1967 Porsche

Type: 910/6

  • Serial No. 910 007
  • Flat-six air-cooled engine, single overhead camshaft, fuel injected, 1991 cc, 220 hp at 8000 rpm.

This car won the Nürburgring 1000-kilometer race in 1967. While not the most significant victory
in Porsche history, it was perhaps the most sentimental. After a decade of trying, an overall win in
Germany’s most prestigious sports car race was finally achieved. The home team won before the home
crowd.

Joe Buzetta and Udo Schutz formed the incongruous driver pairing for this car. The American was
small, the German huge. Such an ill-conceived couple was chosen to ensure a German driver in each
Porsche capable of winning. As the car hurtled into the air over the ‘Ring’s famous jumps, the smaller
driver’s feet left the pedals and his body floated off the seat. “It was dangerous as hell” said Joe but such was
the price paid for a proper public relations victory. Right behind this Porsche were two more 910/6s.

Yet, despite Porsche’s best racing season in years, the factory lost the prototype championship to
Ferrari by a single point. As usual, the under-two-liter trophy was Stuttgart’s, but Porsche wanted more.

In the quest for overall victory, Ferdinand Piëch ruthlessly pared excess weight from his cars. Only
in this way could the small-displacement Porsches challenge the bigger cars outright. The quintessential
laboratory engineer, Piëch disdained racing – not for the obvious reasons but because of the role uncontrolled
variables, including driver talent, could play. Such factors – luck, we would say – often militated that the
inferior solutions would win over the superior. To him, the optimal race would test cars on a chassis dyno
over a simulated race course.

Yet, since real racing was the game, Piëch played to win… with an unprecedented ferocity,
manifested both by the wild proliferation of new racing models produced, and in the competition
department’s policy regarding them. So highly stressed were the racing cars due to the search for lightness
that only the brand-new ones were used to contest important races. After a single-factory outing, the “used”
cars were routinely reconditioned and sold to private teams. Accordingly it was not unusual for Porsche to
produce thirty to fifty cars per year in its own race department, which is as close as you can come to the
Vince Lombardi query, “If winning isn’t the only thing, why do they keep score?”

 

Photos – Peter Harholdt

Stats

Year
1967 Porsche
Type
910/6
Serial No
910 007
Engine
Flat-six air-cooled engine, single overhead camshaft, fuel injected, 1991 cc, 220 hp at 8000 rpm.
Wheelbase
90 inches
Weight
1320 pounds

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