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Porsche endurance racers readied for Gooding Amelia Island sale


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Three of the most-iconic Porsche competition cars will be offered during Gooding & Company’s annual Amelia Island Auction on March 8, each of them priced into the seven figures.

The Porsches – a 1979 935, one of only seven examples built by the factory; a 1987 962C built by Kremer with a Le Mans racing pedigree; and a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight that has been restored to factory specification and livery – complement Gooding’s strong selection of Porsches on the docket from the Jan Koum Collection, the Dobbs Motorsport Collection, and the Brumos Collection.

The 935 was originally owned by Otis Chansler, famed auto collector and ‘LA Times’ publisher

The Porsche 935, the release says, “represents the ultimate development of Porsche’s successful customer 935 program. These final 935s were factory equipped with the inverted gearbox and larger brakes — features that improved performance and reliability. This particular car, chassis 930 990 0027, was originally built to order for Otis Chandler, famed publisher of the Los Angeles Times and one of Porsche’s VIP customers.”

The 935 has a pre-auction estimated value of $2.55 million to $3 million.

Kremer Racing ran the 962 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Gooding calls the Kremer Porsche 962C one of the most important models in the history of endurance racing.  The car was specially built for Erwin and Manfred Kremer of Kremer Racing “utilizing a new Thompson-built aluminum honeycomb tub, which was renowned for its rigidity and lightness.”

“This innovative 962C became a dedicated weapon, finishing 4th overall in the 1987 24 Hours of Le Mans, and returning the following year to place 8th overall,” the release says. “With such an impressive race record, this exceptionally original Kremer Porsche 962C is easily among the most desirable sports racing cars of its era.”

The 962C is valued at $1 million to $1.25 million.

The Carrera RS Lightweight has been restored to original

The 911 Carrera Lightweight carries the name Carrera for Porsche’s past racing models and RS for Rennsport, German for racing or motorsport.

“This new purpose-built 911 model debuted in 1973, featuring aggressive weight-reduction measures including thinner-gauge steel for the body, lightweight glass and minimal interior appointments,” according to the Gooding description. “One of only 200 examples built, this Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight has had only four owners since new.”

The estimated value for the 911, which Gooding says has been restored to show-quality condition, is $1 million to $1.2 million.

“Porsche completely dominated endurance racing during the 1970s and 1980s with cars like the Carrera RS, 935, and 962,” David Brynan, senior specialist at Gooding, said in a news release. “Today, these are the most important and sought-after models from this golden era of motorsport.”

For more information about Gooding’s Amelia Island sale, visit the auction website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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