1969 Porsche 908/2 Longtail Spyder
Offered by Bonhams | London, U.K. | November 30, 2014
The Porsche 908 was the successor to the 907 and it was introduced by Porsche to fight in the Group 6 category, which had just undergone rule changes for 1968. First came the 908/1. The 908/2 was a topless spyder, unlike the closed coupe 908/1.
The Langheck Coupe was a long tail version for high-speed tracks. But when Porsche chopped the top for 1969, the Longheck (long tail) Spyder was born. The engine is a 3.0-liter flat-8 making 350 horsepower. The light fiberglass body allowed this car to achieve high speeds on the straight at Le Mans.
This was a factory team race car before going into privateer hands, and its competition history includes:
- 1969 12 Hours of Sebring – 7th (with Vic Elford and Richard Attwood)
- 1970 12 Hours of Sebring – 7th (with Attwood, Gerhard Koch, and Gerard Larrousse)
- 1970 1000km Brands Hatch – 6th (with Koch and Larrousse)
- 1970 1000km Monza – 14th (with Larrousse and Rudi Lins)
- 1970 Targa Florio – 13th (with Larrousse and Lins)
- 1970 1000km Spa – 9th (with Larrousse and Lins)
- 1970 1000km Nurburgring – 6th (with Larrousse and Lins)
- 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans – 3rd (with Lins and Helmut Marko)
- 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans – 43rd, DNF (with Hans-Dieter Weigel and Claude Haldi)
This car was later owned by Jo Siffert and appears in the Steve McQueen movie Le Mans. Later in 1971, it ended up in a private collection before being acquired by Peter Monteverdi. It has had a recent restoration and a handful of other owners. It’s an awesome machine with a fantastic history. There is no pre-sale estimate, but it’ll go big. Read more here and see more from this sale here.
Chassis # 908.02-05
Update: Sold $3,437,744.