1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Coupe

In 1964, Porsche introduced two cars that would change the company forever — the legendary 911 and the last true dual-purpose road/race car, the 904. The 904 was the first Porsche design to use fiberglass bodywork which was bonded to a steel chassis and tipped the scales at a minuscule 1,400 pounds. Powering the 904 was the ultimate revision of the venerable four-cam four-cylinder Type 587/3 making 180 horsepower and furthering Porsche's giant-killer reputation. The 904 here was sold new in 1964 to Italian industrialist and driver Ernesto Prinoth in classic silver metallic over a blue velour interior. In 1968 the car made its way to the US, where it landed in the hands of Leslie Gunnarson. Gunnarson undertook a "California restoration", painting the car red and making the interior more comfortable and holding on to the 904 for over 50 years. The car has its original engine and gearbox making it extremely rare for a model that spent more time on the track than the road and will command a premium when it comes to auction.

Photos: Brian Henniker / Gooding & Co.

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