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The Only Porsche Styled by Bertone: The One-Off 1966 Porsche 911 Spyder

Posted August 06, 2018 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction classic auto porsche rare

Southern California Porsche dealer Johnny von Neumann knew what his customers wanted, and a Targa top Targa 911 wasn’t it. With Porsche’s approval, he hired designer Nuccio Bertone to create a one-off 1966 Porsche 911 Spyder, in hopes of launching low-volume production. Just one example was constructed, and at Gooding’s Pebble Beach sale the only Bertone-designed Porsche ever built crosses the auction stage, changing hands for the first time in a quarter-century.

Though North American importer Max Hoffman took credit for Porsche’s 356 Speedster, its design was reportedly based on feedback from von Neumann and his customers. As author Randy Leffingwell stated in The Complete Book of Porsche 911 – Every Model Since 1964, buyers in Southern California wanted a “boulevard racecar” as much about styling as it was about performance, and von Neumann gave this insight to Hoffman. Hoffmann, in turn, told Porsche to build a car that could be driven throughout the week, then to the track on Sunday, and with a minimal amount of effort, be converted into a competent club racer.

Check out this ultra-rare Porsche with an expected $1 million auction price.

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