Sold for $935,000 at 2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl.
Instantly recognizable as 'The Lowenbrau Car,' 962-HR1 and its predecessor, 962-103 are by far the most successful and recognizable sports car ever to race in the legendary IMSA GTP Series. Constructed by Holbert racing under license from Porsche AG, 962-HR1 is also an active tribute to Al Holbert, who was, almost inarguably, the greatest sports car driver and team owner of his time. The achievements of 962-HR1 are without parallel and include an incredible three IMSA championship, ten overall wins and eighteen podium finishes. Holbert's co-drivers included 2007 Amelia honoree Derek Bell, Chip Robinson and Al Unser, Jr. 962-HR1 victories include Dytona, Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio, Pocono, Portland and San Antonio.
In 1984, Holbert Racing became the first team to drive Porsche's new 962 to victory. Though a very successful season, Holbert remained unsatisfied with the success of the 1984 season and began work on an ambition project -an even more sophisticated sports racing car.
Chassis number 962-HR1 was constructed by Holbert Racing, under license from Porsche AAG, and was the first purpose-built 962 completed in Holbert's workshops. It was developed to run in conjunction with and eventually replace 962-103. The chassis was given a variety of aerodynamic improvements and developed from the experience of the 1984 racing season. The car was put through extensive track testing and wind-tunnel work, and finished in the classic blue-and-white Lowenbrau livery and bestowed with Holbert's preferred number 14.
On its maiden outing on August 4th of 1985, at the Ford California Grand Prix in Sears Point, it was driven by Holbert and Bell to 7th place overall. After valve issues forced an early retirement at Road America, HR1 captured the first of its many wins at the Camel GT 500 Grand Prix at Pocono. Following its initial victory at Pocono, it had a DNF at Columbus, followed by a win in the 3 Hours of Daytona with Holbert and Al Unser Jr. driving.
The success of 962-103 and 962-HR1 earned Holbert the 1985 IMSA GTP Driver's Championship, his fourth title in less than a decade of racing. Porsche was awarded the GTP Championship for Makes.
The first race of the 1986 IMSA GTP Championship season began at the Grand Prix of Miami, Florida, where Holbert and Bell drove HR1 to a 6th place finish. This was followed by outright wins at Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen and Portland. It got a 3rd at Road Atlanta, 4th at Laguna Seca and West Palm Beach as well as 2nd place finishes at Sears Point and Watkins Glen (September). Out of 13 races, 962-HR1 finish on the podium seven times.
Holbert celebrated his fifth IMSA Driver's Championship at the close of the season and Porsche earned another GTP Championship for Makes.
The 1987 season began well for 962-HR1, with a victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona for the second time, followed by wins at Portland and San Antonio, 2nd place finishes at Road Atlanta and Riverside, 3rd place finishes at Laguna Seca and Road America, as well as Top 5 results at Mid-Ohio and Columbus.
With the help of Holbert Racing's 962-HR1, Chip Robinson was crowned Driver's Championship and his first IMSA title. Porsche again captured the IMSA GTP Championship for Makes, with 962s winning 13 of 16 races entered.
Holbert's driving duties were reduced in 1988 as he was named Director of Porsche Motorsports North America. For the 1988 season, 962-HR1 donned an all-new Miller livery and raced at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring for the first time in its career. Unfortunately, 962-HR1 failed to finish either race due to recurring engine problems.
The car next served duties as a practice car at Lime Rock in March, before it was officially retired from active duty.
Between 1985 and 1988, 962-HR1 accumulated 17 podium finishes including nine overall wins. It helped drivers Holbert and Robinson capture three GTP Driver's Championships and secure three consecutive GTP Championship for Makes wins for Porsche.
Unfortunately, on September 30th of 1988, just after the Columbus 500, Holbert perished when his plane crashed shortly after takeoff. At the end of the 1988 season, Holbert Racing was disbanded and IMSA retired number 14 in his honor.
962-HR1 was sold to Kevin Jeanette's Gunnar Racing, who subsequently returned the Porsche to its orignal Lowenbrau livery. In 2001, Wayne Jackson acquired the 962 and commissioned Gunnar Racing to perform a comprehensive rebuild of the major mechanical systems. Once completed, it was displayed at the Rolex 24 Heritage Exhibition and the 2007 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance where it won the special 'Cars of Derek Bell' class.
In August of 2007, it was acquired by Matthew Drendel. Less than a year later, it was joined by 962-103 in the Drendel stable, the first Holbert Racing 962. For the first time since 1988, the two Lowenbrau Specials resided under one roof.
The car is powered by a 3164cc single overhead cam flat six-cylinder engine fitted with a Bosch Electronic fuel injection system. With the help of a single Garrett turbocharger, the engine produces 720 horsepower. There is a five-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel Brembo drilled and ventilated disc brakes.
In 2012, this car was offered for sale at Amelia Island sale presented by Gooding & Company. The car was estimated to sell for $900,000 - $1,200,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $935,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2012