1966 Porsche Typ 906 Carrera Sold for $898,000 at Bonhams’ Auction [Big Picture]

Produced for the 1966 season of World Championship for Makes racing, the 906, more familiarly known in period as the “Carrera 6″, became the last street-legal racing car to be produced by Porsche and one of its most successful.

This absolutely breathtaking 1966 Porsche Typ 906 Carrera Competition Coupé has just been sold (on August 18–19) for $898,000 at Bonhams‘ Quail Lodge auction in Carmel, California.

Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The Bonhams name is recognised worldwide throughout all sectors of the fine art, antiques and collectors’ market, with several of its departments established world leaders within their specialist category.

This very well-documented example of the Porsche 906 – more familiarly known in period as the ‘Carrera 6’ was supplied by Porsche Kundensport to the marque’s contemporary Australian importer, Alan Hamilton.

In essence two cars emerged both using the chassis identity ‘906-007’. One is the entirely distinctive lightweight Spyder-bodied car nicknamed ‘Känguruh’ which ran so strongly with flat-8 cylinder engine installed in the 1967 Targa Florio.

The other is this now standard Carrera 6 Coupe-bodied machine offered here. Porsche’s former competition department director and Le Mans-winning racing driver Jürgen Barth has confirmed the derivation of this duality in his definitive book Porsche 906.

In its early service ‘down under, the tall Alan Hamilton had the roof removed to enable him to fit comfortably into this 2-liter flat-6 cylinder road racing car. He promptly won a 1967 Australian Championship with this car, before selling it – still in Spyder form – at the end of that year to Richard Wong Wei Hong in Singapore.

He campaigned the car widely in a series of events very well documented in the files accompanying this car, before re-selling it to the renowned Macau-based motor racing enthusiast, entrant and entrepreneur Mr Teddy Yip.

The car continued to be campaigned over a considerable period under his auspices and remained stored in Macau until as recently as 2000 when it was imported into the UK. It was cleared for importation to a Dr Henry Lee of London, and we understand that in 2001 it passed to celebrated historic car dealer/racer David Clark.

In 2002 the car moved back to Germany and came in the possession of its last long-term owner in 2003. He initiated total restoration of the car to its original closed Coupe ‘Carrera 6’ configuration – the work being undertaken by MEC-auto in Belgium. This six-year program was completed in 2009.

The original multi-tubular chassis frame was restored and a new FIA-approved roll-cage was mounted. All mechanical components were renewed and all magnesium suspension parts and wheels were replaced as a routine safety measure. Brand new fuel-tank safety cells were also installed.

The comprehensive documentation file includes a letter from Jürgen Barth to MEC-auto dating from the time the last owner purchased the car; copies of numerous old race programs mentioning entries by Wong and Yip, and – of course – various restoration invoices.

Other valuable items included in this sale are the original Macau-period Spyder body, still bearing Teddy Yip’s famous ‘Theodore Racing’ logos – and numerous original parts including a 901 series engine block, a quantity of twin-plug heads, fuel tanks, suspension parts, and drive shafts.

This 906 is one of only 66 such machines which Porsche are understood to have produced. It is offered here in restored condition and is described by the vendor to be ready to compete in Historic events such as the Le Mans Classic, or indeed the upcoming Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca in October 2011.

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