Córka niezwykłego tatusia zawsze może liczyć na nietuzinkowe auto, zwłaszcza jeżeli ojcem jest Ferdinand Piech, wieloletni prezes i przewodniczonący rady nadzorczej Volkswagen AG. Porsche 916 Brutus to wykonany w jednym egzemplarzu prototyp, z zaszczepionym do nadwozia 914 ponad 300-konnym silnikiem 2,9 l z modelu 911 Carrera RSR. O ile prototypowych 916 powstało w sumie 11 sztuk, to wszystkie pozostałe zadowolić musiały się mniejszą i słabszą jednostką 2,4 l z 911S. Centralnie umieszczony silnik zdziałać mógł cuda, a model nie został wdrożony do produkcji ponoć jedynie dlatego, by nie podkopać pozycji 911. Od 1971 do 1974 samochód służył wiernie Corinie Piech, która zdecydowała się w nim tylko kilkukrotnie zmienić wnętrze, w czym pomagał dział designu i Tony Lapine. Od 1974 auto kilkukrotnie zmieniało właścicieli, trafiło do USA i popadło w niełaskę. Odkryte ponownie, przeszło trwającą 3 lata kompleksową renowację, uwieńczoną prezentacją na konkursie elegancji na wyspie Amelia w 2017 roku. Wycena tak unikatowego pojazdu to z pewnością niełatwe zadanie. Rzadkością jest, aby tak ważny dla historii marki egzemplarz znajdował się poza fabrycznym muzeum. Dom aukcyjny Artcurial ten skarb wylicytował za 800 tysięcy euro (około 3,9 miliona złotych po doliczeniu opłat aukcyjnych).
1971 Porsche 916 prototype “Brutus”
Estimation 800,000 – 1,200,000 €
Location: Salon Rétromobile Hall 2.1 Paris Expo – Porte de Versailles 75015 Paris
Date: 08 feb. 2019 14:00
Auctioneer: Hervé Poulain
Chassis n° 9141430195
– The Prototype for the 916, car used by Corina Piëch
– Factory-designed unique prototype
– The only Porsche 916 to be fitted with a 2.9L RSR engine from new
– Owned by Porsche for Corina Piëch’s use
– Exceptional restoration
“Brutus”: the explanation for the rather provocative name lies under the rear bootlid of this very special Porsche: an experimental flat-six 2.9-litre, mid-positioned factory engine, capable of over 300 bhp. It was given the nickname by Corina Piëch, whose father, Ferdinand Piëch, (Ferry Porsche’s nephew), was very involved in the development of touring and competition Porsche at that time, including the 917. This prototype car was designed with the aim of adding the power the 914 lacked, to compete with mid-engined sports cars like the Dino 246 GT. This also risked upsetting the 911’s career which was under threat at that time.
Brutus was the first prototype model of 11 cars built for this purpose. Although the cars used the 914/6 bodyshell (a model limited to 2-litres), everything else was heavily modified. Brutus was the only 916 to be equipped with a factory 2.9-litre injection RSR engine, whilst the other ten cars were given a 2.4-litre 911S engine. For this reason, a rev counter graduated to 10,000 rpm was installed and the car received a more sophisticated lubrication system. Brutus was also the only Porsche 916 to be given an 85-litre competition fuel tank. The others had a 100-litre tank positioned at the front that required strengthening bars. To add extra rigidity, the Targa roof was welded to the body.
Ultimately, this experiment by Ferdinand Piëch didn’t lead anywhere, probably because the car’s performance was so close to that of the 911. However, this first factory owned prototype remained in the family, given to Corina Piëch for her personal use. She drove it around for a few years, and had the interior modified several times by Tony Lapine’s design department.
In April 1974, this unusual car was sold for the sum of 27500 DM to Colonel Robert E. Hartvigsen, then stationed with the Canadian forces in Lahr, Germany. In 1978, Brutus was sent back to the factory for a major overhaul of the running gear and suspension. Work was carried out to the engine and gearbox at the same time (Porsche invoice of 12 649 DM). In April 1978, when Colonel Hartvigsen’s assignment came to an end, Brutus was exported to the US, and the car was first registered in America in October 1978.
A Porsche certificate, dated 29 April 1974, states that this 916 was a “limited production model: less than 10 vehicles of this model were built between 1971 and 1972.” It also indicates that “the reason this car has a 914-6 chassis number is that the standard body of a 914-6 was used to build this original prototype.”
When the Colonel died, the car remained in storage for a number of years before being discovered by a big US collector, who sold it to the current owner, a serious enthusiast of Porsche competition cars. At that time, the odometer was at 46000 km and the car was in poor condition. The presence of rust and some bad repairs necessitated a full unibody restoration and re-spray, which was carried out to the highest standards. Major mechanical work was also required, which was complex because of the particular engine and transmission. This work was carried out with the help of Drew Slaton (renowned US specialist for Porsche RSR). The owner also called on other specialists including Jürgen Barth and George Hussey, the great 914 expert who owned another 916 which was used as a model. For the interior, certain materials were sourced in Germany in order to maintain the car’s authenticity.
The work took three years and once finished, this Porsche 916 was presented at the Amelia Island concours d’élégance in March 2017. It was then exhibited at Porsche’s North American Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, for six months before being included in the marque retrospective at the superb Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.
The car is presented in exceptional condition today, thanks to its particularly thorough and careful restoration. It is a unique piece in Porsche history and a milestone in the marque’s evolution. It benefits from having transparent history and has been owned and driven by a member of the Porsche family. This is a car with a performance that was exceptional in its day. It will open doors for its new owner to all the most prestigious historic events around the world.
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Estimation 800 000 – 1 200 000 €