Tuesday, October 3, 2023

1985 Porsche 962 Up For Auction That Could Reach 9 Million

To own a car with an impressive track record at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is truly unique… and very expensive. good example This 1985 Porsche 962 will go to auction on June 9 and could fetch up to 9 million euros of sale price. There are only six copies of this type in the world and this particular unit was also carried with world-class names.

The 962 is one of the architects with which Porsche currently holds a total of 19 wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. before the construction of cluster C.The Stuttgart firm had won 6 times at Le Mans. After starting the Group C program with the 956 and 962 as the main vehicles, the company managed to increase its number of victories to 13 in 1994.

1985 Porsche 962 Up For Auction That Could Reach 9 Million

Porsche 962’s only Six units and this example is a 962C from 1985 with chassis number 004, It is one of three examples delivered to the Rothmans Porsche factory team for the 1985 and 1986 Endurance Championship seasons. It debuted at the 1985 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it was driven John Watson, Vern Schuppen and Al HolbertHowever a mechanical failure prevented her from completing the test.

later that year the 962C now operated by Jacky Ickx and Jochen Maas He would take the starting line at the 1000 kilometers of Hockenheim (2nd place) and Spa-Francorchamps (abandoned). This would lead to the 1986 season, with the retirement of Ickx and the arrival of bob volek To take his place in the team.

After Monza and Silverstone, the season came to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Vern Schuppen would join the team, helping to clinch pole position for the race. Unfortunately, a new Accident denying him an almost assured third place. The final official test of the season for the Porsche 962 was the 1000 kilometers of the Nürburgring.

From Le Mans to collector’s item and looking for a new owner

For the 1987 season, the car gave the teams joest racing With pilots Derek Bell and Hans-Joachim stuck at the controls. The last official appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans would be with the drivers in 1988. David Hobbs, Didier Thess and Franz Konrad, He finished fifth overall.

car later sold For a collector in the United States and would be acquired by its current owner in 2004. Since 2007 it has been the star of an important collection of Group C cars and has taken part in various events, such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​or the Silverstone Classic. It was completely renovated in 2018.

Now, RM Sotheby’s Lot 115, this 1985 Porsche 962C, will be in charge of the auction at the event in Le Mans, France, on June 9. This will be one of the auction jewels with an estimated selling price of between 6 and 9 million euros,

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