This rare Porsche 935 Kremer K3 is a proven racer
The Porsche 935 is a highly successful racing car as it is, but this car's Kremer upgrades scored it a second-place finish at the 1980 Dayton 24 Hours. Now it could be yours
The Porsche 935 is one of the most successful racing cars in motorsport history, clocking over 150 worldwide wins including six victories at the Daytona 24 Hours and a further six at the Sebring 12 Hours. They say that there’s no formula for success, but Porsche used the next best thing to build the 935. This race-proven example developed by Kremer Racing is currently in our classifieds waiting for a new home.
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The Group 5 racer was run by Porsche and its customers alike, albeit the German marque hesitated when it came to selling more developed variants to third parties. German outfit Kremer Racing took it upon themselves to improve on the 935 and came up with the famed K Series vehicles. The K1 evolved into the K2, and that into the 1979 Le Mans 24 Hours-winning K3 car the defeated Porsche’s own in-house efforts.
Up for grabs in our classifieds is a 1978 Porsche 935 K3 with strong racing past. Its greatest accolade was a second place overall finish in the 1980 Daytona 24 Hours, but it has also participated in said race three times and the Sebring 12 Hours on a further three occasions.
Between 1978 and 1979 Porsche built 24 twin-turbocharged 935s for customers, this car being one of them. It was sold to the Ted Field-owned Interscope Racing Team where IndyCar race winner and sometime Formula 1 pilot Danny Ongais finished 2nd on the car’s debut at the Camel GT Challenge at Road Atlanta. At the beginning of 1979 the car suddenly found itself with a new owner, Peter Henn, who purchased the car just before the 24-Hour Pepsi Challenge race to gain a race seat for himself — ousting one of the three drivers.
The car competed throughout 1979 before it was upgraded it Kremer Type 3 specification by Chuck Gaa, of GAACO. The extreme carbon-kevlar bodywork was applied to greatly boost this racer’s downforce and the chassis stiffened by the fitment of a roll cage. The genius Kremer brothers also flipped the gearbox upside down to lower the car and added a new air-to-air intercooler for K3 spec cars. These upgrades gave the 935 what it needed to claim 2nd overall at the Dayton 24 Hour of 1980.
This 935 continued to race with Henn until he traded the car with Andial for an ex-Kremer 935 in 1982. Changing hands again in 1986 and 2006, it continued to race in Europe and was sold to its current owner in 2014, who already owned a sizeable racing car collection. The car underwent a complete engine rebuild with Peter Chambers Automotive in the UK at a cost of near £40,000 or around $51,000.
Pricing is upon appointment, but whatever the price tag may be, it buys you more than this storied car. It also means that you’ll be eligible for famous races such as Le Mans Classic, Peter Auto Classic Endurance Racing, Daytona Historics, Sebring Classic 12 Hour and the Monterey Historics.
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