For when that Porsche collector has to have everything.
Believe it or not, this is a Porsche underneath. More specifically, it has a strengthened Volkswagen floorpan. What you’re looking at is a 1962 APAL-Porsche 1600 GT Coupe. It’s one of about 150 of its kind built by APAL in Belgium. Its fiberglass body, resting on the VW base, definitely looks somewhat like a stretched Porsche of some sort. In a way, that’s kind of what it is. APAL, in case you aren't aware, was known mostly for its dune buggies and Speedsters, but between 1961 and 1965, it built these coupes.
About 50 of which were fitted with a Porsche 356B engine, a 1,852 cc air-cooled horizontally-opposed four-cylinder with a total of 60 hp with dual carburetors. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transaxle. It also features an independent front and rear suspension, something that was unusual in the early ‘60s. Its wheelbase is about a foot longer than a 356 but it’s fitted with only two seats. With its low center of gravity and lightweight (about 1,400 pounds) build, the 1600 GT was ideal for hillclimb and rally racing. It’s even fitted with four-wheel drum brakes. This particular one started life out racing in Germany but found its way to a few owners in the US.
It underwent a complete restoration a few years ago and is heading to auction next month at RM Auctions’ Scottsdale, Arizona event. There’s no reserve but we imagine something as rare and special as this will easily find a buyer willing to pay handsomely for it. Photos courtesy of David Gooley/RM Sothebys