<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062

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Lot 134
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo

US$ 100,000 - 150,000
£ 80,000 - 120,000
To be sold without reserve
Amended
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062

2,479cc DOHC Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Motronic Fuel Injection
270bhp at 5,800rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension

*Prototype example
*Believed to be the 2nd 951 built
*Titled from new Weissach-built racecar
*1987 Playboy Championship Silver Medalist


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The idea of evolution rather than revolution, is a mantra that Porsche enthusiasts know all too well. When Porsche introduced their joint-venture 924 in '76, the machine although receiving positive reviews from critics, was criticized by Porsche enthusiasts for its Audi derived 2-liter engine. Porsche, although releasing a widely improved Turbo variant (Type 931) with vastly increased performance, carried a higher cost and garnered poor sales. Rather than scrap the design Porsche developed the Type 944 in 1982, following uniformly from generations of 911s before it.

The re-worked platform carried an inline 2.5 Liter 4-Cylinder, effectively half of the 928's 5.0 V8, while the revised bodywork showcased aesthetic changes similar to that of the 937 Carrera GT. 1986 saw the addition of a turbocharger and intercooler and a new model internally referred to as the Type 951. Power increased more than 50% over standard naturally aspirated cars thanks to the KKK unit which helped propel the new 951 to 60 in less than 6 seconds.

In the mid-1980s, Porsche looked to introduce the new turbocharged machine to the world of motorsport. With its sights set on SCCA, Weissach developed 7 limited edition, prototype competition 951s that made their way to Al Holbert's Motorsport Centre in Warrington, PA. These prototype examples, as evident by codes 734 (PV-0, non-series engine) & 735 (PV-0 non-series transmission) were devoid of air conditioning, lacquer and chrome preservation, sunroofs and sound insulation, per homologation rules. Chassis 0062 arrived in Pennsylvania from Weissach in May of 1985 fitted with a Limited Slip Differential, Sport shock absorbers, a factory installed Matter steel roll cage, improved ECU and KLR chips, dual sport pinstripe cloth velour seats and 16" staggered Phone Dial wheels, which although included the car now sports 16" staggered Fuchs.

Holbert modifying and ensuring the car was legal for SCCA events sent 0062 straight to Brumos Porsche of Jacksonville, FL who then got it into the hands of Joe Cagbill. Per our supplied SCCA log book, Cagbill, along with fellow racers John Osteen and Elliot Forbes Robinson tracked the 951 in The Playboy Escort Endurance Championship, a "pre-cup" Showroom Stock Class (participating in class SSGT), an idea that Porsche later took to develop The Porsche Turbo Cup Series. Earning silver in the 1987 Championship with fellow 951 driver Freddie Baker taking gold, 0062 continued to participate in SCCA events before retiring sometime in 1989 and returning to Brumos. Sold to Joseph Blassic, the 951 passed into the hands of W. Ryland Mills before being purchased by a one Jon Gearheart in 2000. Once in Gearheart's possession, the car was stripped down to the tub and underwent an engine-out restoration circa 2000. With the driveline freshened up, weekend racing ensued soon after, and the car now wears a believed accurate 17K miles on a working odometer.

Chassis 0062 is offered here from an esteemed Porsche collector. Included with this lithe racer is its original SCCA log book, COA, notarized letter from Brumos and a set of factory 16" Phone Dial wheels. The Type 944 is often regarded as one of the finest handling cars of the 1980s, and this 951 remains a paragon of composure. With 270 horsepower on tap, the instant shove of standard KKK powered 951s is replaced by a smooth linear delivery that howls swiftly through to the jarring rev limiter. Resplendent in the livery of its early life on the track, 0062 represents a well-documented prototype competition Porsche, suited to be enjoyed at speed by a fortunate new owner. Seldom if ever again, will a titled from new Weissach-built racecar with real race history be offered at this value level.

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  • Please note due to California emissions laws, this vehicle may only be sold to an out-of-state resident for use outside of California or to a licensed automotive dealer.
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<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
<b>1986 Porsche 944 Turbo</b><br />VIN. WP0AA0956GN150062
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