The car still has the same bodywork and sponsor decals as found at its last race, as well as its original twin-turbocharged 962C engine, as produced by Porsche for all 962 models.
The 962 was a development of the all-conquering 956, which had won four Le Mans in a row from 1982 to 1985.
The longer wheelbase was born from Porsche’s desire to conquer IMSA in the US, regulations Statseside differing from those of the World Sportscar Championship’s Group C rules, which the 956 conformed too.
As well as winning on its Daytona debut in 1985 (in the hands of AJ Foyt, Bob Wolleck, Al Unser and Thierry Boutsen) the 962C conquered Le Mans in 1986 with Derek Bell, Hans, Joachim Stuck and Al Holbert driving for the Rothmans-sponsored works team.
The same line-up would go on to with a La Sarthe the next year, scoring Porsche’s record seventh consecutive win, whilst in the US it won three IMSA titles between ’85-’87.
Porsche 962C-163 is part of the Gooding & Company’s ‘Geared Online June’ auction, which ends June 18 at 6pm BST. More information can be found here.