1965 Porsche 904/6 Carrera GTS

Sale Price
$2,500,000 - $3,250,000
Est. Range
4 March 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Competition restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. 906011. H6, 1991/210hp, dual triple-choke Weber carburetors, 5-speed.

Evaluation: One of six 904/6 coupes built. Used by Porsche for development at the 1965 Le Mans test day, Mont Ventoux hillclimb and Solitude Grand Prix then retired to development use for the 906 Carrera 6. Later sold without engine or suspension to Vasek Polak and built up to SCCA A/P specs using chassis number 904-109 and raced in California SCCA events. Eventually restored by Kevin Jeanette, returned to its original (?) 906-011 identity and subsequently displayed and historic raced.  Aside from the wrinkled seat covers this is a magnificent car, restored by professionals to high quality driving condition.

Bottom line: Convoluted is a modest term to describe this 904’s history, but it is not uncommon among limited production Porsches of the period. They were tools for racers and if a modification made them faster, or suited for a more competitive class, they were undertaken with little thought of the inclinations of collectors generations hence. Even given the ins and outs of this 904’s history it is still welcome almost anywhere and it offers performance that will humble mere 904s, a sound value in this transaction.

by Rick Carey
18 April 2022

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