The Porsche Carrera 10, or 910 as it is known today, was a purpose built racing car designed specifically for international endurance racing. They started life as the Porsche 906-10; the 910 is both lighter and shorter than the 906, making it very competitive against the more powerful GT40 and Ferrari Prototypes, especially on the shorter and tighter circuits. It was the first Porsche to use 13-inch wheels and tires as were used in Formula One. These wheels use one large center nut, instead of five lugs like the 904's and 906's had.
The first dozen 910's were built in 1966. This particular chassis 006, for vehicle number 39, was originally used by Porsche to test brakes and suspension for the factory.
Chassis 006 competed in the 1967 Targa Florio Race, driven by Magliari and Schutz. It was sold to Christian Poirot in late 1968, who piloted the car in the 24 Hours of LeMans, several times and in 1969, won the 2.0 Liter Prototype Class while finishing ninth overall. The car was later sold and converted to a Spyder for use in German hill climb competition. The car was also seen several times in Steve McQueen's legendary movie, 'LeMans.'
Purchased by Rick Grant and Howard Cherry, from a Connecticut physician collector, the car underwent a 10-month restoration that included a new body in the original coupe configuration. Crashed in its maiden vintage outing, while leading in the pouring rain at Watkins Glen, the car has been totally restored for vintage endurance competition.
In total, the factory built 34 910's, the last five being eight cylinder cars.
Porsche's 910 acquitted itself very capably in its one year of factory campaigning. (It was held back from privateers in 1967 since most had just bought heavier, less well handling 906s). It ran the early season Daytona and Sebring races, then Monza and Spa. While the big Ford GT40s and Ferraris beat on each other up front, 910s finished as high as second but only as low as fourth, always winning the two-liter prototype class.
At the Targa Florio, a 2.2-liter eight won overall in the hands of Stommelen and Hawkins. Then American Joe Buzzetta and Udo Schutz took a 2.0-liter six to first overall in the 1000 kilometers of Nurburgring after the 2.2-liter eights failed.
This car, with a 2.2-liter eight, and driven by Gerhard Mitter and Paul Hawkins, ran the Nurburgring race and was leading until the last lap. Its alternator failed, the battery discharged, and the car died on course, finishing fourth based on distance. Subsequently, it was converted to a Spyder. Upon coming to the U.S., it became a vintage racecar. An accident in the recreated Targa led to a factory restoration at which time it reverted to its original coupe configuration. The 6-cylinder had a 1,991 cc engine with 220 horsepower DIN at 1,270 pounds. The 8-cylinder had a 2,195cc engine with 270 DIN at 1,320 pounds.
This car was entered in the Targa Florio in April 167 by the Porsche factory as an under two liter prototype.
Driven by Vic Elford and Jochen Neerpasch, it finished third overall. 910-014 was also used as a practice car for Brands Hatch. This was in keeping with the policy of the race department at that time. Race cars were only used for one race, then they were used as practice cars for the following race, then freshened as needed and sold to private owners.
After Brands Hatch, 014 was left in England to be driven by Vic Elford at the Barc Wills Trophy Race on the Croft Circuit in northern England. He finished second overall behind Denny Hulme in a Lola Chevrolet.
The car was then sold to Bill Bradley, a well known English driver of the time.
The present owner of 910-014 is Joe Buzzetta. By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2007
The Porsche 910 Began in 1966 as a Hillclimb race car, but quickly developed into a highly successful endurance racer. These Circuit Racing 910's swept the 1967 Targa Florio, Nurburgring and Circuit Mugello and only lost the World Sports Car Championship for 1967 to Ferrari by a few points. The 910 also won the 1966 and 1967 European Hillclimb Championship.
There were only 28 Circuit 910's built - 19 of which actually raced for the Porsche factory. The 910 utilizes a tubular frame, beryllium brake discs, titanium hubs, etc and weighs only 1298 lbs. The 910 used both a 2-liter Type 901/21 injected 220 horsepower flat six and a 2.2-liter Type 771/0 injected flat eight with 270 horsepower.
Porsche 910-025 is an ex-works circuit race car, and ran the 1967 Targa Florio as well as the Circuit of Mugello, Italy where it placed First. From 1968, this car ran as a private entry around Europe under Ben Hur Racing, Germany. August 1998, 910-025 was brought into the country to run the Monterey Historics - where Porsche was the featured Marque. After a full, factory spec restoration by Hall & Hall, England in 2001, 910-025 competed in FIA Group 4 Championships in Europe - racing at the Nurburgring, Six Hours De Span and the 24 Hours LeMans Classic in 2002.
These racing cars with tubular frame chassis debuted in 1967. This 910 was powered by a fuel injected 2.0 liter 6-cylinder engine with a power output between 220 and 272 BHP. It weighed in at 600-620 kilos. This 910 won the Monza in 1968 wearing the Porsche factory livery.
Designed for endurance racing, the Porsche 910 received its racing baptism and recorded its first success in the European Hillclimb Championship of 1966. The following year, the factory extensively campaigned the 910 in the world's most prestigious endurance races, after which the car became available to privateers. Raced with both six- and eight-cylinder engines, the 910 proved competitive, recording outright victories in Sicily's Targa Florio (910/8) and Germany's 1000-Kilometers of Nurburgring where the 910/6 finished 1-2-3.
Although the 910 continued to be raced by privateers for several years, it was soon out-classed by the competition due to the rapid advances in technology. The high-water mark for 910 was 1967, when the car was raced exclusively by the Porsche factory.
A purpose built racing car, the Porsche Carrera 10, or 910, was designed specifically for international endurance racing. Based heaving on the Porsche 906, the 910 was produced and entered in 1966 and 1967. With the 910 considered to be the next sequence in the 906 line, the factory name for the 910 was the 906/10. The 910 differed from the original 906 with its use of 13-inch wheels and tires like in Formula One , and it was shorter and lighter which made it good competition for the more powerful GT40 and Ferrari prototypes. The 910 also featured a single large central nut rather than the 5 lugs in the 904 and 906's, which made the racecar not street suitable, but it definitely saved time at pitstops. The Porsche 910 measured 161 inches in length, was 66 inches wide and 38 inches high.
Halfway through 1966 the Porsche 910 began to be entered, starting with the 1966 European Hill Climb Championship from Sierra to Crans-Montana in Switzerland. Powering the Porsche was either the dependable 2000 cc 6-cylinder the produced 200 hp or the 2200 cc 8-cylinder with up to 270 hp.
The factory only racing the 910 for about a year during which it was very successful. The 910's main class rival was Ferrari Dino 206P which was quickly beaten. In 1967 at the 1000 km Nürburgring a fleet of 6 factory cars were entered in an effort by Porsche to score the first overall win in Porsche's home event. Though two of the three 8-cylinder engines broke down, the remaining one finished 4th place. Giving Porsche their first outright win in a third major event of the World Sportscar Championship for Porsche, the three 6-cyl won 1-2-3. The new Porsche 907 'long tails' was already entered in Le Mans and finished 5th in front of a 910 and two 906's.
The light open-top 910 'Bergspyder' version powered by an 8-cylinder engine won the 1967 and 1968 European hillclimbing championships. The 910 scored a 1-2 at the hillclimb of Ollon-Villars, which counted towards the 1967 World Sportscar Championship.
A total of 34 factory built 910's were produced with the final five being eight cylinder models. Today one of these rare 910 models can cost as much as $995,000.
Sources: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/05/22/ebay-find-of-the-day-stunning-1967-porsche-910-with-competition/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/car-profile-%E2%80%93-porsche-910/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_910 By Jessica Donaldson
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