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1960 Abarth 356 Carrera GTL
1960 Abarth 356 Carrera GTL information
2011 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
In 1959 Porsche decided they needed a new 'Carrera' race car - lighter and more compact - based, of course, on the 356B platform and using the 4-cam motor. Via an FIA loophole, they realized they could build only a few with custom bodywork. And so they put the project out to tender with Wendler and Zagato. Ferry Porsche's friend, Carlo Abarth, was the project manager. Zagato's Franco Scaglione-design won but who actually built the 21 aluminum cars remains a mystery. What is certain is that the Carrera GTL is a masterstroke of beauty and (aerodynmica 0.365 Cd and lightweight 1762 lb) efficiency.
This 1960 Porsche/Abarth 356B Carrera ran at Sebring in 1962. It is fitted with a Porsche four-speed gearbox, and a four-cylinder engine that produces around 140 horsepower. This was privateer Ernst Paul Strahle's second GTL which he bought in 1962 to replace chassis number 1002.