1966 Porsche 906

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1966
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Competition car 
    Yes
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Red
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Green
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

• Ex-Mike de Udy / Porsche Cars GB.
• Long racing history in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and South Africa.
• Original Typ 901/20 engine, original gearbox and chassis.
• One of 65 Carrera 6s built.
• another correct 906 spare engine

Porsche Cars GB imported two Porsche Carrera 6s in 1966, sold by AFN Ltd. Both cars, chassis numbers 906-101 and 906-129, were owned and raced in 1966 by a well-known privateer racer, Michael Grace De Udy. A racer in his own right,
Mike de Udy is the car’s first and most prominent owner. De Udy raced both 906-101 and 906-129 in 1966, but then only kept 906-129 until 1969.
De Udy was fairly new to the racing scene in 1966. A class of 1962 graduate of the Jim Russell racing school, he turned to sports cars racing in 1964. Driving a Porsche 904 Carrera GTS for the better part of the 1964 and 1965 seasons, he teamed up with experienced drivers, including fellow Brit David Piper. In late 1965 he went to South Africa and entered the Springbok Series, a remarkably challenging event where he partnered with local racer Peter de Klerk. Upon his return to Europe in early 1966, he started racing his 906s all over Europe, taking 906-129 to Italy for the Targa Florio, Austria for the Zeltweg 500 km or Zandvoort during the Trophy of the Dunes. Peter de Klerk had flown to the U.K. to share the wheel. Originally delivered with engine 906-122, De Udy had to replace it rapidly after it suffers extensive damage during a test at Silverstone. De Udy blamed the oil supplier, BP, as the cause of the engine failure. BP was his sponsor in 1966 but it appears their oil was of lesser quality than the other main supplier, Shell.
After the engine 906-122 failed to replace engine, De Udy asked his mechanic, Bob Ridgard, to source an engine. In 1967, he bought an engine directly from the Porsche factory; identified by Jerry Pantis as 906-156. As it turns out, the engine 906-156 is one of the most important Typ 901/20 engines of the production run; being the last originally built carbed engine (906-157 was the first “E” fuel-injected engine), it also gained a prestigious racing history from its time with the Porsche works team.
Having a full chain of owners know, and fully restored to concours standard the car has since been race many times at Le Mans Classic, Tour Auto to name a few, and is the perfect entrant for any porsche collection.