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1990 Porsche 962C Racing Coupe / 962-160 Vehicle Information

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1990 Porsche 962C photograph

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1990 Porsche 962C1990 Porsche 962C1990 Porsche 962C
Sold for $1,595,000 at 2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island.
The Porsche 956 and its successor, the 962, are among the greatest and most dominant endurance racing vehicles of all time. Between 1982 and 1987, they won LeMans six times, finishing 1-2-3 every year except 1987, when they were 1-2. The Porsche 962 won 48 out of 68 North American IMSA GPT races between 1984 and 1987, including 1-2-3 finishes at Sebring and Daytona for three consecutive years. They captured the World Endurance Manufacturers' and Drivers' Championship (1982–1985), the World Sports Prototype Manufacturers' and Drivers' Championships (1986–1987), the IMSA GTP Manufacturers' Championship (1985–1988), and the IMSA GTP Driver's Championship (1985–1987), along with numerous other important victories and series championships.

In similar fashion to the 956 program, the 962s built for the Works team began with chassis number 001, while customer cars began with chassis number 962-101. The Works team cars were more technically advanced while the customer cars were more standardized. Factory 962s typically wore the Rothmans colors, though for the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans the works team cars were given a new Shell-Dunlop livery.

In 1988, Porsche withdrew as a factory entry, yet they continued to build 962C chassis for privateers. One such team was the Brun Motorsport GmbH, founded by Walter Brun in 1983. This Swiss racing team was created from the remnants of GS-Sport. Initially, they raced in sports cars, later being among the first to race the Porsche 956, both in the World Sportscar Championship and the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft, or DRM. Their driver, Hans Stuck, placed second in the 1985 DRM Championship while piloting a 962. For the 1990 season, Brun fielded two Porsche 962Cs in the World Sports Prototype Championship competition, including chassis number 962-160.

This car is chassis number 962-160. It was purchased from Porsche through Brun by Dr. Robert Bishop of Indianapolis. It was contracted for use by the Brun Motorsport team in the 1990 and 1991 WSPC. Part of the agreement required the team to restore the car to as-new condition with factory parts and return it to Dr. Bishop with 90 days of the season's final event in Mexico.

Wearing the livery of Spain's Repsol oil company, chassis 962-160 would have its inaugural race at the 1990 24 Hours of LeMans. It was decided that because of the two new chicanes on the Mulsanne Straight, 962-160 would be given high-downforce bodywork for LeMans. Oscar Larrauri earned the pole position until the final moments in qualifying and started on the front row of the grid, ahead of all factory-backed 962s. 962-160 would have a spectacular race until 15 from the end, when the engine expired. The car had completed 353 laps and had nearly earned a victory at LeMans. Disappointment would follow the Brun team during the remainder of the 1990 season, including an accident in Montreal involving a manhole cover. It had been dislodged by a car and then run over by Brun's other 962C. The cascade of events that followed left the 962-160 with damage to the left front corner of the car, which was later fixed by Fabcar in Indianapolis.

During the 1991 season, 962-160 was essentially a backup car for Brun and saw action in four races, including the 24 Hours of LeMans, where it failed to finish. At the end of the season, 962C was restored by Brun's mechanics and delivered to Dr. Bishop in Indianapolis. On February 12th of 1997, it was sold to its current caretaker.

Since its retirement from the highest level of motorsport endurance racing, 962-106 has been shown at four of the five Rennsport Reunion meetings. It has competed in HSR (Historic Sportscar Racing) enduros at both Daytona and Sebring, where it won the Al Holbert Memorial enduro.

This Porsche 962C retains its original tub and period bodywork. The Type 935/85 flat 6-cylidner engine is fitted with a Bosch Motronic fuel injection system and a pair of KKK turbochargers. The engine displaces 2,999cc and produces an estimated 750 horsepower. There is a five speed manual transaxle and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. The suspension system is fully independent with coil-over shock absorbers.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2019


2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,500,000-USD $2,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,595,000

1990 Porsche 962C Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1990 sales)
1990 Porsche 962C
Chassis#: 962-160
Sold for USD$1,595,000
  2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island
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1990 Porsche 962C
Chassis#: 962-012
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Amelia Island Auction
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1990 Porsche 962C
Sold for USD$612,000
  2008 Bonhams & Butterfields Sale of Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia
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Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1990 Porsche 962C's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1990 Porsche 962 C962-1592019 RM Sothebys : London $1,000,000$1,500,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Porsche 962C
1987 Coupe
Chassis Num: RLR 962-106B
Engine Num: 956 348

Chassis information for the Porsche 962C
1988 Coupe
Chassis Num: 962-138
Engine Num: FR 001

Chassis information for the Porsche 962C
1988 Coupe
Chassis Num: 962-150
Chassis information for the Porsche 962C
1988 Coupe
Chassis Num: 962-162

Chassis information for the Porsche 962C
1988 Coupe
Chassis Num: CK6-01
Chassis information for the Porsche 962C
1988 Coupe
Chassis Num: HR7

Chassis information for the Porsche 962
1989 Coupe
Chassis Num: 962-170

Chassis information for the Porsche 962
1989 Coupe
Chassis Num: HM008
Chassis information for the Porsche 962
1989 Coupe
Chassis Num: RLR202

Chassis information for the Porsche 962C
1990 Racing Coupe
Chassis Num: 962-159
Engine Num: 962.207

Chassis information for the Porsche 962C
1991 Coupe
Chassis Num: 170

Chassis information for the Porsche 962C
1991 Coupe
Chassis Num: 962-166

1990 Porsche 962C

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