Paul Newman Porsche – 1969 Porsche 911S

vintage racerBack in April, the Paul Newman/Bill Freeman 911S that the pair raced at Sebring in 1977 failed to sell at Mecum’s sale in Houston at a hammer bid of $325,000. Now, there’s another chance at a Newman/Freeman 911S that is apparently still owned by Newman Freeman Racing. This one is significantly less desirable, but it’s also significantly cheaper.

Whereas the Houston car was driven by Newman at one of the more prestigious endurance road races and subsequently campaigned in both Camel GT and IMSA (in both GTU and GTO), this car is represented as having only been a test car during its competitive days, reportedly at Willow Springs, Riverside and Phoenix International Raceway. So although this car was driven by Paul Newman, it was not raced by him, and that’s an important distinction. 

This is still a healthy, straight and original 2.5-liter 911S race car, however, and that counts for something. Last raced in 2007, it has Bilstein adjustable shocks, a dry sump oil system, modified 917 exhaust pipes, 15-gallon fuel cell, and Lexan side windows. The sale also comes with eight spare wheels and plenty of Newman Freeman Racing memorabilia. It’s too bad that this car doesn’t have a neat racing history to go along with it, but it would be better to just look at this as a solid 911S vintage racer first and foremost, and just let the Paul Newman connection be icing on the cake.

Check out the 1969 Porsche 911S here on eBay, where the “Buy It Now” price is set at $225,000 and open to offers.

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  1. What would PL say? SKIP

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