• Porsche 962 Up for Auction

Porsche 962 Up for Auction  

This classic racer isn't going cheap.

Evan Williams By: Evan Williams August 12, 2019
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It’s not every day you get the chance to buy a classic racer. But here’s a copy of one of Porsche’s greatest racers. This one was used in the IMSA GTP series and is ready for historic racing. It’s a Porsche 962, and you’d best bring a trailer.

The 962 was designed in the early 1980s to replace the 956. That was a car originally intended to race in both the World Sportscar Championship, which included races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the North American IMSA GTP championship. Series rules changes disqualified the car from IMSA, so the company built the 962 to comply.

This was the era of Group C, when automakers like Jaguar, Mercedes, Nissan, Toyota, and even Mazda all competed to take top sportscar honours. So Porsche spared little with the 962.

An impressive 91 of the racecars were built, with 75 of those sold to customer teams. Some of those were even converted to road cars, though those are extremely rare.

Porsche 962 Up for Auction

Porsche 962 Up for Auction

This particular 962 was built in 1987. Many teams had issues with the stiffness, or lack thereof, of the original aluminum chassis. So some, like this one, got modified chassis. This one by former Lola engineer Jim Chapman. It’s stiffer, using honeycomb aluminum panels and billet bulkheads. Combined with the kevlar body, it was a much better racer.

This one was driven by Hurley Haywood, James Weaver, and Vern Schuppan in the IMSA series, and competed in three races. It was sold to a doctor and apparently serious car collector. The car was restored in 2002, and again in 2014.

Powering the car is a 3.2L turbocharged flat-six, the way it left the factory. That big single turbo on the IMSA version of the engine helps it put out a dyno-tested 589 hp at the wheels. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. It was also completely overhauled and rebuilt in 2015.Porsche 962 Up for Auction

Porsche 962 Up for Auction

While it wears its original livery, this car’s seen lots of use in vintage racing. It’s been driven in anger at Porsche’s Rennsport event, the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

This isn’t going cheap, with the auction now at more than US $700,000. But there aren’t that many sportscars like this out there. Even with 91 built, it’s been more than 30 years. And these aren’t Sunday drivers. Well, they are, but not that kind of Sunday drive. These ones like long drives in the country. With lots of tires, lots of fuel, and high speeds.

Source: Bring a Trailer

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