Alguns dias depois da vitória da Porsche nas 24 horas de Le Mans eis que vai a leilão o Porsche 956 que venceu a histórica prova francesa de endurance em 1983. Este carro histórico da Porsche poderá ser seu em agosto no leilão de Monterey pela empresa Gooding & Company. O Porsche 956 de 1982 pintado com as cores da tabaqueira Rothmans é um dos carros míticos da era do Grupo C nas corridas de automóveis. Vencedor da edição de 1983 este carro foi o oitavo da marca a vencer as 24 horas de Le Mans. Com a vitória deste ano com o 919 Hybrid a Porsche tem já no seu historial 17 vitórias em Le Mans.
EsO Porsche 956 que agora vai a leilão é o terceiro chassis de uma série de 10 fabricados. Além da vitória em 1983 tem também no seu palmarés um segundo lugar em 1982, ano em que foi produzido e secundou a vitória de um outro carro idêntico. Em 1983 a formação de pilotos constituida pelo neozelandês Vern Schuppan e pelos americanos Al Holbert
e Hurley Haywood levou a melhor sobre o alinhamento da Porsche que no ano anterior havia vencido.
Porsche 956 vale entre 7 a 9 milhões de dólares
Este poderá ser o mais valioso Porsche de corrida à venda, e é prevísivel que seja arrematado por um valor recorde. De acordo com a base de dados elaborada pelos especialistas do site Sports Car Market o Porsche 956 de 1983 deverá pulverizar o valor de 5,83 milhões de dólares atingido em leilão há 3 anos Porsche 917/10 Can-Am de 1972.
Anteriormente o valor mais alto atingido por um Porsche 956 foi de 2,35 milhões de dólares no ano passado num leilão da RM. Este carro terminou em 1982 em terceiro lugar, ano em que as 24 horas de Le Mans foram dominadas pela Porsche.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 19, 2015) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, is thrilled to announce the addition of one of the most important and desirable competition cars of all time to its Pebble Beach Auctions. The 1982 Porsche 956, chassis 003, was the outright winner of the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans and the most successful example of this revolutionary and dominating series of Group C cars. The sale of this factory Porsche racing machine presents an incredible opportunity to own a significant piece of motorsport history and it is sure to be a highlight of Gooding & Company’s internationally renowned auction, taking place on August 15 and 16, 2015 in Pebble Beach, California.
1982 Porsche 956
One of only ten works 956s, this Porsche is among the most historic endurance racing cars and the single most successful Porsche 956. Successfully using a unique aerodynamic principle known as ground effects to create large amounts of downforce, the 956 model changed the landscape of prototype sports cars.
The 956 was developed for the new Group C regulations by engineer Norbert Singer and developed by Porsche in-house at their motorsport facility in Weissach. The 956 and its successor, the 962, are regarded as the most successful line of racing prototypes ever produced, with 120 victories over a 13-year span. Porsche’s incredible success in international endurance racing, particularly at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, which was won by the marque for a record 17th time this year, has never been equaled.
The illustrious racing career of 956-003 started at the 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans when driven by Jochen Mass and Vern Schuppan, it placed second overall as part of a Porsche sweep of the top three positions. After that fantastic initial result, this 956 went on to win the next four races in which it was entered and was piloted by the best drivers of the era including Jacky Ickx, Jochen Mass and Derek Bell.
In 1983, 956-003 was again pressed into duty as one of three cars entered by the Porsche factory team for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. For this all-important race, Vern Schuppan was paired with Al Holbert and Hurley Haywood, American drivers with lifelong connections to the Porsche marque and winners of multiple championships. After 24 hours of grueling competition, 956-003, with Al Holbert aboard, crossed the line in first place, 63 seconds ahead of the 956 of Bell and Ickx in one of the most thrilling finishes in Le Mans history.
When Porsche finally retired 956-003 from active duty, the car was sold to Vern Schuppan and it remained in his hands for over a decade. Since leaving Schuppan’s collection in the 1990s, this legendary 956 has been meticulously restored to its 1983 Le Mans specification and has had only four private owners. Each of its subsequent owners is a recognized collector who has carefully maintained and preserved this singularly important piece of racing history. In recent years, 956-003 has been a crowd favorite at historic events and has been honored with numerous accolades, including the Porsche Trophy at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
With Porsche’s recent 1-2 victory at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, all eyes will be on 956-003 – one of the most significant racing Porsches. It is sure to be a coveted lot when offered at the Pebble Beach Auctions this August.
The Pebble Beach Auctions
Dates: Saturday, August 15 at 5:00pm and Sunday, August 16 at 6:00pm
Location: Equestrian Center, corner of Stevenson Drive and Portola Road, Pebble Beach, CA Public preview: Wednesday, August 12 – Sunday, August 16
Auction catalogues: $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions
General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions
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