Chassis #: 908-010
Engine # 908-034
Porsche 908-010 short-tail coupe was a Porsche works car and was one of the first editions of the legendary 908. It is believed to be one of five ex-works short-tail prototypes still in existence. It is powered by a 3-liter 8-cylinder motor producing 350 horsepower.
The first of the 3-liter 908s was introduced at the Le Mans test weekend in April of 1968 and was subsequently raced at the 1,000 Kilometers of Monza in Italy and Nurburing in Germany prior Spa in May of 1968. Two fresh short-tail coupes were brought to the 1,000 Kilometers of Spa in May of 1968, chassis numbers 908-010 (car number 6) and 908-011 (car number 5).
As was often the case at Spa, the weather was extremely wet. Vic Elford and Jochen Neerpasch were assigned to -010 and qualified 4th for the starting grid. Vic Elford drove the first 32 laps, leading on a few occasions, then turned the wheel over to Neerpasch. After only two laps Neerpasch slid off track into a telegraph pole.
The heavily damaged car would not race again for Porsche and was sold to a private party in Switzerland. In the late 1990s Dale Miller discovered the car, brought it to the United States and sold it to Bill Ferren. Ferren oversaw a complete restoration, concluded in time for the 2004 Rennsport Reunion at Daytona. In December of 2006, Cameron Healy of Portland, Oregon purchased the car and brought it to the West Coast where it is being actively raced in vintage events.
Recently, the car was awarded Best in Class at the Forest Grove, Oregon, Concours d' Elegance in July 2016 in a special group of Porsche race cars judged by Miles Collier and Dr. Julio Palmaz. It was a participant at many Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunions (2007–2010), Rennsport Reunions II and III at Daytona, as well as RS IV at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In April of 2010, the car received its FIA HTP.
Chassis number 908-010 is one of just five to be fitted with special short-tail (Kurzheck) bodywork, and one of two that was entered at the 1000 KM race at Spa, Belgium, on May 26th of 1968.
2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
Pre-Auction Estimates :
(Data based on Model Year 1968
Vehicles That Failed To Sell1968 Porsche 908's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
|Vehicle||Chassis||Event||High Bid||Est. Low||Est. High|
|1968 Porsche 908 Works Short-Tail Coupe||908-010||2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey|| ||$2,300,000||$2,800,000|
|1968 Porsche 908 Coupe||908-011||2016 Gooding & Company : The Amelia Island Auction|| ||$3,000,000||$3,300,000|
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