Rudi Lins was confronted with the automobile phenomenon at a young age. His father ran an authorised Volkswagen workshop in Bludenz and was one of the first Porsche dealers in Austria. Lins himself trained as a master motor vehicle mechanic and began a career in motorsport in the mid-1960s. He financed his first racing commitments through his parents’ business. In 1965 he became the Austrian sports car champion in a Porsche 356. His big goal was to race a Porsche 906.
As these Racecars were pricey and rare, he could not buy one new. Being a mechanic he called at Porsche in Weissach and put down the request, that if they hear of a crashed 906, they should call and he will buy the Car.
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That said it did not take long and he got a phone call from the Porsche Mechanics. They told him that the 906, piloted by Hans Herrmann / Dieter Glemser at the 50th edition of the Targa Florio in 1966 went off the road and crashed.
Top Car is the #200 from Hermann/Glemser Foto found on the internet. Credit unknown
Read the story here Targa Florio Porsche 906 Crashed. He shall take a truck, grab some money and come to Weissach.
A Carrera 6 at the Factory in Weissach
On arrival, he spotted another 906 next to the crashed Targa Florio Car. It was a new and complete 906 sans Engine and Transmission. As the production of the 906 was in the end and Weissach prepared for the build of the 910 the offered him both Cars and an additional Chassis. Questioning Lins, why buy a crashed Car when you can have a new one as well?
In the end, he loaded all of them. The New One, the Crashed Car and the Chassis with the intention to rebuild the works Targa Florio Car and Race the other one until the job is finished.
He immediately started looking for the missing parts to make the Car Road Legal. He found the correct engine ( Bill of sale present ) and registered the Car ( Old registration with VIN and Engine Number Present ) . The Job was finished and the Car was Road registered on 10.5.1967 with the Number Plate V 54.906 and immediately started his first races. Winning most of them which lead to him winning the Europa Bergmeisterschaft für Sportwagen.
Start at the Montseny (E) Hillclimb. Credit unknown
Leaving from Mont Venoux Hill Climb (F)
6 Porsche Carrera 6 at the start of the Trento Bondone (I) Hillclimb in 1967. Rudi Lins driving #56, will lead the Pack and win the Class.
For 1968 he started again with the Championship winning Car, but on 14.07.68 he crashed the Car at Bondone (I) Hillclimb.
In 1966 he secured the title of Austrian mountain champion three times in a row. By the time he won the European Mountain Championship for sports cars in 1967 in this Porsche 906 Carrera 6, he had long since become a Porsche works driver.
At that time of the Bondone crash, he already fully restored the Targa Florio Car from Hans Herrmann / Dieter Glemser and also became a Porsche Works Driver. So there was no need to repair the Car and he put it into storage at a specialized Garage and continued racing the Targa Florio Car.
The Car was now stored since 1968 in the same place until the Owners of the Garage died and the Car was sold to the current owner around 2008. From then on, being specialised in rare Porsches, he started to restore the Car to its original condition and appearance of 1967 when it won the Europäische Bergmeistershaft.
It is now Concours Restored with only the best parts available used and together with the best people in the market for building such an iconic car. It can easily be shown at major concourses around the Globe.
The Car is Road registered with its 906 Vin number.
The history of the Car is fully documented with Tons of original Photos and automobilia.
Car is ready to be driven on the road or on the Race Track.
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