This car is a faithful recreation of the 1968 Trans Am champion. The original car was last seen SCCA racing in the 70s but it is believed to be scrapped. The original team: Tony Adamowicz, Don Bressler, and Mac Tilton came back together to re-create this very car the exact same way they built the original. The builder was Marc Zurlinden of https://www.zurlindenllc.com
In 1968 Tony and his team found a wrecked 1968 Porsche 912 chassis in a junkyard. They prepped the car as a lightweight 911 race car for the upcoming Trans Am series of 1968. At this time there were almost no racing parts for the Porsche 911 and almost no 911s had competed in racing so development of proven race winning setups was not known. The team decided on 15x7 American Racing Torque Thrust wheels with the same tires found on Shelby GT350s because of their availability where the races were held. The built their 2.0L engine into a 906 spec 210hp engine but with a set of overbored Solex Carburetors because the Solex had 3 straight intake runners whereas the Weber had angled outside runners which were not as efficient. Tony needed to get in front of the giant engine 5.0L cars immediately as the race started so he needed full power as soon as possible. In coordination with Porsche the acquired an experimental 5:29 ring and pinion which dramatically increased the revs across the board - the pinion crown was so small that it had to be cooled by oil squirters and a transmission oil cooling system was installed in the back seat. The transmission shafts were polished so that gears could be swapped out easily at anytime - Tony wanted to dial in the gearing specific to every track. For brakes the team had adapted the new 908 Alloy calipers which later became 911S calipers. A large amount of stiffening went into the chassis and suspension components.
The efforts paid off and they won 6 races outright and podiumed on 2 more. They beat the Porsche factory team's car. Tony won driver of the year beating Mark Donohue. After one of the raced the head of Porsche Racing made his way out to the hotel where the U27 team was stays, he looked them up just so he could congratulate them in person.
Sadly Tony passed away a couple of years ago from brain cancer. He was a good friend and will be missed dearly. He spoke at length about all the cars he raced, still sharp and remembering every detail. He was fond of U27 because it was the car that launched his career.
You can read Tony's take on the story by visiting his website which is still up and running: http://www.a2zracer.com
This car was built around 2008, it has seen light vintage racing and exhibition use. The engine has just been removed and fully rebuilt as of June 2020 so that it is fresh for the new owner. It can be used in vintage racing as it is with very little prep. The chassis is a 1968 912 with a title. For the money this is a no brainer historic looking racecar that could not be built today for the same asking price.
Quick walk around of the car
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