Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Coupé (1963-1965)
Premiere: November 26, 1963 Solitude race track near Stuttgart
|904/4 Carrera GTS||904/8 Carrera GTS||904/6 Carrera GTS|
|Engine||2.0 flat-4, mid-mounted, type 587/3||2.0 flat-8, mid-mounted, type 771/0||2.0 flat-6, mid-mounted, type 901/20|
|Number of cylinders||4||8||6|
|Power||~132 kW||176-191 kW||~147 kW|
|Number of cars built||105||2||7|
|Chassis numbers||904-002...007, 904-010...108||904-008...009||904-001, 906-001...002, 906-005...006, 906-011...012|
Following the 550 and the 718, the third Porsche model created for racing was the 904. The homologation rules stipulated a minimum of 100 units and Porsche thought there weren’t that many potential racing customers, so the solution was a street legal car. In 1962, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche had become the manager of the Porsche design studios and the designer of the 904.
In August 1963, the first prototype was tested. Following the unveil of the 901 on September 12 at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, around 10 weeks later on November 26 the 904 was presented at the Solitude race track near Stuttgart. The 4-cylinder cars were shown - chassis 904-002, 003 and 004 (002 and 003 being the prototypes). The chassis 904-001, designer F.A. Porsche's personal 6-cylinder prototype, was not shown (it belonged to him until his death in 2012).
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