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Made To Drive | S07 E23

This 1968 Porsche 911L Was Just A Dream

A rare car has found its enthusiastic steward in comedian Spike Feresten
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Xavier Petit Jean Boret
Xavier Petit Jean Boret(@xavier_petit_jean_boret)
2 years ago

This is one of the rarest Porsche race car back in 67/68, the 911L 901/30 that made me love 911s. These 901/30 engines were available on 911L only, something around 20 units. That engine was delivering 185HP, and that same car had a race palmares like no other and competed until 1970. Bruce Wetanson, Bruce Jennings among others raced those 911L. as FIA group 2 back, as there was a breach in the FIA rules. Remember, it was often Porsche 911 were stock and raced by gentlemen. On top those 911L were benefiting parts from the infamous Sport Purpose manual, allowing buyers to order Porsche Motorsport parts directly from the factory. So no, that 911L is not any similar to other regular ones. I own a 911L with a 901/54 gearbox and an upgraded 1968 S engine delivering 172 HP, a blast to drive. All the best.

canyon
canyon
4 years ago

What ..??

AndrewAllred
AndrewAllred(@andrewallred)
4 years ago

Does he read Word Up magazine though? Maybe some Salt’n’Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine…I’ll see myself out.

Egas Bastos
Egas Bastos(@egas_bastos)
4 years ago

can you guys tell me the name of the first music? the main one i know, its a porsche 911 🙂

Victor Early
Victor Early(@car27)
5 years ago

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!

Jeremy DeConcini
Jeremy DeConcini(@ymeabay)
5 years ago

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(@robert-in-la)
5 years ago

The breadth of this series is nothing short of amazing.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA(@robert-in-la)
5 years ago

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. It was designed and built to take the kids to school. An “L” weighs, with the roll bar, somewhere in excess of 2,350 pounds. With the “L” drtird smog legal engine it produces about 130 horse power. (The S engine does 160). The wheels are rather narrow. People do race almost completely stock cars. But racing a car in almost ‘stock’ trim does not make a mass production car that is almost ‘stock’, a ‘race’ car. The power to weight on this 911L is not particularly exciting. A base model US Spec ND Miata is significantly higher. The torsion bar suspension cannot easily be changed, so that would be in ‘Luxus’ trim. Spike is puzzling over the fact that a rather ordinary 1968 US specification 911, save for the advertising history and the open exhaust, can be used in a ordinary way. What’s to puzzle about? The handling is not going to be particularly exciting. A street legal NA or NB Miata tuned by one of Southern California’s exceedingly competent speed shops, would have more far more grip. I thought this series was bout cars, not about how many entertainment industry names you can mention in 8 minutes. In terms of the driving, at minute 4:58 Spike rounds a tight corner, not particularly quickly, and he over steers. At 4:59 he over-corrects. And at 5:00 he corrects from his correction. All this in a rather simple hair pin turn. The man is on camera. You would think he would be paying attention. In the Petrolicious series, we have heard some wonderful narratives about cars, their design, engineering, and the community of people who maintain mid-century performance cars. We have heard people who in every fiber of the being ‘know’ cars. And we have also seen some superb driving. And I look forward to videos that return to a focus on cars and the people who truly know them.

canyon
canyon
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert in LA

… way over critical ! It’s like the conversation regarding a over nighter . The regular guy,nothing special about him,getting more then lucky,scoring an overnighter,gorgeous in every way,generous,sexy and in super shape and out for fun and some exhaustion . He goes home whining about what f’n whore and easy pick up she was. .. I’d suggest you, R’La.. step back from your lofty throne of perfection,and allow for there to be those less then you out on the track enjoying the car of their dreams. He’s not out to fool anyone.. just there. Put away your calculator and enjoy life .

Cropper
Cropper(@cropper)
5 years ago

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(@cruisemulholland)
5 years ago

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

Jim Levitt
Jim Levitt(@jrl1194)
5 years ago

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

Jim Levitt
Jim Levitt(@jrl1194)
5 years ago
Reply to  Jim Levitt

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

Robert in LA
Robert in LA(@robert-in-la)
5 years ago
Reply to  Jim Levitt

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.

Robert Gawlas
Robert Gawlas(@fb_939862479397900)
5 years ago
Reply to  Jim Levitt

so basically you guys are calling him a liar.

Brompty
Brompty(@brompty)
5 years ago

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

Flash
Flash(@flash66)
5 years ago

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(@365daytonafan)
5 years ago

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(@dp193)
5 years ago

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