The advantages of buying a barn finder collector car, that is, the subsequent ownership of a vehicle that most people have never seen, is often offset by the great time, money, and work that must be invested to bring that car back to life. . However, once in a while, a well-preserved gold-era sports car will roll along the block, mostly in the original condition. It will be available less often, away from the auction stage. Now like this, Goodness and Company sells a sale 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTSAn important machine that has remained in the mid-1960s and has been outside the public for over twenty years.
When the 904 Carrera GTS was released in 1964, it represented Porsche's first raid on the fiberglass fairing, but it was also the last refuge for the four-cam, four-cylinder engine of the German car manufacturer. In particular, the 904 is equipped with the most advanced iteration of a power plant that uses a flat bearing crankshaft and produces about 180 hp. Working with the light, aerodynamic body of the 904, the engine proceeded at a speed far above the brand's previous sports and racing cars.
This car was originally sold to Ernesto Prinoth, an Italian racing driver and entrepreneur who competed in Formula 1 and also had the Ferrari 250 GTO – two ideas that further reflect the character of Porsche's new athlete at that time. .
In the late 1960s, this Carrera GTS had made its way to Southern California and remained the same family property – at least until now. “Sometimes he was going to be in a 90's show,” says Gooding & Company expert David Brynan. “But mostly, people who know the car remember to see it in the 70's. It hasn't been seen in the last 30 or 40 years. "
More impressive, this car has not seen new engines or driveline components ever since. “These were competed quite extensively,” explains Brynan, “to find one with the original powertrain, especially the engine; it is quite unique. "
Originality is full of many other aspects of the car. When his Southern California-based owner owned it in 1968, he did what Gooding & Company called 'California restoration'. Simply put, the car with an original silver metallic paint scheme was painted red. The interior has also been cut to make it more comfortable for regular road use. A few changes have been made to the car since then. “It has a unique, unique look,” says Brynan. “If you appreciate the charms of the period,” he continues, “someone who won't have to be fully restored.”
Over the years, other examples of the model have been sold both at auction and privately. Most recently, in February, RM Sotheby's auction was made for $ 2.1 million (which also retains its original engine and transmission) from 1964. Gooding & Company previously sold a handful at auctions. Last presented in 2017, it was restored a few years ago and missing its original engine. In 2013, Gooding & Company sold another 1964 version that preserved its original engine. These two Porsches were sold for $ 1.54 million and $ 1.6 million, respectively.
The price of this car is $ 2.45 million. “In general, we try to base our prices on the market,” explains Brynan. “The condition and originality of this car set it apart from the others.”