One of the most successful endurance racers of all time is looking for a new owner.
There was a time when the purist-pleasing Porsche 911 R was commanding absurd asking prices of over $1 million. To put that into perspective, you can now buy a thoroughbred Porsche race car for practically the same price. Currently listed for sale on JamesEdition is a rare 1986 Porsche 962 Group C race car. We’re used to seeing Porsche collector cars with extortionate price tags, and this is no exception – it will set you back $1.25 million. Better start saving, then.
One of the most iconic and dominant endurance racers, the Porsche 962 was the successor to the fabled 956. It made its debut in the IMSA's GTP class at the 1984 24 Hours of Daytona and went on to compete in the European Group C. In total, the 962 enjoyed 21 race victories between 1984 and1991. This particular 1986 example up for sale wears a unique Wynn's motor oillivery and was delivered to Hotchkins Racing halfway with an upgraded with aFABCAR monocoque chassis where it made its racing debut at Watkins Glen in1986. Sadly, the car suffered a crash that wrote it off until 1989. In 1991, itfinished in pole position at Daytona before being retired.
It was later revived as a vintage racer and has received a thorough restoration job. Now utilizing new Porsche 911 GT1 technology, the original 3.2-liter turbocharged flat-six has been upgraded to 750-horsepower. Brembo brakes and Penske racing shocks make the 962 even stronger than it was in its heyday. Only 91 examples were produced, 75 of which were built as customer cars. JamesEdition says this example ”one of the best-prepared 962s in existence” and is fully race-ready.