1979 Kremer Porsche 935 K3

Photos: Johnny Miles

The Porsche 935 was a racing version of the Porsche 930, Porsche’s first turbocharged 911 road car, which it introduced in 1975. The 930 was shockingly fast on the road, and the 935 was equally dominant on the racetrack in the FIA Group 5 class for production-based race cars.

By 1978, the company stopped developing the 935 as part of their factory racing efforts, leaving the fate of the 935 in the hands of privateer teams. However, the factory continued to produce parts for the 935, which enabled Porsche privateers like Kremer Racing to race and continually refine the car. For the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans, Kremer successfully fielded a number of Kremer Porsche 935 K3s and ended up winning the overall race with this very car.

Not only did this car triumph at Le Mans, it is also one of only two production-based cars to ever take an overall victory at the 24-hour race ahead of the faster prototype racers (in the post-WWII era). The only other production-based car to achieve overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans was the McLaren F1 GTR in 1995.

The success of the Kremer Porsche 935 K3 prompted orders from around the world for similar vehicles, and a total of 13 K3s were produced by the small German shop. The specially tuned 800-hp 3.2-liter engines could push the cars past 200 mph and were a major reason that they remained competitive all the way up to 1985.

Today, this car is a part of the Bruce Meyer Collection, and it is on display as part of a special exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles entitled “Winning Numbers: The First, the Fastest, the Famous.”

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