The Porsche 904, was born of Porsche’s disappointing foray into Formula One in the early 1960s, was produced to bring the company back to its racing sports car roots.
In 1962, the immensely talented Ferdinand A. “Butzi” Porsche was tasked with designing a new two-seat competition coupé that could also be driven on the street by utilizing the mid-engine chassis configuration that had proven so successful with the racing department’s lightweight spyders.
Porsche had hoped to have its new six-cylinder Type 901 engine ready for the new mid-engined coupé to run at Le Mans, but he was not convinced that the new engine could go the distance. Thus, most 904s were fitted with the Type 547 (1.6 litre) and Type 587/3 (2.0 litre) Carrera four-cylinder motors, and it wasn’t until the end of production that they were fitted with the 2.0-litre 901 flat-six.
The beautifully balanced Porsche 904 GTS was introduced in early 1964 and would enjoy a brilliant inaugural season, scoring victories at Sebring, the Targa Florio, Spa, the Nürburgring 1000 KM, the 24 Hours of Le Mans (a 1-4 class sweep), the 12 Hours of Reims, the Coppa Inter-Europa, the Tour de France, the Bridgehampton 500 KM, and the 1000 KM of Paris.
Interested in owning one? Be prepared to shell out in excess of Six-hundred thousand dollars for a fine example.
I hope you enjoyed that piece of Porsche history. If you are really interested in Porsche and enjoy a challenge,
I have a little something you might be interested in. It is called the Porsche IQ Quiz. I initially put it together for our Porsche Coloring book and Print customers for entertainment, and thought it might be something that would also be enjoyed by others not familiar with Newbury Press.
If you enjoy a quality challenge and have a few moments to spare, I would like to invite you to take this Porsche challenge. :-)
I hope get as much enjoyment and fun from the Porsche IQ Quiz, as we I had in putting it together for you.
PS: Rest assured I will not sell or rent your information to outside parties. We are just using this a nice vehicle to find serious Porsche fans that we can connect and stay in touch with. My goal is to be able to offer you a way to notice our company, and develop a mutually beneficial relationship over time.
If you are game, and are not afraid to connect and stay in touch. Let's get started and find out how much you know about Porsche :-)
Can you solve the Porsche IQ Quiz below?
Test Your Porsche IQ & Get Your Rank!