After circumnavigating the globe three times, it's coming up for auction this month.
Porsche has made no small number of competition machinery in its long history. Not just circuit racers, either, but rally cars, too. Yet none have put on as many miles in competition as this one right here.
It's a 1976 911 Carrera that was modified in-period for sliding around off-road, and it's done plenty of that in the past four decades. In fact it's driven the equivalent of circumnavigating the world no less than three times, which is hard to wrap our heads around. But if you play your cards right, you could be the one to own and drive it next.
Chassis number 9117600881 was originally built to contest the 1977 London Sydney Marathon – the longest rally ever run – which it lead into Singapore, but got bogged down in the sand and lost to a Mercedes. It entered the same grueling event again in 2004, and in between and since has run the Australian Safari Rally twice, the Targa Tasmania, and the East African Classic Safari Rally (to name just a few of the events in which it's competed). And it's all documented in a hundred pages of archival material.
The rally-spec 911's competition history is impressive, to be sure, but suckers that we are for aesthetics, what really caught our attention is how splendid it looks – decked out in iconic Martini Racing livery, festooned with all manner of off-road equipment, and extensively "weathered" by its punishing experiences.
The car is sure to catch a fair bit of attention when it crosses the auction block as well. Bonhams estimates it'll fetch over half a million dollars at its Goodwood Revival sale on September 14. If only we had the cash on hand to place a competitive bid ourselves.