- "1989 Porsche 962-011" c/o historicclassics.com.

For Sale: A Porsche 956 and (Lots of) Porsche 962s!

If you're in the market for a legendary Group C race car, you have plenty of options.

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To me, the greatest era of Sports Car racing was the Group C era from 1982 to 1991. A formula based on fuel efficiency, it allowed manufacturers an amazing amount of technical freedom to achieve maximum performance with limited fuel resources.

Porsche helped reign in this new era with, first, the 956, and later, the 962 race cars. Using new design and production methods, as well as incorporating ground effects for the first time, Porsche created the definitive Group C cars. Several articles have been written about the histories of the 956 and the 962, including this one on DriveTribe by Jeremy Ethan Ibrahim.

Some say nearly 90 of the later 962s were built between 1984 and 1991, some built by the Porsche factory, others by the Porsche privateer race teams themselves. While some chassis are in museums and private collections, a surprising number of 962s (as well as an individual 956) are available right now for purchase. Here, then, are a few such cars:

1. 1984 Porsche 956B (Chassis 956-114)

"1984 Porsche 956B" c/o maxted-page.com.

"1984 Porsche 956B" c/o maxted-page.com.

(Sold by, and found, on maxted-page.com)

Chassis 114 is the only of the original 956s I could find for sale online.

"1984 Porsche 956B" c/o maxted-page.com.

"1984 Porsche 956B" c/o maxted-page.com.

The 956 positioned the driver's feet ahead of the front suspension which made it ineligible for IMSA racing in the USA (for safety reasons.) Some IMSA teams solved this problem by using the same Porsche engine as that found in a 956 and inserting it into a customer chassis, like the March GTP. The 962 was introduced in 1984 and with its longer wheelbase, positioning the driver's feet behind the front suspension, making it elligible for IMSA racing.

"1984 Porsche 956B" c/o maxted-page.com.

"1984 Porsche 956B" c/o maxted-page.com.

Therefore, 956-114 had most of its success outside the USA, scoring second place finishes in the 1984 World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring and Mosport, scoring three top four finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1984-1986 as well as winning the Norisring "200 mile" Supercup race in 1984.

"1984 Porsche 956B" c/o maxted-page.com.

"1984 Porsche 956B" c/o maxted-page.com.

2. 1987 Porsche 962 CK6 (118) (Kremer)

“1987 Porsche 962 CK6 (118)” c/o ascottcollection.com.

“1987 Porsche 962 CK6 (118)” c/o ascottcollection.com.

(Sold by Ascott Collection and found on classicdriver.com)

Chassis 962-118 was built by the German Porsche specialist, Kremer Racing, in 1987. It was built with a stiffer carbon-fiber honeycomb chassis than the original Porsche design. This particular chassis probably has had more success in recent Vintage Racing events than it did racing in period (winning its class race at the 2018 Le Mans Classic.)

3. 1988 Porsche 962 (962-200) (Richard Lloyd Racing)

"1988 Porsche 962-200" c/o historicclassics.com.

"1988 Porsche 962-200" c/o historicclassics.com.

(Sold by Historic Classics and found on classicdriver.com)

Built by the British Richard Lloyd Racing team in 1988, chassis 200 is another honeycomb-based design, this time conceived by designer Nigel Stroud (Stroud also worked for Panoz, Reynard, Chrysler and Cadillac on their Le Mans programs. He also designed the legendary, Le Mans-winning Mazda 787B.) One of five built, the car was raced in 1988 and 1989.

Here's DriveTribe's own Tiff Needell with the car during a 1989 test session:

Some of its highlights include: a fourth place finish at 1988 Jerez World Sportscar Championship race, a race fastest lap at that year's Spa WSC race and an IMSA race victory at the 1988 Tampa World Challenge. It also led at the 1989 World Sports Prototype Championship race in Mexico before ultimately finishing fourth.

"1988 Porsche 962-200" c/o historicclassics.com.

"1988 Porsche 962-200" c/o historicclassics.com.

4. 1987 Porsche 962-110 (Kremer)

"1987 Porsche 962" c/o speedmastercars.com.

"1987 Porsche 962" c/o speedmastercars.com.

(Sold by Speedmaster and found on classicdriver.com)

Another Kremer car, the 110 was built in 1987 with a (Thompson-derived) honeycomb chassis and raced at that year's Le Mans and Kyalami sports car races.

"1987 Porsche 962" c/o speedmastercars.com.

"1987 Porsche 962" c/o speedmastercars.com.

It was sold to Jean Almeras' race team in 1989 to compete in that year's WSPC and at Le Mans. It recently competed at the 2012 Le Mans Classic.

5. 1987 Porsche 962 (106-B) (Richard Lloyd Racing)

"1987 Porsche 962C" c/o dhrofgo.com.

"1987 Porsche 962C" c/o dhrofgo.com.

(Sold by Duncan Hamilton ROFGO and found on classicdriver.com)

A second Richard Lloyd Racing 962 for sale is chassis 106/B, which has a race-winning pedigree. It scored one of Porsche's two race wins during the 1987 WSC season at the Norisring SuperSprint event (the other, the factory Porsche's victory at Le Mans.) The car was also the first to reach a 200+ kph lap average at that year's event at Spa.

(Video of the car in Liqui Moly livery at Norisring:)

106/B would score one more victory at the non-championship event at Kyalami, the last Group C event run on the circuit's original layout.

"1987 Porsche 962C" c/o dhrofgo.com.

"1987 Porsche 962C" c/o dhrofgo.com.

6. 1988 Porsche 962 (Richard Lloyd Racing)

"1988 Porsche 962C" c/o dhrofgo.com.

"1988 Porsche 962C" c/o dhrofgo.com.

(Sold by Duncan Hamilton ROFGO and found on classicdriver.com)

Richard Lloyd Racing produced another honeycomb-stiffened 962 chassis in 1988 for the Trust Racing Team where it would be raced in the Japan Sports Prototype Championship as well as the Japanese rounds of the World Sportscar Championship.

(Video: The car finished second at the 1988 JSPC event at Suzuka.)

The car was raced over four seasons in the national championship, scoring several podium finishes. Its best finish in a WSC event was a seventh place at the 1990 race at Suzuka.

"1988 Porsche 962C" c/o dhrofgo.com.

"1988 Porsche 962C" c/o dhrofgo.com.

7. 1984 Porsche 962-102

"1984 Porsche 962C" c/o canepa.com.

"1984 Porsche 962C" c/o canepa.com.

(Sold by Canepa and found on classicdriver.com)

One of the few IMSA-spec 962s available for purchase, this Porsche has a unique history both on-and-off track. It took pole position for the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1985, scored a couple of fourth place finishes at Daytona and Riverside before seeing its racing career cut short after a massive crash with John Paul Jr's March-Buick during the Charlotte race.

The car/parts were then sold to Roger Penske. Penske Racing, then sponsored by Miller Brewing, converted it into a Miller show car in the 1980's. It would remain part of Penske's private collection until sold in 2005. It wouldn't be until 2007 that the car would be fully restored.

"1984 Porsche 962C" c/o canepa.com.

"1984 Porsche 962C" c/o canepa.com.

8. 1989 Porsche 962C (004-BM or #203) (Brun Motorsport)

"1989 Porsche 962C" c/o chromecars.de.

"1989 Porsche 962C" c/o chromecars.de.

(Sold by ChromeCars and found on classicdriver.com)

This 962 was built by Brun Motorsport and first raced in the 1989 World Sports Prototype Championship. It raced in several liveries (Jagermeister, Repsol, Torno and Eterna) across Europe, the USA and in Japan. It scored a best finish of third at that year's WSPC event at Jarama with Oscar Laurrauri and Jesus Pareja.

The car was last raced at the 1990 Daytona 24 Hour race.

"1989 Porsche 962C" c/o chromecars.de.

"1989 Porsche 962C" c/o chromecars.de.

9. 1989 Porsche 962-011 (Works/Joest)

"1989 Porsche 962-011" c/o historicclassics.com.

"1989 Porsche 962-011" c/o historicclassics.com.

(Sold by Historic Classics and found on classicdriver.com)

Probably the most successful and developed Porsche 962 available for sale would be chassis #011, first run by Joest Racing in 1989.

"1989 Porsche 962-011" c/o historicclassics.com.

"1989 Porsche 962-011" c/o historicclassics.com.

After Porsche withdrew its factory sportscar team to focus on its new IndyCar program, Joest Racing became the new "factory" team, receiving several upgrades from Porsche for its cars.

It won several races during the 1989 season: two German Supercup races (Silverstone and Nurburgring) and at Dijon in the WSPC (Porsche's last Group C victory which also denied Sauber-Mercedes a clean sweep of that season's races.)

Enjoying mild success from 1990-1992, 011 had a massive redesign for the final 1993 design (including a distinctive bi-plane style rear wing for high-downforce tracks.)

"1989 Porsche 962-011" c/o historicclassics.com.

"1989 Porsche 962-011" c/o historicclassics.com.

It scored podium finishes in IMSA in 1993 as well as a race win in the German Interserie Championship race at Zeltweg. Not bad for a design over ten years old!

10. 1990 Porsche 962-163 (Brun Motorsport)

"1990 Porsche 962-163" c/o maxted-page.com.

"1990 Porsche 962-163" c/o maxted-page.com.

(Sold by MaxtedpageLtd and found on classicdriver.com)

Another Brun Motorsport 962, this was actually one of the last official 962s built by the Porsche factory in 1990.

"1990 Porsche 962-163" c/o maxted-page.com.

"1990 Porsche 962-163" c/o maxted-page.com.

It raced in two World Championship events, retiring from both. As such, it's very low mileage and, aside from a couple of 962s made in 1991, one of the last official 962s ever made.

11. 1987 Porsche 962C (962-131)

"1987 Porsche 962C" c/o ascottcollection.com.

"1987 Porsche 962C" c/o ascottcollection.com.

(Sold by, and found, on ascottcollection.com)

962-131 was purchased and first run by Team Salamin in 1987. It was run in the German Interserie and Supercup championships, as well as the WSPC, from 1987 until 1989.

"1987 Porsche 962C" c/o ascottcollection.com.

"1987 Porsche 962C" c/o ascottcollection.com.

The car's best results were several third place finishes in Interserie between 1988 and 1989. Below is the best footage I could find of the car, about to be passed by the factory 962 at Diepholz in 1988. The factory car, itself, seems to have an "additional" fuel tank.

12. 1988 Porsche 962-138

"Porsche 962-138" c/o dempseymotorsports.com.

"Porsche 962-138" c/o dempseymotorsports.com.

(Sold by, and found, on dempseymotorsports.com)

After being driven with some success during the 1988 World Sportscar Championship (finishing both events it entered in the top-eight) the decision was made to convert chassis 138 into a fully carbon-composite tub design for 1989. This was the only fully-carbon tubbed 962 created with the approval of former 962 racer Vern Schuppan and the Porsche factory itself.

"Porsche 962-138" c/o dempseymotorsports.com.

"Porsche 962-138" c/o dempseymotorsports.com.

The car raced in both the 1989 and 1990 World Sportscar Championship seasons as well as the Le Mans 24 Hour races during both years.

"Porsche 962-138" c/o dempseymotorsports.com.

"Porsche 962-138" c/o dempseymotorsports.com.

13. 1986 Porsche 962-121

"1986 Porsche 962-121" c/o dempseymotorsports.com

"1986 Porsche 962-121" c/o dempseymotorsports.com

(Sold by, and found, on dempseymotorsports.com)

Quite possibly the most successful American-raced 962 for sale would be chassis 121. It was sold to Bruce Levin's Bayside Disposal Racing team in 1986. It competed in 22 IMSA GTP races in its career, including 6-of-11 during the 1987 IMSA season. It also won back-to-back Sebring 12-Hour races in 1987 and 1988.

"1986 Porsche 962-121" c/o dempseymotorsports.com

"1986 Porsche 962-121" c/o dempseymotorsports.com

It's also had a successful career off-track, appearing at Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and winning the "Spirit of Sebring" trophy.

Here's the car (in the Bayside Disposal livery) winning the 1987 IMSA race at Laguna Seca:

14. 1985 Porsche 962-112

"1985 Porsche 962-112" c/o dempseymotorsports.com.

"1985 Porsche 962-112" c/o dempseymotorsports.com.

(Sold by, and found, on dempseymotorsports.com)

If there was ever a "hybrid" 962 in existence, this would be it. 962-112 was built partially from remnants of a crash-damaged Porsche 956 (chassis 102) run by John Fitzpatrick Racing at the 1985 WEC round at Silverstone.

"1985 Porsche 956-102" c/o dempseymotorsports.com.

"1985 Porsche 956-102" c/o dempseymotorsports.com.

962-112 was first entered at the 1985 Le Mans race but suffered a crash during practice and did not start. After the Le Mans crash, 112 was fitted with a Thompson honeycomb composite front end, but the rear end remained in standard aluminum.

"1985 Porsche 962-112" c/o dempseymotorsports.com.

"1985 Porsche 962-112" c/o dempseymotorsports.com.

After scoring a tenth place at Le Mans in 1986, the car was sold to Dauer Racing team, where it had its greatest successes (in WEC, German Supercup and Interserie events.) It's best ever finish was a third place at the 1987 Interserie round at Zeltweg.

At the Norisring SuperCup race in 1988, the car, and team, didn't have as successful a day as at Zeltweg:

Team owner Jochen Dauer would gain fame by creating the road-legal Dauer 962 which, ironically, won the 1994 Le Mans race outright not as a prototype, but a "GT" car.

“Dauer Porsche 962” by David Merrett is licensed under CC BY 2.0 - Flickr

“Dauer Porsche 962” by David Merrett is licensed under CC BY 2.0 - Flickr

15. Porsche 962C #174

"Porsche 962C #174" c/o boutsenclassiccars.com.

"Porsche 962C #174" c/o boutsenclassiccars.com.

(Sold by Boutsen Classic Cars and found on racecarsdirect.com)

One of the last 962s made, it has only run 200 km from new. Sold to the Bo Strandell Race Team in 1991, it was never raced, only being used for demo runs in 1992.

"Porsche 962C #174" c/o boutsenclassiccars.com.

"Porsche 962C #174" c/o boutsenclassiccars.com.

I wrote a post on the car recently going more in depth on it's history as well as it's connection to former race driver, Thierry Boutsen.

16. 1989 Brun Porsche 962c (Chassis 962-003 BM)

"1989 Brun Porsche 962c" c/o racecarsdirect.com.

"1989 Brun Porsche 962c" c/o racecarsdirect.com.

(Sold by Classic Revival Ltd and found on racecarsdirect.com)

Chassis 962-003 BM was one of eight carbon and honeycomb chassis built by the Brun team in-house. It raced in the WSPC, German Supercup and at Le Mans with a best finish of second at the 1989 WSPC round in Mexico. In 1990, the car was raced at Le Mans, finishing tenth.

Here is the car being driven at the 2018 Le Mans Classic:

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So if you're in the market for a Porsche 962, or know someone who is, you now have plenty of options. With enough money, you could stage your own Porsche 962 SuperCup championship.

I wonder if you could get a 956/962 bulk discount?

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