To start, there was a fair amount of body repair work that had previously been repaired fairly poorly, which is understandable for a race car, but 9M wanted to set about correcting it back to the original factory standard that it had when new.
Looking at their quality rear quarter panel replacement work, there’s now nothing to indicate that it had ever been banged up before.
The original idea of the project was to keep as much patina as possible, including it’s worn through paint next to the clutch pedal, but that was quickly overruled once the process was underway. We are normally all for patina too, but it’s not as if Juan Manuel Fangio drove the car like in our previous feature, so we would have done exactly the same thing too.
For paint, they went with Lechler MAC4 high solids top coat, which was chosen for it’s ability to replicate the factory’s original finish. The whole painting process was done in one non-stop 4 hour session, which is a lengthy but necessary procedure if you want the end result to be correct.
We have always been huge fans of 964 narrow bodies fitted on 18″ 3-piece Speedlines (in photo directly above, again) or the factory 17×8 and 9.5 Cup rims that this car wears. Both designs are replicated by several aftermarket companies that most project builds resort to because of the price difference, so we are glad to see this one sitting on the correct factory rims.
In any case, since this was not a full nut and bolt restoration, all of it’s parts were then re-installed onto it’s freshly painted body and then the car was taken out to a track day at Oulton Park.
Unfortunately, a small glitch held the Cup car back from lapping but it was nothing that should be too difficult for the crew to repair for a return to the track again soon after.
In the end, 9M was never able to substantiate any paperwork to verify that this was the actual championship winning race car, but we would have to tend to believe that this Viper Green Cup car is the actual original “Kermit”.