Porsche 904

Designed by Ferdinand 'Butzi' Porsche, the 904 looks like a rocket ship even when standing still. Here was a racing car designed to be street legal as well. The first 100 were built in 1964 and fitted with the 4 cylinder, 4 cam Carrera engine since the 6 cylinder destined for the 911 was not ready yet.

The frame was a box structure with the body bonded to it providing adequate rigidity. The seats were also molded into the car. Driver accommodations made by a telescoping steering wheel and adjustable pedals.

The car was delivered to customers with both racing and street exhaust systems. The racing version at 1433 lbs would do over 160 MPH, a standing kilometer in 24.5 seconds and 0-100 km/h (62 MPH) in six seconds.

In 1965 another 20 were produced for use as prototypes with 6 and 8 cylinder engines.

Several of the 904 were called 906 by the factory after being fitted with 6 and 8 cylinder engines. The 904 had several features that were troublesome. The fiberglass body was bonded to a steel subframe. This construction technique was suspect because any corrosion problems were hidden under the fiberglass. Further the bodies were made by spraying chopped fiberglass into a mold. The amount sprayed varied in thickness and as a result the weight of the various cars was inconsistent.

 # Chassis Year Driver/Owner Comments
 33  1964 Warren Eads GTS. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
 35 906-12 1965 Robert Manschot 904/6. Phoenix, AZ
 60  1964 Ted Gildred GTS. Solana Beach, CA
 133     6 cyl.

c043-969-06 No. 33
c043-969-20 No. 35, owner/driver Robert Manschot.
c222-133-13 No. 35
c222-133-15 No. 35 engine bay.
cl16-06 No.60, Ted Gildred's GTS seen at Monterey Historics, 2001.
cl16-05 4-cam engine on Ted's car.
c222-133-22 No. 133.
c222-133-23 No. 133.
c222-133-24 No. 133.

Concours Cars

c039-287-21 Seen at 1998 Palo Alto Concours de Elegance
c338-016-21 Seen at 1998 Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance
Last modified: Sat, 18 Aug 2001


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