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Lot 138

2015   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2015

1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6

SOLD $1,980,000

Estimate

$2,000,000 - $2,400,000

Chassis

906-134

Car Highlights

An Important Example of a Landmark Porsche Prototype
Driven by Gijs van Lennep and Ben Pon for Racing Team Holland
Illustrious Six-Year International Competition Record
Beautifully Restored and Presented in Original 1966 Livery
Eligible for Tour Auto, Le Mans Classic, and Rennsport Reunion

Technical Specs

1,991 CC SOHC Air-Cooled Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin Weber 46 IDA Carburetors
Estimated 230 BHP at 6,600 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Fully Independent Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs and Telescopic Shock Absorbers

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled 1967.

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Racing Team Holland, The Netherlands (acquired new via Ben Pon in spring 1966)Jean-Paul Ostiguy, Montreal, Canada (acquired from the above circa 1968)Rainer Brezinka, Toronto, Canada (acquired from the above in 1968)Bert Kuehne, Toronto, Canada (acquired from the above circa 1971)Marty Yacoobian, Los Angeles, California (acquired in 1989)Bruce Canepa, Scotts Valley, California (acquired from the above circa 1990)Blackhawk Collection, Danville, California (acquired from the above in 1998)Lorenzo Zambrano, Monterrey, Mexico (acquired from the above in 2004)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

NAV Zandvoort, April 24, 1966, Gijs van Lennep, No. 158 (2nd Overall)DRM Trier, April 30, 1966, Gijs van Lennep, No. 77 (2nd Overall)Grand Prix de Paris, May 15, 1966, Gijs van Lennep, No. 42 (1st Overall)Spa-Francorchamps 1000 Km, May 22, 1966, Gijs and David van Lennep, No. 55 (15th Overall and 2nd in Class)Nürburgring 1000 Km, June 5, 1966, Gijs and David van Lennep, No. 60 (7th Overall and 1st in Class)NARD Mainz-Finthen, June 19, 1966, Gijs van Lennep, No. 12 (3rd Overall)Avus, June 26, 1966, Gijs van Lennep, No. 42 (DNF)Norisring, July 17, 1966, Gijs van Lennep, No. 20 (3rd Overall)Nürburgring, August 7, 1966, Gijs van Lennep, No. 2 (DNF)Hockenheim Grand Prix, August 14, 1966, Gijs van Lennep, No. 22 (DNF)500 Km Zeltweg, September 11, 1966, Gijs van Lennep, No. 17 (6th Overall)Trophy of the Dunes, October 2, 1966, Gijs van Lennep, No. 8 (3rd Overall)Innsbruck, October 9, 1966, Ben Pon, No. 96 (3rd Overall)Aspern, October 16, 1966, Gijs van Lennep, No. 74 (1st Overall)Kyalami 9 Hours, November 5, 1966, Gijs van Lennep and Ben Pon, No. 11 (DNF)Cape Town 3 Hours, November 19, 1966, Gijs van Lennep and Ben Pon, No. 11 (3rd Overall and 1st in Class)Spa-Francorchamps 1000 Km, May 1, 1967, Günther Huber, No. 54 (DNF)24 Hours of Daytona, February 1–2, 1969, Rudi Bartling, Fritz Hochreuter, Rainer Brezinka, No. 62 (20th Overall and 3rd in Class)6 Hours of Watkins Glen, July 12, 1969, Horst Petermann, Max Beimier, Rainer Brezinka, No. 39 (10th Overall and 1st in Class)Sundown Grand Prix (Six-Hour Race), August 23, 1969, Rainer Brezinka and Horst Petermann (1st Overall)Mont-Tremblant 6 Hours, October 5, 1969, Rudi Bartling and Rainer Brezinka, No. 3924 Hours of Daytona, January 31–February 1, 1970, Rudi Bartling, Fritz Hochreuter, Rainer Brezinka, No. 39 (DNF)Watkins Glen 6 Hours, July 11, 1970, Horst Petermann, Max Beimier, Rainer Brezinka, No. 39 (15th Overall and 3rd in Class)12 Hours of Yahuarcocha, September 1971, Bert Kuehne and Roman Pechmann (3rd Overall)

Monterey Historics Races, Laguna Seca (several times between 1992 and 2008)Porsche Club of America Werks Reunion, Carmel Valley, California, August 2014Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours, Carmel, California, August 2014Art Center College of Design Car Classic, Pasadena, California, October 2014 (Class Award)

The first of a new generation, the Carrera 6 Type 906 redefined the concept of a modern Porsche race car, and its influence would be felt for many years, setting the stage for the all-conquering 917 program.

The Carrera 6 was an immediate success in motor sports, debuting with a class win at the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona. From there, 906s went on to capture class wins at Sebring and Monza, followed by an outright victory at the Targa Florio. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 906s placed 4-5-6-7 behind three seven-liter GT40 Mk IIs, outlasting the prototype entries from Ferrari, Chaparral, and Matra.

In total, Porsche built approximately 65 examples of the Carrera 6 between 1966 and 1967. Primarily run by a variety of privateer teams, 906s remained competitive at the highest levels of international racing well into the early 1970s, a testament to their inherent strength and versatility.

The Porsche presented here, 906-134, was completed in March 1966 and is one of two Carrera 6 chassis originally purchased by Dutch Volkswagen distributor Ben Pon to be raced under the Racing Team Holland banner. Making their competition debut at the NAV races at Zandvoort, the Racing Team Holland Carrera 6s (906-134 and 906-146) were finished in the same orange livery and entrusted to two up-and-coming Dutch drivers – Gijs van Lennep and Wim Loos. As the team’s 906s were virtually indistinguishable in appearance, a considerable effort had to be undertaken to establish an accurate racing record for each chassis.

The collective research of Jürgen Barth, János Wimpffen, Jerry Pantis, Rob Wiedenhoff, and Ed Heuvink has resulted in a relatively consistent racing record for both 906-134 and 906-146. Accordingly, it appears as though van Lennep was the main driver for 906-134, while Pon typically drove 906-146.

Campaigned in approximately 16 different events throughout 1966, 906-134 proved to be an extremely capable racing car in the hands of van Lennep, achieving outright wins at the Grand Prix de Paris and Aspern, as well as numerous 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Among the most significant results for the Racing Team Holland 906 was an outstanding 7th overall and 1st in Class finish at the Nürburgring 1000 Km, a championship race won by the Chaparral 2D of Phil Hill and Jo Bonnier.

As a direct result of his outstanding performance during in the 1966 season, primarily behind the wheel of 906-134, van Lennep was hired as a Porsche factory team driver in 1967. Remarkably, van Lennep’s career as a Porsche works driver went on to include a victory at the final Targa Florio in 1973 and wins at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971 and 1976.

Following an accident during its 1967 season debut at the 1000 Kilometers of Spa, 906-134 was repaired and then sold to Dr. Jean-Paul Ostiguy of Montreal, Canada. Ostiguy, who had previously owned and raced 906-132, entered 906-134 in several club races at Ste. Jovite and Harewood during summer 1968 before selling the Porsche to Rainer Brezinka, an active member of the Deutscher Automobil Club, based in Toronto, Ontario.

A gentleman driver who successfully ran Porsches in North American events for many years, Brezinka raced the Carrera 6 throughout the 1969 and 1970 seasons. With 906-134 he achieved particularly strong results for an aging two-liter sports car, including a 3rd in Class at Daytona, a 1st in Class at Watkins Glen, and a memorable win at the Sundown Grand Prix six-hour race at Mosport, in which the Porsche started on pole, lead every lap, and finished 13 laps ahead of the 2nd place car. Though Brezinka sold 906-134 after the 1970 season and went on to race various 908s and 911 RSRs, he regarded the 906 as “the best car that Porsche ever built.”

The last recorded outing for 906-134 took place in late 1971, at the new 10 km circuit around Lake Yahuarcocha in Ibarra, Ecuador. To celebrate the opening of the venue, Marlboro sponsored a 12-hour endurance race and paid travel money to North American teams, hoping to attract a world-class field. Canadian privateer Bert Kuehne entered 906-134 in the big race and, co-driving with Roman Pechmann, finished a respectable 3rd overall behind the NART-entered Ferrari 512M and a highly modified Porsche 904.

906-134 remained in South America following its Ecuadorian adventure. It wasn’t until 1989 that Los Angeles-based classic car dealer Marty Yacoobian fnally rescued the Porsche from obscurity and sold it to noted Porshce specialist Bruce Canepa of Scotts Valley, California. An article published in the August 1992 issue of Excellence magazine details the comprehensive restoration of 906-134 undertaken by Mr. Canepa between 1990 and 1992. During this process, the 906 was meticulously restored to the highest standards, using factory blueprints and a very original Carrera 6 (906-125) as guides for authenticity. Since the initial restoration was completed in 1992, 906-134 has been maintained in several California collections and raced in several editions of the Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca.

In 2013, the current owner consulted with noted Porsche authority Kerry Morse on the presentation of 906-134, and they were in full agreement that this historic car should be returned to its original Racing Team Holland livery, as it was finished when raced by Gijs van Lennep and Ben Pon during the 1966 season.

After researching the car’s early history and working with the correct paint codes supplied by Racing Team Holland, Ed Palmer of Kundensport in Camarillo, California, stripped the bodywork down to the bare fiberglass, repaired the various stress cracks and alterations that had appeared over the previous years, and refinished the car in its distinctive orange livery. Intending to use the 906 on competitive road rallies such as Tour Auto, the current owner enlisted Brant Parsons of Shamrock Racing – a Porsche specialist with considerable experience preparing historic cars for FIA’s Appendix K regulations – to sort the car mechanically and ensure that the necessary safety requirements were in place to make it eligible for these events. At this time, the engine was tested on a dyno, and the gearbox was dismantled and inspected before being returned to the chassis.

Since the work’s completion in summer 2014, 906-134 has been displayed at several West Coast concours d’elegance and even participated in a 200-mile road rally through the back roads of Southern California. At this event, a Gooding & Company specialist was given the opportunity to take the Carrera 6 on an extended test drive and was simply awed by the Porsche’s visceral performance, incredible sound, and surprising tractability on public roads.

Today, 906-134 presents as a stunning example of a period-correct prototype race car and is highly regarded among knowledgeable marque specialists. Driven in period by legendary Porsche drivers Gijs van Lennep and Ben Pon, this Carrera 6 went on to compile an enviable competition record, racing at major events on four continents over a six-year period. A rarity among Carrera 6s, 906-134 possesses a continuous provenance and a singular identity, with its history well documented in several important books on the marque and model.

These important qualities, along with its outstanding professional preparation and eligibility for leading historic events, contribute to this 906’s reputation as one of the finest surviving examples of Porsche’s original prototype sports racing car.