Rare air-cooled Porsches added to 70th anniversary concours

Two special air-cooled sports cars – a right-hand-drive 356A Carrera GS and 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight – head to next month’s Salon Privé Porsche concours

A pair of rare air-cooled models has been added to Salon Privé’s Concours Masters Celebration of 70 years of Porsche next month. The early 356A Carrera and lightweight 964 will be among the exhibits at the event, which will mark seven decades of the German manufacturer.

Set to be held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on September 1, the concours will feature plenty more 356s and 911s interspersed with the Porsche’s racing 550 Spyder among other exciting machines.

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These latest two additions to Salon Privé’s line-up are especially rare, given the limited production run of their respective models’ specification.

Porsche built only 10 examples of the 356A Carrera GS in right-hand drive, with just four making their way to the United Kingdom. The particular model set to grace Salon Prive’s concours was owned by one-time Le Mans factory Cooper driver Edgar Wadsworth. He was fastidious in its maintenance, driving it from the UK to Stuttgart and back for its annual service.

Later sold to Cyril Corbishley, Wadsworth’s co-driver in their 1951 Coupe des Alpes victory, the car underwent restoration while retaining most of its original coachwork, along with the Type 457 engine with which it left the factory.

Rarer still in terms of gross production total is the 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight, produced in limited numbers by Porsche’s development centre in Weissach.

Developed under the direction of Le Mans-winner Jürgen Barth, only 22 examples of the stripped-out 964 were built, complete with roll cage and other racing-spec changes such as plastic windows and aluminium panels.

Barth’s team went further still by installing the four-wheel-drive system from Porsche’s Paris-Dakar Rally-winning 953, turning the already potent 911 model into a track-ready racing machine. However, it doesn’t seem to have racked up many circuit miles, with only 323 miles on the clock from new.

Both the 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight and 356A Carrera GS will be on show during the second day of Salon Privé’s back-to-back concours, with the event’s Porsche celebration following on from the Chubb Instance Concours d’Elegance on August 30.

Tickets to both events are available here.

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