Forty-five year ago, Herbert Müller and Gijs van Lennep raced the Martini-liveried #8 1973 911 RSR to Porsche’s eleventh and final victory in the Targa Florio Italian road race. Five years ago, Southern California-based enthusiast Simo Veharanta traveled to Germany to visit the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. While lots of historic machines caught his eye, it was the Martini RSR that he fell in love with. Seeing that vintage racer in the flesh evoked the adolescent fantasies of a kid once just learning about Porsches. Shortly after returning to the States, he knew which car he wanted to build next.
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Since the 1973 Targa winner is in Porsche’s possession and is not for sale, Veharanta set out to build a tribute (a.k.a. a clone or replica) to the original. But the final result would be more than just an elaborate paint and sticker job. His goal was to recreate a car like the real #8 that had also been updated with components he thought the factory would have used if they were available at the time.
To start, Veharanta, who operates SV Automotive Engineering in Ontario, California, began by sourcing a Euro-spec, non-sunroof 1978 911 3.0 SC. It was completely disassembled, media-blasted to bare metal, and then coated with Glasurit primer. Next came some metal work to relocate the hood latch to accept the long hood and fenders from a 1973 911. Veharanta then flew in a specialist from Finland who TIG welded on the factory 911 Turbo (930) flares.
For the bumpers, Veharanta worked with Getty Design to reshape them to match the flare of the original 930 fenders. The Silver Metallic paint is the correct shade for 1973 911s, and the replicated Martini striping and sponsor logos
were custom made by Dan Porter of Magnagraphix in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The underpinnings are primarily from a 930, including the torsion tube and rear trailing arms. A few exceptions are the Rebel Racing coilovers that replaced the torsion springs and Rebel Racing’s adjustable rear anti-roll bar. The front anti-roll bar is an original factory adjustable part Veharanta had at his shop. The braking system is also from a 930, with custom cooling ducts in front.