This uber-rare 1964 Porsche 904 GTS formerly owned by award-winning actor Robert Redford, and Steve Earl the father of vintage racing in the United States, headlines Bonhams annual Grandes Marques a Paris collector car auction. Widely recognized as one of most elegant Porsche, this pure-bred racing car was designed by Ferry Porsche’s eldest son, “Butzi,” while the body was manufactured by the Heinkel aircraft company.
“The final sports racing expression of the Porsche four-cylinder line came in 1964 with the arrival of the 904 GTS Coupe. It not only took the first two places in that year’s Targa Florio event but was also second in the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally and scored a host of class wins, in addition to numerous other competition successes.” – Jonathan Wood, Porsche: The Legend
Bearing chassis no. 904 012 this beauty is powered by a 1,991cc SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder engine matted to a five-speed gearbox that delivers 180 brake horsepower. A minimum of 100 road-usable cars had to be made to meet the FIA’s homologation requirements; Porsche produced 106.
Expected to fetch between $1,500,000 and $1,700,000, it will be very interesting indeed to see how this vintage 1964 Porsche 904 GTS will perform at elite auction house Bonhams’ forthcoming Les Grandes Marques du Monde a Paris on February 3. Any takers?
*UPDATE: This beauty was sold for € 1,345,500 ($1,472,358USD) inc. premium.
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