Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264

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Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell
1964 Porsche 904 GTS
Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264

€ 1,300,000 - 1,500,000
US$ 1,500,000 - 1,700,000
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell
1964 Porsche 904 GTS
Chassis no. 904 012
Engine no. 14264
• A couru à l'époque sous la bannière de Precision Motor Cars d'Otto Zipper dans les épreuves nord américaines les plus importantes
• Autrefois propriété de l'acteur Robert Redford, de Steve Earle et Jim Tidwell
• A conservé sa carrosserie, son châssis, sa boîte et ses suspensions d'originen
• Documentée par son Kardex d'usine, un dossier historique complet et est mentionnée dans plusieurs livres sur la marque
• Rare et séduisant exemplaire d'une légendaire sportive de Porsche

• Raced in period under the Otto Zipper Precision Motor Cars banner at prominent North American venues
• Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell
• Retaining original bodywork, chassis, transaxle and suspension
• Documented with factory Kardex, extensive history file, and listed in several marquee books
• Rare and desirable example of a Porsche racing legend

Footnotes

  • Porsche 904 GTS 1964

    Châssis n° 904 012
    Moteur n° 14264 (voir texte)

    Moteur 6 cylindres à plat 1,991 cm3 simple arbre à cames en tête
    Deux carburateurs triple corps Weber
    Puissance estimée 175 ch à 6 800 tr/min
    Boîte manuelle transaxle à 5 rapports
    Suspension à 4 roues indépendantes
    Freins à disque aux 4 roues


    La Porsche 904 GTS

    « La dernière incarnation d'une Porsche de compétition à moteur 4 cylindres arriva en 1964 avec le coupé 904 GTS. Non seulement il remporta les deux premières places à la Targa Florio cette année-là, mais il termina également second au rallye de Monte-Carlo en 1965 et remporta un incroyable nombre de victoires de classe, sans compter de nombreux autres succès en compétition. » – Jonathan Wood, Porsche : The Legend.


    Après avoir abandonné son coûteux programme de Formule 1 à la fin de la saison de 1962 – un engagement qui pesa lourd sur les ressources techniques limitées du constructeur allemand à l'époque - Porsche se tourna à nouveau vers la catégorie Sport, comme moyen d'améliorer et de valoriser sa gamme de modèles de tourisme. Les Abarth-Carrera, basées sur la 356, avaient porté le drapeau de Porsche dans les épreuves de Grand Tourisme international au début des années 1960, mais un concept entièrement nouveau était indispensable pour affronter une concurrence qui s'était depuis renforcée.

    Un minimum de 100 modèles de série devait être construits pour répondre aux règles d'homologation de la FIA, une exigence qui rendait le complexe châssis tubulaire comme celui des RSK type 718 inenvisageable. Le Dr Hans Tomala, directeur technique de Porsche, partit donc d'une feuille blanche. La révolutionnaire Lotus Elite de Colin Chapman avec sa carrosserie monocoque en résine et fibre de verre avait validé le potentiel des matériaux composite pour un usage structurel et cette technologie fut choisie pour la conception de la future GT de compétition à moteur central de Porsche, la 904. Tomala opta toutefois pour un châssis renforcé par un croisillon en acier noyé dans la résine.

    Le moteur et la suspension étaient boulonnés directement à la structure en acier, réduisant ainsi la transmission du bruit et des vibrations au compartiment passagers - un problème qui avait affecté les Elite entièrement en composite. La carrosserie, dessinée par le fils aîné de Ferry Porsche, Butzi, était construite par l'avionneur Heinkel et est généralement considérée comme l'une des Porsche les plus élégantes. La récente expérience de la marque de Zuffenhausen en Formule 1 se retrouvait dans la suspension sophistiquée de la 904 qui avait recours à une double triangulation aux quatre roues.

    Bien que conçu simultanément avec la nouvelle Porsche 901 de série à moteur six cylindres (qui allait entrer en production en 1964 sous le nom de 911), la 904 reprenait le 4 cylindres 2 litres type 587 à quatre arbres à cames en tête de la 356 Carrera 2, bien rôdé. Le nouveau six cylindres n'aurait de toute façon pas été prêt à temps, mais en prévision d'un future développement, le compartiment moteur de la 904 était assez grand pour le loger, de même que la version 2 litres du 8 cylindres à plat de Formule 1. En version routière, le 587/2 développait 155 ch et 180 ch lorsqu'il était doté de l'échappement compétition. La boîte transaxle à cinq rapports reprenait certains éléments internes conçus pour la transmission de la 911, mais utilisait un carter différent, adapté à la configuration à moteur central de la 904.

    Après qu'un exemplaire engagé en catégorie prototype n'ait pu être fini à temps pour Daytona en février 1964, la 904 fit ses vrais débuts en compétition en Amérique. À Sebring en mars, la 904 remporta son premier succès international finissant à la 9e place au classement général en gagnant sa classe dans le Cunningham/Underwood, derrière une foule de Ferrari. Alors que les Porsche avec leur petite cylindrée avait du mal à suivre l'allure des concurrentes à gros moteur sur les circuits rapides, les petites 2 litres étaient moins désavantagées dans l'éprouvante Targa Florio sicilienne qui se courait sur le tracé d'un rallye sur route. En fait, le constructeur allemand avait déjà gagné la classique sicilienne à trois reprises, depuis qu'elle faisait partie du championnat du monde des voitures de Sport en 1958. La 904 affirma son potentiel en remportant une victoire aux mains de Colin Davis et Antonio Pucci. En mai, Ben Pon et Gunther Koch se plaçaient 3e aux 1000 Km du Nürburgring dans une 904 de série, tandis qu'au Mans, les cinq 904 engagées terminaient, la première à la 7e place du classement général. La réputation de la 904 comme concurrente redoutable fut à nouveau soulignée aux 12 Heures de Reims où les huit engagées finirent dans les 20 premières places, la meilleure en 5e position.

    Son exceptionnelle polyvalence fut démontrée au début de la saison 1965, lorsque la 904 de Böhringer/Wütherich termina 2e au classement général du rallye de Monte-Carlo. La Porsche 904 ne remporta aucune victoire en endurance en 1965, bien qu'elle s'assurât de nombreuses places sur le podium et continuât de dominer sa classe. Des versions spyder allégées furent développées pour le championnat européen de la montagne, mais une fois encore, les adaptations pour respecter la réglementation en cours au moment de la conception de la 904 jouèrent contre elle. On envisagea de construire une seconde série de 100 904 équipées du six cylindres de la 911 pour 1965, mais, à cause d'une modification des règles d'homologation, Porsche se rendit compte qu'un tel modèle ne serait pas compétitif et l'idée fut abandonné. Le modèle qui allait succéder à la 904 en 2 litres Sport serait la Carrera 6. Des 120 904 produites, 104 ont été construites avec le 4 cylindre, tandis que dix ont reçus le six cylindres de la 911 et qu'une demi-douzaine ont été équipées du 8 cylindres à plat de type F1. La flamme de la 904 brûla peut-être un peu trop rapidement mais elle fut à la fois brillante et glorieuse.

    La voiture proposée

    Avec cette sportive terriblement rapide et particulièrement bien motorisée, c'est à la fois l'histoire de Porsche et celle de la compétition en Amérique du nord qui sont proposés. Selon la copie de la fiche constructeur qui figure dans le Kardex de l'usine au dossier, la 904 GTS vendue ici (châssis n° 904 012) était équipée neuve du moteur n° 99001, un moteur de Carrera type 587/3. Chaussées de pneus Dunlop, la 904 GTS fut achevée à l'usine Porsche de Zuffenhausen en janvier 1964, dans une livrée Silbermetall (argent métallisé) avec un intérieur en tissu. La voiture 904 012 fut la seconde 904 GTS livrée à un client en dehors du programme de l'usine.

    La nouvelle Sport de Porsche avait été commandée par le Californien Steve Earle, passionné et pilote bien connu, qui allait fonder la très populaire épreuve historique de Monterey à Laguna Seca, en Californie. 904 012 fut envoyée aux États-Unis pour courir la saison de 1964 et, comme le temps pressait, pour accélérer la livraison, 904 012 fut envoyé par avion le 16 janvier 1964 de l'aéroport international de Stuttgart à bord d'un jet de la Pan American à l'aéroport JFK de New York. Dans le livre de Jürgen Barth sur le modèle, on peut voir de spectaculaires photos du chargement et du déchargement de 904 012 délicatement menés pour éviter d'endommager la précieuse nouvelle Porsche. La 904 GTS fut officiellement vendue à M. Earle par Precision Motor Cars d'Otto Zipper à Beverly Hills, en Californie. La facture de vente originale et une copie du contrat original d'achat signé par M. Zipper se trouvent dans le substantiel dossier historique de 904 012.

    Il semble que Steve Earle n'a jamais couru avec 904 012, mais il la revendit via Otto Zipper à un ami californien M. Steve Berg. On pense que M. Earle avait entre temps pris livraison d'une Ferrari 250 LM. 904 012 apparut alors en compétition sous les couleurs et la bannière de Precision Motor Cars d'Otto Zipper dans des épreuves de renom en 1964, avec le producteur d'émissions télévisées d'Hollywood M. Kurt Neumann à son volant. Dès février 1964, la nouvelle Porsche était sur la piste et, selon le livre de M. Barth, courut à Riverside. Si l'on en croit le livre sur la 904 de M. Jerry Pantis, 904 012 participa aux épreuves suivantes cette même année : 1.) 26 avril 1964, #32 Kurt Neumann, 2.) 8e au CG à Riverside USRRC GT, 3.) 3 mai 1964, #32 Kurt Neumann, 7e au CG à Laguna Seca USRRC GT, 4.) Mai 1964, Santa Barbara Road Races SCCA Regional, 5.) Juin 1964, #32 Kurt Neumann, 3e au CG à Willow Springs SCCA Divisional, 6.) 5 et 6 septembre 1964, #32 Kurt Neumann, A-C Production Race à Santa Barbara SCCA Regional, 7.) 19 septembre 1964, #37 Skip Scott, 2e au CG au Bridgehampton Double 500, et 8.) 10 octobre 1964, #32 Kurt Neumann aux 3 Heures de Riverside.

    Après la saison 1964, 904 012 fut repeinte en bleu foncé avec le nez argent et fut dotée de freins type Le Mans. Steve Berg engagea alors la 904 GTS sous son propre nom avec le soutien du magasin de Cadrobbi de Culver City, en Californie. 904 012 continua de courir au cours de la saison 1965 dans les épreuves suivantes : 1.) 2 mai 1965, #32 Kurt Neumann, abd Riverside USRRC GT, 2.) 9 mai 1965, #32 Kurt Neumann, 5e au CG Laguna Seca USRRC GT, 3.) 30 mai 1965 Kurt Neumann, 2e A-C Production à Santa Barbara SCCA Regional, 4.) 31 octobre 1965, #49 Denny Harrison, 8e LA Times GP à Riverside, 5.) 14 novembre 1965, Denny Harrison, 9e Consolation Race au Stardust GP de Las Vegas, 5.) 12 décembre 1965, Denny Harrison, 1er A-D Production Race à Willow Springs, 6.) 20 février 1966, 2e (1er AP) A-D Production à Willow Springs SCCA National, et 7.) 20 mars 1966, Denny Harrison, 3e A-D Production à Willow Springs. Il existe de nombreuses et belles images de 904 012 en course dans différentes épreuves de renom de l'époque.

    M. Steve Berg mit alors 904 012 en vente dans le numéro du 12 mars 1966 de Competition Press, avec ce commentaire « ...obligé de vendre, Carrera 6 en route ! ». 904 012 fut alors achetée par le célèbre acteur et producteur Robert Redford. Élevé en Californie du sud, M. Redford a certainement assisté aux courses de Sport de l'époque sur divers circuits et a peut-être même vu 904 012 en action. M. Redford a conservé la 904 GTS en Californie et l'a gardé en sa possession pendant presque une décennie. Après M. Redford, 904 012 passa des mains de M. Danny McLaughlin au pilote Porsche bien connu, Jim Tidwell de San Diego. À cette époque, le 4 cylindres à 4 arbres à cames en tête avait été démonté et 904 012 avait vieilli et aurait mérité une restauration. La voiture de course fatiguée fut alors vendue par Jim Tidwell à M. Nelson Rath d'Anchorage, Kentucky, en juillet 1981. L'historique de ces transactions peut être tracé, grâce aux copies des anciens titres, des immatriculations et des factures de vente.

    M. Stefan Talpe, un passionné belge, a acheté 904 012 à M. Rath en 1982 et décrit son acquisition comme « un rêve de jeune homme ». M. Talpe poursuit en affirmant que 904 012 lui a donné de grandes satisfactions pendant les 34 années où il l'a conservée, en partie en raison du magnifique design et des qualités routières de la 904 GTS. 904 012 a été restaurée au début des années 1990 lorsqu'un des premiers moteurs 2 litres de 911 fut trouvé et installé. C'est une modification habituelle et conforme à l'époque pour une 904 GTS et correspond en fait au type de moteur que l'usine Porsche a installé sur les dernières 904 GTS produites. La société Apal de Blégny-Trembleur, en Belgique, a procédé à la peinture de la voiture en Irish Green, une couleur Porsche de l'époque, tandis que toute la mécanique a été rénovée. On trouvera de nombreuses photos de la restauration de 904 012 dans le dossier historique complet qui montrent la carrosserie originale en résine et fibre de verre intacte et en très bon état, très largement d'origine. Très peu de voitures de compétition peuvent montrer de telles qualités. On pense que le moteur d'origine de 904 012, numéro 99001, existe encore. De plus, 904 012 possède toujours son pont arrière au numéro d'origine concordant.

    Le vendeur, un éminent collectionneur de Porsche danois, a acheté 904 012 à M. Talpe en 2016 et a récemment remplacé l'embrayage. En sa possession, la 904 GTS n'a été utilisée que pour de petites balades dans la campagne danoise. La voiture est vendue avec le dossier historique complet mentionné plus haut qui contient des documents qui remontent aux origines de la voiture, de nombreux reçus, des papiers d'immatriculation et des certificats de titre, des lettres et une copie de la fiche constructeur de l'usine Porsche (Kardex). Le vendeur possède un moteur à quatre arbres à cames en tête de Porsche 904 GTS conforme au type d'origine (le moteur numéro 99018 installé dans la voiture n° 904 031 lorsqu'elle était neuve) qui peut être acheté séparément par le nouveau propriétaire s'il souhaitait revenir à la configuration d'origine avec un quatre cylindres à quatre arbres à cames en tête.

    904 012 peut s'enorgueillir d'un prestigieux historique en compétition et de plusieurs propriétaires célèbres – des pilotes de renom et un acteur de premier plan, Robert Redford. La voiture fait une candidate idéale pour les compétitions historiques ou les manifestations comme le Tour Auto. De plus, elle pourrait retrouver toute la splendeur de sa livrée argent métallisé lorsqu'elle courait sous les couleurs de Precision Motor Cars d'Otto Zipper. Ce magnifique et emblématique modèle de compétition, qui mérite toute l'attention d'un amateur de Porsche sérieux auquel il manquerait la légendaire 904, couronnerait n'importe quelle collection et sera chaleureusement accueilli dans les plus prestigieux concours d'élégance et épreuves historiques.


    1964 PORSCHE 904 GTS

    Chassis no. 904 012
    Engine no. 14264 (See text)

    1,991cc SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
    Dual Triple-choke Weber Carburetors
    Est. 175bhp at 6,800rpm
    5-Speed Manual Transaxle
    4-Wheel Independent Suspension
    4-Wheel Disc Brakes


    THE PORSCHE 904 GTS

    "The final sports racing expression of the Porsche four-cylinder line came in 1964 with the arrival of the 904 GTS Coupe. It not only took the first two places in that year's Targa Florio event but was also second in the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally and scored a host of class wins, in addition to numerous other competition successes." – Jonathan Wood, Porsche: The Legend

    Having axed its expensive Formula 1 program at the end of 1962—a commitment that placed a heavy burden on the German manufacturer's limited technical resources—Porsche turned once more to sports car racing as a means of improving and marketing its road car range. The Type 356-based Abarth-Carreras had flown the Porsche flag in international GT racing during the early 1960s, but an entirely new design was now deemed necessary to meet the strengthening opposition.

    A minimum of 100 road-usable cars had to be made to meet the FIA's homologation requirements, a stipulation that made a complex spaceframe design like the Type 718 RSK a non-starter. Therefore, Porsche's Technical Director, Dr. Hans Tomala, started with a clean sheet. Colin Chapman's revolutionary Lotus Elite, with its fiberglass body/chassis, had demonstrated the potential of composite materials for structural use in cars, and this technology was embraced in the design of Porsche's new mid-engined GT racer, the Type 904. Tomala though, opted for a chassis comprising a pair of steel, cross-braced, box sections, to which the fiberglass bodyshell was bonded.

    The engine and suspension were bolted directly to the steel structure, thereby reducing the transmission of noise and vibration to the passenger compartment—problems that had afflicted the all-composite Elite. Designed by Ferry Porsche's eldest son, "Butzi," the body was manufactured by the Heinkel aircraft company and is widely recognized as one of Porsche's most elegant. The Zuffenhausen firm's recent Formula 1 experience was reflected in the 904's state-of-the-art suspension, which featured double wishbones all round.

    Although developed at the same time as Porsche's new Type 901 six-cylinder road car (which would enter production in 1964 as the 911) the 904 used the 356 Carrera 2's tried and tested Type 587 2.0-liter four-cam, four-cylinder engine. The new six would not be ready in time in any case, but with an eye on future developments, the 904's engine bay was made big enough to accommodate it, as well as the 2-liter version of the F1 flat eight. In road trim, the 587/2 produced 155bhp, with 180 horsepower available when fitted with the full racing exhaust system. The five-speed transaxle incorporated internals developed for the 911's transmission, but used a different casing that reflected the 904's mid-engined layout.

    When an example entered in the prototype class at Daytona failed to finish in February of 1964, the 904 was able to make its competition debut in the USA. At Sebring in March, the 904 scored its first international success, the Cunningham/Underwood car winning its class and finishing 9th overall behind a multitude of Ferraris. While the small-capacity Porsches had always struggled to match the pace of the larger-engined opposition on fast tracks, at the punishing Sicilian Targa Florio, which was run along the lines of a tarmac rally, the nimble 2-liter cars were at much less of a disadvantage. Indeed, the German manufacturer had won the Sicilian classic on three occasions since the race first formed part of the World Sportscar Championship in 1958. The 904 underlined its pedigree by scoring a debut win in the hands of Colin Davis and Antonio Pucci. In May, Ben Pon and Gunther Koch took 3rd place at the Nürburgring 1,000kms in a production 904, while at Le Mans all five 904s entered finished, the highest in 7th place overall. The 904's attraction as a competitive customer car was further underlined at the Reims 12 Hours, where eight finished in the top 20, the highest in 5th place.

    Its exceptional versatility was demonstrated at the start of the 1965 season when the Böhringer/Wütherich 904 finished 2nd overall in the Monte Carlo Rally. There would be no classic endurance racing victories for the Porsche 904 in '65; however, the car secured numerous podium finishes and continued to dominate its class. Lightweight, spyder-bodied versions were developed for the European Hill-Climb Championship, but even here the compromises enforced by the regulations prevailing at the time of the 904's design tolled against it. It had been intended to build a second series of 100 904s powered by the 911's six-cylinder engine for 1965, but a change in the homologation requirements made Porsche realize that such a car would not be competitive and the plan was abandoned. The 904's successor would be an all-new 2-liter sports car—the Carrera 6. Of the 120 model 904s produced, 104 were completed with the four-cylinder engine, while ten were fitted with the 911's six and a further half-dozen used the F1-type flat eight. The 904's star may have burned only briefly, but it was both bright and glorious.


    THE MOTORCAR OFFERD

    Offered here is both Porsche and North American racing history in one well-engineered and furiously fast sports racing car. According to a copy on file of the factory Kardex built sheet, the 904 GTS offered here (chassis no. 904 012) was equipped new with engine no. 99001, a Type 587/3 Carrera motor. Shod with Dunlop tires, the 904 GTS was completed at the Zuffenhausen Porsche works in January of 1964, finished in Silbermetall (Silver Metallic) paint and upholstered with a blue cloth interior. Car 904 012 was the second 904 GTS delivered to a customer outside of the works program.

    The new sports racing Porsche had been ordered by Californian Steve Earle, the well-known enthusiast and racing driver, who went on to found the popular Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca, California. Car 904 012 was brought to the US to compete in the 1964 season, so as time was of the essence to get the new racer Stateside as fast as possible, 904 012 was situated on an air pallet on January 16, 1964 at the Stuttgart International Airport, and flown aboard a Pan America Jet to the JFK Airport in New York. In Jürgen Barth's book on the model, many spectacular photos can be found of 904 012 being loaded and unloaded with much care taken not to damage the valuable new Porsche model. The 904 GTS was officially sold to Mr. Earle through Otto Zipper's Precision Motor Cars of Beverly Hills, California. The original Bill of Sale and a copy of the original Purchase Agreement signed by Mr. Zipper can be found in 904 012's substantial history file.

    It does not appear that Steve Earle ever raced 904 012, but instead sold it back through Otto Zipper to fellow Californian Mr. Steve Berg. Supposedly, w Mr. Earle s took delivery of a Ferrari 250 LM. Then, the 904 012 appeared to race under Otto Zipper and Precision Motor Cars banner and livery at prominent venues in 1964, with Hollywood TV producer, Mr. Kurt Neumann, behind the wheel. Already in February 1964, the new Porsche hit the race tracks and was, according to Mr. Barth's book, raced at Riverside Raceway. According to Mr. Jerry Pantis' 904 book, 904 012 went on to compete at the following events that same year: 1.) April 26, 1964, #32 Kurt Neumann, 2.) 8th OA at Riverside USRRC GT, 3.) May 3, 1964, #32 Kurt Neumann, 7th OA at Laguna Seca USRRC GT, 4.) May 1964, Santa Barbara Road Races SCCA Regional, 5.) June 1964, #32 Kurt Neumann, 3rd OA Willow Springs SCCA Divisional, 6.) September 5 and 6, 1964, #32 Kurt Neumann, A-C Production Race at Santa Barbara SCCA Regional, 7.) September 19, 1964, #37 Skip Scott, 2nd OA Bridgehampton Double 500, and 8.) October 10th, 1964, #32 Kurt Neumann at the Riverside 3 Hour Enduro.

    After the 1964 season, 904 012 was painted dark blue with a silver nose, and fitted with Le Mans type brakes. Steve Berg would now enter the 904 GTS under his own name, with support from Al Cadrobbi's shop in Culver City, California. The 904 012 continued racing in the 1965 season, earning the following credentials: 1.) May 2nd 1965, #32 Kurt Neumann, DNF Riverside USRRC GT, 2.) May 9th, 1965, #32 Kurt Neumann, 5th OA Laguna Seca USRRC GT, 3.) May 30, 1965 Kurt Neumann, 2nd A-C Production Santa Barbara SCCA Regional, 4.) October 31st, 1965, #49 Denny Harrison, 8th LA Times GP at Riverside, 5.) November 14, 1965, Denny Harrison, 9th Consolation Race at Stardust GP Las Vegas, 5.) December 12, Denny Harrison, 1st A-D Production Race Willow Springs, 6.) February 20, 1966, 2nd (1st AP) A-D Production Willow Springs SCCA National, and 7.) March 20, 1966, Denny Harrison, 3rd A-D Production Willow Springs. Many great images exist of 904 012 competing at various prominent events and tracks from this era.

    Mr. Steve Berg then offered 904 012 for sale in the March 12, 1966 issue of Competition Press, noting "...must sell, Carrera 6 coming!" The 904 012 was then purchased by celebrated actor and producer, Mr. Robert Redford. Having grown up in Southern California, Mr. Redford has surely witnessed the eras sports car races at the various tracks, and maybe even seen 904 012 in action. Mr. Redford kept the 904 GTS in California, and had it in his possession for nearly a decade. After Mr. Redford's ownership, 904 012 went through the hands of Mr. Danny McLaughlin to well-known racer and Porsche enthusiast, Mr. Jim Tidwell of San Diego. The original 4-cylinder, 4-cam engine had been taken out at this point, and 904 012 had aged, needing a definite restoration. The old racecar was then sold by Jim Tidwell to Mr. Nelson Rath of Anchorage, Kentucky in July of 1981. Documentation of these transactions can be found in copies of old titles, registrations, and bill of sales.

    Belgian enthusiast Mr. Stefan Talpe bought 904 012 in 1982 from Mr. Rath, and describes the purchase as "a young man's dream." Mr. Talpe furthered that 904 012 gave him great satisfaction during his 34-year ownership, much due to the 904 GTS' beautiful design and excellent driving characteristics. The 904 012 underwent a restoration in the early 1990s, where an early 2-liter 911 engine was sourced and installed. This is a common and period-correct upgrade to a 904 GTS, and actually the very type of engine that the Porsche factory would install in the last 904 GTS' produced. The Apal Company of Blégny Trembleur, Belgium, carried out a repaint of the car, Irish Green, a period Porsche color, while all mechanical systems were also refurbished. Many photos of the restoration can be found in 904 012's comprehensive history file and show the car's original fiberglass bodywork and chassis intact and in very good, largely original condition. Very few sports racing cars of any kind can boast such qualities. It is believed, that the original engine installed in 904 012 from new, engine number 99001, is still in existence. Furthermore, 904 012 does indeed have its original matching numbers transaxle.

    The consignor, a prominent Porsche collector from Denmark, purchased 904 012 from Mr. Talpe in 2016, and has recently fitted a new clutch. During his ownership, the 904 GTS was only occasionally enjoyed for gentle cruises in the Danish countryside. The car is accompanied by the previously mentioned comprehensive history file, containing records dating back to when the car was brand new, numerous receipts, registration and title certificates, letters, and a copy of the Porsche factory original built record (Kardex). The consignor does own a Porsche 904 GTS four-cam engine of the correct type (the very engine fitted to sister car 904 031 from new carrying engine number 99018), which could be purchased separately by the new owner, should one decide to go back to the four cylinder, four-cam engine specification.

    904 012 boasts a prominent period competition racing history and celebrity ownership— both famous racing drivers and none other than actor Robert Redford. The car would be the ideal entry into historic racing or high-speed rallies such as the Tour Auto. Moreover, the car would be a superb candidate to change back to its original Silver Metallic livery while it raced for Otto Zipper's Precision Motor Cars. Now inviting consideration by serious Porsche connoisseurs whom are missing the legendary 904 in their collection, this fine example of the sports racing icon would crown most collections and is sure to be welcomed at any major Concours d'Elegance and vintage racing events.
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Previously owned by actor Robert Redford, Steve Earle and Jim Tidwell,1964 Porsche 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 012 Engine no. 14264
Auction information

Vigipirate
En application du plan Vigipirate niveau alerte attentats et vigilance renforcée, l'accès au Grand Palais est interdit à toutes les valises, sacs de voyages et sacs à dos de taille supérieure au format A3.

According to the Vigipirate Plan (increase security measures) level "attack alert", the access to Grand Palais is forbidden to all suitcases, all travel bags and backpacks larger than A3 size.

COVID Notice
En raison des circonstances sanitaires actuelles
-Le port du masque sera obligatoir à partir de 6 ans
-Contrôle du pass sanitaire/ou vaccinal à partir de 12 ans
-Respect des règles de distanciation sociale
-Pas de vestiaire

Due to the current sanitary circumstances:
-Wearing a mask will be mandatory from 6 years old
-Control of the health pass/or vaccination pass from 12 years old
-Respect of the social distancing rules
-No cloakroom

Nous vous rappelons que ces règles sont celles en vigueur à la date de publication du catalog. Ces règles sont susceptibles d'être modifiées ultérieurement.

We remind you that these rules are those in force at the date of publication of the catalog.
These rules may be subject to change.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Motor Cars
15%+VAT

Automobilia
27.5%+VAT on the first €12,500 of the hammer price,
25%+VAT up to €400,000 of the hammer price,
20%+VAT up to €4,000,000 of the hammer price
14.5%+VAT on the balance thereafter.

Collection Notices

Collection Note
All vehicles must be collected from the Grand Palais Ephémère by 12noon Friday 4 February 2022.
Customers must however notify Nicolas de la Bassetière of Bonhams only by sending an email to nicolas.delabassetiere@bonhams.com, no later than 10pm on the day of the Sale.
In the absence of customer instructions, all vehicles will be removed to a temporary storage facility near Paris by the logistics company MENAKLARS at your expense and risk.

The uplift costs are:
€450+VAT per motor car
€35+VAT per automobilia lot, capped to €500+VAT per invoice & €200+VAT for large items

From Friday 4th February 2022, the storage costs are :
€40+VAT per motor car per day
€5+VAT per automobilia lot per day & €10+VAT for large items

Payment for storage must be arranged direct with Transports BENAIM.
Collection is strictly by appointment only and at least 24-Hours notice must be given.
Anyone wishing to collect a vehicle from the Paris storage must first call Transports
BENAIM & arrange payment and confirm that Transports BENAIM have a release from Bonhams prior to arriving.

The storage facility will remain operational until 5pm Sunday 27 February 2022.

Transport Roger Benaim
Contact: Frank +33 6 16 01 16 01 Frank@rogerbenaim.com
Anthony +33 6 64 04 27 37 Anthony@rogerbenaim.com

Cars under Customs
For all enquiries relating to Customs, be they administrative or legal, please contact Transport BENAIM
Please note that for motor cars subject to the local import tax should they remain in the EU, as Bonhams is the guarantor of the customs duties and taxes clearance, these motor cars cannot be released to the buyer or his transporter immediately after the sale

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

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