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For Sale: 1964 Porsche 904 GTS ex-Peter Gregg/Brumos

Submitted by on March 14, 2012

1964 Porsche 904 GTS

Stunning, fast and storied, this 1964 Porsche 904 GTS has been made available for sale by Maxted-Page as part of the Harrison Porsche Collection.

Debuting in late 1963 for the 1964 World Sportscar Championship, Porsche’s 904 GTS was a nimble, mid-engined goliath-slayer.

It weighed in at just over 650 kilograms, thanks to its fibreglass body, and was powered by a mid-mounted flat-four that produced around 200 horsepower. The package proved extremely reliable, and 904 GTSs went on to secure class and outright wins at events like Le Mans, the Targa Florio and the Monte Carlo Rally.

1964 Porsche 904 GTS

This particular 904 GTS was raced extensively throughout 1965 by legendary American road racer Peter Gregg, who put it on the podium consistently throughout the year and, with co-driver George Drolsom, finished 3rd in class in the ’66 24 Hours of Daytona.

A massive shunt in 1966 saw the car wrecked and put in storage until the new millenium, when it received a meticulous rebuild and restoration complete with a new 2 litre 6-cylinder race motor and 904 gearbox. Upon its completion in 2009 the car was exhibited at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where it was honoured with the trophy for the ‘Best Race Car’.

It is fully race-prepared, complete with FIA HTP paperwork, and available for sale at Maxted-Page.

Read on for the official word and the car’s full racing history from Maxted-Page, and head to their website here for more.

Via Maxted-Page

Images via Maxted-Page

1964 Porsche 904 GTS

The Harrison Collection
The ex-Peter Gregg / Brumos Porsche
1964 Porsche 904 GTS
Chassis #904 068

The 904 GTS was launched in 1964 as a successor to the 1957-introduced type 718 model, which had been previously been campaigned by both the factory and privateers worldwide, essentially as an aluminium-bodied open-cockpit sports-racing spyder, constructed on a tubular space frame. The new 904 GTS – a mid-engined two-seater coupe – would have neither a tubular space-frame nor an aluminium body and represented a completely new design phase. In an effort to reduce production costs and build a minimum of 100 cars in order to homologate the 904 into the Grand Touring Class, the 904 was constructed from a box-section steel chassis and a fibreglass body, realised by the Heinkel Fleugzeugbau aircraft company who had spare capacity at the time. One hundred and sixteen cars were built, mostly powered by a 180hp 2.0 litre 4-cylinder four-cam engine originally designed by Ernst Fuhmann in the 1950s. Towards the end of 904 production, however, a small batch of cars were also homologated and fitted with a 6-cylinder (2.0 911-derived) engine with twin triple-choke Weber carburettors and twin-plug ignition, thus raising the power output to nearer 210hp. The race prepared 904 GTS weighed just 655 kgs and through 1964-65 achieved considerable international competition success at everything from hill climbs and the Monte Carlo Rally right up to the World Sporstcar Championship and long distance 24-hour endurance races.

Chassis 904 068

A well-known Porsche 904 which raced in the Americas during the mid-1960s. This beautifully re-built and well-documented 904 GTS was supplied new in June 1964 via Brumos in Jacksonville/Florida, USA to Bruce Jones Jr. of Macon, Georgia finished in Silbermetallic with Blau Velour interior. Bruce Jones Jr. covered just 5788kms before the car was returned to Brumos to be prepared for future, famed Porsche racer Peter Gregg to drive. Gregg would become the owner of Brumos Porsche in August 1965 and began to race ‘068’ extensively in the US and Bahamas between 1964-66. Latterly teaming up with co-driver George Drolsom in 1966, the pair finished 3rd in class with ‘068’ in the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour race.

904 068 – Competition history with Brumos Porsche

Date Race Driver Result
Sept 1964 Daytona (National Race) Peter Gregg
Nov 1964 Nassau Tourist Trophy Peter Gregg 12th
Dec 1964 Nassau Governors Trophy Peter Gregg 12th
Feb 1965 Daytona Continental 2000 kms Peter Gregg / George Barber 8th (2nd in class)
Apr 1965 Pensacola USRRC Peter Gregg DNF
May 1965 Bridgehampton Vanderbilt Cup Peter Gregg DNF
Jun 1965 Osceola (Florida) SCCA Peter Gregg 1st
Sept 1965 Daytona SCCA National Peter Gregg 2nd
Sept 1965 Daytona SCCA National Peter Gregg 2nd
Sept 1965 Daytona – Paul Whiteman Trophy Peter Gregg DNF
Nov 1965 Nassau Tourist Trophy Peter Gregg 2nd (1st in class)
Dec 1965 Nassau Trophy Peter Gregg 11th (2nd in class)
Feb 1966 Daytona 24 hrs Peter Gregg / George Drolsom 10th (3rd in class)

Following the 1966 Daytona 24hrs, Brumos sold ‘068’ to the father of a young, amateur racer from Jacksonville named Bill Hall. Soon after, however, Hall unfortunately had a tragic accident racing the 904 at an SCCA race in Savannah, Georgia and the car was split in half. The wreck was returned to Brumos where it remained un-repaired.

In 1971 the remains were sold on to fellow Porsche racer and US Porsche Distributor, Vasek Polak. In 1972, it is known that parts of the suspension were removed and used by Dieter Inzenhofer, Polak’s chief mechanic, to rebuild 904-064, but the rest of ‘068’ was untouched and remained in storage in Polak’s warehouse for the next 25 years.

By the late nineties, Polak had started to discuss rebuilding the car and sent it to US Porsche restoration specialist Kevin Jeanette of Gunnar Racing, Florida but passed away in 1997 just before the project started. However, through Jeanette in 2000, ‘068’ was sold to Michael Robottom of Jersey who commissioned Jeanette to completely rebuild the car as Polak had intended.

A lengthy, multi-year restoration followed with meticulous attention paid to every detail before ‘068’ was finally completed in 2009 and fitted with a newly-built (2.0 litre 6-cylinder twin-plug) race engine and correct 904 gearbox. Upon completion, the car was exhibited at the 2009 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and won the trophy for ‘Best Race Car’

In 2010, ‘068’ was shipped and imported into the UK by Michael Robottom, whereupon it was UK road-registered and import duties paid. It was then acquired, via ourselves, by the Harrison collection and fully prepared for historic competition use by our sister company, Maxted-Page & Prill Ltd.

The car was entered and raced by Gerald and Chloe Harrison in the competition category of the 2011 Tour Auto later in the same year raced in the 2011 Spa 6 hours endurance race.

We are delighted to once again offer for sale this fabulously rebuilt, historic Porsche 904, which comes fully race-prepared, complete with a set of spare wheels, FIA HTP paperwork, Monaco road registration and a comprehensively documented history file.

News Update:
Recently the 904 featured in the 2011 Spa Six Hour endurance pre-1965 Touring and GT race where it performed faultlessly throughout. Click here for a race report featured on our sister site Maxted-Page and Prill, and to see some in car footage from the day follow this link

 

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