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1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Coupe / 904-017 Vehicle Information

1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS photograph

1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS photograph

1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
Sold for $1,045,000 at 2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company.
Chassis number 904-017 is one of the earlier 904 Carrera GTS models produced. It has enjoyed a brilliant racing career and is a well-documented example with known ownership history from new. The car was completed on February 10th of 1964 and was one of just 31 examples sent to the United States. It left the factory painted in silver with a blue velour interior and powered by a four-cam racing engine. It was sent to Reynold C. Johnson's Porsche Car Pacific, the official Porsche and VW distributor that had served Northern California, Nevada and Utah since 1954. Shortly after its arrival, it was sold to local Porsche dealer and racer Don Wester of Monterey, California. Wester had been driving Porsche vehicles since the early 1950s while stationed in Europe with the Air Force. When he returned to the US, he attended the General Motors Institute and drove a 1954 356A Coupe as his 'daily driver.' Just two short years later, he began racing seriously, with his fist win at Elkhart Lake in 1957 while piloting a Carrera Speedster.

Wester later moved to Monterey and opened a Porsche and VW service shop before he - along with his brother - established Wester Motors on Del Monte Avenue. Later, he was invited by the Porsche factory to co-drive a Carrera Abarth at Sebring with Bob Holbert.

The Porsche 904 had sleek, fiberglass bodywork, a Formula One-derived suspension, a high-output four-cam engine, disc brakes, and a new five-speed gearbox.

Wester's first outing with the Porsche Car Pacific 904 took place on April 12th of 1964, at the 45-minute feature race at Vacaville. It wore number 60 and was equipped with American Racing mag wheels. Wester and his new Porsche led the entire race, until the car was pushed too hard, resulting in a spin that ended their day prematurely.

After the race, the car was made ready for future events, with modifications including an air deflector. The car was re-painted with a central stripe in yellow and black - colors that Wester chose as his 'racing colors.'

At Riverside Raceway in Souther California on April 26th, the car finished 7th overall and 4th in class at the USRRC Sports Race. Later in the day, Wester drove the 904 to a 4th overall and 2nd in class in the GT Race.

The following weekend, the 904 raced at Laguna Seca in the USRRC GT Race where it finished 4th overall and 1st in class.

A week later, Wester raced in the USRRC GT Championship at Pacifica Raceways in Kent, Washington, finishing 4th overall and 1st in class.

They returned to California in June for the Stockton road races. On Saturday, the car finished 2nd in the Production race behind Ed Leslie's Cobra. The next day, Wester attempted to pass Leslie for an overall victory, but made contact with the Cobra, forcing the 904 off-course and out of the race.

After the race, the car was given a new rear lid and was completely refinished in new livery, similar to the style of Wester's old RS Spyder. It was painted light yellow throughout with a center black stripe.

The car's first race in its new livery was on July 11th of 1964 at the Cotati SCCA Divisional Road Races. It raced in the A/B Production race where it placed 2nd behind Ed Leslie in a Competition cobra. The next day, Wester again finished in 2nd, this time behind Chuck Parsons' Cobra.

On August 9th of 1964, the car raced at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. Wester finished the season with the 904 finishing in first.

Over the winter months, the car was given engine and brake upgrades from the factory in preparation for another season. The first race in 1965 was on April 3rd at Contra Costa. In the SCCA regional A/B Production Race, Wester captured another overall victory, this time ahead of two 289 Cobras. Later in the day, the 904 battled in the E-Modified Race, earning an impressive 2nd place finish.

In June, it raced at the Stockton SCCA National in the 45-minute A-D Production race. Even after going off-course as a result of a brush with Jerry Titus' GT350R, the 904 managed another outright victory, even lapping all but the 2nd and 3rd place finishers.

On August 18th, the car achieved one of its most memorable victories, when Wester and the Porsche averaged 89.3 mph over the length of the race and beat Phil Hill in a Shelby Cobra and Augie Pabst in a Ferrari GTO.

The car earned another overall win at Vacaville in the SCCA National A-D Production Race. This was the last race for 904-017, and it would finish the season with Wester 3rd overall in the SCCA's Pacific Coast Division A-Production Class.

The 904 was replaced by the 906 at the end of the 1965 racing season. It was sold to Robert W. Hansen, the business manager of Porsche Car Pacific. Ownership then passed to Walter Bischoff of Stanton, California who registered it for road use and kept it until 1969. The next care taker was Bill Randle of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Randle used the car for street use and occasionally participated in local club racing. A year after purchasing the car, it was sold to Grady Clay for the sum of $6,000.

By this point in the car's history, it had been painted a light pastel blue but remained in good, original condition. Mr. Clay retained the car for 17 years. In 1987, Mr. Clay sold the car to Robert Pass of St. Louis, who later sold through Motor Classic Corporation in New York to Harry Bytzek, a Toronto-based Porsche enthusiast.

Mr. Bytzek had the car for only a brief period of time, but did use it successfully in vintage events at Watkins Glen and Shannonville. In the late 1980s, the car was traded to Dick Barbour, the famed Porsche racer an collector. The current owner purchased the car from Mr. Barbour in December of 1989.

Through the 1990s, the car was actively raced in many West Coast vintage racing events. After participating in the 1991 Monterey Historics, the car was treated to a restoration.

In 2000, the 904 was sent to Europe where it raced in the Tour Auto. After nearly a week of competitive driving, it finished in 14th overall.

Upon returning to the US, the car continued to expand its racing resume, competing in many historic racing events.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction where it was sold for the sum of $1,045,000, which included buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2011



2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company

Sale Price :
USD $1,045,000

1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1964 sales)
1964 Porsche 904 GTS
Chassis#: 904-062
Sold for USD$788,345
  2020 RM : The European Sale featuring the Petitjean Collection
 
1964 Porsche 904 GTS
Chassis#: 904-061
Sold for USD$2,104,809
  2020 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1964 Porsche 904 GTS
Chassis#: 904-104
Sold for USD$2,295,160
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
Chassis#: 904-042
Sold for USD$1,540,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1964 PORSCHE 904 GTS
Chassis#: 904-098
Sold for USD$2,310,000
  2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
Chassis#: 904-026
Sold for USD$1,635,060
  2015 RM Auctions - Paris
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1965 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
Chassis#: 904-107
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
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1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
Chassis#: 904-045
Sold for USD$1,741,117
  2014 RM Auctions - Paris
 
1964 PORSCHE 904 GTS ENDURANCE RACING COUPE
Chassis#: 904 079
Sold for USD$1,913,531
  2013 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1965 Porsche 904/6 Carrera GTS
Chassis#: 906-012
Sold for USD$1,936,693
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
Chassis#: 904-057
Sold for USD$1,595,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
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1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
Chassis#: 904-026
Sold for USD$1,210,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
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1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
Chassis#: 904-017
Sold for USD$1,045,000
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
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1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
Sold for USD$253,000
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1964 Porsche 904 GTS904 0122019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona $1,400,000$1,600,000
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS904-0062015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $2,250,000$2,750,000
1963 Porsche 904/6 Carrera GTS Factory Works Protoype906-0022012 RM Auctions Monterey$1,575,000$1,800,000$2,200,000
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS 2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$360,000  

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