One of the most spectacular cars in motor sports history is the Porsche 935, a model based on the 911 introduced in 1976, which served to promote the superiority of the turbo technology that the German brand had begun to use precisely in that year in its road models. The car continued to evolve, taking as its ultimate exemplar the exotic 935 L1, built in the United States.
Porsche’s racing department had halted the development of the 935 after 1979, but the model remained competitive, and private teams continued to seek to extract more tenths of a second from the already unbeatable fireball. In 1982, Bob Akin, a pilot who regularly participated in the IMSA Championship, an American competition for very modified GT, commissioned a special Porsche 935. It is this special Porsche that is on sale on the site of the James Edition auction house, where it should have a final price higher than one million pounds.
The car was built by Louis Gaa’s GaaCo, receiving a special aluminium chassis, while the front section was taken directly from the Lola T600, a new competition prototype that had begun to attract the limelight to the veteran 935. To equip this version in particular, a 3-liter to 3.2-liter, “stretched” Andial engine was used, reaching 800 hp maximum power. Unfortunately, it arrived too late. It raced at Le Mans in 1982, where it lasted only two hours, and its best result was only fourth place in a 6-hour race in Mid-Ohio, where Akin had the company of factory driver Hurley Haywood.