Porsche 910, the car who brought Porsche into the stardom
For the Porsche lovers and fans, this is maybe not news at all, but for anyone looking to learn more about the Stuttgart brand, this article should be of interest. Even though Porsche is nowadays a really important brand particularly for sport cars, they didn’t achieve great success until a few years ago.
Ferdinand Porsche founded Porsche in 1931. This gentleman was a great visionary of how cars should be built and raced. But it wasn’t until 1956 when Porsche won their first big / important race, which was Targa Florio in the Piccolo Circuito delle Madonie in Sicily. The next important /big race Porsche managed to win were the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring. Let's say it was not a very successful story of an almost 30 years old brand, but things were about to change.
Following those developments and with the intention to become an important racing brand, Porsche came with a beautiful Porsche 910. At the Nurburgring 1000km race in 1967, Porsche registered 6 910s for the race. 3 were 2.2L 8 cylinder and another 3 2l and 6 cylinder engines. 2 of the 8 cylinder cars broke and the other one finished fourth. The mighty others got a 1-2-3 win. We could argue if Porsche entered the history of motor racing from the front door with this car and race, but what we cannot discuss is the success of a car marker to get 4 cars of the same model achieving a 1-2-3-4 win on a big race. Congrats Porsche !!
What made this Porsche 910 so special? The Porsche 10 (or Porsche 910) is a development of the Porsche 906, which also raced with the 910 during 1966. Only 34 of them were ever produced between 1966 and 67 and the factory number for them was 906/10. The successor was the Porsche 907 (nicknamed Long Tails) who was introduced in 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans. On that year, the race was won by a Ford GT droven by Dan Gurney and Mr Foyt followed by 2 Ferrari 330 P4. Porsche 907 finished 5th, a Porsche 910 6th and a Porsche 906 7th. The natural rivals when was introduced of this Porsche 910 were in our humble opinion the Ferrari Dino 206P and the great Ford GT40.
Porsche 910 though was entered in 1966, starting with the 1966 European Hill Climb Championship from Sierre to Crans-Montana in Switzerland. Those 34 cars used a combination of 2 engines: 29 of them used the 2000cc 6-cylinder with 200 hp (150 kW) and the last 5 used the 2200cc 8-cylinder with up to 270 hp (201 kW).
The main difference to the predecessor Porsche 906 is the use of 13-inch wheels and tyres as in Formula One (F1), plus a single central nut instead of the five nuts as in a road car. This made the car unsuitable for street use, but it saved time in pitstops. Overall, the 910 were lighter and shorter than the 906 too. The Porsche 910 is 4113 mm long, 1680 mm wide and only 980 mm high.
Although the 907 were the successor, a modified version of the 910 was used for hill climbing. It was a shorter and lighter open-top 910 "Bergspyder" version with the 8-cylinder engine. Those machines managed to win the 1967 and 1968 European Hill Climb championship.
There should be a special mention to chassis 006, for vehicle number 39, who was originally used by Porsche to test brakes and suspension for the factory. Porsche 910 Chassis 006 competed in the 1967 Targa Florio Race, driven by Magliari and Schutz. It was sold to Christian Poirot in late 1968, who piloted the car in the 24 Hours of LeMans, several times and in 1969, won the 2.0 Liter Prototype Class while finishing ninth overall. The car was later sold and converted to a Spyder for use in German hill climb competition. The car was also seen several times in Steve McQueen's legendary movie, “LeMans.”.
There is a lot of history about some other chassis too and I guess any collector will have or will dream to own one of them. I'm sure other member will love to hear stories from the owners too.
I’d like to say something else about the Porsche 906 (predecessor of the great 910), during the 1966 Targa Florio, the factory 906 cars all broke down and it was a privately entered Porsche 906 who won the race for Porsche. It’s brilliant to remember those days were well trained hands could even beat a factory car … something impossible these days !
Porsche 910 for sale
The rarity of this model makes of it one of those with little appearance and one with interesting price tag. Bonhams sold one in the summer of 2010 for $799.000. Given the price action of the exclusive classic cars during these last years, I wouldn't be surprised if nowadays one of them traded above $2.000.000.