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1991 Porsche 962

JamesEdition B.V.

1991 Porsche 962
JamesEdition B.V.
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23-1121016

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Engine 6 Cylinder

 

Gearbox Manual

 

Car type Race Car

 

Drive Lhd

 

Drive train Rwd

 

Fuel type Petrol

 

Power 680 hp (507 kw)

 

Condition Used

 

Color White

 

Interior color Black

Description

The Porsche 962 C Seven times between 1982 and 1994, the Porsche 956/962 sports cars won at Le Mans, and also dominated the competition on other race tracks around the world. The 962 C is based on the 956 and has a wheelbase that is 120 millimeters longer. In Europe, a bi-turbo is used for racing; in North America, an IMSA version with a turbocharger is used. The Porsche 962 was a variant of the Porsche 956 developed in 1982 for FIA Group C that was introduced in 1984 and also met the regulations of the American IMSA racing series. The new chassis could be used by teams in both series, equipped with Group C-compliant technology designated as the Porsche 962C. After 27 examples of the 956, Porsche built a total of about 90 race cars from the 962; in addition, teams had modified the 962, sometimes fundamentally, or used in-house designs based on the 962 to make the chassis stiffer and safer and to improve aerodynamics. In the eight years from 1984 to 1991, around 54 victories and numerous championships were won. This makes the 962 arguably the most successful racing sports car, although the Porsche factory withdrew from the sport in favor of its customers. In the late 1980s, although the 962’s dominance was broken by the factory teams of Mercedes, Jaguar, Nissan and Toyota, 962s were still used in large numbers until Formula One engines were mandated, whereupon the World Sports Car Championship was discontinued due to the high cost. But even after that, at Road America in 1993 and Le Mans in 1994, the 962 was still winning races. The 962 had a steel cage instead of ALU and of course the driver’s feet were now behind the VA. For this, the front wheels including the axle were placed forward, resulting in a shorter front end (main difference from the 956 in looks). If the pedals had simply been moved to the rear, the complete driver/tank/engine concept would have had to be changed, which would have been too costly. Something changed by this measure, the 962 was 12 cm longer in the wheelbase than the 956. The rear of the 962 was a mixture of long - and short tail of the group C. The Porsche 962 C #165 offered here was completed at Porsche in Weissach in the spring of 1991 and remained the property of Weissach as a reserve vehicle. Chassis 165 was loaned to the Obermaier Racing team in August 1991 for the only race in which the car was used in the FIA Sports Car World Championship at the 430 kilometer race at the Nürburging. The 962 was driven by Jürgen Oppermann and Otto Altenbach. In the qualifying still placed on position 10, with a lap time of 1.27,856, the two drivers succeeded in the race 6 places to make good and on position 4 to finish the race. This race was the only one in the life of Chassis 165. For the following 4 years the car remained in the possession of Porsche Weissach and was stored. In the fall of 1995, Porsche received a request from one of their most important customers who was looking for a 962 for his private collection. Only a few weeks before, the same customer had purchased the legendary Porsche 993 GT2 EVO in the famous ”Harlequin” livery directly from the Porsche booth at the 1995 IAA. And so the choice fell to that same collector to sell the Porsche 962, chassis 165. At the request of the collector, the rear body panel used for the Nürburgring race was replaced with the original rear panel with which the car was completed at Porsche in 1991. Also the ”Primagaz” foiling, which the car had worn in the race, was removed and the car was optically as well as technically refurbished for the handover to the collector. The delivery to the private museum of the buyer took place in spring 1996. The following 23 years the car remained in the private museum of the owner, without seeing the light of a race track again. Finally, in 2019, it will be purchased by our company. A decisive factor for this was the extremely rare originality of the Porsche 962. Many 962s were rebuilt and optimized by customer teams over the course of their lives. Others had to be rebuilt due to accidents. Chassis No. 165 was spared such work. In times of booming Historic Racing, this is a rare opportunity to own an extremely original 962 to compete in the highlights of the season, such as LeMans Classic or in Laguna Secca during the Monterey Car Week. Our sales staff will be happy to answer any detailed questions you may have. Please note that vehicle inspections are generally only possible by prior appointment.