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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:1964
Numbers built:6
Designed by:Ferdinand 'Butzi' Porsche
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 16, 2012
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Chassis: 906-001
Chassis 906-001 was the very first six-cylinder engined Porsche sports racer. It combined the Porsche 904 chassis and body with the new type '901' flat six. It was one of over a dozen prototypes built in 1964 and 1965 that would ultimately lead to the 906 introduced in 1966. It debuted in October of 1963 at Montlhéry in the hands of Herbert Linger and Gerhard Mitter. Following extensive testing over the winter, it served as one of the works cars for the 1965 season. Among its many notable results are a third overall in the Targa Florio and a class win and fourth outright at Le Mans against cars with engines more than twice as big. The effort was also awarded with the coveted Index of Performance prize.

The car's final works outing came at the 1966 Targa Florio where it was used extensively during the training sessions by most of the Porsche works drivers. The scrutineering stickers from that event are still on the windshield. More recently, the car was meticulously restored by Gunnar Racing in the United States. The stunning result was awarded with a 'best in class' during the second Rennsport Reunion, in 2004. Chassis 906-001 was subsequently brought back to Europe where it was raced in the 2004 and 2006 Le Mans Classic in exactly the same configuration as it won its class back in 1965.


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2008 Le Mans Classic 2006 Le Mans Classic 2006 Le Mans Classic 2006 Le Mans Classic
2006 Le Mans Classic 2006 Le Mans Classic 2004 Le Mans Classic 2004 Le Mans Classic

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