Mar. 16th 2012 – Auto of the day – 1980’s

To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 9, 2012. For further details please visit http://www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 1,498 CC DOHC TAG-Porsche V-6 Engine Bosch Motronic Electronic Fuel Injection Twin KKK Turbochargers Estimated 1,060 BHP (Qualifying Trim) at 12,500 RPM 6-Speed Getrag Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Drilled and Ventilated Disc Brakes 4-Wheel Independent Double-Wishbone, Pushrod-Activated Suspension with Inboard Dampers About this Car: In November 1986, McLaren and Porsche held a meeting at Weissach to discuss plans for the upcoming season and, most significantly, the all-new MP4/3. Following the departure of long-term collaborator John Barnard, American engineer Steve Nichols was called in to design the first all-new McLaren chassis since the MP4/2 had made its debut at the beginning of the 1984 season. Nichols? design took full advantage of the new fuel capacity requirements and featured a modern, low-slung appearance with side-ducted radiators. For 1987, the FIA required that engines be equipped with inlet manifold pop-off valves in an attempt to regulate the seemingly limitless power of the turbocharged engines. Porsche responded with subtle adjustments to valve timing, compression and engine balancing, resulting in one of the most powerful Formula 1 cars ever built. In qualifying trim, the 1.5-litre V-6 engine could produce an astonishing 1,060 bhp at 12,500 rpm, although it could rev safely to 13,700 rpm. Despite the promise of the powerful new MP4/3 and a victorious first outing at Rio de Janeiro, reliability issues plagued the McLaren team throughout the remainder of the season. Even with the combined talents of Alain Prost and Stefan Johansson, McLaren captured just three victories and finished second to the all-conquering Williams-Honda team in the manufacturer?s cup. For the 1988 season, McLaren shifted to Honda power, signaling the end of a successful partnership with Porsche. The MP4/3 presented here is the first of five complete chassis prepared for the 1987 Formula 1 World Championship season. As the first example produced, MP4/3/1 was maintained as a spare car and traveled to almost every major venue on the calendar including Rio, Imola, Spa, Monaco, Detroit, Paul Ricard, Silverstone, Hockenheim, Hungaroring, Monza, Estoril, Jerez, Suzuka and Adelaide. MP4/3/1 saw use in only one race, at the Österreichring with Stefan Johansson behind the wheel. Following the 1987 season, MP4/3/1 returned to McLaren International along with the two other remaining chassis; two of the five MP4/3s were written off as a result of severe accident damage. In 2007, after two decades in storage, MP4/3/1 was included in a package of historic Formula 1 cars that were sold by McLaren to a noted New York collector. That November, Lanzante Limited prepared the MP4/3 for track use and performed various on-track tests at Donington Park. A month later, Matthew Drendel acquired MP4/3/1, undoubtedly captivated by the car?s unique connection to Porsche and its significant role in the history of turbo technology. Since joining the Drendel Family Collection, MP4/3/1 was carefully prepared for dry, static storage and has not been run since. Over the years, MP4/3/1 was displayed alongside a significant piece of racing history, a spare TAG-Porsche engine. This engine, no. 50, is not only the last Porsche-developed engine to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix, it was also the engine that powered the 1987 Portuguese Grand Prix-winning MP4/3, the car with which Alain Prost became the driver with the most wins in Formula 1 history, eclipsing Jackie Stewart?s long- standing record. Presented in its iconic Marlboro livery, MP4/3/1 is a marvelous representative of the legendary turbocharged era in Formula 1 and a stirring reminder of Porsche?s successful involvement at the highest levels of motor sport. Of the three remaining MP4/3s, chassis 4 is on display at the Donington Museum, in Leicestershire, England and chassis 5 is still owned by McLaren. As the only example in private hands, MP4/3/1 offers an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire a genuine TAG-Porsche-powered McLaren Formula 1 that dates from the most exciting period in modern Grand Prix racing. Matthew C. Drendel Exposed to the exciting world of motorsports as a young man, Matthew Drendel nurtured his love of automobiles through racing, where he felt the closest connection with the cars. Through direct competition on the race track, Matthew Drendel developed his deep appreciation for Porsche automobiles. While his racing career began behind the wheel of a Ferrari, he soon recognized that he was regularly competing against ? and losing to ? Porsches. It did not take long for him to find his way with the German marque ? in 2001, while driving a 911 GT3-R for G&W Motorsports, Matthew became part of a championship-winning team and, from then on, his focus was directed towards the great competition-oriented Porsches. Although Matthew Drendel?s own racing successes were primarily associated with normally aspirated Porsches, the turbocharged models and their profound influence most interested him as a collector. The Drendel Family Collection began with a single 930 road car and eventually expanded to incorporate almost 25 years of Porsche?s motorsport heritage. Matthew?s boundless enthusiasm for Porsche led him to discover the firm?s golden age of turbocharged race cars and form relationships with some of the foremost experts in the field. A forward-thinking collector, he brought together an extraordinary stable of cars that spoke to Porsche?s innovation in a wide variety of racing series and represented the company?s finest achievements. With a sophisticated eye for the most significant and influential examples, he sought to acquire cars that carried a special pedigree ? factory team cars, prototype and development models, and the most successful customer cars. Having spent many years refining the collection, Matthew recognized rare qualities in these cars, particularly those with great originality both in concept and condition. Consisting of 17 automobiles produced between 1973 and 1997, the Drendel Family Collection is, without question, the finest assembly of turbocharged Porsches ever amassed by a private collector. Well-known for his world-class collection, Matthew Drendel was even more admired for his generosity of spirit and support of the Porsche community. He was always willing to open his collection to other enthusiasts and was a regular participant at Rennsport Reunion, the Amelia Island Concours d?Elegance and Porsche gatherings throughout the country. His commitment and passion for the marque was even recognized by the factory who sought his cars for official displays and promotions including the famed ?Family Tree? commercial ? a celebration Porsche?s illustrious history. Gooding & Company is honored to present the Drendel Family Collection at auction. For collectors who share Matthew Drendel?s vision and appreciation for these historic motorcars, we invite you to experience 25 years of automotive excellence. The Drendel Family Collection 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14 1976 Porsche 934 1976 Porsche 935/76 1980 Parnelli-Porsche Indy Car 1980 Porsche 924 GTP 1981 Porsche 944 GTP 1984 Porsche 962 1985 Porsche 962 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup 1987 McLaren MP4/3 Formula 1 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S 1991 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet 1992 Porsche 968 Turbo RS 1994 Porsche 968 Turbo S Clone 1995 Porsche 911 GT2 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution
 
Offered and Not sold at Goodings Amelia Island 9/3/12 Estimate US$450,000+
 
Value: ???
 
Comment: A great car, and very cheap for what it is at US$450,000. But the cheque to buy it will be the first of many, and if you did actually drive it look to spend US$300,000+ each year in maintanance
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