To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
Chassis No. VRC001
Estimate: $250,000 - $300,000 US
The 1966 Porsche Type 906, soon to be known by its more popular name of Carrera 6, was Porsche’s response to the 1965 appearance of Ferrari’s new featherweight hill climber, the 206 Dino. The Dino had rendered Porsche’s fiberglass-bodied 904 GTS obsolete almost overnight. Like the 904 and the Dino, the 906 had its engine mounted midship, which was ahead of the rear transaxle. Unlike the 904, which had been constructed on a sheet-steel backbone frame, the 906 was based on a light and very strong tubular steel space frame that had a 90.6-inch wheelbase.
The Carrera 6’s engine, following Porsche’s practice of the day, was an air/oil-cooled boxer six. Porsche engineers designed a sleek new fiberglass body shell with top-hinged, gullwing-type doors. Another body feature was the distinctive louvered and clear plastic engine cover. There was a large air intake atop the nose for the oil cooler. The Carrera 6 was homologated for FIA racing in January 1966 as a Group 4 GT, for which a construction run of at least 50 examples was required. Barely a month after the first 906 had been completed; it was entered at the 1966 Daytona 24 Hours, where it was shared by factory drivers Hans Hermann and Herbert Linge. The dark blue Coupe finished 6th overall and won its class. There was little doubt that the Carrera 6 was going to be a formidable racing machine.
With the racing spirit of the original Porsche 906 Carrera 6 running through its platform; VRC, Vintage Racing Cars of Buenos Aires Argentina, who are regarded as world-class fabricators, have developed and produced what is reported as the first available replica of the famous Porsche 906 racecar. The VRC 906 has been developed to run in its appropriate vintage racing category or for street usage. The VRC 906 has a tubular steel space frame with a “glass-reinforced plastic” body with DOT triple-laminate security windshield and Plexiglas side and rear windows.
The rear chassis was designed to accept any horizontally opposed 911 six-cylinder engine; this example has a 2.7-liter Porsche unit that has been fitted with special racing pistons and has Weber carburetors. The five-speed manual gearbox is a model 915 unit, and the chassis is said to be similar to a 910. With special brakes and calipers, racing seat, Sabelt five-point harness, onboard Drago fire bottle, Momo ‘prototipo’ steering wheel, Dunlop tires and VDO instrumentation, including tach and hour meter (51 hours), show this car is set up for the track and ready to perform.
This car has already performed at the 2014 Classic 24 Hour at Daytona along with another event at Sebring. In Daytona, this Porsche VRC 906, is reported to have won its class. The white and red color combination is in keeping with the period effect and the Club Automoviles Sport Argentina contributes to the sporting nature of this machine that runs much deeper than its beautiful form. 1966 Porsche 906 VRC Re-creation