1974 Porsche 911 Carrera ‘Kremer 935’
Chassis no. 9114601025
Engine no. 6641445
- Owned from new by the late Mickie Most of RAK Records.
- Special order preparation by Kremer Racing from a 1974 2.7 MFI Carrera.
- Engine Type 911/83 (2.7 Carrera RS).
- Matching numbers.
- Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.
- To begin to understand the significance and collectability of this unique car, we must first explore the origins of the 1974 Carrera 2.7 MFI and the history behind the legendary Porsche Kremer Racing team in Cologne, Germany.
A continuation of the coveted 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS Touring version, this particular 1974 model carried over the same engine, transmission, brakes and largely the same suspension setup from its predecessor. The identical type 911/83 RS-specification engine produced the same output, although few original-specification Carrera 2.7 MFI’s survive today due to being modified into RS replicas.
Then there is the infamous Porsche Kremer Racing. Renowned for their tuned Porsche racing cars and long motorsport history, Kremer Racing won the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans with their own 935 K3 with Klaus Ludwig and American brothers Don and Bill Whittington.
Following this outstanding achievement it is believed that the Formula One team owner Walter Wolf approached Porsche with the intention of acquiring an evolution model of the 935 K3 and making it street legal. Porsche hesitated to take on such a request, so Wolf instead approached Kremer Racing directly.
Kremer Racing, in collaboration with Ekkehard Zimmerman, eventually agreed to take on this unprecedented project. Far from a replica K3, the end result was that Kremer built and delivered a genuine Le Mans specification Kremer K3 simply for street use. It is likely that the Walter Wolf K3 was the inspiration for Mickie Most’s ‘935’ Kremer, which was specified in a similar colour scheme.
The story behind this car is also an unusual one. This 1974 Porsche Carrera 2.7 MFI was ordered by the music company EMI in Germany and we believe was presented as a gift to the late music producer Mickie Most of RAK Records. It was registered on the 27th of August 1974 at his home address in London.
Due to the car’s unique specification as a RHD model it was collected directly from the factory in Stuttgart, by Most, and was a special order placed directly with Porsche in Germany by Wilfried Jung, the Managing Director for Central Europe at EMI, on behalf of Mickie Most.
After being specified by Most and ordered by Jung, photographs show the 2.7 MFI with export plates being collected in person from the factory by Most. The car was ordered with bodywork patterned after the silver Motor Show Turbo that had debuted at the 1973 Frankfurt IAA. Technically, the car came with Carrera 3.0 RSR bodywork instead of the production Turbo 3.0 body, including RSR-style rear quarters along RS’s front and rear bumpers. Additional styling cues from the ‘911 Turbo’ Show Car included white ‘Carrera’ side stripes and 7J/8J x 15 Fuchs with polished lips. Originally silver with a midnight blue interior, the Kremer is now finished with custom requested paintwork of dark racing blue with orange stripes.
Most was best known for his music hits with The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, The Nashville Teens, Donovan and Jeff Beck, and was also a Porsche enthusiast. The Kremer was part of his private collection that also included 356’s and other 911 Carreras.
Years later, personal correspondence between Mickie Most and Wilfried Jung document the discussion and eventual decision to send the car to Kremer Racing in 1983 for a complete race conversion to their famous Kremer Group 5 ‘Street 935’ version.
Kremer initially offered Most the choice between a new 3.3L Turbo or a 3L 911 SC to use as the base model for the 935, estimated at a cost of £18,000 and £25,000 respectively. However, Most chose to supply his own 1974 Porsche Carrera 2.7 MFI instead. His decision makes this a very special order and one that is probably unique and incomparable to any other Kremer.
The invoice from Kremer Racing to Most shows a detailed inventory of the work carried out including other special upgrades such as racing anti-roll bars, different suspension settings, oil cooler integrated into the front air dam, and lightweight magnesium ‘Fuchs’ alloys.
Kremer carried out a full body restoration, which included a complete repaint in a ‘one-off’ dark racing blue with orange stripes. The car still retains this livery. This included the following modifications:
- Flat 935 front end and new front valance incorporating the headlights.
- Front fibreglass wings and wide fibreglass rear arches.
- New doors.
- ‘935’ rear spoiler.
- Integrated racing wing mirrors.
- Race front air dam.
- New front suspension with uprated anti-roll bars.
- Lightweight magnesium racing ‘Fuchs’ alloys – rear 11×15 and front 8×15.
- Oil cooler in front air dam.
The Kremer still retains the original ‘midnight’ interior, which was a popular ‘special’ option at the time. Many of the 2.7 MFI’s were since restored with black interiors, which now makes the subtle ‘midnight’ option rare. Aside from the Kremer race preparation, this car has been immaculately preserved and retains its originality in every other respect.
This extraordinary Kremer 935 is presented in excellent, unmolested and original condition and has been owned by the Most (Hayes) family from new. Maintained in its original Kremer condition ever since, the car currently has the registration number 7 RAK in tribute to the previous registration number RAK 8, which was retained by the family.
An absolute pleasure to drive, the Kremer combines the everyday practicality of its original Carrera 2.7 MFI with the astounding performance, dramatic weight reduction and striking looks of the Kremer 935. Poised and direct in its handling, this a wonderful street racing car that is also very drivable.
The Decca 8-track and Decca speakers installed at special request by Most is a reminder of the iconic music that would presumably have been played in this car before it was officially released.
As a one-off with such unusual pedigree, this opportunity to acquire a historic Kremer is not one to be missed by the discerning collector.
Private registration is available by separate negotiation.