Eligible and sought after entry for rallies, events, and shows.
Ernest Messenger was drawn to the world of rally racing. He knew he wanted to compete, and he wanted to be competitive. In 1968 the Porsche 911 was the perfect weapon to challenge rallies in the U.S. and in Europe. Having taken 1st and 2nd at the Rally Monte Carlo the 911 was proving to be a fierce opponent. So in early 1968 an order was placed for a Porsche 911 with a long list of factory rally options. The car was built in June of 1968 and on its completion Mr. Messenger travelled to Germany to collect his 911 L and drive it throughout Europe.
At some point everything changed and Messenger decided that his coveted Porsche wasn't going to be raced after all. Instead the future of the rare short wheel base car was to be limited to driving only on the open road during weekend excursions. The 911L lived this pampered lifestyle until Mr. Messenger sold the car in 2003 showing only 99,500 miles. It has been in only two collectors hands ever since.
Thanks to Mr. Messenger’s change of heart we now have the fortune of presenting a numbers matching, rally spec survivor that is in excellent condition.
The car has undergone an extensive mechanical restoration and inspection to insure that all systems are in proper running condition. The original patina of the body and interior was not touched. The trunk, undercarriage and suspension have been refinished. The original engine and transmission have been completely rebuilt and upgraded. This 911L is ready for vintage racing, tours, or shows.
Porsche Certificate of Authenticity Options List:
US Equipment, Side Marker Reflectors
Limited Slip Differential
Engine Compartment Light with Chrome Lid
Blaupunkt Radio "New York" with Speaker and Manual Antenna
Tool Bin (in rear seat area)
Tinted Windshield, Side Glass, and Rear Window
Halogen Fog Lights - White
Skid Plates for Front suspension, Engine, and Transmission
All of these items are still on the car.
911R style 100 litre endurance fuel tank
7x15 911R rear wheels
Period correct racing seats, new racing seat belts
New H1 Headlights
Rebuilt engine to 2.2 specifications with new pistons and cylinders, Carrillo rods, and a new Elgin (906/S) cam. The heads have been ported and flowed, racing exhaust, MSD ignition, Turbo chain tensioners have been added.
What is FIVA Certification and what does it mean to you?
FIVA is Federation Internationale Vehicules Anciens. The federation was established in 1966 and is recognized as the world authority for historic vehicles by UNESCO and the United Nations. Today, FIVA unites the historic vehicle federations of more than 60 countries and over 1.5 million enthusiasts.
“The overall aim is to preserve and maintain in a drivable condition all road vehicles which fall under the FIVA HISTORIC VEHICLE DEFINITION.”
“FIVA defines a HISTORIC VEHICLE as a mechanically propelled road vehicle
- Which is at least 30 years old;
- Which is preserved and maintained in a historically correct condition;
- Which is not used as means of daily transport
- And which is therefore a part of our technical and cultural heritage.”
To achieve FIVA certification the car must be “scrutineered” by two independently appointed FIVA representatives. A detailed and thorough examination takes place comparing the car’s present condition with its original specifications using factory documentation and other sources. Prior to inspection the owner must submit a four page highly detailed application.
If the car successfully passes the scrutineering, a FIVA Identity Card is issued. Please refer to the copy of the card. You will note among other items it records the chassis and engine numbers, general and specific information about the car, complete record of ownership, any restoration and references.
IN ORDER TO PARTICIATE IN SUCH EVENTS AS MILLE MIGLIA, CONCORSO AT VILLA D’ESTE, TOUR AUTO AND RALLYE INT.DES ALPES HISTORIQUE, THE CAR MUST HAVE A FIVA IDENTITY CARD.
Each certificate categorizes the car with a letter and numeral. This 911 received the highly valued category of A/3. Following are FIVA’s definitions for A/3.
A HISTORIC VEHICLE to standard specification as delivered by the MANUFACTURER.
Minor PERIOD cosmetic changes and typical accessories available on the market in PERIOD may be acceptable.
One HISTORIC VEHICLE with known identity, wholly or partly dismantled, reconditioned and reassembled. Only minor deviations from MANURACTURER’S specification in case of unavailability of parts or materials are acceptable. Original MANUFACTURERER’S parts should be used where available, but may be replaced with others of the same specification. Interior, exterior, and exterior finish should be as close as possible to PERIOD SPECIFICATION.”
Although this 911 is largely original, the FIVA scrutineers classified it as restored because of the engine being rebuilt and some minor paint work.
Once the identify card has been issued a small green official FIVA sticker is affixed to the lower left hand corner of the windshield on the driver’s side. This serves as instant identification because the sticker bears the FIVA identification number. The owner can also carry a copy of the original FIVA identity card in the car. The original identity card is included with the documentation accompanying the car.
Why is FIVA certification important to you?
Organizers of prestige driving events and Concours d’Elegance in Europe are becoming much more stringent regarding authenticity of their entrants.
An auction report about a 1949 Fiat in Sports Car Market Magazine said “This car had a known history and a good degree of originality, it was ready to race-and with its FIVA passport it will be accepted everywhere.”
The American arm of FIVA is the Historic Vehicle Association that recognizes all FIVA identity cards.
Independent verification is important documentation.
The 2011 FIVA calendar of A events (there are also B events) included twenty-seven tours, Concours d’Elegance and regularity runs.
The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering awards a FIVA trophy. The selection committee was headed in 2011 by Horst Bruning, FIVA President and Chairman.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance awards a FIVA pre-war and FIVA post-war trophy.
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