It's a little banged up, but that only makes it cooler.
By now, you probably know that drifting extraordinaire Ken Block has a new monster to attack the Pikes Peak hillclimb with, and it's a Porsche 911 with 1,400 horsepower and barely a smidge over 2,200 pounds of weight. But what you may not know is that this is not Block's first purpose-built Porsche. At the East Africa Classic Rally, another old Porker was his weapon of choice. As is often the case when he's done with his toys, Block is now selling his rear-engine Porsche rally car, and it remains in 'as raced' condition, meaning you'll need to budget extra for a power wash and some fixes here and there.
The car in question is a 1978 Porsche 911 SC 'Safari' and was reinforced with a strengthened shell, along with a number of Tuthill Porsche upgrades (which took around 350 hours to complete) to ensure that it could survive the 3,100-mile event earlier this year. Powered by a 3.0-liter flat-six engine that was fully rebuilt to safari specifications and producing around 280 horsepower, this unique, rear-driven, manually-shifted racer is only made cooler by the fact that it has been used as intended. The underbody has metal skid plates, you've got safari roof bars to help keep the bumpers intact, and there's also a set of aerodynamically enhanced wing mirrors with LED spotlights. A safari roof vent keeps you cool while competing, and Perspex windows keep the weight down.
15-inch Braid alloy wheels are wrapped in 205/65 Dunlop Direzza 86RW rubber, and the cabin is stripped out with lightweight door cards and a pair of Recaro buckets. A welded-in roll cage helps keep your head in one piece, and you also get plumbed-in fire extinguishers, a heated windscreen, and a wheel nut gun (among other tools) to help in the event of a breakdown on a rally stage. Amazingly, all of this has not made the car illegal to drive on the roads - at least not in the UK, where it is currently attracting a bid of £20,250 on Collecting Cars. In our money, that's just $25,600 at today's exchange rates, which makes it a very attractive sum for someone seeking a proper racecar with celebrity provenance. The bid closes this Sunday, June 5, so act fast if you're interested.