Prototype Race Car Rundown
Offered during the Pebble Beach auction weekend | August 15-17, 2014
1995 Kremer-Porsche 962 K8 Spyder
Offered by Mecum
Photo – Mecum
The K8 was an evolution of the Porsche 962. Porsche withdrew from the 1995 24 Hours of Daytona due to last minute rule changes. The Kremer brothers of Germany had been producing Porsche race cars since 1962 and they entered this “K8 Spyder” – which had been a Porsche 962 in a previous life. It uses a twin turbo 3.0-liter flat-six and only four were built. This car won the 1995 24 Hours of Daytona with drivers Jurgen Lassig, Christophe Bouchut, Giovanni Lavaggi, and Marco Werner. It also raced at Sebring and Le Mans that year without victory. It maintains its race-winning livery today. It should sell for between $900,000-$1,500,000. Click here for more.
Update: Sold $930,000.
1992 AAR-Toyota Eagle Mk III GTP
Offered by Gooding & Company
Photo – Gooding & Company
We’ve featured some of Dan Gurney’s Eagles – mostly open-wheel cars. Well here is a GTP prototype AAR Eagle. It’s powered by a turbocharged Toyota 2.1-liter straight-four making 700-750 horsepower, depending on configuration. AAR and Toyota teamed up in the 80s for sports car racing and the Eagle Mk III dominated the 1992 IMSA GTP season. Between 1991 and 1993, they won 21 of 27 races. This is chassis #004 and its major wins are:
- 1992 12 Hours of Sebring – 1st (with Juan Manuel Fangio II and Andy Wallace)
- 1993 12 Hours of Sebring – 1st (with Fangio II and Wallace)
It also had 12 other victories and has been owned by Fangio II since it stopped racing. It is being offered for sale for the first time and should sell for between $700,000-$1,000,000. Click here for more info.
Update: Sold $1,045,000.
1984 Lola-Mazda T616
Offered by Russo & Steele
Photo – Russo & Steele
The Lola T600 was new for the Group C category in 1981. For 1984, it was updated to the T616. They teamed with BF Goodrich racing and Mazda to run these cars for the 1984 season. Russo & Steele is also offering the sister car for sale, too. The engine is a 300 horsepower 1.3-liter twin-rotor Wankel. Here’s a brief rundown of its competition highlights:
- 1984 24 Hours of Daytona – 31st (with Jim Busby, Rick Knoop and Boy Hayje)
- 1984 1000km Monza – 1st in class (with Busby and Knoop)
- 1984 24 Hours of Le Mans – 12th, 1st in class (with Busby, Knoop and Hayje)
- 1984 1000km Nurburgring – 2nd in class (with Busby and Peter Halsmer)
- 1984 1000km Fuji – 3rd in class (with Busby and Halsmer)
The pair of cars were stored after 1984 until original drivers Knoop and Busby found them and restored them. You can buy them now and read more here (and check out the rest of Russo & Steele’s lineup here).
Update: Sold $132,000.
1998 Ferrari 333 SP
Offered by RM Auctions
Photo – RM Auctions
The 333 SP is an interesting Ferrari. The Scuderia hadn’t gone sports prototype racing in a long time and with this car, they kind of still didn’t. Dallara designed the chassis (and built nine of the cars) and Ferrari never fielded a factory effort with the cars, instead selling them to privateers so they could campaign them.
The engine is a 4.0-liter V-12 making 650 horsepower. This is the most-successful 333 SP built, with the following achievements:
- 1998 24 Hours of Daytona – 1st (with Arie Luyendyk, Mauro Baldi, Giampiero Moretti and Didier Theys)
- 1998 12 Hours of Sebring – 1st (with Theys, Moretti and Baldi)
- 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans – 14th (with Theys, Moretti and Baldi)
The car still has its MOMO livery (MOMO being the company Daytona winner Giampiero Moretti founded). It is one of 40 ultimately built (Ferrari built five in addition to Dallara’s nine. Michelotto built the rest). RM didn’t publish an estimate, but you can read more here.
Update: Not sold, high bid of $3,400,000.
1970 Porsche 908/03 Spyder
Offered by Bonhams
Photo – Bonhams
The Porsche 908 was their prototype racer from 1968 through 1971. It replaced the 907 and preceded the 936. It’s basically a little wedge with two Batmobile-like fins out back. The engine is a 3.0-liter flat-eight making about 370 horsepower. It could top out around 180 mph. The /03 was the third evolution of the 908 and was made for 1970 and 1971 only. This car was never raced, instead used for extensive testing by the Porsche factory team. It is one of 13 908/03s built. This car, chassis #002, should sell for between $1,800,000-$2,300,000. Click here for more info.
Update: Not sold.