One of the most successful privateer Porsche 962 racers, driven by Derek Bell in period, is heading Mecum’s Monterey auction
With no shortage of fast Porsches coming up for auction at this year’s Monterey Car Week auctions, it takes something particularly special to stand out from the crowd. How about a Porsche 962, driven by Derek Bell to an outright win at the Daytona 24 Hours?
Offered by Mecum auctions, and estimated to sell for $1,800,000-$2,500,000, this 962 was the fastest and one of the most dominant in period. Run by privateers Jim Busby and sponsored by BF Goodrich and the Miller Brewing Company, Bell drove the car to victory at the 1989 Daytona 24 Hours – his last ever 24-hour victory.
The car also took victories at the 1989 Palm Beach Grand Prix as well as the 1989 Porsche Cup USA, with a number of top drivers all taking turns in the car, including Bob Wolleck, John Andretti, Jim Busby, Mauro Baldi, Jochen Mass, Brian Redman and Daron Brassfield.
The car’s long list of racing achievements includes eleven top-five qualifying runs through the 1988-89 IMSA seasons, including the pole at Daytona in 1988 where it led most of the race and eventually finished second.
After some serious development over the next year, working to fight against the dominant Jaguars and Nissans, the car received a number of changes including a new rear subframe and a radically different aerodynamic package. After being retired at the end of the season, the car went into private hands, where it has stayed ever since.
When the car was bought by a UK collector in 2005, it was demonstrated at the Goodwood FoS, where it was re-united with Derek Bell. The car has also appeared at the 2007 Amelia Island Concours, as well as Rennsport 3 celebration and at Daytona.