Monterey Car Week hosts some of the most prestigious auto auctions in the world, but even among those elite vehicles, Mecum’s sale of a Porsche 962 with chassis number 962-108 is something very special. This racer won the 1989 Daytona 24 Hours with the impressive driving team of Derek Bell, John Andretti, and Bob Wollek. That victory was also the 50th endurance racing win for the 962 series.

A privateer team, rather than the Porsche factory, campaigned this 962, and the racer featured modifications that made the coupe even faster than the works cars. It used a 3.0-liter air-cooled flat six with a single turbocharger. Additional tuning pushed the output to 830 horsepower (619 kilowatts) before a restrictor plate reduced the performance. After a crash in 1985, the vehicle received a new honeycomb aluminum tub.

The changes made 962-108 among the fastest 962s in IMSA competition. In the 1988 and ‘89 seasons, it scored 11 top-five qualifying positions and five podium finishes, including wins at Daytona and the Palm Beach Grand Prix in ‘89. After that, the car stopped racing professionally, but Derek Bell drove it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2005.

Mecum estimates 962-108 could sell for between $1.8 million and $2.5 million (1.6 million to 2.3 million euros), which seems very realistic. For example, Jerry Seinfeld’s 1990 962C went for $1.65 million (1.5 million euros) in March. However, it had neither the amazing story nor the awesome livery as this one.

Source: Mecum

Gallery: 1989 Porsche 962 Auction