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Porsche 908 Works ‘Short-Tail’ to be auctioned in Monterey

Porsche 908 Works ‘Short-Tail’ to be auctioned in Monterey Classic and Performance Car

RM Sotheby’s has announced an early highlight from its 2018 Monterey auction, a 1968 Porsche 908 Works ‘Short-Tail’ Coupe


Porsche is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018, and RM Sotheby’s has announced its first – of what we expect to be many – high-profile Porsche auction car for this year’s Monterey auction. Up for auction will be a 908 Works ‘Short-Tail’ Coupe, campaigned by the Porsche works team at the 1968 Spa 1000 KM. It’s estimated to sell for $2,300,000-$2,800,000.
 
Known as the Short Tail, this is one of the earliest examples of the legendary 908 racing car, and is one of a small batch of Works prototypes – powered by a 3.0-litre flat-eight-cylinder engine, which produces around 350bhp. 
 
Driven by Vic Elford and Jochen Neerpasch during the 1968 Spa 1000 KM, the car managed to take the lead at various points of Elford’s first stint. Just two laps into Neerpasch’s session an increasingly wet circuit caused the German driver to spin off the circuit and retire. This was the last time that the car would race for the official team.
 
It was sold to a private owner in Switzerland, who kept the car in storage for 20 years. After being discovered by Dale Miller, a Porsche race car expert and former PCA historian, it was exported to the USA. New owner Bill Ferren had the car professionally restored by prototype expert John Corsen. 


It has since taken part in various historic events, including the the 2004 Rennsport Reunion at Daytona, as well as Rennsport Reunion II, III, IV, and V. It appeared in the Porsche By Design exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art in 2013-2014, and is today offered with its original chassis (repaired post-accident), and a freshly-serviced factory engine that is ready to be used.
 
Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s commented: ‘The 908 prototype is a fantastic early highlight for our Monterey sale, made even more exciting by its offering during Porsche’s 70th anniversary year. The RM Sotheby’s team led Monterey week in 2017 with $133 million in total sales, an 89 percent sell-through rate, and 32 individual million-dollar-plus results. We plan to build on this success for 2018 and are thrilled to return to the reopened Monterey Conference Center following its $60 million-dollar renovation, offering our clients a stunning new experience and a beautiful space for the display of some of the world’s most important motor cars.’
 

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