1985 Porsche 962C VIN: 962-002 Coming Soon Porsche 962 HIstory The Porsche 962 (also known as the 962C in international competition) was built by Porsche as a replacement for the 956 and designed mainly to comply with IMSAs GTP regulations, although it would later compete in the European Group C formula as the 956 had. The 962 was introduced at the end of 1984, from which it quickly became successful through privateer owners while having a remarkably long-lived career, with some examples still proving competitive into the mid-1990s. 956 to 962 When the Porsche 956 was developed in late 1981, the intention of Porsche was to run the car in both the World Sportscar Championship and the North American IMSA GT Championship. However rule changes in IMSA GT saw the water-cooled engine of the 956 forbidden, as well as the chassis itself due to new safety regulations which required the drivers feet to be behind front axle. The 956s chassis had the drivers feet positioned in front of the front axle, thus making the car ineligible. To make the 956 eligible under the new IMSA rules, Porsche extended the 956s wheelbase moving the front axle forward of the drivers feet. A steel roll cage was also integrated into the new aluminum chassis. For an engine, the Porsche 934-derived Type-935 2.8L Flat-6 was used with air cooling and a single turbocharger instead of the twin turbochargers used on the the 956. The cars run under World Sportscar Championship regulations were designated as 962C to separate them from their IMSA GTP counterparts. However it would not be until 1986 that the 2.6L unit from the old 956 was replaced in the 962C. New engines with displacements of 2.8L, 3.0L, and 3.2L utilizing dual turbochargers were developed. In total, Porsche would produce 91 962s between 1984 and 1991. 16 were officially used by the factory team, while 75 were sold to customers. Some 956s were rebuilt as 962s, with two being previously written off and four others simply rebuilt. Three 962s that were badly damaged were also rebuilt had been given a new chassis number due to the extensive reconstruction. Due to the high demand for 962 parts, some aluminum chassis were built by Fabcar in the United States before being shipped to Germany for completion. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We thank you for your interest in Canepa. To request further information or submit offers, please call or email: Bruce Canepa

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