Works team Porsches for Gooding & Company Pebble Beach sale

Petrol Fan

Petrol Fan

2015-07-13 10:56:17

Three works team Porsches with impeccable racing histories will be on the starting grid at the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach sale.

The three Porsches are amongst nine examples offered from a prominent private collection of sports and racing cars. They join an already impressive line-up of vehicles spanning more than a century of automotive design. 

“These cars are sure to excite even the most discerning collectors and enthusiasts who will be attending this year’s Pebble Beach Auction," said company President, David Gooding. "Without a doubt, this is the finest group of Porsche factory racing cars ever presented at auction,”

Leading the line-up is a 1960 Porsche RS60, regarded as "one of the finest Porsche Spyders in existence". The historically significant car was campaigned by the team at some of the world's most iconic races, such as Le Mans, Sebring, Nürburgring, and the Targa Florio, and piloted by racing legends including Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jo Bonnier, Edgar Barth, and Hans Herrmann.

Described as "the most significant Porsche Spyder ever offered at public auction", the RS60 is expected to sell for $5.5-$7 million.

The second team car is a 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, one of the earliest examples built from lightweight fibreglass. With a race history that includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Nürburgring 1000 Kilometers and the Tour de France, along with second place finishes at the Targa Florio and the Monte Carlo Rally, the car is valued at $2.25-$2.75 million.

The third works Porsche up for grabs is a 1967 Porsche 906E, one of just four works cars built for the 1967 racing season featuring a fuel-injected engine and revised long-nose, short-tail bodywork. Having placed seventh at the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring, the car was later raced in numerous USRRC and SCCA races throughout the Western US and is estimated at $1.6-$2 million.

“With these three recent additions joining the Le Mans-winning 956, this year’s Pebble Beach Auction will feature an unprecedented selection of works racing Porsches," said Senior Specialist David Brynan. "These cars perfectly illustrate the evolution of Porsche’s factory racing program, from the early four-cam Spyders through the Group C era, and all four possess a noteworthy individual racing history.”

The Gooding & Company Pebble Beach sale takes place on August 15-16, as part of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in California.

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