Gooding Arizona 2015 Preview – 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Race Car

906As you might infer from the Porsche racer names between the 904 and the 907, this 906 Carrera 6 is an important pivot point in the overall design of LMP1 racing prototypes.

The shift was coming year by year toward more power, more length and more speed to try and beat the high-speed Mulsanne kings of the era: the Ford GT40 Mark II’s.

This 906 is much larger and more substantial than the 904 GTS, but still a minnow versus the big American entries.

This design prioritizes visibility over cooling intake are and smooth high-speed aerodynamics, and that may explain why it was evolved quickly for the next year into the 907 Longtail and then the 917.

As a transformative racing prototype between early and modern-era racecars — and one that survived and is flawless today — the 906 Carrera 6 is an important part of the Porsche racing story.

It also showed ways of squeezing extra performance and reliability from the company’s trusty 2.0-liter flat-six engine. These innovations would feed back to the road cars.

 

 

1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6

 

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Lot 138

Scottsdale 2015

1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6

Estimate: $2,000,000 – $2,400,000

 

 

Chassis: 906-134
   
*Please note this vehicle is titled 1967.

 

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 Reunion1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Race Car 10 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Race Car 9 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Race Car 8 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Race Car 7 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Race Car 6 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Race Car 5

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 Absorbers906

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