During the Monterey Car Week some of the most exquisite auto auctions in the world will take the headlines, and among the special treats this Mecum sale of a Porsche 962 is sure to garner the right attention.
This is because chassis number 962-108 is truly unique – we’re talking about the car that secured the win during the 1989 Daytona 24 Hours while being manhandled by the driving team of Derek Bell, John Andretti, and Bob Wollek. It was also a special moment back then – it was the 50th endurance racing win for the 962 series. The particular 962 was unleashed by a private team, not a Porsche factory-supported team so the endeavor is even more interesting. The coupe was also modified to make it quicker than the official works cars. The 3.0-liter air-cooled flat six with a single turbocharger was cranked up to 830 horsepower (619 kilowatts) before a restrictor plate reduced the performance – and following a crash occurring in 1985 it also packed a ew honeycomb aluminum tub.
The tuning performance turned the 962-108 chassis as one of the quickest 962s in IMSA competition. During the 1988 and 1989 seasons it took a total of 11 top-five qualifying positions and five podium finishes, including the victories at Daytona and the Palm Beach Grand Prix in ‘89. The car was professionally retired from the front scene but it also appeared in 2005 alongside Derek Bell during the year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Mecum wants for it between $1.8 million and $2.5 million (1.6 million to 2.3 million euros), which is entirely possible since Seinfeld’s 1990 962C nailed a $1.65 million price in March without the amazing pedigree.