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904 Carrera GTS 2.0 – 155 ch [1964 à 1965]

Ulta Rare Mid-Engined Porsche 904 GTS to be Offered by Gooding & Co. at Monterey 2015

Feature by Wallace Wyss OK put yourself back in the early ‘60s. Porsche is still making what some nickname “the bathtub cars,” the 356s, and some who like exotic Italian cars think the Porsches are obsolete. Of course in ‘64 they had a street car, the 911, making its debut, so Porshe had a promising future. But that was a rear engine car. The son of Ferdinand Porsche has a secret plan, he will design an all new car from the ground up, one with a mid-engine, which anyone knows is better for handling. The 904 and 911 were designed at the same time, both by Ferry Porsche though I speculate that the 904 was messed around with less by other engineers. It was his baby. He did it his own way, and ironically, as good as it performed, it was obsolete racing wise, in two years… First of all the choice of materials for the body was surprising. According to the auction catalog: “Porsche had been experimenting with fiberglass as early as 1954 and had filed for patents relating to its use in the construction of automobiles. The 904 was the first model on which Zufenhausen used fiberglass in […]

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This Could Be the Hottest Homologated Race Car Ever

1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
There are a lot of great homologated racing cars out there, but this 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS may just be the coolest of them all.

In the early ’60s, Porsche began work on a new car aimed at competing in FIA GT racing. In 1963, the 904 made its debut and raced the following year; about 106 roadgoing models also were built in ’64 and ’65. Most examples were powered by a 2.0-liter flat-four engine making somewhere around 170 horsepower. They also featured Porsche’s first composite body on a roadgoing car, which allowed a very low curb weight of approximately 1500 pounds. The 904 could achieve an impressive-for-the-time top speed of nearly 160 mph, and we clocked one at a blazing (for the time) 5.3 seconds from zero to 60 mph.

1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS

 

The 904 shown here is production-model 006 and has a unique history as a Porsche works car. According to the seller, it competed in the Targa Florio, the Monte Carlo Rally, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Tour de France Automobile, and the Nürburgring 1000, and it has since received a full restoration. Due to the car’s rarity, unique history, and seemingly immaculate condition, we’re not surprised that Gooding & Company expects bidding to reach into the $2 million range next month at its Pebble Beach auction.

1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS

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Underdog Inspiration: The Prince Skyline GT vs Porsche 904 Carrera GTS

As much as we are Porsche fans here at CarBuildIndex, we always appreciate an underdog who puts up a strong fight. In this scenario that long shot was the Prince Skyline GT when it was put up against the mighty (and late entered, we might add) Porsche 904 Carrera GTS at the 1964 Japanese Grand …

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