1960s German Engineering
In the mid-1960s, Porsche manufactured a model initially called the 904. Unfortunately, the number 904 wasn’t usable for the official name, hence the change to Carrera GTS. The 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS was produced in Germany during those 2 years. The design of the mid-60s GTS is by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who’s most known for the 911. The layout includes a rear mid-engine and RWD. The predecessor for the 904 is the 718. On the other hand, the 906 is the successor.
2.0-Liter Flat Four Engine
The 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS, also known as the 904, has a 2.0-liter flat four engine. This motor produces 198 horsepower. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 5-speed manual transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the 904 takes less than 6 seconds. If top speed is a concern, this Porsche can reach 160 mph. On the other hand, the drag coefficient is a pretty decent 0.34 Cd. This isn’t too shabby considering most modern cars are between 0.25 and 0.30. For instance, the modern GT3 RS is only slightly higher at 0.36 Cd.
Debut at Sebring 1964
Overall, the 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS is quite a cool car. It may not sport the modern Porsche six-cylinder engine, but it does have the spirit of one. Being designed by Ferdinand Porsche makes this car quite unique. Even furthermore due to its limited production time. The car made its initial debut at Sebring 1964 where it ran into some issues. But it came in 1st place overall at Targa Florio. Today, replicas can be built by Martin & Walker in the U.K. or Chuck Beck in the U.S. For an original model, it’ll run anyone between $1 and $2 million USD.
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