Offered by Barrett-Jackson | Scottsdale, Arizona | January 14, 2020
Kit cars get a bad rap, and while it is sometimes deserved, I always remember that “hey, someone thought this was a good idea.” In this case, that someone was Al Hildebrand, the importer of the Sterling (aka the Nova) kit car who decided he could improve upon that already-popular idea.
The Sebring is Volkswagen-based, and this car is powered by a flat-four from a Porsche 914 (displacement unknown!). It’s actually in really good shape, as many of these were not cared for as this one has been. The dashboard even has a TV monitor in it.
The coolest part of this car is that it doesn’t have doors. Instead, the entire canopy flips forward to allow access to the cabin. Founded around 1970, Hildebrand’s Bremen, Indiana-based company lasted until 1988. They offered other kits as well, along with V6 and turbo V6-powered Sebrings. This one is selling at no reserve. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Offered by Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Florida, March 9, 2012
Two days ago we featured the most dominant (for a short period of time) race car ever built. Well here is another candidate for that title. The Porsche 962 was introduced to the racing world in 1984 and won just about everything it dared to enter through the end of the decade, with customer cars and continuation models continuing to be competitive into the mid-1990s.
This particular car (chassis #962-103) is the winningest 962 in history. It was the first 962 to actually win a race (the 1984 6 Hours of Watkins Glen) and then it went on to win many other races including:
1984 Camel GT 500 Grand Prix at Pocono
1984 Eastern Airlines 3 Hour Camel GT at Daytona
1985 300km of Laguna Seca
1985 500km of Charlotte
1985 500km of Mid-Ohio
1985 3 Hours at Watkins Glen
1986 24 Hours of Daytona (driven by Al Holbert, Derek Bell & Al Unser, Jr.)
1986 Road America 500
1987 24 Hours of Daytona (driven by the 1986 team plus Chip Robinson)
This car, known as the Löwenbräu Special, also had a number of other top five finishes including a couple at the 12 Hours of Sebring. It spent its entire career with Holbert Racing and was owned by the Holbert family after it was retired until 2008 when it was acquired by the Drendel Family, from whose collection this and a number of other fantastic Porsches are being offered at this Gooding sale.
The Porsche 962 features a 3.2 liter twin-turbo flat-6 making somewhere in the neighborhood of 720 horsepower. They are all fast but this one is perhaps the most prominent. It is estimated between $1,750,000-$2,250,000. Click here for more information and pictures and here for more on the Gooding sale.