"1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS "
Porsche wall art by Alfred Newbury
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.
Cheers --- Alfred Newbury
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