Scrolling through the catalogue for French auction house Artcurial’s next sale, I stumbled across this obscure piece of Porsche history that was completely new to me: the Almeras Porsche 911 Bi-Turbo.
French brothers Jean-Marie and Jacques Almeras were among the finest privateer Porsche racers during the Seventies through to the Nineties. They specialised in hillclimbs, winning many championship between them, but raced and rallied extensively, as well.
The brothers supported their racing through a successful Porsche dealership and tuning company. In 1983 that company built this heavily modified, one-off 911 Turbo.
Most obvious is the radically restyled bodywork, designed to improve aero and inspired by the Porsche 935 racing car the brothers had much success with. A second turbo was bolted to the engine and the injection system from a 934 racer was fitted. The engine’s internals were uprated as well, all helping to produce 441bhp and a top speed of 180mph. (The fastest car in the world at the time was the Ferrari 512BBi, with a claimed maximum of 188mph).
The Almeras Porsche caused a sensation in the French motoring press and was subsequently used by Michelin to develop the TRX tyre. It recently went home to the Almeras workshop for a thorough restoration.
The €80,000 – €120,000 estimate seems low for a unique piece of Porsche history – a standard early Eighties 911 Turbo in mint condition would make about the same. I suspect, as it’s so unusual, Artcurial are hedging their bets – it could flop or absolutely fly.
By Only Motors