Winning Bids: June 2014

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    $3.63 Million 1968 Porsche 907 Longtail

    In keeping with its reputation as the champion of more endurance races than any other marque, Porsche dominated Gooding & Co.’s auction at the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March with first-andsecond-place sale figures, beating its closest competitor, a 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT, by more than $1 million. The results are no surprise with the current uptick in the Porsche market. Leading the auction was the 1968 Porsche 907 Longtail, chassis no. 907-005, the first Porsche to win a 24-hour endurance race and arguably the most successful 907. The 5-speed, 2.2-liter, 8-cylinder racecar crossed first in the historic 1-2-3 Porsche 907 finish at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona, and in its lengthy five-year career it completed seven 12- and 24-hour endurance events. Of these, chassis no. 907-005 finished fourth overall at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1969 and earned a class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971.

    The success of the 907 lies partially in its narrow, streamlined chassis, defined by undulating fender lines, an aggressive greenhouse resembling a fighter jet’s, and a short, low nose. The 907-005 is one of two remaining in existence (only eight were originally made) and was shown in its 24 Hours of Daytona white Porsche livery. When the car appeared at Amelia Island in 2011 it was voted the most historically significant racecar, and then it was awarded the Porsche Trophy as the most historically significant Porsche when it returned to Amelia Island in 2012. —Amanda Millin

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