Porsche 962

Porsche 962

Rennwagen, 1986

Highlights

  • Single ownership since 1989
  • Chassis No. 962-122
  • The Porsche Auction in partnership with Air|Water

1986 Porsche 962 IMSA GTP Dyson Racing

Campaigned by Dyson Racing during 1987 IMSA season – Two outright victories in 1987 at Road Atlanta and Road America – Piloted by three Le Mans champions; Vern Schuppan, Price Cobb, and Johnny Dumfries – Single ownership since 1989 and maintenance by Holbert Racing employee Bob Russo – Multiple Rennsport Reunion participations – Highly eligible for numerous vintage racing series

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Chassis No. 962-122

No manufacturer has produced as many legendary sports racing prototypes as Porsche, each representing a golden era in endurance racing, both Stateside and abroad, from the 24 Hours at Daytona to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Beginning in 1984 the 962 scored 19 total constructor’s championships in various series, proving its mettle in the United States in the IMSA GTP series, for which it was now eligible, unlike its predecessor the 956.

Chassis 122, the car offered here, started its racing career in earnest with Dyson Racing in 1987, outfitted with the highest specification 3.0-liter 962/72 engine, putting out almost 700 horsepower. Following its rebuild with a replacement tub after a practice accident, 122 finally took the track for the 12 Hours of Sebring with past and future Le Mans winners Vern Schuppan and Price Cobb. In only its second race, chassis 122 took Road Atlanta by storm, winning the 500 km race outright with James Weaver and Cobb, besting the Holbert Racing team and leading the pack of five Porsches that finished in front. The strong results continued with a fourth-place finish at Riverside with Rob Dyson himself behind the wheel and a third-place finish at Lime Rock Park before an unfortunate retirement at Mid-Ohio ended their race. Not to be sidelined, however, chassis 122’s season only got stronger as the Dyson team raced at Portland (third place) and Sears Point (second place), before victory was secured for a second time at Road America. Beginning at Elkhart Lake, the team started racing with Grand Prix driver and future Le Mans winner Johnny Dumfries. While no further victories followed, it truly proved to be a very strong season for Dyson Racing, as Cobb finished the season, runner-up in the Championship.

Since its racing career ended after the 1987 IMSA season, 962-122 was sold two years later to its current owner, with whom it has resided ever since. Ex-Holbert Racing team member Bob Russo conducted a full cosmetic and mechanical restoration in the early 1990s and has cared for the car ever since. Outings at three Rennsport Reunions have been particular highlights of the last 20 years as well as vintage racing events at Monterey and Daytona. Bob Russo conducted a more recent chassis rebuild as well as the installation of a new engine, built by Porsche Motorsport North America

A Porsche 962 of any sort is an extraordinarily special sports racing prototype. A car that was piloted by three different Le Mans-winners, campaigned by the legendary Dyson team, and cared for ever since by the same owner since 1989, is all the more unique. This particular car, 962-122 is a formidable vintage racing competitor and a blue chip historic racing Porsche by any measure.

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Fahrzeugdaten

Baujahr: 1986
Modell: 962
FIN: 962-122
Karosserie: Rennwagen
Baureihe: 962
Leistung: 680 PS
Hubraum: 2,9 Liter
Lenkung: rechts
Getriebe: Manuell
Antrieb: Heckantrieb
Kraftstoff: Benzin
Innenfarbe: Schwarz
Innenmaterial: Stoff
Außenfarbe: Weiß
Neu / gebraucht: Gebrauchtwagen
Fahrzeugstandort: USVereinigte Staaten

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