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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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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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