1961 Genie – Porsche Mk4. 2 Liter Sports Racer
Great Rennsport Werks Trophy, and vintage racing contender.
In the early 1960’s Joe Huffaker began building racing cars in the San Francisco Bay Area. He would become famous for his successful designs that ranged from Formula Juniors, to sports racers, to Jaguars, Trans-Am cars, IndyCars and more. Many championships were won behind the steering wheels of Huffaker built cars.
The 1959 and 1960 Formula One World Championships had just been won by Jack Brabham driving the novel rear engine Coopers. He and Cooper’s “Rear Engine Revolution” would also invade Indianapolis in 1961, changing the game for both Formula One and at Indy. Simultaneously Joe Huffaker was doing the same cutting edge rear engine revolution thinking, designing, and building in the U.S. It was at this time, in 1961, that he introduced his rear engine Genie Mk.4. This would be one of the first ground breaking rear engine sports racers built, and long before Lola and McLaren would attempt it.
This particular Genie Porsche is was built in 1961. While its earliest racing history is yet to be unearthed, one of the recent prior owners of the car used to race against this Genie in the 1970’s and early 1980’s in Northern Pacific SCCA Region races. Back then he remembered the Genie having a modified Decker body and being powered by a Porsche flat four engine with a four speed gearbox. At one point the Genie was raced out of McGee Motorsports at Sears Point Raceway.
Many years later, in 2006, this same former owner found the Genie in Orange County. It was an old clapped out roller at that point and needed a full recommissioning. He bought the car and brought it to Huffaker Motorsports to do the work.
Joe Huffaker Jr. examined the car. He said it was the straightest old Genie sports racer chassis that he had ever seen. However, they thought it best, due to the original frame’s age, to measure the chassis to use the original as a pattern for Joe Jr. to build a new frame and undertake the restoration, which he did. During the restoration, the car’s original chassis number was transferred to the new chassis.
Due to soaring costs, the project stalled for several years. It was picked up again and the car was completed around 2015. Since then the Genie has raced in several vintage races including CSRG at Sonoma Raceway.
During the restoration a 2 liter Porsche 914 engine was installed with a Hewland gearbox. After a couple of races the engine was replaced with a FAT Performance/Rimco Porsche 914 racing engine. Before installation, Huffaker Motorsports worked on the heads, and the engine was then dyno tuned. The new engine now has only one break-in race weekend on it, and it is ready to go.
The Genie is equipped with a fully adjustable heim joint suspension and four wheel disc brakes fed by braided steel lines. It has Smiths gauges, an Odyssey gel battery, and current Lifeline belts. The car has a FuelSafe fuel system and Momo steering wheel. The shocks are coil over Koni adjustables. The Porsche’s power is transmitted through CV joints and U-joints.
The Genie Porsche is a piece of American racing ingenuity and history. It is in excellent condition, and just a handful of races from restoration. The 2 liter Porsche engine is even fresher, with only one race on it.
Compare the price of this Porsche powered Genie sports racer to any other Porsche powered sports racers and we think you will see the immediate value here. Because of its period innovative cutting edge design, the car can also be a great entry for the finest vintage racing events worldwide. It will also provide the new owner a lot of competitive fun on the track.
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