Why Buy A New Exotic When You Can Own A Porsche Indy Car Instead?


If you really are willing to sacrifice comfort for speed.

We see comments all the time that read something like "why buy a car with comfy seats, air conditioning, and navigation? I would strip all of that out and go full race car!" If you are one of the people who thinks this way then don't fret, because we have finally found the perfect expensive toy for you. Think about what car you would buy if you had a massive $400,000 to spend. Some of you might go for something like a Lamborghini Aventador, while others might shoot for a Rolls-Royce Phantom. But what if we told you you could have a classic Indy car?

We found a 1980 Porsche Parnelli Chassis which is currently offered for sale by Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, Florida. The car is being offered for $399,900, making it approximately the same price as new cars like the Rolls- Royce Phantom and Bentley Mulsanne. Those cars come with big twin-turbo V12 engines and tons of wood and leather. The Porsche race car comes with none of that, but it does have a 2.65-liter turbocharged flat-six racing engine from the 935. Porsche wanted to use this car to win the Indy 500, and was tested at the Ontario Motor Speedway in California which is almost identical to Indianapolis, and the car broke several track records.

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Unfortunately, the car was so dominant, the restrictions were placed on the car's boost and Porsche was eventually forced to throw in the towel for the 1980 race. While this car never raced, its engine became the basis for the Porsche 956 and 962 engines. The 956 was so good that it still holds the record for the fastest vehicle to ever lap the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife in six minutes and eleven seconds during qualifying for the 1000 km Sports Car race. So, there are many other cars that you could buy for $400,000, but if you really are one of those people who needs no luxury in your car, then this Porsche is for you.

Inside, there are absolutely no creature comforts. You do get a few simple gauges, but in typical classic race car fashion, they are tilted sideways and almost impossible to read. It is also a tight squeeze just to sit in this car comfortably, but at least it's fast. You could easily buy a new GT3 RS for this price, but those have so many unnecessary features like ABS, air conditioning, and even a touchscreen infotainment system. Let us know in the comments, would you actually buy this awesome race car, or would you be practical and buy something like a new 911 GT3 RS or a Ferrari? Photos courtesy of Champion Porsche/Cars.com.

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