1966 Porsche Carrera Coupe

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

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

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 Porsche 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 the Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca.

Thor Thorson

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Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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