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Porsche 356B Carrera GTL-Abarth (Coupé)

This Porsche is better known as Porsche Carrera Abarth, or Carrera GTL. It was based on the 356B chassis, but bodywork was designed by Abarth. This joint venture started in 1959 and was much lighter than a 356A Carrera GT, which was a true Gran Turismo instead of a racing car. Franco Scaglione made the design for Abarth, and Zagato built the all-aluminium body onto the regular 356 chassis, which got a four-cam Carrera engine. Only 20 of these German-Italian cars were produced.

Porsche 356A video

Carel drove this Porsche 356B Carrera GTL-Abarth (Coupé) two times at Zandvoort in 1961, sharing it with his good friend Ben Pon. They also appeared at Le Mans that year, and at Monza. After the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hrs Ben Pon sold the car to South Africa as it was. What we know now is that the car has been sold on to Dean Watts, a well-known flat-4 Porsche collector in the USA. Dean made several modifications to the engine. Modernization is evident through the oil filter plumbing and the Hobbs engine meter. He still uses the car for circuit racing, mostly in high-quality events in the US.

Carel drove this example of the Carrera Abarth at Le Mans, again with Ben Pon. Pon owned the car for just a short period. This car is owned by German Jörg Steidinger now.

the cars that he drove and raced

This section features the cars that shaped Carel's racing career. Mostly Porsches, of course...