For a change, let’s not look at only overall winners, although the Porsche shown in this image was indeed a winner. It is a one of twenty Porsche Carrera Abarth GTLs which were built to extend the competitive life of the 1600cc 356 Carrera GS. This is the GTL entered and driven by Paul-Ernst Strähle with help from Porsche works driver Herbert Linge about to take its start at the Targa Florio in Sicily on May 8, 1960.
The limited run of the Abarth Carrera, as it is informally called, was built under contract by Carlo Abarth to a design by former Bertone expert Franco Scaglione who created a body that was lower, shorter, narrower, lighter and more aerodynamic than the standard Carrera. The result was what became an attractive and highly successful GT car.
The 1960 Targa was a contest primarily between Porsche and Ferrari. There was also a single 2.9 liter Maserati T61 from the Camoradi team to be driven by Umberto Maglioli and Nino Vaccarella. Ferrari brought six cars of which two were for practice only. Porsche had four cars, three RS60s for the race and an older RSK for practice.
The lone Maserati proved to be the most effective for several laps, hounded by the Porsche RS60 of Jo Bonnier and Hans Herrmann. At about three-quarters distance the Maserati had a stone hole its fuel tank and a subsequent off which ended its run. The Bonnier/Herrmann Porsche would take the victory with another Porsche third and the Ferraris relegated to second and fourth. The Strähle/Linge Porsche GTL shown above would be fifth overall and the first GT car home as well.
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