What would happen if the long-body racers from the late 1960s could be made stronger, lighter and 3X as quick around corners?
Turbocharging and advanced aerodynamics in this 956 Group C racer were paramount to winning championships – as were high-speed pace and near-unbreakable reliability.
It added up to a world-beating racing program for much of the 1980s for Porsche.
The dream is very much alive today – with 620-horsepower and fantasy track thrills – and will be auctioned on February 5, 2014 in Paris by RM Auctions.
€2.100.000 – €2.900.000
Chassis no. 956-004
Engine no. 956-131
620 bhp, 2,650 cc DOHC air-cooled flat six-cylinder engine with Motronic electronic fuel management and two KKK turbochargers, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and Bilstein dampers, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,650 mm
Placed 3rd overall in the iconic Porsche 1-2-3 finish at the 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans
One of 10 factory-team examples from 1982
Raced by numerous important Porsche drivers, including Derek Bell and Jürgen Barth
Foundation of the 956 saga; a well-documented Porsche legend
RM Auctions Paris – Event Details
Sale dates: February 5; auction commences at 7:00 p.m. CET
Preview dates: February 4–5; see website for time details
Location: Place Vauban, Paris, 75007 France
Admission: The purchase of an official auction catalogue for €100 admits two to the previews, reception, and auction. Bidder registration is €120 and includes an auction catalogue and admission for two to the previews, reception, and auction.
For those unable to attend the event in person, Internet, absentee, and phone bidding options are available, and the auction will stream live at rmauctions.com to provide real-time coverage of the sale.
For further sale information, or to view the catalogue, please visit www.rmauctions.com or call RM’s London office.
All Images Courtesy of RM Auctions. Thankyou.
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