This car was unsold on January 23, 2016 by Mecum in Kissimmee, lot S98. It is now estimated $ 1.8M by the same auction house in Monterey on August 20, lot S124.
I discussed it as follows before Kissimmee :
The Porsche 956, specifically designed for the Group C established in 1982 by the FIA, dominated the international competitions. One of them, winner at Le Mans in 1983, was sold for $ 10.1 million including premium by Gooding on August 15, 2015.
Porsche had one regret: the 956 cannot be registered for the IMSA GTP North American championship, including the Daytona 24 hours, whose security rules are not the same as those of Group C. A lengthening of the wheelbase is needed to bring back the pedal box behind the front axle. The new model, introduced in 1984, takes the reference 962.
The 962 appeals the American private teams. Jim Busby Racing will have four of them.
One of these 962 owned by Busby began its career very badly, by an accident at Daytona in 1985. It was nevertheless recoverable, and Busby used it to try improvements. Its early changes concern the aluminum structures, not stiff enough in the original Porsche design, for which the engineer Jim Chapman introduces honeycomb tub and milled plates.
Success is almost reached in 1988 with a pole position and second place at Daytona, behind a Jaguar. Busby had observed the aerodynamic efficiency of his Nissan competitors and once again modifies the body of his Porsche. The victory is now around the corner : driven by Bell, Wollek and Andretti, this 962 that now looks like no other wins in 1989 the 24 hours of Daytona.
Competition is progressing fast and the Daytona winning 962 retires after the five podium finishes of its 1988-1989 seasons.
Please watch the video shared by the auction house before the previous auction.