This 1961 Porsche RS61 is being offered for Auction at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed event that is running on June 26, 2015.
From the press release for the listing for this 60s Porsche Race Car for sale:
Porsche RS-61 chassis ‘070’ – now to be sold by BONHAMS on behalf of Sir Stirling – was delivered brand-new to first owner Bob Holbert of Pennsylvania early in 1961. He was the leading American Porsche specialist of his era, and he competed in the car in his busy program of Sports Car Club of America east-coast events, including the Daytona National. He then sold the car to gentleman driver Tom Payne – who always raced wearing an impeccably valeted business suit and tie.
Tom Payne and Porsche RS-61 ‘070’ featured in such further east-coast events as the Cumberland Nationals, Wisconsin Grand Prix, Thompson Nationals and the Atlanta ‘500’ Sprints. Third owner Millard Ripley subsequently won in the car at the glamorous Watkins Glen circuit in upstate New York and overall ‘070’ is credited with having achieved no fewer than 13 victories and 20 podium placings in SCCA National Competition.
For the 1960 season the FIA made changes to the regulation regarding the windscreen and cockpit size. These rules changes together with a larger (1.6 litre) Type 547/3 engine, developing 160 horsepower (120 kW) and a new double wishbone rear suspension brought about the RS 60 model. The RS 60 brought Porsche victory at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring with a car driven by Hans Herrmann and Olivier Gendebien. 1960 also saw Porsche win the Targa Florio with Hans Herrmann being joined on the winner podium by Jo Bonnier and Graham Hill. The RS 60 also ensured that Porsche successfully defended their European Hill Climb Championship for the third year in a row.
For 1961 the model name was changed to RS 61 although it was almost identical to the RS 60. A RS 61 won the European Hill Climb Championship.
PRICE: Auction Estimate – £1.7 million – 2 million, US$ 2.6 million – 3 million
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For more detail about this listing including images check out the Press Release
Sold for £1,905,500 inc. premium