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1966 Porsche 906 Coupe / 906-007 Vehicle Information

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Sold for $898,000 at 2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale.
Sold for $836,000 at 2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction.
The FIA introduced its new Group 4 Sports Car category rules in 1966. For sports cars to compete in this category a minimum of 50 units had to be produced over the course of 12 months. Porsche would set out to create a car for the category. The result would be the last street-legal racing car from Porsche that would help to set the stage for the famous 917. The car was the 906.

The 906 was to be the successor to the 904. Designed by Ferdinand Piech, the 906 would end up a vast improvement. Instead of a stretched fiberglass body used to provide extra strength, Piech would design a tubular space frame that would use an unstressed fiberglass body. The strength of the fiberglass would come from the team hand-laying the mold instead of spraying. This technique would create uniform finish and greater strength. This method, combined with the tubular space frame, would end up producing a car around 250 pounds lighter than its predecessor.

When the lighter frame and bodywork was combined with the older 901 six-cylinder engine capable of producing around 220 hp, the car become capable of reaching speeds right around 170 mph. This was an incredible achievement for a car with a 2.0-liter engine and it represented in increase of 10 mph over the 904.

Combining this increase in performance with Porsche reliability, the 906 would go out in its first year of competition and would finish 6th overall and first in class in its debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona. A 906 would then go on to finish 4th overall and first in class again at the 12 Hours of Sebring. It would even go on to score the overall victory in the Targa Florio. However, the highlight of the 906's career would come in its first season and just a few months after its debut.
At the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Ford GT40 Mk IIs would be dominant finishing the event 1-2-3. Lost behind that piece of history would be the fact the Porsche 906 would finish 4-5-6-7. This kind of success would certainly pave the way for Porsche's first overall win at the 24 hour race with its 917.

Bonhams auction at Quail Lodge in August 2011 would offer a 906 Carrera Competition Coupe for sale. This Porsche 906 would come with its 901 six-cylinder engine and hand-laid fiberglass body.

The 906 offered at Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale would be imported to Australia by Alan Hamilton. Hamilton would use the car for road races around Australia but had problems getting into and out of the car. As a result of his tall frame, he would remove the roof turning the car into a spyder. In that form, Hamilton would take the car and would earn the 1967 Australian Championship.

Hamilton had no sooner won the championship when he would end up selling the car in its spyder form to Richard Wong Wei Hong from Singapore. The car would remain with Richard throughout a number of different races and events but would soon be resold.
Wong Wei Hong would end up selling the car to a well-known Macau-based racing enthusiast by the name of Teddy Yip. For the next almost thirty years, the car would take part in a number of events and would be seen quite often, but it would always be carefully stored away until Mr. Yip decided to sell it in 2000.

When the car was sold in 2000 the car would be shipped to the United Kingdom where it would remain the property of David Clark. Then, in 2002, the car would end up returning to Germany where it would come to be the property of its current owner. Once taking ownership of the car the owner would ship the car to MEC-Auto in Belgium for a complete restoration.

During the nine year process the tubular frame would be replaced with an FIA-approved roll-cage. Updates wouldn't stop there. All mechanical components, including any magnesium parts, would be replaced per safety measures. To top everything off, the car would receive a new safety cell fuel tank. When it emerged, this 906 was immediately ready to hit the track and would make for an elegant entry to any historic race.

It is widely accepted that just 66 models of the 906 had been built. This particular model comes with a well-documented history and a successful racing record. Combined with its nine year restoration, the significance and history of the 906 would lead to the car selling for $898,000.

Sources:
'Sale 19363: Lot: 24: Ex-Alan Hamilton/Richard Hong/Teddy Yip
1966 Porsche Typ 906 Carrera Competition Coupé', (http://www.bonhams.com/usa/auction/19363/lot/24/). Bonhams. http://www.bonhams.com/usa/auction/19363/lot/24/. Retrieved 1 September 2011.

Wikipedia contributors, 'Porsche 906', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 3 August 2011, 18:45 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Porsche_906&oldid=442885822 accessed 2 September 2011

Wikipedia contributors, 'Porsche 904', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 3 August 2011, 19:16 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Porsche_904&oldid=442890657 accessed 2 September 2011

By Jeremy McMullen


2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction

Sale Price :
USD $836,000

2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale

Sale Price :
USD $898,000

2011 Bonhams - Automobilia, Motos de collection et Automobiles d'exception au Grand Palais

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€600,000-€700,000 
Lot was not sold

1966 Porsche 906 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1966 sales)
1966 Porsche 906
Chassis#: 906-115
Sold for USD$1,894,904
  2020 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6
Chassis#: 906-134
Sold for USD$1,980,000
  2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona
1966 Porsche 906 image  1966 Porsche 906 image  
1966 Porsche 904-6 Carrera GTS Recreation Lot
Chassis#: 351694
Sold for USD$229,145
  2014 Silverstone Auction - NEC Classic Motor Show 2014
 
1966 Porsche Type 906 Carrera Competition Coupé
Chassis#: 906-007
Sold for USD$836,000
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
1966 Porsche 906 image  
1966 Porsche Type 906 Carrera Coupé sport compétition
Chassis#: 906 – 126
Sold for USD$723,241
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1966 Porsche Typ 906 Carrera Competition Coupé
Chassis#: 906-007
Sold for USD$898,000
  2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
1966 Porsche 906 image  
1966 Porsche 906 Two seat Endurance Racing Coupé
Chassis#: 906 101
Sold for USD$782,267
  2009 Bonham - Les Grandes Marques à Monaco
 
1966 Porsche 906/Carrera 6
Chassis#: 906-111
Sold for USD$807,622
  2007 Coys Auction - The Excellence of Porsche
 
1966 Porsche 906
Sold for USD$557,000
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
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1966 Porsche 906 'Carrera' 6 Endurance Racing Coupe
Chassis#: 906.016
Sold for USD$177,253
  2003 Bonhams - An auction of Collectors Motor Cars and Automobili
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1966 Porsche 906's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6906-1162014 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$1,180,000  
1966 Porsche TYPE 906 CARRERA Coupé compétition906-0072011 Bonhams Automobilia, Motos de collection et Automobiles d'exception au Grand Palais $600,000$700,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Porsche 906
1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 906-007
Engine Num: 906-153
Chassis information for the Porsche 906
1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 906-109

Chassis information for the Porsche 906
1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 906-110
Chassis information for the Porsche 906
1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 906-113

Chassis information for the Porsche 906
1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 906-116
Engine Num: 906-120
Chassis information for the Porsche 906
1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 906-125

Chassis information for the Porsche 906
1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 906-127
Chassis information for the Porsche 906
1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 906-134

Chassis information for the Porsche 906
1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 906-136
Chassis information for the Porsche 906
1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 906-147

Chassis information for the Porsche 906
1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 906-150
Chassis information for the Porsche 906
1966 Coupe
Chassis Num: 906-155
Engine Num: 906-022

1966 Porsche 906

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