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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The 1960s legendary race car, the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS

~Real Beast~ For those of you who like the smell of rubber friction on the asphalt, you may never be satisfied by the presence only one race car. Among the number of race cars ever produced by the Stuttgart-based car manufacturer Porsche, in our opinion only the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS (short for Gran Turismo Sport) produced in 1964 is worthy of being a symbol of their legendary aesthetic.
The Porsche 904 Carrera GTS began to be developed in early 1963 was projected to be a successor of the Porsche 718 model and known as a design result of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. (Picture from: Gutxid)
The story begins in the early 1960s, when Porsche began to work on an engine focused on winning races in the FIA GT shortly after withdrawing from Formula One at the end of the 1962 season. As quoted of Wikipedia, the car which began to be developed in early 1963 was projected to be a successor of the Porsche 718 model and known as a design result of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche.
The Porsche 904 Coupé is powered by a 2.0-liter flat-four engine capable of spewing out 170 hp and also known as the RSK (Rennsport = racing, kurz = short), the factory's leading race car. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
In short after successfully going through a series of tests, finally the Porsche 904 entered the production line in 1964 to 1965. Initially, this two-seater race car was powered by a 2.0-liter flat-four engine capable of spewing out 170 hp, in later models, it is also powered by a flat-six and flat-eight 2.0-liter engines.
The Porsche 904/6 is powered by a 2.0-liter flat-six engine and built to satisfy demands in the 1965 as many 40 units. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
These Porsche 904 race cars started roaring in the racing arena at the end of 1963, for the 1964 racing season, and managed to captivate many hearts because in addition to having a capable engine, it is also equipped with a lightweight body of around 1,500 lbs which is made from a combination of several quality materials. 

The race car's body is made of fiberglass and built on steel tube chassis that is specifically designed for the GT racing. As it is known that the benefit of using a lightweight body on tube chassis are its ability to refine the torque force and to provide outstanding aerodynamic performance as well so that the car can drive stably at high speeds.
The Porsche 904/8 during training for the 1,000km race at the Nürburgring in 1964. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
So it is not surprising that this car is capable of sprinting at a top speed of 160 mph (257,5 kph), and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96.5 kph) in just 5.3 seconds that's fantastic numbers in the 1960s. Indeed, the speed numbers has become its superiority, which at that time was described as capable of breaking through all storms.

Meanwhile the street-legal version debuted in 1964 in order to comply with group 3 appendix J homologation regulations requiring a certain number of road-going variants be sold by the factory. As the result, at the time Porsche produced one-hundred and six 904s at four or five a day with a price ranging of US $ 7,245 (FOB Stuttgart).
The 1965 Porsche 904 Bergspyder is powered by a 2.0-liter flat-eignt engine and built specially for the European Hill Climb Championship in 1965. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
As mentioned above, the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS was released in four-cylinder, six-cylinder and eight-cylinder engine versions, which in 1964 won the Targa Florio and the FIA GT Championship respectively with engine capacities of less than two liters. The 904 models marked the beginning of a series of Porsche's sportscars that culminated in the dominant 917 models in 1970s.
The Porsche 904/6 was reportedly once owned by actors Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell had been auctioned by Bonhams in January 2022. (Picture from: Hyperbeast)
At the same time, this car is known as one of the "most beautiful race cars in history" through its beautiful wedge-shaped body. This is the best interpretation of balancing design and performance which includes track performance, and everyday practicality. And during its production period, variants of the 904 model that have been produced by Porsche include the 904 Coupé, 904/6, 904/8, and 904 Bergspyder.
Currently the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS is one of the millions of dollars classic racing cars like one of the 904 cars that was reportedly once owned by actors Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell had been auctioned by Bonhams in January 2022. As quoted of the Bonhams, this rare 1964 Porsche 904/6 (powered by a flat-six 2-liter engine and original bodywork) is sold for €1,345,500 or US $1,539,117 (approx Rp.22.1 billions) incl. premium.😮 WOW!! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | HYPERBEAST | BONHAMS ]
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