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|1966 Porsche 906 Carrera Competition Coupe|
Engine No. 906-153
White with Red Leather
In response to the FIA's Group 4 Sports Car category homologation rules in 1966, where a minimum of 50 units had to be produced over the course of 12 months, Porsche built a total of 66 906 coupes, more commonly referred to as “Carrera 6s”. Offering improved performance from the 904 and 904-6 which preceded it in terms of top speed, horsepower, total weight, and aerodynamics, the 906 was indeed the choice weapon for international Group 4 competition, and an impressive race records was logged accordingly.
Designed by Ferdinand Piech, the 906 would employ a tubular space frame sheathed by an unstressed fiberglass body. The strength of the fiberglass would come from hand-laying the mold instead of spraying. This technique would create a uniform finish with a greater strength. The lighter body and tubular space frame would produce a car around 250 pounds lighter than its predecessor, producing 220 horsepower. The result would be the last street-legal racing car from Porsche, which would help to set the stage for the famous 917.
The Carrera 6s made their international racing debut in the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour finishing 6th overall (Hans Herrmann/Herbie Linge), and beating the Ferrari Dino 206 in its 2-liter category. At the subsequent 12 Hours of Sebring, Herrmann won the category again in a new Carrera 6, co-driving it this time with Gerhard Mitter and Joe Buzzetta, and finishing fourth overall.
Of course, success during their introductory year would not be limited to American shores. At the 1000 kms of Monza 906s dominated the 2-liter class, this time with Herrmann/Mitter in a works entry leading home the private customer version of Charles Vogele/Jo Siffert, these two cars placing fourth and fifth overall behind the victorious Ferrari 330P3 and a pair of Ford GT40s, both with considerably more engine displacement.
Perhaps the largest accomplishment during the 1966 season was at the Targa Florio in Sicily where the Carrera 6 won outright with Willy Mairesse/Herbert Muller co-driving the Swiss Ecurie Filipinetti-entered car. The Dutch racing brothers, Gijs and David van Lennep, then won the Sports 2-liter class in the Spa 1,000kms, co-driving their bright orange-liveried Racing Team Holland Porsche 906. At the ADAC 1,000kms classic at the Nürburgring the Dutch pairing won again, from Swedish private owner Sten Axelsson and Bo Johansson in the former's sister car.The 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans the 2-liter Sports class was again dominated by a standard Carrera 6 – co-driven in this instance by Gunther Klass and Rolf Stommelen. The final round of the 1966 series was the Hockenheim 500kms was utterly dominated by Porsche 906s, accounting for the first six places!
Into 1967 the Carrera 6s continued to be campaigned by prominent private entrants and drivers, while the Porsche factory team moved on to introduce their much more specialized and larger-engined 907 models, culminating in the 908 flat-8 cylinder replacement for 1968-69. Several cars, such as 906-007, continued to develop racing history well into the 1970s, and are again logging miles in numerious historic racing venues all around the globe.
This particular example was supplied by Porsche Kundensport to the marque's contemporary Australian importer, Alan Hamilton. It is one of two very different Porsches legitimately sharing chassis number 906-007. One wore unique spyder-bodywork and was dubbed the “Känguruh”, and performed well in the 1967 Targa Florio with flat 8-cylinder power. The other 906-007, this car, was released from the factory to Australian importer Alan Hamilton with standard coupe body as it wears today. Porsche's former competition department director and Le Mans-winning racing driver Jürgen Barth has confirmed the derivation of this duality in his definitive book Porsche 906.
Alan Hamilton, with his tall stature, found ingress and egress difficult during competition events, and in the early days of its period racing, he had the roof removed. Alan then promptly won a 1967 Australian Championship with this car, before selling it in Spyder form at the end of that year to Richard Wong Wei Hong in Singapore. He campaigned the car widely in a series of events very well documented in the files accompanying this car, before re-selling it to the renowned Macau-based motor racing enthusiast, entrant and entrepreneur Mr. Teddy Yip.
Mr. Yip continued to compete with the car for several decades, and following that, the car remained in storage in Macau until approximately 2000, when it was imported into the UK. In 2001 it was sold to celebrated historic car dealer and racer David Clark.
In 2002 the car moved back to Germany and came in the possession of its last long-term owner who in 2003 initiated total restoration of the car to its original closed coupe “Carrera 6” configuration.
The work was carried out by MEC-auto in Belgium. This six-year program was completed in 2009. The original multi-tubular chassis frame was restored and a new FIA-approved roll-cage was mounted. Virtually all mechanical components were renewed and all magnesium suspension parts and wheels were replaced as a routine safety measure. Brand new fuel-tank safety cells were also installed. Very recently, 906-007 won Best of Show at the 2012 Texas Concours D'Elegance.
This particular example, chassis number 007, has benefited in recent years from a meticulous restoration, and with its considerable documentation and accompanying original parts it has significant appeal indeed. As a historical artifact - one that can be used and enjoyed still today - this is a historic racing Porsche that will appeal to the most discerning enthusiasts of the marque.
Eligible for Historic events such as the Le Mans Classic, or the Rennsport Reunion, in addition to a myriad of concours venues, s/n 906-007 is in many was a “world car”, which can be enjoyed near and far and by many different automotive enthusiasts, whether on-track or on display.
Included with the car is the comprehensive documentation file which includes a letter from Jürgen Barth to MEC-auto dating from the time the last owner purchased the car; copies of numerous old race programs mentioning entries by Wong and Yip, along with various restoration invoices. Other valuable items included in this sale are the original Macau-period spyder body, still bearing Teddy Yip's famous “Theodore Racing” logos, numerous original parts including a 901 series engine block, a quantity of twin-plug heads, original fuel tanks, suspension parts, and drive shafts. As a racing car, this Porsche 906 is offered on a bill of sale only.
Sold on the 08.03.2013
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