of the 356 in 1956 was offered with a choice of five different four-cylinder engines, ranging from the 356A 1300 with 44 horsepower to the 356A 1500 GS Carrera with 100 horsepower. This 1958 365 has around 265 horsepower and weighs just 2,000 pounds. The brilliant color, Speed Yellow, was available as a factory paint for various 911, 968, Boxster and Cayman. It looks legitimate on a 356. This is Rod Emory’s latest creation at Emory Motorsports. He built over 200 magnificent Speedsters, nicknamed the 356 Outlaw.
Millions of bottles of Coca-Cola were being produced here every week in the 1950s, around the same time this 356SL Gmünd’s body was being shaped. Produced in Austria after WWII, these are some of the earliest Porsche cars ever made. This specimen took part in a road rally of almost 3000 miles on some of the wildest roads in Europe. He finished third overall and won his category. He also set several world speed records. If you’ve ever wondered what an auto show looked like in 1951, this car was actually on display at the Paris Motor Show that year.
1953 356 Standard 1500
Inside another Rod Emory 356 Outlaw, this Standard 1500 has been beautifully restored and has corduroy seats and matching door panels. The vertical ribs that create the texture of corduroy are called galls. The larger the galls, the stronger the fabric. This is something David Gamble, store manager at AASE Sales and an antique auto parts researcher, told us he had to learn when assembling the interior of the car. Using thinner galls, like what is found on shirts and jackets, would not be strong enough for the seats, so the wider clothing found on pants and overalls had to be specially purchased. And if you already knew about corduroy, join our Thursday Night Quiz team as soon as possible.
904 Carrera GTS
This 904 Carrera GTS is less than 9,500 kilometers (5,900 miles). This is another super rare, low mileage piece from the Ingram collection. Its first race, the 1964 Targa Florio in Sicily, ended in mechanical failure, but this same car won first place in its category at the 12 Hours of Reims in France. There are pictures from the Sicily race in the July 1964 issue of Road & Track.
Gunther Werks 400R
When it comes to remakes, there’s a fine line between horribly good and horribly bad. When it comes to this Gunther Werks 993, the newer the better. Beautiful bare carbon stripes are a fantastic detail on a car that uses carbon fiber for the bumper, hood, fenders, roof, quarter panels and ducktail spoiler. Its large, dramatic body makes it thicker than a Snickers, and it still uses an air-cooled flat-six like the 993, but power has been increased to 435 horsepower. We tested a previous Gunther Werks 911, and its quarter-mile time was 11.9 seconds at 120 mph.
1959 718 RSK
tremors, blurred vision, sudden heavy sweating. These are symptoms of low blood sugar, but if you experience them near this 718 RSK, your blood sugar is probably good. One of 35 ever made and only one of six sold with a center seat, this 718 RSK could be the biggest car with just 150 horsepower. It’s valued at between $ 3-5 million, which is a lot of money, but why would you want to get rid of it?
911 Brumos Trans Am racing car
Another fine piece in racing history, this 1967 911 has entered several endurance races, winning the 1969 12 Hours of Sebring with the legendary Peter Gregg at the wheel. This car was delivered to the original Brumos Porsche dealership, the one who went on to create Gregg’s Brumos racing team.
1969 908 LH
Although this exhibit is quite a distance from the front door, Porsche’s most successful 908 demanded a lot of attention. This car won the 1969 1000 km at Spa with an average speed of around 143 mph. Drivers Jo Siffert and Brian Redman dominated, overtaking the sister car in third place and beating the two 917s, which suffered catastrophic engine failure.
Porsche Carrera RS 3.8
The 964 Carrera RS 3.8 was more than big tires and nice aero. It was a car designed for road use with aluminum doors and body parts instead of steel, just like the Cup car. Its door panels, windows, and carpeting were thinner to reduce weight, and luxuries like air conditioning, power steering, and even armrests were done away with. Less weight, more power, better grip. It’s one of 55 built, and it has under 3000 miles on the clock. It’s rare, but it’s for sale, along with other incredibly maintained Porsches from the Road Scholars collection.
1958 356A Speedster
Finding a $ 20 bill in an old coat is luck. Discovering a Speedster with a little over 13,000 miles on the clock in a real estate sale is an automobile chance. The poster child of the barn finds, this 1958 356A was the dustiest exhibit in the show, complete with a ripped rag top. Birds love it, old people and women want to be there, and vacuum cleaners are afraid of it.
Trans Am 911 Factory racing car
This 1967 911 competed in the second series of SCCA Trans-Am races. The magnesium racing wheels, the fuel tank fill through the hood, and its original fender wideners that accepted wider tires for road racing were all retained.
Luft 6 cars from last year
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