Paris

5 February 2014

Lot 28

1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS

To be auctioned on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sold for €1.288.000

  • Chassis no. 904-045
  • Engine no. P99034


185 bhp, 1,966 cc DOHC air-cooled flat four-cylinder engine with two Weber 46 IDM 2 carburettors, five-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with shock absorbers, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,300 mm

  • Originally owned by Frazer Nash Works driver and Porsche privateer Dickie Stoop
  • The first example imported to England
  • Only 904 finished in Irish Green
  • Beautifully restored; only three owners from new
  • Recent engine rebuild by four-cam specialist Bill Doyle


The 904 Carrera GTS, one of Porsche’s most captivating sports racers of all time, was borne of the company’s disappointments in Formula One during the early 1960s. Seeking a return to its stock-in-trade sports car racing, Porsche commenced work on a new coupé in late 1962, with Butzi Porsche designing a light-weight fibreglass body that was mounted to a box frame for a semi-monocoque structure. Porsche was keen to utilise their new flat-six, the forthcoming 901 engine, but the motor was still not tested enough for a car that was intended primarily as a customer-based racer, so the proven Type 547 Carrera four-cam flat-four was chosen instead.



The breath-taking 904 first appeared in the spring of 1964, and it went on to dominate the unfolding season, with class wins at Sebring, Spa, Nürburgring, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Between the remarkable successes of select factory efforts and numerous privateers, the Carrera GTS rather easily secured the 1964 two-litre championship for Porsche.



The story of 904-045 begins with Richard “Dickie” Stoop, one of the RAF’s Spitfire pilots during World War II. Whilst stationed at Westhampnett Airbase, Stoop and fellow pilot Tony Gaze would often spend their R&R on the nearby track at Goodwood, racing their respective sports cars. By some accounts, it was they who eventually convinced the Earl of Richmond to more regularly utilise Goodwood for racing events, and after the war, Stoop soon became active in the amateur sports car races held on British circuits.



By the late 1940s, the pilot had gained employment as a Works driver for Frazer Nash (AFN), even winning the two-litre class at the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans with a 9th overall finish. AFN had begun importing BMWs to England prior to the war, and by 1954, the company was also importing Porsches, with a few of which eventually being acquired by Stoop for his private racing endeavours. Whilst these generally consisted of various 356 Carrera models, on 6 March 1964, Stoop acquired 904-045, the very first example of a 904 GTS to cross the English Channel. Period photos show him taking delivery of 904-045 from company principal W.H. Aldington at the Frazer Nash factory.



As the first example of a 904 seen in the UK, the car was reportedly highly scrutinised by the motoring press, who were undoubtedly also struck by the unusual Irish Green paint finish. This car is believed to be the only 904 finished in the colour. On 2 May, the Porsche debuted on the British racing scene with a 12th place finish at the Silverstone International, whilst a month later, it placed 15th at the Rossfeld Hill Climb, followed by an 8th place at Brands Hatch on 11 July.



The 904’s competition zenith truly arrived eight days later, at the Scott-Brown Memorial at Snetterton, where Stoop piloted the car to a 1st in class and 5th overall finish. On 1 August, career highlights continued with a 4th place at the DARM GT at Nürburgring and a 2nd place at the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood on 29 August. Stoop’s season in the 904 concluded on 26 September, at Snetterton, where the car roared to a 6th place finish. On 3 March 1965, chassis 904-045 was entered one more time, with Stoop scheduled to drive, but it apparently never arrived at the Senior Service GT event at Silverstone.



Following Stoop’s tragic death at the wheel of his Porsche 911S road car in 1968, the 904 GTS was sold from his estate to John Wean, a well-known collector of important Porsches who was based out of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania. This 904 had been beautifully maintained during a long period of ownership, seeing occasional use, and it enjoyed the company of such legendary Porsches as a 1970 911 ST, a 1970 908/3 Spyder, and a 1974 RSR. The current owner acquired the car in 1997 and has used it on numerous road rallies. Since acquiring the Carrera GTS, he has also treated the car to a beautiful sympathetic restoration. The engine has been freshly rebuilt by renowned Porsche four-cam specialist Bill Doyle in California, at a cost of over $20,000.



This spectacular 904, now being offered publicly for the first time in 17 years, checks all of the boxes in terms of provenance, as it has had a well-documented racing career against some of the era’s best known competitors, and it has received the dedicated care of just three owners since new. Furthermore, 904-045 is the only example of the model originally finished in the unique Irish Green paint, and it was the very first 904 GTS to have been imported to Great Britain. This beautiful Porsche is the paragon of sports car design, with its ground-breaking mid-rear engine layout and arresting fibreglass bodywork. It will command the respect of sports car aficionados far and wide, and it would surely be the toast of marque events and premium concours d’elegance.



Competition history for this car can be found in both our print and digital catalogues.






Moteur quatre cylindres à plat à 2 ACT par banc, 1 996 cm3, 185 ch, deux carburateurs Weber 46 IDM 2, boîte-pont manuelle à cinq rapports, suspension à quatre roues indépendantes et quatre freins à disque. Empattement: 2 300 mm.



  • Propriété à l’origine du pilote d’usine de Frazer Nash et privé de Porsche Dickie Stoop
  • Premier exemplaire importé en Angleterre
  • Seule 904 peinte en Irish Green
  • Superbement restaurée ; trois propriétaires en tout
  • Moteur récemment refait par le spécialiste Bill Doyle




Une des Porsche sport compétition les plus passionnantes de toute l’histoire, la 904 Carrera GTS naquit des déceptions de Porsche en Formule 1 au début des années 1960. En quête d’un brillant retour en catégorie sport, sa spécialité et sa raison d’être, Porsche commença à travailler sur un nouveau coupé en 1962 quand Butzi Porsche conçut une caisse très allégée en fibre de verre qui fut installée sur une plate-forme en caisson formant ainsi une structure semi-monocoque. Porsche avait souhaité utiliser le nouveau moteur six cylindres, le futur 901, mais le groupe n’avait pas encore été suffisamment testé pour propulser une voiture destinée avant tout à être un modèle compétition client. Le bien connu et très au point quatre cylindres à plat Type 547 Carrera à 4 ACT fut donc choisi en attendant.



Apparaissant au printemps 1964, l’étonnante 904 allait dominer toute la saison en remportant sa catégorie à Sebring, Spa, au Nürburgring et aux 24 Heures du Mans. Avec autant de remarquables victoires signées par des voitures officielles et des écuries privées, la Carrera GTS remporta assez facilement pour Porsche le championnat mondial en catégorie deux litres.



L’histoire de 904-045 commence avec Richard « Dickie » Stoop qui fût pilote de Spitfire dans la RAF pendant la guerre. Alors stationnés sur la base de Westhampnett, Stoop et son camarade pilote Tony Glaze passaient souvent leurs permissions sur la piste voisine de Goodwood avec leur voiture de sport personnelle. D’une certaine façon, ce sont eux qui, par la suite, persuadèrent le comte de Richmond d’utiliser plus souvent le circuit de Godwood pour y organiser des épreuves sportives. Après la guerre, Stoop courut souvent en amateur sur les circuits britanniques.



À la fin des années 1940, l’aviateur recruté comme pilote officiel par Frazer Nash (AFN) remporta la catégorie deux litres aux 24 Heures du Mans 1950 en terminant neuvième au général. AFN avait commencé à importer les BMW en Angleterre avant la guerre et, en 1954, la firme importa les Porsche dont certaines furent achetées par Stoop comme voitures de compétition personnelles. S’il s’agissait généralement de diverses 356 Carrera, le 6 mars 1964, Stoop acheta 904-045, tout premier exemplaire de 904 GTS à franchir la Manche. Des photos d’époque le montrent prenant livraison de la voiture avec le directeur de la société, W. H. Aldington, à l’usine Frazer Nash.



En tant que premier exemplaire de 904 jamais arrivé au Royaume-Uni, la voiture fit l’objet d’examens attentifs de la part de la presse automobile qui fut aussi frappée par la teinte Irish Green. Cette voiture serait été la seule 904 de cette couleur. Le 2 mai, la Porsche fit ses débuts en Grande-Bretagne avec une 12e place au général dans la course Silverstone International , se classant 15e un mois après à la course de côte de Rossfeld, puis 8e à Brands Hatch le 11 juillet.



La 904 connut son apogée en course huit jours plus tard au Scott-Brown Memorial à Snetterton où Stoop remporta sa catégorie avec une cinquième place au général. Le 1e août, les bons résultats continuèrent avec une quatrième place au DARM GT au Nürburgring et une 2e place au Tourist Trophy à Goodwood le 29 août. La saison de Stoop avec la 904 s’acheva le 26 septembre à Snetterton où la voiture prit la 6e place. Le 3 mars 1965, 904-045 fut encore engagée avec Stoop comme pilote déclaré, mais apparemment, elle ne termina pas l’épreuve Senior Service GT à Silverstone.



À la suite de la tragique disparition de Stoop dans un accident de la route avec sa Porsche 911S en 1968, la 904 GTS fut vendue à John Wean, collectioneur bien connu d’importantes Porsche résidant à Fox Chapel en Pennsylvanie. Excellemment entretenue pendant une longue période, la 904 était en bonne compagnie avec des machines aussi légendaires qu’une 911 ST 1970, une 908/3 Spyder 1970 et une RSR 1974 tout en étant pilotée de temps à autre. L’actuel propriétaire a acheté la voiture en 1997 et participé à de nombreux rallyes. Depuis cette acquisition, il a aussi soumis la Carrera GTS à une sympathique et belle restauration. Le moteur a été refait récemment pour un coût supérieur à 20 000 dollars par le réputé spécialiste des Porsche « 4 arbres », Bill Doyle en Californie.



Proposée ici pour la première fois en vente publique depuis 17 ans, cette spectaculaire 904 cumule les bons points en matière de provenance avec une carrière en compétition bien documentée, face aux meilleures machines de son temps tout en étant la voiture favorite de trois propriétaires seulement. De plus, 904-045 est le seul exemplaire fini en Irish Green et le premier exemplaire de 904 GTS importé en Grande-Bretagne. Machine emblématique de la catégorie sport moderne avec son moteur central arrière et sa remarquable caisse en fibre de verre, cette Porsche admirée et désirée par tous les passionnés de voitures de sport ne peut que devenir la star des événements concernant la marque et même des plus importants concours d’élégance.

Addendum

Please note that this car is not currently registered in Australia as stated in the catalogue; it will be offered on a Bill of Sale.

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