1961 Guerin Spyder Barchetta

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1961
  • Mileage 
    9 000 km / 5 593 mi
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    24555385
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

This classic car is for auction at online auction platform Catawiki. Please click here to place a bid an to find more information about this. Guerin Barchetta 1961 with optional hardtop, with certificates of historical importance and originality ASI ‘Targa Oro’ and Certificate FIVA category ASI - FIVA A3 (period original - completely restored)Car was built by ‘Guerin’, Porsche importer for Portugal from 1950 to 1973.His aim was not to build a racing car, as the streamlined and aerodynamic lines might suggest, but a more hedonistic commercial purpose; in fact, between the late 1950s and the early 1960s, Porsche cars first with the 550 and then with the 718 and 718 RSK dominated the races. Taking advantage of the fact he had among his employees Americo Nunes, the great Portuguese Porsche Rally driver, as a manager of workshops and body shops, Guerin thought of creating an advertising car that would recall the shapes of the winning Porsche cars at that time and that could be displayed in the shop window for the benefit and interest of his wealthy customers. Since he couldn’t have an official car at his disposal from Porsche, of course (it was 1961 and official cars were still all used), he decided to make his own model that evoked, if not in substance at least in shape, the official cars. It was born a unique piece, this wonderful ‘Barchetta Guerin’, it seems it was owned by Americo Nunes himself until 2015 and, before his untimely death in 2016, it was given to a dealer in Lisbon for sale. It was purchased by chance by a Roman collector, on holiday in Lisbon, attracted not by the important history of the car, which was unknown to him and the seller himself, but by the attractive and sinuous shapes. But when it was time to bring the car to Italy and give it an Italian plate, the Italian authority for motor vehicles (Motorizzazione Italiana), always rightly eager for information, began to ask a very long series of questions to the owner, who was left with only the possibility of a private investigation...Very long visits to the Portuguese Consulate, endless email conversations with the corresponding Portuguese authority for motor vehicles, international phone calls with the old/new Portuguese Official Porsche Dealers, until the history is completely recreated again. To date, the car has been examined by leading Italian experts who have certified the authenticity and historical validity of the car, thus giving it the highest national and international recognition. It has participated in numerous and prestigious competitions for classic cars, and it was and will continue to be a sure winner of many awards.Technical features: Bodywork: Steel frame (short wheelbase 2010 mm) VTR bodywork Type: Barchetta with optional hardtopWeight: 560 kgEngine: Volkswagen 1200 cc derivationFuel: petrolCarburettor: Solex PICT2 30 carburettor, wire mesh air filterBrakes: Front and rear drums and brake shoePower: approx. 65 HP at 4800 rpmWheels: CAMAC (made in Portugal) 155/80 tyres with 15’’ rimsSuspension:- Front with double torsion bar and shock absorbers - Rear with torsion bar and shock absorbers Max. speed: approx. 150 km/hExhaust system: 4-in-1 type with free central exhaust (without silencer)