Luftgekühlt is basically an outdoor art installation with priceless Porsche race cars and restored air cooled Porsches everywhere you look. The experience is truly mind-boggling.
If you really want to know about Luftgekühlt, I touched on it all in part one of our coverage. And if you think we're still exaggerating? Then maybe we should start with this 1976 934 Turbo RSR, one of thirty-one ever made.
Built to meet Group 4 FIA rules, the Porsche 934 was a race car that closely resembled the street-car that it was based upon—the 930. Despite having a large single turbo and being notorious for being pretty challenging to drive, many campaigned with great success.
The Porsche 934 was part of the factory 911 racing efforts in the 1970s, but it was usually upstaged by the larger, wilder looking, 935. The 934 was also called the RSR Turbo and was engineered for Group 4 racing. It made its debut in 1976 alongside its Group 5 sibling, the 935.
The Porsche 934 was homologated by the sale of the production 930 road car and was the race car that bore the closest resemblance to the 930 with its original headlights, bumpers, door trim, and even electric, glass windows. In fact, aside from the removal of the rear seats, some trim, soundproofing material, the addition of an aluminum roll cage, and front strut X-brace, the 934 could almost pass for a stripped-out 930 street car.
After this particular 934 was imported to the United States, it was mechanically restored and upgraded by Canepa to street specifications for Seinfeld's collection. Maybe we'll see this 934 in a future episode of his Netflix show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Since only thirty-one examples were ever built, it was a treat to see this rare sight at Luftgekühlt 6.
I never expected to see this 1979 Momo 935 factory car parked in the back lot of Universal Pictures. This very car was one of the last legendary 935s to be produced by Porsche, and last to carry a 930 VIN.
The 935 is the ultimate 911 race car. Our internet research led us to find out that it was bought and raced in IMSA in 1979 by Gianpiero Moretti, the founder of MOMO (which stands for MOretti MOnza), it won the Italian road rally Giro D'Italia in 1979. After a successful season, this 935 was sold to Jim Busby for another year in the IMSA Championship.
This same 935 was apparently later sold to Pepe Romero and Tico Almeida and was raced at the 1986 24 Hours of Daytona. After finishing Daytona, it was retired from professional competition. Drivers in its competition-days included Hurley Haywood and Bruce Canepa, and since, has been meticulously restored to its factory body style and original livery. Just beautiful!
We couldn't find very much info on this particular car, but according to the folks at Luftgekühlt, this 1992 964 RS Lightweight above was originally delivered to Japan and mechanically restored in Germany before it made its way to the show.
This white car is the last factory-built Porsche 935. Owned by Bruce Canepa since 1979, Canepa campaigned this car in IMSA from the 1979-1982 racing seasons. Now, it's actively raced in historic events.
One of the most successful Group 5 racing cars designed, the 935 was a threat to all manufacturers and is considered to be one of the best road-racing cars of all time. The 935 platform, introduced in 1977, was used well into the early 1980s and became the basis for many winning privateer designs.
We were told that this 1979 935 street-car replica was built from an original German-market 930 that was imported into Sweden in the 1980s and rebuilt by a well known Swedish Porsche rallycross builder into a 935 street car. It was then put into a barn in the 1990s and left untouched for twenty years.
It was rediscovered five years ago in Sweden by a former member of Speedhunters, and was recently imported into the US. The car has been painted by Ornamental Conifer from Race Service into an art car and is about to be rebuilt and modernized by Bisimoto.
What you're seeing above is a perfect condition, low mileage 1996 Porsche 993 Turbo that was built by Kelly Moss Racing to accurate factory GT2 EVO 1 race car specs for competition. According to the Luftgekühlt website, its modifications include:
- GT2 spec bodywork
- Factory-new old-stock GT2 roll cage
- Motor built by SPE
- Upgraded KKK K16/K24 turbos
- Tune by EVOMS
- Fabspeed headers & exhaust
- GT2 transmission
- Guard LSD
- Solid body & transmission mounts
- Porsche motorsports RS shifter & clutch
- ERP monoball suspension
- Moton coilovers
- Brembo F50 brakes
- BBS Motorsport E88 wheels.
It really is mind-blowing to think of how many epic air cooled Porsche vehicles were in attendance in one place at Luftgekühlt 6. We truly regret that it took us so long to attend this event, but we can be one-hundred-percent sure that we won't miss another Luftgekühlt.
Story and Photos by Antonio Alvendia
Antonio Alvendia is an aficionado of cameras, rare wheels, hip hop, and obscure aftermarket car accessories. He bought his first E39 Touring after seeing M5 Estates on photo trips to Europe, and now has sights set on restoring a classic Mercedes. Antonio was a principal photographer on the limited edition hardcover book on Singer Vehicle Design's Porsche 911 builds, entitled One More Than Ten. Future goals include returning to the Nurburgring to shoot the N24 race and driving the Nordschleife again. ••• Instagram : @MOTORMAVENS