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To say that Porsche's 962 series was the most successful endurance racer of all time might not be an understatement. Introduced in 1984 as a replacement for the already successful Type 956 prototype, the 962 provided a slightly longer wheelbase which allowed the driver's feet to remain behind the front axle centerline. This was critical, because it gave the 962 entrée to IMSA's GTP category, and thus opened the door to one of Porsche's most dominant performances. The 962 made its first American appearance at the Daytona 24 Hours in February 1985, sweeping the top four finishing positions. With 962s claiming wins at 15 of the next 16 races, Porsche ran away with the manufacturer's championship that year. Despite new engine restrictions and more competition the following year, 962s still racked up a dozen wins in 17 races to repeat as champions. 962s won 13 of 16 races in 1987, but by 1988, IMSA's efforts to end Porsche's dominance by restricting its horsepower left the 962 with only 3 v

Bonhams & Butterfields at Quail Lodge, 18-19 August 2011
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