At the Monza track in Italy, Rolf Goetze, Paul Ernst Strähle and Richard von Frankenberg set world records for 1,000 miles, 2,000 kilometers and 12 hours in a Porsche 356 A Carrera Speedster.
Porsche competes in Formula 1 with a four-cylinder 718/2 single-seater. Driver Dan Gurney takes second place on the podium at the Grand Prix races of Reims, France, Monza and Watkins Glen, N.Y.
The Porsche 804 is the first racing car designed specifically for Formula 1. With this vehicle Gurney wins the French Grand Prix in Rouen, France, in July, the first Formula 1 win for Porsche.
On Sept. 12, a prototype of the Porsche 901 is unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show. In addition to a six-cylinder engine with overhead camshafts, the successor to the 356 features a suspension with semi-trailing arm rear axle, and a self-supporting body.
Thirteen prototypes of the 901 roll off the assembly line on Sept. 14. In October, the production-ready model is presented at the Paris auto show. Since Peugeot already owns the rights to three-digit vehicle names with a zero in the middle, Porsche is forced to rename the model range, and the 911.
After requests by the sales department for a cheaper entry-level model below the Porsche 911 Coupe, the four-cylinder Porsche 912 is unveiled in April.
At the Geneva auto show in the spring, Porsche debuts the 917, developed under Ferdinand Piëch and available in a homologation series of 25 units.
- The Type 917 malfunctions at its first three races due to technical defects, then begins a long run of racing success with a victory in August at the 1,000-kilometer race on the Österreichring in Austria. The drivers are Jo Siffert and Kurt Ahrens.