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Colorful character: Rally-winning 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera MFI Safari heads to auction

This colorful 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera MFI Safari is up for auction later this month.

Photo courtesy of Silverstone Auctions
When it's in a competition, it's a winning streak of pink, yellow, and silver. This 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera MFI Safari Rally Car is headed to auction with the model set to cross the block during the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Live Online Auction this spring.

The Tuthill Porsche 911 started its life in January 1975 as a relatively rare Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe. The models were only produced from 1974 to 1976 and were mechanically identical to the 1973 Carrera RS.

It was converted to a rally car in the early 1990s and campaigned extensively by legendary Irish driver, Billy Coleman. Coleman is Ireland's most successful motorsport rally driver—in 20 years of racing he has claimed 29 victories.

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera MFI SafariModifications to the Porsche have made it ready for off-roading competitions.Photo courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera MFI Safari

In 1998, the car was hired for The RAC Historic rally by Silverstone Auctions Managing Director, Nick Whale. Recognizing its power and prowess, Whale purchased the car and continued to race it, wining the 1999 Safety Devices Rally Challenge outright. It also won the British Historic Rally Championship held in 2000 over eight rounds, four tarmac and four gravel events.

The car was sold in May 2002 and rallied by new owners for the next decade. It would then be converted by Tuthills into a full house East African Safari spec rally car.

"We are thrilled to offer a car with such outstanding history and one that I have previously owned and won in, for our first sale of 2021," said Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions Managing Director. "The 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera MFI Safari Rally Car really is a credit and privilege to offer in our tenth year as the official auction partner for Race Retro!"

The interior of the 911 is rally-ready.Photo courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

The car has competed in and finished four East African Safari events. In 2017, the car took the top spot on the podium, winning it outright, with driver Ryan Champion behind the wheel.

This Porsche 911 was even selected by Porsche Club GB as one of 30 specially invited cars to attend as well as participating in Porsches 50th Birthday celebrations at Brands Hatch circuit in 2018.

The car comes with MSA papers and an FIA HTP.

The Tuthills modifications are valued at £40,000. Newly built cars today are around £300,000 plus VAT.

The car features a lifted body style.Photo courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

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2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

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This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTSMy SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTSThe pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTSI'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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