Of the many top-league classic car dealer stands at this year’s Retromobile in Paris, Fiskens of London must rank as one of the best, with an outstanding display of mouth watering historic competition and road cars.
Among these is this Porsche 934 RSR, a balls-out competition derivative of the Zuffenhausen marque’s iconic 911, introduced in 1976 to campaign in the Group 4 GT class.
This model, plus its subsequent evolution the 935, were among the most successful and significant of all sports racing and GT cars during the mid to late 1970s. It was these creations that help to propel the ascendency of Porsche, already at an all-time best in the period, to world dominance on the race track.
Fisken’s 934 (chassis 0153) is the 17th example of just 31 RSRs built, and was bought directly from the factory by Belgian Jean ‘Beurlys’ Blaton in 1976. He took delivery of the car just prior to the 24 Heures du Mans, resplendent in the Belgian racing colour of yellow.
Nick Faure, who raced at Le Mans with Blaton, recalls that this RSR’s body shell came fresh from the factory painted in yellow, but following some last minute sponsorship deals with Citizen Watches Australia and Harley Davidson, the car was painted by him in the Le Mans paddock using aerosol cans of white, red and blue paint. Once resprayed, the 934 went on to compete, with Blaton and Faure accompanied by John Goss. Despite a promising start, the crew failed to finish the race due to turbocharger problems.
In 1977, 0153 was sold to well-known Porsche tuner Jean-Pierre Gaban, who returned the car to Le Mans with Guillermo Ortega, Nicolas Koob and Willy Braillard at the wheel. Sensing the potential of the 934, Gaban retained the services of Braillard and in May of 1978 he won at Zolder against John Lagondy and Claude Bourgoignie, both competing in the later Porsche 935s. The car returned to Le Mans, this time driven by Braillard, Jean-Louis and Jacky Ravenel, plus Phillipe Dagoreau, but retired again from the race with engine issues.
During Gaban’s tenure, Braillard continued to campaign the Porsche, with highlights including two further second places at Zolder in 1977, plus a win at the Spa 600 Kilometres in June 1978. In 1982, 0153 was acquired by the Vermeulen brothers who in turn sold a decade later.
Photography by Tom Shaxson