An extremely rare 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS is now up for auction at the Gooding & Company. The Gooding & Company is an automotive auction house based in Santa Monica, California – known for setting world-record prices for classic cars such as this one.
When the 904 Carrera GTS debuted in 1964, it represented Porsche’s first foray into fiberglass bodywork, but it was also the German automaker’s last hurrah for its four-cam, four-cylinder engine. In particular, the 904 was equipped with the most advanced iteration of that power plant, one that utilized a plain-bearing crankshaft and produced about 180 hp. Working in tandem with the 904’s lightweight, aerodynamic body, that engine propelled the car to speeds that far exceeded what the marque’s previous sports and racing cars could muster.
The 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS was designed by none other than Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche himself, who went on to inspire many of the brand’s designs down the road. Designed to be a dual-purpose car for both track and the road — arguably the brands last model to do so.
This particular car was initially sold to Ernesto Prinoth, an Italian racing driver and entrepreneur who competed in Formula 1 and also owned a Ferrari 250 GTO—two insights into his character that further convey the significance that Porsche’s new sportster had at the time.
By the late 1960s, this Carrera GTS had made its way to Southern California, and there it has remained in the same family’s ownership—at least until now.
This right here is certainly an exceptional opportunity for the serious Porsche collector. For those interested in bidding for this vintage collectors ride head over to the Gooding & Company’s website now.