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RHD 1967 911S Rallye
June 1st, 2020
The 1967 911S was widely used in competition and a small number of cars were clearly ordered with that in mind. At least four were supplied in competition spec in the UK – it’s probable there were others, but not many. The first on the list is Dickie Stoop’s silver car. The experienced racer ordered it with a rally kit and special engine mods, a Nurburgring ratio gearbox, a limited slip diff, a 100-litre tank, a roll hoop and a passenger sports seat. At much the same time, in late-1966, fellow racer Gordon Durham ordered a similar car in Bahama yellow. It too came with a rally kit, a sport kit, an airfield ratio gearbox, a limited slip diff and a 100-litre tank.
 
What exactly was in the rally and sport kits? According to the factory’s Competition Driver parts list – the forerunner of its longer and more detailed Sports Purposes manual – the rally kit for the 911S consisted of a pair of bucket seats, with a sports seat such as Stoop’s a no-cost alternative, rubber floor mats and a driver’s foot rest, deletion of the bumper weights and the petrol heater, a competition clutch and flywheel, an upgraded alternator and some engine tuning. The sport kits were aimed at cars already fitted with a rally kit and gave a bit more power. Sport kit 1 consisted of rain hats to replace the air filter and housing, plus replacement chokes, jets and plugs for an extra 10bhp. Sport kit 2, as was supplied unfitted with Durham’s car, added an open megaphone-type exhaust for a further 5bhp.
 
The two cars were completed in mid-April 1967. The records say Stoop collected his from the factory and it’s probable that Durham also did so, as that was the policy with sport kit cars. In any event, the cars were photographed parked together on temporary German plates somewhere on their journey back to the UK or having just arrived here. A roll bar is just visible in the silver car as is a large cardboard box in the back of the Bahama yellow car – quite likely the unfitted exhaust. Stoop’s car was soon registered YOU 4 – the registration had previously been seen on his 356 Carrera and 904 – and Durham’s became OLL 2E. Stoop actively campaigned his car in domestic club racing in 1967 and the first part of the 1968 season, with a number of overall and class wins in his final dozen or so races. Durham used his more sparingly, but still managed a relay race and a couple of hill-climbs. The two cars are still around – Stoop’s is under restoration in the UK and Durham’s is in Australia.


The Stoop and Durham cars shortly after collection
 
Meanwhile, a third similarly-equipped car, also in Bahama yellow, had been ordered by London-based collector-dealer Dan Margulies. Co-driver Rob Mackie collected it from the factory in May and drove it down to Sicily where the pair competed in the Targa Florio, coming an impressive eleventh overall and second in class behind a factory-entered 911S driven by Bernard Cahier and Jean-Claude Killy. As with many of the other competition cars, the standard skinny Fuchs were swapped for wider steel wheels on the event. Margulies and Mackie went on to achieve a class win with the car at Mugello in July. It was registered OLL 4E on its return to the UK.


Dan Margulies and Robert Mackie on the 1967 Targa Florio
 
The fourth competition-spec car on our list was ordered by Karl Richardson, this time in Polo red. It was also the last UK-ordered 1967 911S. The car was collected from the factory in June by Brian Joscelyne, who hill-climbed it at Mont Ventoux in the same month. As with Margulies’ car, it did its first event on temporary German plates. Richardson then hill-climbed the car at Ollon Villars in August. It took part in the Brighton speed trials back in the UK before reappearing in son Jeremy’s hands, and now registered OLL 8E, at Mont Ventoux in 1968. Richardson’s name may be less familiar than some, but he was a keen sprinter and hill-climber who ran a Ferrari 250 GTO and a Ford GT40 at much the same time as his 911S. Sadly, it appears that neither Margulies’ car or Richardson’s has survived – though we would love to be wrong about that! 
 
It’s probable a handful of other competition spec cars came to the UK. The records suggest another three were factory-collected, which suggests an enthusiastic owner and/or a non-standard spec. That would make something like seven in total. More generally, the following year’s 911 T Rallye or TR is often credited with being the first version of the model that could be ordered from the factory in something close to competition-ready spec. It seems the less widely-celebrated rally- and sport-kit equipped 1967 911 S Rallye cars fulfilled the same function a year earlier. As it happens, they were almost as rare in right hand drive.

Photo credit Andrew Wansink and Archives Maurice Louche. 

Robert Barrie

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