Lot #20: 1974 Porsche 911S Racing Car (Not Available)
Formerly Owned and Driven by Racing Icon and Multiple Academy Award Winner Paul Newman at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1977
- Driven by Paul Newman and Bill Freeman at the 1977 12 Hours of Sebring
- Driven by Bill Bean to IMSA GTU class victory at Mid-Ohio in 1978
- Retains original body shell; sale includes 1977 Sebring wide-body parts
- Striking 2006 restoration to period racing glory
- Powered by pro-built 360-hp endurance-racing engine
- A great link to the true origin of Paul Newman's racing career
- Ready to show and enter into today's best vintage-racing events
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Marking the start of Paul Newman's true racing career, which would progress through his last race at Daytona in 2005 at age 80, this 1974 Porsche 911S was co-driven by Newman and Bill Freeman at the 1977 12 Hours of Sebring. It is also the first car from their Newman-Freeman Racing partnership. Carrying well-known racing history that continued to Sebring in 1987, this 911S continues to benefit handsomely from a complete, ground-up restoration to its period racing glory with power from a 360-hp endurance-racing engine delivering incredible power-to-weight. Highly documented and ready for vintage racing. Immense value for the money with incomparable Paul "King Cool" Newman provenance!
Specifications: 3.0-litre endurance-spec racing engine, 50-mm carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front and rear racing suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4"
While he was primarily recognized as an Oscar-winning Hollywood legend with scores of landmark film roles to his credit, especially as the anti-hero in 1967's iconic Cool Hand Luke, Paul Newman enjoyed an unusually long and successful front-line racing career that has often been overshadowed by that of Steve McQueen. However, the quietly confident Newman probably liked it that way just fine. Starting with a drive in a Saab 96 at Virginia during the historic first season of the SCCA Trans-Am series in '66, Newman later took on-track driving instruction from racers Bob Sharp and Lake Underwood in preparation for his starring role in 1968's Indianapolis-themed drama, Winning, with the experience further cementing his enthusiasm for the sport. Movie work took precedence again for the next several years, a prolific time including his directorial debut in 1968's critically acclaimed Rachel, Rachel and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with co-star Robert Redford. By 1972, Newman returned to return to the track, with SCCA races at the wheel of a Lotus and two starts in 1974 at Lime Rock in a Ford Escort RS.
However, it is generally known in the racing fraternity that noted Californian SCCA Trans-Am and Can-Am driver Bill Freeman truly introduced Paul Newman to the business and practice of professional motor racing during the mid-1970s. One of their earliest collaborations was on the car offered here. It started out as a basic 1974 Porsche 911S road model, numbered 9114101035, which Freeman had been racing since 1975, mostly at Laguna Seca and Riverside. The car was owned and driven by Paul Newman and Bill Freeman, who established a Porsche racing team, later known during the 1970s as Newman-Freeman Racing, which allowed both Bill and Paul to compete in SCCA and IMSA racing events together. An SCCA Southern Pacific National Champion during the 1970s, Bill Freeman drove the finest racing machines then in use but most importantly, he possessed a keen eye for securing and developing the best young driving talent. Among them, Newman-Freeman's roster included eventual Formula 1 World Champion Keke Rosberg, future Indianapolis '500' winners Danny Sullivan and Bobby Rahal, endurance-racing legend Elliott Forbes-Robinson, and future F1 star Teo Fabi. Bill Freeman would go on to manage CART Indy Car teams in partnership with Dan Gurney's All American Racers in 1982 and 1983 and he would eventually become a key player in California's vibrant vintage-racing scene as a Director at Fine Sports Cars. Paul Neman would go on to Indy Car team ownership with Carl Haas to form Newman-Haas Racing, which would score an enviable win record.
Driving this 911S, Freeman and Newman contested the world-famous Sebring 12-hour endurance sports-car race in March 1977. Notably, at age 52, Paul Newman was the oldest driver on the track. Sponsored by Beverly Porsche-Audi of Beverly Hills, the 911S was race-numbered 2, qualified 40th and finished 30th in GTU. In addition to photos of this Porsche racing at Sebring, it was also photographed in period with Newman and Freeman during test sessions at Willow Springs Raceway. Bill Freeman took over the 911S after Sebring and drove it solo for the remainder of the 1977 season before selling it to driver Tom Ashby, who brought it to the East Coast in 1978. Now in Ashby's personal blue and gray livery, the car's best result with him was a 14th overall and 1st in GTU class with Bill Bean driving at the Mid-Ohio IMSA Camel GT Challenge race in 1978. Ashby soon joined forces with Bean and as their well-known "Bullwinkle Racing" entry, the 911S, now race-numbered 42, became a familiar sight, earning a February 1979 story with the car photographed in the pits at the 24 Hours of Daytona for the Daytona Beach Morning Journal. The car went on to amass an exceptionally long career of continuous front-line racing use, including a stint with turbocharging and entries in IMSA GTU, GTO, and O classes. Bean was joined in 1982 by Gary Wonzer, who eventually took over the car and drove it as Number 48 until its retirement from active racing, fittingly enough after the 1987 edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring.
At least three dozen major race outings are documented for 9114101035 and many are documented in photographs, including unpublished images of Paul Newman preparing the car for Sebring, as well as a record of many, if not all, of the car's race results. These races in the heyday of sports car racing were generally well documented, and many more images of this car are still waiting to be discovered in newspaper archives and private collections. The racing history of this 911S over its exceptionally long career includes America's best-known circuits, namely Laguna Seca, Riverside, Daytona, Sebring, Sears Point, Lime Rock, Brainerd, Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio, Miami, West Palm Beach, and Charlotte.
In 2006, this 911S was given a complete, ground-up restoration by noted racing Porsche restorer Jeff Sime's Wisconsin-based Jeff Works to its period racing glory, with the car receiving more than 1,000 hours of work in the process. Retaining its original bodyshell/tub, the 911S is finished in highly striking Competition Orange, rather than the plainer original white livery, with reproduced race numbers, sponsor decals, and Beverly Porsche-Audi graphics. Power is provided by a specially-prepared 360-horsepower 3.0-liter racing engine set up for endurance events with dry-sump oiling, 50-mm carburetors, Carello connecting rods, racing pistons, and competition-ported and polished cylinder heads with 12:1 compression, matched to a 4-speed manual gearbox. Boasting outstanding power-to-weight, this Porsche is extremely quick. Safety equipment for vintage-racing use includes a roll bar, on-board fire extinguisher, and a competition fuel cell with dry break. The wide-body panels, as used during the 1977 racing season, also accompany the sale of this excellent 1974 Porsche 911S racing car at auction in Monterey.
Carrying exceptional and well-known history including entries at top racing events, this former Newman-Freeman Racing Porsche 911S is a compelling find. While virtually any vehicle with Steve McQueen provenance enjoys the "McQueen Premium" in today's collector-car market, this 911S marks the true start of Paul "King Cool" Newman's long-term racing career that would include 2nd at Le Mans and continue to his last race - aged 80 - at the 2005 24 Hours of Daytona. It all had to start somewhere, and it did with Newman-Freeman Racing and this very car. As offered, this very special Porsche competition car represents immense value on all counts, including its readiness for continued use in its natural element on the racing track!
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