Flashback to Weissach and Norbert Singer looking over the Group 5 rules issued for the upcoming season. The 1976 Porsche 935 didn't start out with a slanted nose, but the design was quickly adapted for one important reason: It was an advantage. And it was an immediate hit among enthusiasts. But a 935 for the street?
For many in the U.S., it took 1978 Road & Track cover, showing a Targa with Slantnose fenders and 928 headlights, to show what was possible. But the initial tip of the hat belongs to Rainer Buchmann and B+B Auto-Exclusiv Service located in Frankfurt. His firm and its ideas and execution were ahead of the industry curve but eventually fell victim to overexpansion and cheaper competition. Others were quick to note B+B's long list of clients and the landscape for tuner shops quickly began to change.
Where was Porsche during all this? The realization slowly came that there was good money to be made in the business of giving people packaged exclusivity, hence formation of the Sonderwunsch (Special Wish) Programm. By late 1983, Zuffenhausen workshops at Werk 1, under the direction of Elma Willrett, were busy fulfilling those desires, whether it was a Flachbau conversion for a Turbo, upgraded leather for a 928 interior, or a rear valance for a 944. Werk 1 also provided a series of power upgrades that added go to the show.
Porsche had the advantage of its modifications being factory-authorized to justify the extra costs associated with the program. This was a major selling point for those who ordered new cars and had them delivered directly to Werk 1. Actual production numbers of customer-ordered Slantnose options has never been fully confirmed-the given number is 262 cars completed, although former Werk 1 personnel have put the number closer to 400. Regardless, by current standards the factory Slantnose should be viewed as a limited production car, and one of the most rare. Just make sure you check the paperwork. -Kerry Morse
Longitudinal rear engine, rear-wheel drive
3.3-liter flat six, dohc, 24-valve. Reconditioned engine block and heads, K27S turbo upgrade, 964 cams, Fabspeed MAXFLO intake, 38mm billet intake blocks, ported intake manifold, Kokeln intercooler, auxiliary Patrick Motorsports oil cooler, Fabspeed MAXFLO headers and sport exhaust
Four-speed manual, short-shift kit, Powertech aluminum pressure plate and sport clutch
Hollow torsion bars, Bilstein dampers, Rennline front strut brace
Reconditioned OEM assemblies
Wheels & Tires
HRE 590R, 8.5x18 (f), 10.5x18 (r)
Sumitomo HTRZ, 235/40 (f), 285/30 (r)
Color-matched front grille
Peak Power: 456 hp @ 6000 rpm
Peak Torque: 368 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm