This 1978 Porsche 935-007 was the restoration project of the marque experts at Freisinger Motorsports in Germany. Serial number 006 and 007 examples of “Moby Dick”, as they came to be known, were the latest developed iterations of the factory 935 series turbocharged race cars. Their elaborately shaped aerodynamic bodies were designed for high speed tracks, while still retaining the classic 911 silhouette. Many unique pieces on the factory racing specials, such as their “upside down” transmissions, larger one piece aluminum brake calipers and 3.2 liter, four valve, twin cam water cooled Type 935/71 engines had not yet been made available to private race teams. And who could blame them, because what hugely-funded factory racing effort wants a lowly privateer to beat them at their own game? In any case, continue on the following page for a brief history of #007’s journey from a 9 year hibernation stint in a Porsche storage unit in Germany to it’s new owner in Los Angeles in 1988, and then back to Germany again for the epic project seen here to begin.
The predecessor to this feature car, Moby Dick number 006 seen above, won at the 1978 running of the Silverstone 6 hour race and qualified in the second row at Le Mans the same year.
Our featured car, number 007 seen above in it’s freshly built state, was produced later with future plans for it to be raced in the 1979 season. Porsche racing department’s guru Norbert Singer’s intention was originally to give it more down force, but ultimately the program was cancelled. We would love to see what he had in mind for it, given it’s already streamlined-to-the max bodywork.
The car then went into a Korntal, Germany Porsche storage unit until Kerry Morse, of Irvine, California was able to finally purchase it in September of 1988. Once his, he had it put into a wooden crate and shipped to him in Los Angeles, where it remained in the box at his shop while he gathered as many of the unobtainium factory correct Moby Dick specific parts as he could muster up. He was adamant on making it as correct to the original as possible.
20 years later, Kerry apparently had given up on the project and sold the car to Manfred Freisinger, Jr., along with an original fuel cell that he was able to locate in a Weissach storage facility, among other rare parts too.
Manfred and his father own one of the top Porsche restoration businesses in the world, which luckily already had in their inventory stock the special brakes that they had purchased from a previous large lot of race parts from Porsche.
In addition, with a bit of sourcing they were also able to come up with the spare engine and transmission from #006, as well as an NOS set of rear bodywork. For the opposite end, a damaged front nose section from a car in California provided a template for new molds to be created and voi la, 935/78-007 was well on it’s way to finally being a complete car.
Stories such as this are what we at CarBuildIndex are all about. We thoroughly enjoy finding epic tales such as this that tell a story of piecing together a vintage race car build, whether it is a restoration or built up for the very first time ever. In this case, perhaps it could be labeled a “Whale Tale”. After all, this is a Moby Dick we are talking about here.