Thursday, 10 September 2015

Porsche 904 Carrera GTS

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Porsche's sylph-like 904 marked a shift from the era of aluminium-bodied cars like the 550 and 718 to a more forward-thinking vision of robust fibreglass construction. This GTS, chassis no. 055, built in 1964, is one of approximately 100 built, and was originally raced along with a sister 904 by Racing Team Holland in the European GT Championship. That explains the bright orange paint, of course, being the Dutch national racing colour, and the car enjoyed a great deal of success with Ben Pon at the wheel - 13 class wins out of 19 starts isn't to be sniffed at.
It's a gorgeous little thing too, isn't it? Delicate and simple, and yet bejewelled with fabulous detail - the slender-rimmed steering wheel, the curvaceous hips, the outré flying buttresses. Ask a child to draw a sports car, this is what they'll draw. A timeless silhouette.

Spotted at Salon Privé 2015 - more photos here.

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