Three historic turbocharged competition Porsches are to be presented at Gooding’s Amelia Island auction on 9 March 2018. The three race cars represent three important steps in Porsche’s history of turbocharged race car development. These are:
|1974||911 Carrera RSR 2.1 Turbo||One of the most historic racing cars of all time|
|1976||Porsche 934||The Group 4 racer used by Porsche’s customers|
|1990||Porsche 962C||The 962C was the most dominant of the Group C era|
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.1 Turbo
The first of Porsche’s ‘wild’ 911 creations, the Carrera RSR 2.1 Turbo, represents a turning point in the history of competition Porsches, as it was the first use of turbocharged engines in a production-based race car. Just four examples of this racer were built, this car (chassis #R13) being the last of the batch.
At just 800kg, the body was significantly lighter than the road car on which is was based. Apart from the rather obvious rear tail and wing structure, the rear portion of the roof was raised to aid the flow of air to the rear. The rear quarter light windows too were replaced with a panel which featured a large NACA duct that fed air to the engine compartment. The engine capacity limit for the Prototype class was 3-litre, and so with the 1.4x multiplication factor, the Carrera RSR Turbo’s engine capacity was limited to 2142cc. This engine produced 500bhp at 7600rpm, making the Carrera RSR Turbo capable of a top speed of 300km/h down the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans. It could accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and to 124mph in 8.8 seconds.
It was built for the Martini & Rossi sponsored works team, and this car, known as R13, was the most successful of the RSR Turbos. R13 instantly became a racing legend, when it captured a spectacular second place overall finish at the 1974 24 Hours of Le Mans. During its active career, it was raced by many of the era’s great drivers – including Gijs Van Lennep, Herbert Müller, and George Follmer – and competed at important venues including Brands Hatch, Watkins Glen, and Daytona. Once owned by the California dealer and racer Vasek Polak, this Porsche remains in original, well-preserved condition.
This car (internally known as chassis #R13) represents a hugely important piece of Porsche’s motorsport heritage, and with just four examples built, opportunities to acquire such a vehicle do not come up very often. (Estimate: $6,000,000-$8,000,000).
1976 Porsche 934
Introduced for the 1976 season, the 934 was Porsche’s highly anticipated Group 4 GT variant of the all-new turbocharged 930 – a factory-built racing machine that maintained close ties to its road car counterpart. In fact, with the exception of wheel arch extensions and the front-mounted intercooler radiators, there was little externally that separated the road car from the race car. As Group 4 catered for modified GT production vehicles, the car had to remain as close to the road car as possible, which meant that the 934 had to race with the normal windows of the 930 Turbo road car, as no lightweight glass was permitted. The 2993cc turbocharged engine developed 485bhp at 7000rpm.
This Porsche 934, chassis #930 670 0162, boasts an in-period decade-long international racing history which is staggering, and it has a complete, unbroken provenance. Angelo Pallavicini purchased the car new and campaigned it at numerous European events before taking the 934 to the US to compete in the 24 Hours at Daytona, where he finished in tenth place overall and fourth in the GTO class.
Just 32 of these cars were built in 1976, and this well-maintained 934 in Light Yellow would make an excellent addition to a collection where such a model is lacking. (Estimate: $1,200,000-$1,600,000).
1990 Porsche 962C
The Porsche 962 and its predecessor, the 956, are among the most important models in the history of endurance racing. Between 1982 and 1987, the Porsche 956 and 962 won Le Mans six times. In fact, between the years 1982-1994, the Porsche 956 and 962/962C racked up 232 international victories in races on every continent and in just about every race series imaginable, including: WSC, IMSA, JSPC, DRM, Norisring Trophy, Interserie, Supercup and Can-Am. This makes the 956 and 962 the most successful sports racing prototype ever.
In addition to factory team cars, Porsche built additional 962C cars for privateers to campaign, with one of the most notable being Brun Motorsport. For the 1990 season, Brun ran two Porsche 962Cs in World Sports Prototype Championship, including the car being offered here, chassis #962-160. This 962C would see its first racing action at that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it wore the iconic livery of Spain’s Repsol oil company. With a shorter tail than the factory works cars, 962-160 outpaced all other competitors and held the lead until just 15 minutes from the end of the race, when the engine expired.
With an outstanding race record and just two owners from new, chassis #962-160 must rank as one of the most desirable and sought-after cars from the Group C era. With the growth in popularity of historic racing, this car will be a drawcard at any of the relevant races for which it would be eligible. (Estimate: $1,500,000-$2,000,000).
The Gooding & Co Amelia Island Auction
Date: Friday, March 9 at 11:00 am EST
Location: Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034 (1 mile south of Amelia Island Parkway)
Public preview: March 8-9
For further information, phone: +1 310 899 1960
Edited by: Glen Smale
Images by: Courtesy of Gooding & Co (© copyright as stipulated on each image)