16-17 August 2013

Previous Next

Lot 249

1986 Porsche 962 Race Car

  • Chassis no. 962-122

$800,000 - $1,000,000

Est. 680 bhp, 2,869 cc DOHC air-cooled flat six-cylinder engine with Motec electronic fuel management and a single KKK turbocharger, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and Bilstein dampers, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 109 in. (2,770 mm)

  • Ex-Rob Dyson Racing; Porsche factory chassis tub and engine
  • Comprehensive four-year restoration completed in 2011
  • Single ownership since 1992
  • Ideally prepared for vintage racing

Throughout the history of racing, there have been several occasions when changes of rules and regulations in various sanctioning bodies have ironically resulted in the development of a particularly important car. The legendary Porsche 962 GT Prototype Race Car of the 1980s is a textbook example of this paradigm. Replacing the aging 935, the 962 was actually a derivation of the 956 that had successfully campaigned in Europe during 1982 and 1983, a model that Porsche would have also offered to privateers in North America were it not for a discrepancy between IMSA’s GTP regulations and FISA’s Group C rules.

IMSA rules specifically forbade multiple turbocharged induction and pedal boxes ahead of the front-axle line, both hallmarks of the 956. Certain that some minor modifications to the 956 chassis would be far more effective than developing an entirely different platform for America, Weissach lengthened the 956 wheelbase, allowing sufficient space to place the pedal box behind the front-axle line. The 956’s twin-turbocharged, 2.6-liter motor was replaced with a single KKK-turbocharged, 2.8-liter engine derived from the 935, and the IMSA-ready 962 was essentially born.

An inauspicious factory debut at the 1984 24 Hours of Daytona, where it was driven by Mario and Michael Andretti, saw the prototype retire with gearbox trouble despite a strong start, resulting in further test work being conducted before delivery of customer cars began in April 1984. As tuning and development quickly honed the 962 chassis, the model began to truly shine, contributing to 46 wins in three years for Porsche’s various IMSA teams, including the 1986 and 1987 24 Hours of Daytona and 13 wins during the 1987 season alone. The IMSA-regulation 962 was deemed to be so successful that Porsche actually modified the design for European Group C competition, using the so-called 962C to win Le Mans in 1986 and 1987.

Chassis 962-122 was delivered new to Dyson Racing during the team’s preparation for the Continental 500 at Watkins Glen, to be held on July 6, 1986. Team principal Rob Dyson had built a solid reputation over the years, and it reached new heights with his 1985 entry into IMSA’s Camel GT Series GTP class with the acquisition of 962-101, a used 962 example once driven by Derek Bell for Bayside Disposal Racing. Still competing today, Dyson Racing is recognized by some experts as the longest-running American privateer team that has continuous support from the Porsche factory.

Chassis 962-122, the third of Dyson Racing’s 962s, was damaged during the Watkins Glen Continental 500 by driver Drake Olsen, so the Dyson team immediately sourced Richard Lloyd Racing to salvage components from the original car, which mostly consisted of body panels. The resulting car, chassis DR1 (Dyson Racing 1), sometimes referred to as 962-122A, eventually won at least two races for Dyson during 1987, but that chassis is not to be confused with the authentic 962-122 offered here.

Following the 1986 Watkins Glen incident, the original, damaged 962-122 chassis was removed from competition and retained by Dyson for possible use if the need arose, until newer chassis began to make their way into the team’s stable and the older cars were sold off. In 1989, Dyson Racing offered 962-122 to Kevin Jeannette, of Gunnar Racing in West Palm Beach, Florida, who is, perhaps, one of the leading specialists in rebuilding used 962s. During this period, Mr. Jeannette actively sought out and acquired such 962s for the purpose of rebuilding and marketing them to the historic racing niche, and 962-122 remained in his care in an unrestored state for about two years.

In 1991, Mr. Jeannette received an inquiry regarding the possibility of purchasing a 962 chassis from the consignor, a former two-time president of the PCA and a 46-year principal at one of New York’s most recognized service houses that specialize in the repair and service of Porsche race cars. The two reached an agreement for Mr. Jeannette to repair 962-122’s tub and then sell it to the consignor, who officially purchased the car on June 1992.

The minimally used 962 remained in storage with the consignor until the mid-2000s, when a full restoration commenced. Conducted at the consignor’s shop, Formula Motorsports, the 962 was completely disassembled with a full inspection and evaluation of the chassis, involving careful scrutiny of every seam and rivet. A new original-stock fuel cell with a new foam insertion was acquired from Porsche. The older Motronic fuel system management system was upgraded to a Motec unit, to ensure better reliability, improved data acquisition, and superior performance. All hydraulic components and lines were replaced or reconditioned as needed. The brake and clutch cylinders were replaced, and the brake calipers were rebuilt to factory standards and fitted with new rotors, pads, and properly anodized hardware.

The suspension, gearbox, and clutch were entirely rebuilt with proper NOS or reconditioned parts, and all articulating bearings were replaced to exceed factory specifications. The turbocharger was completely rebuilt by qualified KKK service technicians, and the intercooler was cleaned and thoroughly tested for integrity. Furthermore, the wheels were rebuilt to proper specifications and mounted with authentic 17-inch Goodyear racing tires. In short, it is believed that very few 962s have enjoyed such a complete nut-and-bolt restoration with the goal of being prepared for vintage racing applications. According to the consignor, “there are very few 962s available that can claim the originality, cleanliness, sterility, and race-readiness of this one.”

The four-year restoration was completed in 2011, after which 962-122 attended the Rennsport Reunion of 2011. Currently prepared by the consignor for a fresh campaign in historic racing, and accompanied by a thick file of restoration invoices, 962-122 would likely require very little attention to become highly competitive in vintage GTP contests. It claims the provenance of being the factory authentic, original chassis 962-122, retaining the presence of an original, Porsche-built 962 engine, and having former ownership by the esteemed Dyson Racing team. Having experienced no actual racing use, 962-122 boasts one of the most pristine and unmolested 962 chassis tubs available today. It is a sensational and authentic Porsche race car that would make for fantastic vintage GTP competition, and it is a testament to the brilliance of Weissach’s superlative 962.


Please note that this vehicle is a race car and will, therefore, be offered on a Bill of Sale.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more