Films: This 1968 Porsche 911L Was Just A Dream

This 1968 Porsche 911L Was Just A Dream

“If I have a big smile on my face,” says Spike Feresten. “I know I’ve made a wonderful decision…and this car delivers it every time.”

Spike says a lot of that’s due to the car’s sound, “…just a hair under illegal; inside, it’s a one-car Trans-Am race”. He’s not joking: his beloved 1968 Porsche 911L is actually a factory race car built in period for Trans-Am competition. That’s right: he’s able to drive this ex-race car on the streets and through L.A.’s famous nearby canyons.

“I never knew I was destined to be someone who craves the experience of a street legal race car. I don’t mean racing on the streets, just driving a race car on the street!” he says. “That’s the whole car experience, living a life beyond my wildest car dreams.”

Through a series of coincidences, the car is famous for other reasons—not only was it raced in period by comedian “Dickie” Dick Smothers but it featured in period Porsche advertisements, and was even a prized poster on a friend’s wall.

“What do you mean, it’s got a title? I could put a license plate on that, and just, drive it and pick up groceries? For me, that’s irresistible.”

Season 3 of Spike Feresten’s Car Matchmaker begins June 22 nd 9/8c on Esquire Network. Look forward to appearances by Keanu Reeves, Jerry Seinfeld, CJ Wilson, Karreuche Tran and more.

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Victor Early
Victor Early

Really nice 911 and video. So Cal is always a great place to run and film these cars. One observation is that Spike over-clutched while shifting, early in the video. We have all done this at some point in our driving but spike did it on film!

Ian Paul
Ian Paul
I agree with Jeremy this was a very likeable video . Like Robert I like to marvel at the huge skill and determination of the people that the videos often feature that rebuild cars from sorry wrecks, I sadly dont have these skills and therefore the sensations I get are of a vicarious nature mixed with a feeling of regret. Spike dropped a couple of names but since they meant nothing to me, and I guess entertainers are used to having to sell themselves whenever they are in the media, I can forgive him that. Actually Spike’s description of the… Read more »
Jeremy DeConcini
Jeremy DeConcini

I liked it quite a bit, so maybe it isn’t the rarest of rare Porsches, but a cool car, cool owner, interesting backstory, solid Petrolicious video! I think the comments on this one are indicating that as an audience we are getting pretty spoiled by this site, keep up the good work!

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

The breadth of this series is nothing short of amazing.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
I enjoy these Petrolicious videos so much that I am never negative about any of the content. And this video really is lushly filmed with beautiful footage of an iconic 911 in the hills near Malibu. However, the narrative on this video I find, well, simply odd. This is an almost stock ‘luxury’ model 911, with a roll bar, and some very light modifications for stock racing, like the open exhaust. The car is not a 911 T/R. It is not even a 911S. So of course you can drive it to get groceries. It is almost a dead-stock car.… Read more »
Cropper
Cropper

Lovely video. Spike and Petrolicious are fantastic storytellers in both video and word. The provenance of the car helps too. Thanks.

Chris Ribbe
Chris Ribbe

double thumbs up for:
protoagonist + photography + sound+ setting + story

Jim Levitt
Jim Levitt

A great big HUH?
My first Porsche was a 911L
No 911Ss for 1968 went to the USA, it was the smogged (with backfiring air pump) for 1968 only 911L (luxury).
They are NOT race cars

Robert Gawlas
Robert Gawlas

so basically you guys are calling him a liar.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Wasn’t the 911 T/R the factory race car with homologation, in 1968? Spike’s car, however pretty, is an “L” with a roll bar, open exhaust, and some interior trim removed, enhanced by an interesting ownership record.

Jim Levitt
Jim Levitt

Whether of not this one really is that car, it was a basic 911L with some MINOR changes for racing

Brompty
Brompty

Another great video – Petrolicious seems to excel when a Porsche is involved.

Flash
Flash

Yeah, great video and car.
I think its great that the best noise is just simply the engine performing.
No gimmicks required to make motoring music.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Great film as always, although me being me would have much rather heard about Spike’s Ferrari 365GTC4 (as seen in his Instagram feed) than the 911 with the interesting history.

DP193
DP193

What a lucky lad. Spike buys a used car on a car lot.
It turns out to be something with huge provenance.
What are the odds of that ever happening again?
Nice production Valkyr/Petro

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