Seven Porsche 956/962s go on display in Los Angeles

Examples from one of the greatest ever sportscar family of cars, the Porsche 956/962, have gone on display in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Seven Porsche 956/962s go on display in Los Angeles

The seven-car display, called “Prototype Giants”, is the second of two Luftgekühlt exhibits, replacing “Pfaffenhausen Speed Shop ― The RUF 
Gallery” which celebrated the work of famous Porsche tuners RUF.

The Porsche 956, built to comply with the 1982 FIA World Sportscar Championship new Group C regulations, featured an aluminum monocoque chassis and ground
effect aerodynamic elements. It was a near-immediate success, finishing 1-2-3 in that year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, while the following a year a 956 driven by Stefan Bellof
 set the overall lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which stood for 35 years until finally beaten by Timo Bernhard in a Porsche 919 Hybrid
 in 2018.


To meet IMSA GTP safety standards of the time, the 956 evolved into the 962 [962C in WSC’s Group C format] complete with longer wheelbase – to move the driver’s pedalbox behind the front axle – and over time the 2.65-liter flat-six engine evolved into 2.8-, 3.0- and 3.2-liter forms.

 

Photo by: Petersen Automotive Museum

The 962 became one of the most dominant race cars ever, winning the WSC in 1985 
and 1986, the IMSA GT championship from 1985
through ’88, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1986 and 87 and ’94 (a heavily modified customer car), and several other racing series across 10 years.


“We are delighted to share our second
 Luftgekühlt 
exhibit, which features some of the most iconic 956s 
and 962s ever produced,” said Petersen executive director Terry L. Karges. “This gallery will explore the 
rich history of these racecars and shed some more light on why they were so dominant on track.”


Cars on display include a white Porsche 956, the Coca-Cola livered 962 driven by Bob Akin and Hans 
Stuck, the Copenhagen 962 campaigned by A.J. Foyt, the Miller High Life/BF Goodrich 962 that won the
 1989 Rolex Daytona 24 in the hands of Bob Wollek, John Andretti and Derek Bell, a three-time race-winning, factory Rothmans 962C driven by Jacky Ickx and 
Jochen Mass, a Leyton House 962C built by Kremer and the 0123/Art 962C driven by Hurley Haywood.

The display runs until November 19 and tickets are available here

For more information about other exhibits
and programs at the Petersen Automotive Museum, located on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, visit https://www.petersen.org/exhibits.

 

Photo by: Petersen Automotive Museum

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