The 911 Carrera 3.0 by Hans Mezger, famous designer of the Porsche 6-cylinder has been overhauled and can now take to the road!
Last year we learned the sad news of the death of Hans Mezger at the age of 90 a luminary in the automotive world. Indeed, he was the legendary designer of the famous 911 air-cooled 6-flatbed. But this is not the only masterpiece to his credit. He is also responsible for the 12 cylinder 4.5 liters of the Porsche 917 which won the 24h of Le Mans.
So working for the German brand, he had the opportunity to acquire a 911 Carrera 3.0. The latter had the particularity of having served as a test vehicle in Weissach. At the time, Porsche used to quickly resell its test cars in order to limit expenses.
Covered with a Grand Prix White paint, this 911 arrived in the hands of Hans Mezger in October 1979. It had only traveled 27,540 km at the time., but the speedometer was all the same changed by a new reset part. Today, almost 40 years later, the 911 displays only 10,601 additional km. Hans logically took very little of the wheel, too busy having to drive and develop the latest models of the brand.
A little anecdote about this car. While in October 2008 the engineer wanted a vintage number plate, this caused some problems. Indeed, the 911 used as a test car in 1977 was not officially registered until 1979. In other words, before that date, it did not exist from an administrative point of view! The technical control agency therefore logically first refused Hans’ request.
Fortunately, working at Porsche gives you access to some high-level contacts. Klaus Bischof, director of the Porsche Museum at the time, wrote a letter explaining the situation and thereby unblocking the situation.
The German sportswoman having been without driving for a long time, it required a slight recovery while being before resuming the road, which Hans Mezger wanted. Unfortunately, he ran out of time… However, his son Olivier did not give up on the idea and has now fulfilled his father’s wish by putting it back in perfect working order. He thus declared: ” The car will remain in the hands of the family and will be driven on special occasions. I will visit my father at the cemetery and will definitely make a trip to the Porsche Museum in his honor ”.
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