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Here’s Your Chance To Own A Le Mans Legend: Trust Racing Porsche 962 Up For Auction in London

This Thursday, a sparking example of a late-model 962 goes up for auction. At the RM Sotheby’s auction in Olympia Kingdom, Kensington, model 962-159 will make itself available to a lucky new owner—one who can probably recite the major players in Group C without much effort.

Perhaps better than any other version of he 962, this long-tail, high-downforce example demonstrates just how competitive the 962 was late into its career. This example raced only twice in its life—albeit both at Le Mans—which means 962-159 remains one of the most original and correct of all 962s. This car, sold to the Japanese Trust Racing team, added to the sizable 962 field at Le Mans during its debut—one of ten that year—and the quickest of the privateer 962s.

Impressively, this car qualified 11th—and the two 962s which out-qualified it were works-entered cars with more powerful 3.2-liter mills. Considering this car came with the customer-spec 3.0-liter engine, it demonstrated just how capable the 962 chassis was.

After a frantic race marred my mechanical attrition, the Trust car finished a commendable 13th. More importantly, it finished ahead of the second works Brun car—a car driven by superstars Jacques Laffitte and Henri Pescarolo. Considering that result from a privateer car with a less-than-punchy powerplant speaks to the level of competition in the midfield that year. Unfortunately, those impressive battles among the turbocharged entrants would be a thing of the past the following year.

Its return to Le Mans in 1991 wasn’t a massive success. After qualifying a promising 16th, it was relegated to start 21st due to the newly imposed rules against turbocharged cars. While it ran strongly throughout the race, its gearbox failed with a mere fifty minutes remaining. These new rules were the death knell for the turbocharged Group C entrants and the beginning of the end of the 962’s decade-long reign.

After its professional career came to a close, 962-159 was sold off to Bruce Canepa, former IMSA racer and renowned Porsche restorer. In the four years he owned it, Canepa subjected this car to an exacting restoration, which included a complete strip down to the bare tub and rebuilds of the engine, gearbox, brakes, and turbos. He installed new fuel, brake, and oil lines, and crack-tested all major load-bearing components. Without a doubt, it is ready for vintage racing.

In action at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 2012, this beauty was sold off to a Swiss consignor, who used it at several track days and kept it in his own private museum. A stunning car both inside and out, it would doubtless be welcomed in Historic Group C series, as well as at prestigious stand-alone events such as Le Mans Classic, Le Mans Legends, and the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona.


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Porsche’s Coca Cola Classic Liveries Return Petit Le Mans

While not as iconic as the Gulf-liveried 917, the Coca-Cola cars from the 1980s tug at the heartstrings of the dedicated Porschephile. As a part At this year’s final round of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship at Road America, Porsche’s works 911 RSRs will wear that classic red and white livery made famous though IMSA GTP roughly thirty years ago. Coca-Cola’s headquarters are located in Atlanta, as are Porsche North America, so bringing back some of motorsport history for Petit Le Mans.

“The anniversary season for IMSA comes to an end with a big highlight. It’s fantastic that two such strong brands like Porsche and Coca Cola are working together. We definitely want to continue our shared success story that began in the 1980s. It would be a dream come true if we could secure the title with a top result – especially considering that it will be the last race outing for this version of the Porsche 911 RSR in the IMSA series,” says Pascal Zurlinden, Porsche’s Director of Factory Motorsports.

In the early eighties, Bob Akin’s red and white 935 was a regular front-runner with multiple podiums. Though never winning a race, their consistency was enough to win the IMSA GTP class in 1983. The following year, the same team returned with a 962 decked out in that iconic livery.

The Bob Akin Porsche on its way to victory at the 1986 12 Hours of Sebring.

After so many attempts in the fiercely contested category, Akin finally enjoyed victory in one of his Coke-liveried cars in 1986. Along with Hans Stuck Jr. and Jo Gartner, Akin secured the win 1986’s 12 Hours of Sebring. However, the brilliant red scheme was associated with success long before Akin stood on the top step of the podium.

As this year’s Petit Le Mans is the last race the current iteration of the Porsche 911 RSR is participating in, there’s a fair amount of pressure to do well. With Porsche’s factory team entering the Porsche tackles the season finale as the leader of the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications, it would be a special sendoff if their Coke-liveried RSR, covered in confetti, clinches the win.

The stylish livery looks refreshingly simplistic.


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Livre « John Fitzpatrick Group C Porsches – The Definitive Story » de Mark Cole

Pour beaucoup, c’est la rentrée et la fin des vacances estivales. C’est le moment de reprendre les bonnes résolutions afin de se replonger dans les livres et d’apprendre de nouvelles choses. L’éditeur anglais Porter Press International propose une belle nouveauté intitulée « John Fitzpatrick Group C Porsches – The Definitive Story » de Mark Cole, un nouveau …


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Advan/Coke-Liveried IMSA 962 Goes Up for Auction

Most sports prototypes last only a few years before they become obsolete, but the 962 enjoyed a successful run for over a decade. With a combination of unprecedented reliability and drivability, the 962 became dominant in the mid-1980s. Rather than rest on their laurels and grow conceited with their winning streak, Porsche remained honest enough to develop the 962 as technology advanced. To keep up with rapid progression of its rivals and their technology, the 962 received a slew of updates throughout its long and storied career.

It’s not often that a 962 comes up for sale, and if you were looking for one, this might be your chance.

This particular car utilized a mid-career update known as the Chapman chassis. The earlier cars utilized a monocoque tub that was made from riveted and bonded aluminum, but not this 962-C04. Jim Chapman, a former Lola engineer, designed this updated chassis which incorporates honeycomb aluminum panels and billet-aluminum bulkheads to make this car stiffer and better at deploying the power from the IMSA-spec turbo.

Over that stiffer chassis, the carbon-kevlar panels are covered in that iconic red and black Yokohama livery. Gold 18″ BBS wheels dot each corner, and a massive NACA duct behind the cockpit feeds the massive KKK K36 turbocharger. With this shape and color combination, it’s one of the best looking cars to ever grace the races of IMSA GTP.

Unfortunately, 962-C04 only contested three races throughout the 1987 season. Hurley Haywood, James Weaver, and Vern Schuppan successfully battled with this car at Road America, Columbus, and Del Mar; its highest finish being fifth at Road America. After retiring from professional racing, it’s been driven at historic events such as Rennsport, the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

A short racing career and a pampered life make it a great investment. Bob Akin, the original owner, held on to the car until 1991, when it was sold to a Michigan doctor. After that, a restoration was performed under subsequent ownership by Sean Creech Motorsports, who were again commissioned in 2014 to perform a mechanical overhaul following the current owner’s purchase in 2012. The turbocharged 3.2L flat-six was rebuilt in 2015 by Klaus Fischer of Amalfi Racing. It’s also been fitted with new gearing to suit Sebring, Laguna Seca, and Daytona. Long gears and nearly 600 horsepower should make it new owner a very happy person.

Now, the car is currently being auctioned by Fantasy Junction at a current bid of $670,000. For more pictures and information on one of the most gorgeous racing cars in existence, check out the full listing on Bring a Trailer—you won’t be wasting your time.

Photo credit: Ben Hsu, Conceptcarz.com, The Marshall Pruett Archives, Dennis Gray for Sports Car Digest, Motorsport.com, Micheal DiPleco for Sports Car Digest, UltimateCarPage.com, and Bring a Trailer.


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Fast Porsche Speedster

“The engine was the spare, well, it was what became the spare engine; it had been the primary engine in HR2, the 962 which I raced. It was the Daytona engine,” says Bruce Canepa.

It isn’t every shop that has such an engine going spare, and when Las Vegas casino owner Gary Primm contacted Canepa about the disappointing 1989 911 Speedster he’d just had delivered, the stars aligned.

Primm had driven his Speedster about 100 miles and found it lacking, calling Canepa to ask: “What can we do with this thing? It’s boring, and slow,” Primm and Canepa having collaborated previously on an AMG build.

It didn’t take Canepa long to figure out what to do with the Speedster. He admits: “They were pretty underwhelming. They had no power, they had a Turbo chassis, which was almost too much car for the motor, and they were flexy.”

He thought for a while before fixing on the idea of a 934 for the road. “Really, the nicest thing about Primm and a lot of my customers is he just let me build what I want,” says Canepa. “He didn’t really know what a 934 was. I said ‘we’re going to put on 934 flares; they look cool. We’re going to make it look like a Porsche race car, but with no roof on it.’”

The result is sitting in Canepa’s showroom in Scotts Valley, California. I’ve been poring over it for over an hour. Even here among Porsche rarities of
the like you’ll seldom see outside Porsche’s own Stuttgart Museum, the Speedster is a knockout.

G1 Guards red, because that’s how it was delivered to Canepa (all of Primm’s cars are red), the build is so beautifully executed it could easily be a factory car, albeit a very special one.

The deep front splitter has its outer cutouts filled by running lights behind Perspex, and the remaining three large intakes are pure 934 race car. In the unlikely event that the front bumper left you guessing, this is a Speedster unlike any other. Those 934-proportioned flared arches front and rear, covering 17-inch, three-piece BBS alloy racing wheels, leave little doubt.

Those punctured rear wings feed intake air into the engine, this Speedster taking the idea of a Turbo-bodied Speedster to its ultimate incarnation. Only unlike the standard cars, the visuals are more than matched by the mill…


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