His­tory of the Hen­ninger RSR

Total 911 - - Carrera 3.0 Rs V Rsr -

Chas­sis num­ber 911 560 9123 is reg­is­tered as a 1975 911 Car­rera IROC RSR, thought to be one of the last RSRS made by the fac­tory – no other ex­am­ples have been doc­u­mented with later VINS.

Ac­cord­ing to Porsche records the car was sold in Jan­uary 1975 to a New York dealer. Fin­ished in Grand Prix Weiss (R4 code) and de­liv­ered in race trim (code M491), it was then owned and raced by Lud­wig Heim­rath, a Cana­dian rac­ing driver with Ger­man ori­gins. As far as the his­tor­i­cal in­quiry goes, Mr Heim­rath worked at the Porsche fac­tory be­fore leav­ing the coun­try for Canada. Heim­rath raced this car in the 1975 Camel GT se­ries with con­sid­er­able suc­cess. Heim­rath was sup­ported by the Ger­man beer maker, Hen­ninger, which is the liv­ery the car sports to­day.

Af­ter a crash at the end of 1975 the orig­i­nal shell – mi­nus en­gine and gear­box – was sent back to the fac­tory for re­pair.

The fac­tory also sent a re­place­ment chas­sis (006-0024), which was raced with the orig­i­nal en­gine and gear­box from 9123 un­til 1977. Chas­sis 9123 was even­tu­ally sent back to Heim­rath, but as he was busy rac­ing in the re­place­ment RSR, the chas­sis was sold in 1980, go­ing on to trade hands sev­eral times un­til 1988, by which time the rolling chas­sis was found in weeds out­side a work­shop and in need of restora­tion.

With the restora­tion and me­chan­i­cal build com­pleted in Jan­uary 1991, the car went rac­ing once again, win­ning races in the Porsche Club of Amer­ica rac­ing se­ries. The car was raced un­til 1996, at which time the owner re­tired from driv­ing and the car was placed in stor­age un­til restora­tion in 2004. Its owner at the time, Gary Quast, tracked down the orig­i­nal en­gine and gear­box and in­stalled it into the car.

In 2004 the car came to Europe, re­sid­ing in Brus­sels, where it stays to­day. Dis­played for al­most a year in the Porsche Mu­seum in 2013, the car has also been raced all over Europe and is main­tained by 911 Mo­tor­sport, a lead­ing his­toric car main­te­nance con­cern.

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