Save Ruby: How One Car Went From Historical to History

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This 1959 Porsche 356 Carrera GT Coupe may seem a little crushed, but it has quite a history. Most times when vehicles end up at Copart, we don’t have an extremely detailed insight into their past—this Porsche, however, is an exception. Thanks to the internet and some racing records, we’ve been able to do some amateur sleuthing and piece together some milestones that show just how important this 1959 Porsche 356 Carrera GT Coupe is to the automotive and auto racing community.

According to Road Scholars, this 1959 Porsche 356 Carrera GT Coupe (Chassis #106198) “was the first Carrera GT Coupe built in 1959 and delivered by Automobile Centrum of Casablanca to Jean Kerguen.” A piece of racing and automotive history, this Porsche was entered in the 1959 Tour de France and won fourth place overall (first in its class).

Nicknamed Ruby, this car has been all over the world, from Barcelona to France, but some time after its triumph on the racetrack, Ruby ended up in Casablanca during the 1980s. There it was sold to Richard Roth and shipped to New York, where it was restored. It was later acquired by the Ingram Collection in North Carolina. There, Bob Ingram cared for it and entered it into various car contests, including the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Redwood City, California. It was there that Ruby won the Porsche Corporate Award for most historically significant car on the field.

Photo Credit: Road Scholars

So, What Happened?

Unfortunately, in December 2019, several cars in the Ingram Collection (also known as the People’s Porsche Collection) were damaged in a Durham gas explosion. Before this, Ruby was very carefully maintained by the Ingrams. It’s somewhat disheartening to see the car as it was in racing photos and then look at the photos on Copart’s auto auction listing. However, we choose to look at the situation optimistically and hope Ruby can find a home with someone who can properly restore her.

Jason Torchinsky from Jalopnik pretty much summarized our feelings when he said the following:

“It’s pretty hard to see some of these cars in this condition. While, sure, I’m technically aware that cars are non-sentient and can’t actually feel, but it’s hard not to have some kind of misplaced sympathy for this 1959 356A Carrera GT.”

– Jason Torchinsky, Jalopnik

The auto auction date for Ruby is coming up soon, but in the meantime,  you can add this 1959 Porsche 356 Carrera GT Coupe to your Watchlist. Will you be the one to restore Ruby to its classic condition? Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of automotive history.

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