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1964 Platypus Porsche

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History

 
 

This Platypus, chassis #001, is the original Platypus. The car acquired its name for its long low nose, and upturned tail, similar to the animal of the same name.

The Platypus was built by Scooter Patrick, Hans Adam, and Don Mitchell of P.A.M. (Patrick, Adam, Mitchell) Foreign Car Service of Manhattan Beach, California in 1964. Power was derived from a 2 liter Porsche engine run through a Porsche gearbox.

Chassis number 001 was a works team car entered by P.A.M. for driver Miles Gupton. Gupton competed with the Platypus in the big sports racing events of the day, including the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix, The Monterey Grand Prix, the Pacific Northwest Grand Prix, and other rounds of the U.S.R.R.C. The car also won both SCCA National and Regional races at Guptonís hands, and the hands of soon to be Formula B National Champion, Mike Eyerly.

Sometime between August and October of 1966, the Platypus was fitted with a 4.0 liter Oldsmobile V8. Gupton continued to campaign the Olds powered Platypus at U.S.R.R.C. events, and even competed with the car in the new Can Am series until retiring the car at the end of the 1967 racing season.

The Platypusí most recent vintage racing history includes many USRRC Senior victories, and the Monterey Historics Rolex Award. The car also won the 2009 Rennsport Reunion IV Group 2 race, and was an invitee to the Quail Lodge Classis Porsche Race Car event in 2012.


 
     
 

Description

 
 

The Platypus was most recently purchased in 1996, as a stalled project from a Los Angeles car collector who had already had the car for some 15 years. The collector had, himself, acquired the car from a prior owner who had been storing the car for many years. When the collector acquired the car, he had a new frame and new control arms constructed. Thereafter, the current owner and a couple of other shops, undertook, and completed, the restoration of the car.

The engine is a 2.0 liter aluminum case Porsche 911 engine, which came with the car. It has Maule pistons, Web cams, and Webber 40mm carbs on tall manifolds. The engine makes 200h.p. @ 7000rpm. The engine is mated to a Porsche 901 gearbox with cv joints to the original uprights. The front brakes are Girling AR and the rear Girling GR, as was original. The front uprights and spindles are the traditional Triumph type for the period. Most components are heim jointed. The body is fiberglass.

The engine has just been freshened. The gearbox gets looked at whenever a gear change is done, but hasn't been recently overhauled. Other than a set of fresh tires, the car is presented in ready to go condition. It was last raced in October, 2012.

Spares include a set of Revolution wheels, various gear sets, spare brake pads, and general race support items, including alignment jigs.


Chassis Number: 001
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