Originally posted by ed holly
I asked on the 901 Register about this car and the replies can be seen at
Many thanks to Hugh there ...
I spoke to Alan about this the other day...
When the 2.2-litre models were allowed to join the Touring Car ranks in Australia, just two cars were available in the country. One was a new one, which Jim McKeown bought, the other had a different history.
A friend of Alan's had won Tattslotto and was able to buy a Porsche. Alan felt it was a bad move for him, that he should use the money to get himself a house and stabilise his life a bit.
Then Lowe's phoned Alan and told him this bloke was enquiring about a new Dino Ferrari. Alan relented and ordered especially for him the most expensive 911 to come to Australia to that time, among its extras being an electric sunroof.
It didn't last long and he realised he had bitten off more than he could chew and back-traded, so Alan had this car to sell to Foles.
The sunroof had to go, so an aluminium panel was rivetted in place and made look good. It still has this today.
Alan has no idea about the 911R script on the back. He did fit the engine from the Spyder and run it as a Sports Sedan. But he says that has nothing to do with the '911R' on the back.
The patched sunroof hole is a permanent marker of which car this one is...