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Only Porsche 956 To Win In The U.S. Set For Auction

Classic Group C racer will be part of RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary auction

Aug 20, 2018

For the super well heeled among us, this here might be a primo opportunity to pick up a one-of-a-kind motorsports legend. This fall, RM Sotheby’s is hosting its Porsche 70th Anniversary auction, announcing it has added into the collection what is arguably the most unique example of a Porsche 956 Group C race car.

The pictured 1983 Porsche 956 Group C – chassis no. 956-110 – is one of just nine privateer cars built by the factory to compete in the 1983 World Endurance Championship. No. 110 was originally bound for the Fitzpatrick racing team and debuted as their lead car at the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans with John Fitzpatrick, Dieter Quester, and David Hobbs at the wheel. Though the car retired due to a fuel-pump failure, just a couple races later it landed its first overall win at the Can-Am Road America in July 1983 at the hands of John Fitzpatrick, who secured a commanding 12-second lead over the second place Frisbee GR2 Chevrolet. From that point, the podiums just kept coming: third overall at Can-Am Mosport, first overall at the 1000 KM at Brands Hatch, second overall at the 1000 KM Imola, third overall at 1000 KM Mugello and Silverstone, and contesting the 24 Hours of Le Mans one last time in 1984.

956 Brands Hatch Photo 2/4   |   The 956 on the track at the 1983 1000 KM at Brands Hatch, where it won 1st overall (Courtesy of John Fitzpatrick)

Few race cars in Porsche history are as universally acclaimed as the 956. It was the first Porsche race car to feature monocoque construction, as well as the first to employ ground effects. Hugely successful from the start, the model took a 1-2-3 finish at the 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans in just its second race and would go on to dominate the next few seasons.

Hugely successful on the track and the only 956 to compete and win on American soil, this car joined a private collection immediately following the 1984 24 Hours of Le Mans and has had just three private owners since then. Offered by its current owner of 16 years, the 956 is presented in its 1983 Le Mans livery and is likely the most original example of the model in existence. RM Sotheby’s guesses this 956 will fetch between $5,250,000 and $6,750,000 when it crosses the podium in Atlanta.

PORSCHE 956 front Photo 3/4   |   1983 Porsche 956 Group C (Matthew Howell © 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

The RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction is an exclusive, single-marque auction to be held at the home of Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) in Atlanta. Set for the weekend of the 27th of October, the sale will feature approximately 70 of the world’s most important and sought-after privately-owned collectible Porsche models, spanning the marque’s 70-year history as a sports car manufacturer. The PEC Atlanta will be open for RM Sotheby’s registered bidders to view auction cars October 26th and 27th, all made easily accessible thanks to the facility’s location adjacent to the runways of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Additional early highlights for the auction include:

• A complete and matching-numbers barn-find 1958 Porsche 356 A ‘Super’ Speedster, recently unearthed after being put into storage in the mid-1980s (RM Sotheby’s Estimate: $125,000 to $150,000, offered without reserve)
• A 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, one of just 33 lightweight specification examples and the only one finished in Guards Red (Estimate available upon request)
• A 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, the final example produced and built specifically for Jerry Seinfeld featuring numerous bespoke options (RM Sotheby’s Estimate: $850,000 to $1,000,000)

If you want to take an early look at the car and happen to be at Monterey Car Week this year, the 956 Group C will be on display at RM Sotheby’s Monterey preview and auction, August 22 to 25 at the Monterey Conference Center in California. For further information about RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary auction in October, as well as an updated list of entries for the sale, please visit rmsothebys.com.

PORSCHE 956 profile Photo 4/4   |   1983 Porsche 956 Group C (Matthew Howell © 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
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