When the famed Kremer Racing 935 K3 made history by winning the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans outright, it was clothed in aerodynamic bodywork designed and fabricated by Ekkehard Zimmermann’s Designer Plastics Automobilbau in Germany. By then DP Motorsports, as it is widely known, had been manufacturing and supplying lightweight body panels for racing Porsches for several years, beginning with the Kremer 911 2.8 RSR that debuted at Daytona in 1973, and it has since built a reputation as one of the world’s top Porsche tuners. That reputation has its founding in part in the creation of road-going Porsches modified to replicate the mighty 935 racers that dominated international sports racing through the 1970s and 1980s. Each DP 935 began life as a 930 Turbo before undergoing an extensive transformation that included a ducted front apron, slanting nose with retracting headlights, wide fender flares connected by body-side running boards and a king-size rear spoiler. The result is a car that looks like it would be more at home doing 200 MPH on the Mulsanne Straight than loping along the highway, which is the very point of the exercise. The October 1983 issue of VW and Porsche Magazine named the DP 935 the fastest street-legal car of the year, and Car and Driver nominated it as one of the five fastest of the entire decade, citing its 0-to-60 time of 4.6 seconds, 10.5-second thrust to 100 MPH and 12.8-second quarter-mile time, all thanks to its DP-modified Stage 2 turbo engine. This 1983 Porsche 935 DP was formerly owned by famed world champion and Olympic gold medal-winning skier Bodie Miller. A Houston enthusiast recently purchased the car and restored it, overhauling the entire driveline and suspension and refinishing it in Gulf Racing Blue and Orange. The new interior incorporates period-correct DP “lollipop” racing seats, padded Momo steering wheel and VDO/DP gauges, affording occupants the twin pleasures of a racy feel and secure comfort in a machine that fulfills every Porsche lover’s richest fantasies.
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