SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 9, 2015) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, is pleased to announce the addition of three works Porsche competition cars and a prominent private collection, featuring nine of the finest sports and racing cars.
The exciting entries include one of the finest Porsche Spyders in existence, a 1960 Porsche RS60. Chassis 718-044 is one of the most historically significant four-cam Spyders and was campaigned by the factory team at Le Mans, Sebring, Nürburgring, and the Targa Florio (estimate: $5,500,000-$7,000,000). The RS60 is the star of this impressive collection comprised of nine exceptional postwar sports and racing cars, spanning over 40 years and featuring prestigious European marques such as Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche (Estimates range from $400,000-$7,000,000). There are two additional works Porsche examples outside of this private collection: a 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS with significant works racing history (estimate: $2,250,000-$2,750,000), as well as a rare late-production 1967 Porsche 906E (estimate: $1,600,000-$2,000,000).
“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. 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,” states Senior Specialist, David Brynan.
Private Collection Offerings (Estimates range from $400,000-$7,000,000) Highlighted by the aforementioned 1960 RS60 Porsche, this remarkable nine-car collection is the property of a Texas-based enthusiast who has carefully assembled the collection over the past decade.
“These cars are sure to excite even the most discerning collectors and enthusiasts who will be attending this year’s Pebble Beach Auction. Without a doubt, this is the finest group of Porsche factory racing cars ever presented at auction,” states President, David Gooding.
1960 Porsche RS60 (Estimate: $5,500,000-$7,000,000) One of only four RS60s built specially for the Porsche works team, 718-044 represents the pinnacle in the development of the famous Spyder line that originated with the 550 in 1953. Unlike the customer RS60s, the four works team cars, numbered 718-040 through 718-044, were equipped with a variety of advanced features, including built-in driving lights, improved front suspension, and a selection of experimental four-cam engines. During its career as a Porsche factory team car, this RS60 was raced at important international endurance races including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Targa Florio, and the Nürburgring 1000 Kilometers. Between 1960 and 1961, 718-044 was raced by the most famous drivers of the era including Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jo Bonnier, Edgar Barth, and Hans Herrmann. Following its works career, the RS60 was raced by Bob Holbert throughout North America and eventually ended up with noted Porsche collector Warren Eads. With the three other works RS60s held in the Porsche Museum and two prominent American collections, 718-044 is the most significant Porsche Spyder ever offered at public auction.
The collection is anchored by several significant racing cars including an exotic 2004 Maserati MC12 GT1 run with factory support in the FIA GT and ALMS series (estimate: $2,000,000 - $2,500,000), the Auto Sport Racing Team 1998 Ferrari 333 SP which placed 4th overall at the 1999 24 Hours of Daytona (estimate: $2,000,000 - $2,400,000), a rare Viper Green 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.8 RSR (estimate: $900,000 - $1,100,000), an ex-Vasek Polak 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR complete with matching transporter (estimate: $700,000 - $900,000), and the Dick Barbour Racing 2000 Porsche 996 GT3R that won its class at the 12 Hours of Sebring (estimate: $400,000 - $600,000).
Also included in the collection are rare, high-performance road cars including an Italian delivery 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight (estimate: $900,000 - $1,100,000), a beautiful dark blue 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe by Pinin Farina (estimate: $750,000 - $850,000), and an ultra-rare 2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Coupe of which only 100 examples were ever built (estimate: $400,000 - $600,000).
Additional Works Porsche offerings include: 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS (Estimate: $2,250,000-$2,750,000) Introduced for the 1964 season, the state-of-the-art 904 Carrera GTS represented an exciting new era for Porsche racing cars. The first “plastic” Porsche, the 904 featured an aerodynamic body constructed in lightweight fiberglass and was powered by the final evolution of the famed Fuhrman four-cam engine. This car, chassis 904-006, was one of the very first examples completed and it served as a Porsche works car from April 1964 until January 1965, during which time it achieved remarkable results, including second place finishes at the Targa Florio and the Monte Carlo Rally. The works 904 was also entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Nürburgring 1000 Kilometers and the Tour de France. Restored by a knowledgeable Southern California collector and a veteran of the finest historic motorsport events, this 904 is an important part of Porsche’s racing legacy and perfect example of this model’s versatile nature. 1967 Porsche 906E (Estimate: $1,600,000-$2,000,000) The ultimate development of the Porsche Carrera 6, this 906E, chassis 906-159, is one of only four works cars built for the 1967 racing season equipped with a fuel-injected engine and revised long-nose, short-tail bodywork. Making its racing debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring in April 1967, this 906E was driven famed American drivers Joe Buzzetta and Peter Gregg to a remarkable 7th overall, 4th in class finish. After serving as a factory works car at Sebring, the 906E was sold to Porsche dealer and race team owner Otto Zipper, who had Scooter Patrick drive the car in numerous USRRC and SCCA races throughout the Western US. Faithfully presented in its original 1967 Sebring livery, this rare works 906E is among the most desirable examples of Porsche’s first prototype sports racing car.