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Three weapons-grade turbocharged Porsche race cars consigned in Florida

Monday, February 26, 2018

Above: The 1990 Porsche 962C. Photo copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Image by Mike Maez.

Gooding & Company, of Santa Monica, has announced the consignment of one of the most historic and valuable Porsche race cars — the 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.1 Turbo. This car changed the course of history for Porsche by fundamentally altering the company’s approach to production and racing cars. The DNA of the groundbreaking RSR Turbo can be found in the two additional historic Porsche race cars on offer by Gooding — a 1976 Porsche 934 and a 1990 Porsche 962C. All three of these cars are important representatives of Porsche’s rich motorsport history, as demonstrated by their achievements at major endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona.

“The RSR 2.1 Turbo is truly an integral piece of Porsche’s motor sport legacy and its influence can be seen in the company’s subsequent road and racing models,” states David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. “This car set the stage for the iconic Porsche 930 and its racing counterpart, the 934. Turbocharged Porsches, like the 962, dominated endurance racing for years. With the marque celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, Porsche is most definitely in the spotlight and on the minds of collectors.” 

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.1 Turbo (Estimate: $6,000,000-$8,000,000)

Above: The 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.1 Turbo. Photo copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Image by Mathieu Heurtault.

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 racecar. The last of four examples built for the Martini & Rossi-sponsored works team, this car, known as R13, was the most successful of the RSR Turbos. R13 instantly became a racing legend, when it captured a spectacular 2nd 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. It was once owned by influential California dealer and racer Vasek Polak.

1976 Porsche 934 (Estimate: $1,200,000-$1,600,000)

Above: The 1976 Porsche 934. Photo copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Image by Brian Henniker.

Introduced for the 1976 season, the 934 was Porsche’s highly anticipated Group 4 GT variant of the all-new turbocharged 911 Turbo (aka, 930) — a factory-built racing machine that maintained close ties to its road car counterpart. This Porsche 934, chassis 930 670 0162, is regarded as among the very best of its type, with an outstanding decade-long international racing history and a complete, unbroken provenance. Angelo Pallavicini purchased the car new and campaigned it at numerous European events before taking the 934 to the US for the 24 Hours at Daytona, where he finished in 10th place overall and 4th in the GTO class. 

1990 Porsche 962C (Estimate: $1,500,000-$2,000,000)

Above: The 1990 Porsche 962C. Photo copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Image by Mike Maez.

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 addition to factory team cars, Porsche built additional 962C cars for privateers to campaign, with one of the most notable being Brun Motorsport GmbH. For the 1990 season, Brun would run two Porsche 962Cs in World Sports Prototype Championship, including the car 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.

Aource: Gooding & Company

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