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One currently for sale

This historically significant 956 was the first of the initial batch of customer cars delivered ahead of the 1983 season. Most famously, 956 chassis 101 finished third at Le Mans in ‘83 behind the ailing Rothmans factory cars with a driver roster including racing legend Mario Andretti.

The American, who shared the Kremer Racing-run car with son Michael and Philippe Alliot, was one of three F1 world champions and a further nine grand prix drivers to race 956-101 during its contemporary career. Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Derek Warwick and Hans Stuck would all climb behind the wheel during its two-year stint with the German Kremer squad in the World Endurance Championship.

The car would notch half-a-dozen top-six finishes in the WEC in addition to its Le Mans podium, and also won a round of the German DRM championship on the Diepholz Airfield Circuit with Franz Konrad. It was subsequently campaigned by the Nova Engineering squad in the All-Japan Sports-Prototype Championship in 1985-86 in FromA colours, claiming victory in the prestigious Suzuka 1000Km in ‘86.

The car has been with its present owner for 20 years, and underwent a restoration at UK 956/962 specialist Katana in 2013 and is now up for sale with Maxted-Page at £3.75 million.

“It has an amazing history,” says Lee Maxted-Page of the machine that demoed at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting in 2014. “It is all about the history with 956s and 962s.”

Maxted-Page, Halstead, Essex. Tel: 01787 477749

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