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You need this racing Porsche 934/5 and matching VW bus

Drop everything: these Martini-liveried wonders are coming up for auction

Porsche 934/5 VW transporter Martini livery
  • Shut up and take my money.

    Get in line, friend. What you’re looking at is possibly one of 2017’s finest ‘what would my ideal two-car garage look like?’ scenarios. In the Martini-liveried corner, we have a gorgeous, race-proven Porsche 934/5.

    And in the other, um, Martini-liveried corner, we have a rather delectable 1977 Volkswagen Transporter van.

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  • Two for one? Like I say, shut up and take my money. Now.

    Not that simple, unfortunately. For while both cars share the same livery and are pictured together, they are in fact separate lots in an auction.

    Both will feature at Bonhams’s upcoming Spa Classic sale, which takes place on 21 May at, well, where else? The Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

  • Ah, the home of the famous Eau Rouge.

    Indeed. And what better car than the 934/5 you see above? The Porsche 934 was the company’s Group 4 customer competition car, while the fabled 935 was Group 5’s ‘silhouette’ formula.

    The story goes however, that a lot of customers took 934s and modified them to conform to Group 5 rules, with body kits supplied by Porsche.

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  • What’s underneath?

    A flat-six turbo (remember, they’re all from the 911 Turbo line) producing around 450bhp. So plenty to keep you occupato while fighting off fellow historic racers.

  • Where did this one originate?

    Kremer racing were the first to own this Martini-liveried excellence, before it was in the custody of a Mr Edgar Dören – apparently known as ‘Mr Porsche’ (because he liked Porsches).

    Dören was said to have campaigned the Le Mans 24 Hours six times, and was also quite keen on the Nürburgring too: in 1988, as a privateer team, he won the Nürburgring 24 Hours outright in a 911 RSR.

  • How much is it?

    We’re told this 934/5 was soon put to rest, remaining unused for many years before Professor Michael Rudnig bought it, and had it ‘prepared’ by PS-Automobile. He would then use the Porsche to campaign in historic races.

    Bonhams reckons it’ll fetch between €320,000 to €400,000, so count on around £340k if it goes at the top end of the scale. Which it might.

  • OK, that’s £340k for the Porsche. How much for the bus?

    Ah, a lot more reasonable. Sort of. Up to £47k for this lovely little Transporter, which is a friendly-faced classic.

    Just look at it!

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  • I’m looking. It’s brill. Tell me more.

    Originally conceived in the late 1940s, it was based on the Beetle’s floorpan and running gear. Thus, it was known as the Type 2 (the Beetle being the Type 1).

  • Enough with the history lesson. It is an actual transporter?

    It’s a second-gen Type 2, an original bus version that’s been modified to serve as a historic racing support vehicle.

    Hence the Martini livery, white adhesive sheets covering the side windows, a sunroof, tow bar, and an engine upgrade. This bit is interesting.

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  • Please tell me it’s got a flat-six turbo from a 935?

    No, but the engine is a Porsche unit. It’s a 2.1-litre T4 unit lifted from a Porsche 914, with twin 40mm carbs, to help produce 110bhp.

    So, you need around £390k for the pair of them. Bargain, if you ask us...

    A line from Bonhams: “A most stylish and surprisingly quick mode of transport, and surely a welcome site at any historic race meeting."

  • A little more wing please.

    You got it.

  • And the dash?

    OK.

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