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1989 Porsche 962 Daytona 24 Hour Winner - Mecum Kissimmee 2016 Lot S98
Website: https://www.mecum.com/ Preview Consignments: https://www.mecum.com/featured-lots.cfm?auctionID=FL0116&auction_type= Register to Bid: https://www.mecum.com/how-to-bid/?auctionID=FL0116 Lot S98: 1989 Porsche 962, Daytona 24 Hour Winner, Driven by Derek Bell ESTIMATE: $2,500,000 - $3,000,000 Website: https://www.mecum.com/lot-detail/FL0116-229994/0/1989-Porsche-962/ Of the supremely dominant Type 962 racers built by Porsche from 1984 to 1991, this car, chassis number 962-108, was the fastest in period, winning the 1989 Daytona 24 Hours with master endurance racer Derek Bell at the controls for his final 24-hour victory and the 50th win for the 962 in international competition. Campaigned by highly successful Porsche privateer Jim Busby and sponsored by BF Goodrich and the Miller Brewing Company, it prevailed against the onslaught of the factory Porsches, Jaguars and Nissans. Bell has described the car as his favorite Group C Porsche, high praise indeed from the man who drove Porsches to four of his five overall wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and three at Daytona, twice winning the World Sports Car Championship in the process. When the Busby Racing 962 arrived at Daytona in 1989 in its now famous Miller High Life livery, prognosticators had mostly written off the Porsches as no longer competitive, although the marque had won the previous year’s IMSA championship. But the Busby crew had on its side one of the best endurance drivers of all time, five-time Le Mans winner Bell, who with co-drivers Bob Wollek and John Andretti proceeded to steamroll the field. In a precise reversal of the 1988 edition, 962-108 finished in first place just 1:26.65 ahead of the Nielsen/Wallace/Lammers Jaguar XJR9. It was the closest margin of victory in Daytona 24 history, and the third and final win there for the extraordinarily gifted Bell. It was also the 50th win for a Porsche 962 in the model’s history, an event Porsche celebrated in a cleverly worded magazine ad headlined “The Porsche 962. 0to50 in 4.6 years.” The car’s long list of racing achievements includes eleven top-five qualifying runs through the 1988-89 IMSA seasons, including the pole at Daytona in 1988 where it led most of the race and eventually finished second. During that same period 962-108 finished on the podium five times, including victories in the 1989 Daytona 24 Hours and Palm Beach Grand Prix. Its successes were hard earned, the direct results of the relentless development for which Busby was famous. Built to IMSA GTP rules with the 3.0-liter air-cooled, single-turbo engine, 962-108 was one of four 962s eventually allotted to Jim Busby Racing. The car’s debut was anything but auspicious. One of two 962s Busby fielded with BF Goodrich sponsorship for the 1985 Daytona 24 Hours, it was assigned to drivers Pete Halsmer, John Morton and Dieter Quester. Halsmer crashed the car at night trying to avoid an errant backmarker, damaging the front suspension and the tub; fortunately, he was unhurt. At first it seemed beyond repair, but further examination revealed that almost every remaining component was reusable. With Porsche’s approval, Busby hired former Lola Can Am engineer Jim Chapman to build a new tub using honeycomb aluminum and a milled billet aluminum rear bulkhead in place of the factory-spec sheet aluminum unit. Word of Chapman’s project soon reached Porsche ally Al Holbert, owner of competing 962 team Holbert Racing and director of Porsche Motorsport North America. After several attempts to acquire the new tub, named CO1, for his own 962, Holbert reached an agreement with Busby and it became the foundation for Holbert’s 962-HR1. HIGHLIGHTS - Chassis no 108C-2 - 1989 Daytona 24 Hour Winner - 1989 Palm Beach Grand Prix Winner - 1989 Porsche Cup USA Winner - Acknowledged as the fastest 962 in period - Described by Derek Bell as his favorite 962 and driven to his last 24 Hour victory - Sponsored by Miller and BF Goodrich - Campaigned by Jim Busby Racing - 11 top-five qualifying runs and 5 podium finishes during the 1988-89 seasons - Qualified first on the pole at Daytona in 1988 and led most of the race but finished 2nd - Jim Chapman honeycomb tub - Driven by Derek Bell, Bob Wolleck, John Andretti, Jim Busby, Mauro Baldi, Jochen Mass, Brian Redman and Daron Brassfield - Retired in 1989 and collector-owned since - Green, Gold and White Miller livery - Featured at Amelia Island, Rennsport and Daytona - Framed Miller 962 Michael Colucci firesuit, along with Miller jacket and t-shirts included - Framed Miller 962 lithograph and framed Miller 962 poster included - 1989 Champion 24 Hours of Daytona two-sided placards and BF Goodrich competition brochure included - Sportscar Vintage Racing Association Log Book 2000-2004 included - Multiple vintage Miller 962 photos included - Historic Porsche brochure and Lime Rock Park '89 event sheets included