Motorsport Monday – Derek Bell Signature Edition Porsche 962 #0

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed last week that more of you weren’t interested in the SRP2 Picchio I wrote up. What a deal that car was as a track weapon! But I get it, not everyone likes an unknown race car. Well then, how about a very well known race car that’s been turned into a road car? If this doesn’t get your interest, you need to talk to your doctor and check your pulse. That’s because today we’re looking at a road legal Porsche 962.

The exploits of the 962 are pretty well known, but to those who don’t, this is one of the most winning endurance prototypes ever developed. Capable of 6 minute Nurburgring times and 250 mph at Le Mans, the 962 was a dream car in the 1980s and remains so today. Getting to see one of these cars in the flesh still gives me goosebumps – it’s as if a Titan has come to Earth to grace you with its presence. Not content with leaving these cars only to race, there were several different road-legal versions produced – Dauer, DP Motorsports and Schuppan all made versions. In the heady supercar times of the late 80s, someone decided to give it another go and slap 5 time Le Mans winner Derek Bell’s name on it. While the production run never came to be, the prototype is available today, ready for you to pop some number plates on it:

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Year: Does it matter?
Model: 962
Engine: 3.6 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: probably not many miles
Price: 324,995 GBP ($503,449.75 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche 962 Derek Bell Signature Edition at Malton Specialist Cars Ltd.

Engine Capacity:
3600
Transmission:
5 Speed 962 Manual
Body Style:
Long Tail
BHP:
580

In stock now is this amazing road registered Porsche 962. Built at a cost of around $2 Million USD this astonishingly quick road car is based around an aluminium Fabcar monocoque with integral rollcage believed to have been built for the Dyson Racing IMSA team in the USA who prepared and raced Porsche powered race cars. On top of this chassis is a full carbon fibre long tailed body.

Engine wise the standard 962 2.8 litre unit would be no good for road use so instead the car is fitted with a twin turbo 993 GT2 engine running 580 BHP and giving a colossal 741Nm of torque. When the car weighs just 830kg that equates to around 700 BHP per tonne. To put this figure into perspective the iconic McLaren F1 is 550 BHP/tonne, a Carrera GT is 442, a Pagani Zonda C12S is 437 etc. For long distance endurance the car features a 120 litre fuel tank.

This power would be pointless if the car didn’t handle and stop well enough, to that end the car is fitted with top quality Koni adjustable suspension with hydraulic adjustable ride height (it will go up quite steep drives and speed bumps without issue). Stopping is taken care of by monster 350mm floating Brembo brakes with adjustable bias.

Interior wise the car has two leather bucket seats with Willans harnesses, it features aircon to keep the cockpit cool, parking sensors, an intercom system for driver and passenger comfort and electric mirrors. A removable steering wheel makes entry and egress from the vehicle much easier.

For track use the car features air jacks, a fire extinguisher and towing straps front and rear.

This has to be the ultimate fast road or track car which is as thrilling to drive as it is superb to look at.

The racing legend Derek Bell put his name to the car which was planned to be manufactured in greater numbers, the inside of the door shut bears a copy of his signature and the build number 00.

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The history of most 962s is pretty difficult to follow. Many were raced, crashed, rebuilt, modified, or re-tubbed. On top of that, not all 962s were built by Porsche – Kremer, Fabcar, and Andial among others all built versions of the 962. Fabcar was one of the few that received factory chassis numbers, and this particular example is a Fabcar built tub that was originally intended for Dyson Racing. You may remember me mentioning Fabcar as the firm contracted to build the 944 GTR I wrote up in July. Fitted with a longtail body and a more-reasonable to run on the road GT2 twin turbo motor, this 962 certainly looks the part, though I have to admit it looks a bit naked without all of the normal graphics. Without those graphics one is also reminded how slab-sided these cars were, and just how big that long tail was.

Of course, this car isn’t for everyone. It will be difficult to get it imported and registered in the US. It will be very expensive to run. You’ll need a pit crew to change tires. It has zero ground clearance. But, it does have a parking brake! So, if this is impractical as a road car, why are we writing it up? Well, if you haven’t been following the market (and you would be excused…), getting into a 962 will set you back – a lot. Buy a not particularly sucessful or well maintained 962, and you’ll be out 1 to 1.5 million. Want a winning car? Better have more than 2 million available. So, at $500,000, this car is a bit of a deal! $500,000 is about $100,000 more than some of the best Carrera GTs are fetching these days, but pull up next to one in this and I can guarantee what the crowd will be swooning over. And if you wanted to race it, PCA would recognize this as a legitimate Porsche and I would wager that with some convincing, you could even run it in some historic events, though that would likely require a motor change. Unfortunately for all of us, you’re not likely to ever see this car, and even more unfortunate is that this car will doubtfully ever be run on roads again. But haven’t you always wished you could drive one of those fantastic prototypes from the 1980s down to your local car meet to impress all of your buddies? I sure did, and because of that, I’m thankful that this car exists at all. A man can dream!

-Carter

2003 Audi RS6

The Audi RS6 was, simply put, a game changer for Audi. With two turbos boosting the fantastic 4.2 V8 to an unbelievable 450 horsepower, the RS6 put performance figures of legendary cars like the Ferrari F40 into their mid-sized sedan. When I first heard they would be making it, it seemed mind-blowing at the time – this car sported nearly double the horsepower and torque of the S4 but weighed only a touch more. While a performance staple in Europe with cars like the RS2, RS4, and S6 plus, the U.S. had endured a long line of quick but not outrageous Audis, and the performance image of the brand in the public’s eye reflected that. But with the RS6, Audi lifted the performance envelope of the executive sedan to a new level and placed the cars coming out of Audi’s Quattro G.m.b.H. division squarely in the forefront of the enthusiast’s mind. Audi’s super fast luxury sedan would also be the blueprint for most of today’s modern rivals, with all-wheel drive, forced induction and automatic transmission. At ten years old and far out of warranty, these Autobahn stormers have dropped in price to a level that people not working on Wall Street can afford. Today’s example is one of the lower mileage examples that has come across the block recently:

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Year: 2003
Model: RS6
Engine: 4.2 liter twin turbocharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 31,149 mi
Price: $39,950 Buy it Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Audi RS6 on eBay

4.2L CD AWD Carbon Fiber interior trim, leather seat trim (Std) Turbocharged

Vehicle Details
• Year: 2003
• Make: Audi
• Model: RS6
• VIN: WUAPV64B93N904924
• Stock Number: N904924
• Mileage: 31149
• Transmission: Automatic
• Engine: 8 Cylinder, 4.2 L
• Exterior Color: Daytona Gray Pearl
• Interior Color: Silver
• Title: Clear

Features & Options
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
ABS
AM/FM Stereo
Adjustable Steering Wheel
All Wheel Drive
Aluminum Wheels
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Brake Assist
Bucket Seats
CARBON FIBER INTERIOR TRIM
CD Changer
CD player
Cassette
Child Safety Locks
Climate Control
Cruise control
Driver Adjustable Lumbar
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror
Engine Immobilizer
Floor Mats
Fog Lamps
Front Reading Lamps
HID headlights
Heated Front Seat(s)
Heated Mirrors
Heated Rear Seat(s)
Intermittent Wipers
Keyless Entry
LEATHER SEAT TRIM (STD)
Leather Steering Wheel
Leather seats Mirror Memory
Multi-Zone A/C
NAVIGATION SYSTEM -inc: CD maps
Pass-Through Rear Seat
Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
Passenger Vanity Mirror
Power Door Locks
Power Driver Seat
Power Mirror(s)
Power Outlet
Power Passenger Seat
Power Steering
Power windows
Premium Sound System
Rear Parking Aid
Rear Reading Lamps
Remote Trunk Release
Seat Memory
Security System
Stability Control
Sun/Moon Roof
Sun/Moonroof
Temporary Spare Tire
Tires – Front Performance
Tires – Rear Performance
Traction Control
Trip Computer
Turbocharged
Universal Garage Door Opener
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Woodgrain Interior Trim

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Daytona Grey is a great color on these cars, as it’s both pretty but stealthy enough to not get too noticed by the law at your triple-digit closing speed. As it should with so few miles, the car looks to be in basically new condition. The interior looks unworn, the wheels aren’t curbed, and the paint looks flawless. Even the engine bay looks as though you could have dinner on it. If you wanted a “brand new” 2003 RS6, this is about as close as you can come. They’re splendid cruisers that can do an occasional track day and surprise supercars off the line. It’s an intoxicating combination for sure.

Most of the RS6s that have popped up recently for sale have 70,000 – 100,000 miles and are in the low $20,000 range. This car is obviously not one of those cars. At only 31,000 miles, it’s certain to have a lot of life left in its components which is a bonus. However, the dealership is asking a serious premium for that lower mileage, at nearly double the going rate of many of the RS6s. Is it worth the $15,000 plus premium over most of the other examples? To most buyers in the RS6 market today, I doubt that it is. Frankly, most of them are looking for the most car for the least money, and this one isn’t it. However, if you start to add up the expensive components that start to need replacement on these cars after 100,000 miles – transmission chief among them – the premium seems a little more tolerable. Even so, I doubt many will do the long term cost benefit analysis and decide this car is the one, especially with prices of the newer and slightly more performance oriented RS4 falling squarely into this territory. I think the seller will find this car a hard sell at this price, even though it is a lot of car for top-spec Camry money.

-Carter

1998 Porsche 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion

Last week, we reviewed a beautiful white 1998 993 Twin Turbo converted to Ruf Turbo R specifications. They say lightning never strikes twice, but Ruf has never been one to listen to convention or limitations. Surely the most elite of the German tuners, Ruf automobiles demand a premium over their already expensive Porsche cousins. However, there is a difference in the market between a car with an original Ruf build certificate and one that has been converted by the owner. This example looks cracking in silver, and like the white car is not an original Ruf car but a converted example.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Turbo (993)
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6 Twin Turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 75,704 miles
Price: $74,888 Buy it Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion on eBay

1998 Porsche 993 Twin Turbo Ruf, rare Ruf conversion with rear-wheel drive. Twin-turbo 3.6 motor, 6-speed manual transmission. Absolutely stunning! Over $60,000 invested, including –

Fresh 3.6 twin turbo w performance tuning
Rear-wheel drive conversion
Ruf front & rear bumpers (originals, not replicas)
Ruf 19″ wheels in Hypersilver
Ruf sport leather steering wheel (new)
Ruf gear shift (new)
Ruf floor mats
Ruf badging
Turbo “S” exhaust tips
Turbo “S” rear wing
Sports hardback seats
Muffler delete
Billstein PSS9 adjustable coilover suspension
Strut tower brace in carbon fiber
Upgraded sound system

We have receipts for the engine work done (over $30,000)

Condition –

Recent PPI done last month by Powertech in NJ (see attached report)
Perfect compression and no leaks
Excellent concours condition
Accident free
All books and manuals
Exterior is free of any scratches or rock chips
Runs and drives great
Driver seat has wear as expected (see pics)
Everything works as expected
Cold air conditioning
Clean Autocheck
Wheels are free of any curbing
Tires have over 50% tread

About us –

We specialize in pre-loved air-cooled Porsches. We ship world wide. We offer financing. We have a 100% feedback score for outstanding customer service. Serious inquiries call 2013100048.

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While a “normal” 993 Twin Turbo will set you back around $60,000 to $70,000, the white lighting we showed last week was asking $110,000 despite not being an original Ruf. That’s a serious amount of “extra” over the standard car – so much so, that you could nearly buy two! However, the most valuable aspect of the Ruf cars is, and has always been, the motors they have developed. Unlike the white car, this silver example does not appear to have the valuable motor swap, but does sport the same suspension and body kit, along with a grab to the Porsche parts bag for the Turbo S rear wing. In comparison to the white car, then, this car is more of a replica without the motor.

For $35,000 dollars less, I feel like I could live with a few less horsepower, especially without the benefit of the all wheel drive saving me when I dipped a little too far into the loud pedal. Additionally, I think the silver flies (literally) a little lower on the radar, and I can’t express enough how glad I am that those beautiful Ruf alloys aren’t black. Sure, it has more miles on the clock, but it looks to be in just about perfect condition and without the more expensive motor, it’ll set you back less at the next servicing. To me, this is a slightly better value than the white car, with a price closer to the high end of the standard 993 TT market but with some nice looking upgrades. Without either being actual Ruf cars, I’d drive the silver one comfortable in both the fact that I had a fantastic looking, exceptionally fast car and $35,000 in the bank to help pay the bills.

-Carter

Big Bird: 600 HP 1996 Porshce 993 For Sale With No Reserve

There are gobs of built Porsche 911’s out there, some are done well and others… not so much.  This Big Bird is one of the nicest builds I have seen in some time.  600 hp and no stone left unturned.  Buy the buyer’s estimation they have $300k into her and it is up for auction at no reserve.

1996 Porsche 993 Twin Turbo Twin Plug:

From the seller –

“Selling my ultra custom 1996 Porsche twin turbo-twin plug 3.8 liter powerhouse with over 600HP… aka BIG BIRD.

This is an amazing car and hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I have enjoyed driving her.  She was last on display at the Legends of the Autobahn meet in Monterey California summer 2011. See the PCA spotlight video below with PCA president Manny Alban featuring the car.

Where do I start? The motor is probably the most fascinating part of the car and is a crowd pleaser. The car was designed and engineered by S-CARGO racing in San Rafael,CA.   They are one of the top Porsche air cooled specialists in the west coast. Known for building unbelievable air cooled Porsches. Twin plug conversions along with custom fabrication and design are their forte. Thank you Rob and Mark and the entire S-Cargo staff for putting in the hard work and building this masterpiece. The car was built so that it would be reliable enough for daily driving and simple enough for another Porsche shop to work on if needed.

Now more about the car. It started out as a completely stock 1996 Porsche C4S.  So much has been changed, upgraded and modified that the car is far from stock. The car was meant to be a dream car build and everything done first class with open check book.

Over 300k has been invested in this beauty with records and documentation of build. The motor is a completely rebuilt twin turbo 3.8 with twin plug (12 spark) conversion. It has 2 plugs firing per cylinder. Essential to achieve optimum power for high performance engines. Since high compression ratios are used, twin-ignition allows all of the power benefit to be gained from the increase. Twin-plug equipped 911 and 930′s run much crisper and cleaner with lower cylinder head temperatures and improved throttle response. Plus, a twin-plug 911 is much less prone to plug fouling with today’s fuel.

Besides the damage to one’s bank account, there isn’t one drawback to installing this system and enjoying the benefits in throttle response, power and great drivability that twin-ignition adds to any 911. Quite a difference!. In some cases, it is a necessity to realize the maximum gains from a complete set of engine modifications.

Over 100k alone was spent on the motor build and modifying it not including the cost of the initial motor (about 30k). The turbos were replaced with massive Garrett GT30 custom polished turbos.  The ECU was programmed by Protomotive.   The heads were port and polished. GT3 oil pump was added and an additional oil cooler was added in front bumper for extra cooling.

The transmission was dissembled and upgraded with Guards GT4060 limited slip differential, and viscous coupling, high performance clutch and completely resealed.   The real beauty of this build is the specialized fabrication and fitment of the parts. The heater box, headers, and exhaust were all carefully crafted for this car. Even small details like the turbo inlet tubes made of plastic were replaced with custom fabricated aluminum lines for reliability and performance.  All of the work is beautifully done and very expensive but well worth it.  She is a rolling work of art and people love to see and hear it run.

She is not hard to miss. The speed yellow paint is gleaming bright. All bodywork done by UACC in Burlingame,CA. The body was professionally refinished in its factory color Speed Yellow and rain gutters have been shaved just like the real Yellowbird RUF Porsche.  Paint job and custom body cost over 20k.  The RUF body kit(not obtainable any more) was carefully fit to the body. Recaro A8 seat backs and roll bar were color matched and installed.  Immediately upon completion it was sent to S-Cargo racing for its transformation.”

So much to like about this car.  It is one thing to built a spare no expense car but to do it in such a way that blends with the overall purpose of the car is truly extraordinary.  It’s all here, motor, paint and body, interior, brakes, clutch, transmission were all addressed.  This is important because if there were a weak spot the 600HP motor would find it.

The best part is this 993 is offered at no reserve.  Current bidding sits at $73k with a few days to go.  I think a final bid in the $85k area would be appropriate and fair for all parties involved.  It takes a great deal of courage to sell a car such as this with no reserve, kudos to the seller on building such a fine 993.

~Aaron.

1987 930 Turbo w/ 2002 993 Body & 2006 engine

An interesting combo here that looks pretty good. The price isn’t cheap, but this machine clearly was built up to a fine standard.

A Protomotive tuned 2006 twin turbo 3.8 is dropped into the 1987 930 chassis and then draped in a 993 look widebody kit.

The seller is claiming 850 horsepower and 0-60 in under 3 seconds with a 210 MPH top speed. I’m sure this thing is fast, but I don’t know about 200 MPH fast.

The transmission has thankfully been uprated to handle the power.

Monster 19″x 14″ rear wheels with  355/20/19 rubber fill out the wheel arches.

$75,000 ask price. Despite all the work that has gone into this car I suspect that this price won’t be reached, you Porsche guys might have a better sense on the value of such a “hybrid.” Questionable vanity license plate not included.

~Evan

Scary Twin-Turbo R32 for sale

I remember reading about the HPA twin-turbo upgrade on a VW New Beetle when I was in middle school.  It blew my mind in many ways.  Then the MkIV R32 rolled around and they started working their magic on that.  Heaven, BiTurbo R32 is thy name.  HPA does extremely nice installations, creating a driveable monster out of one of my favorite cars.  This one is juiced up even more than I’d heard of before, with some 500hp at the WHEELS.

Upgraded Twin-Turbo 2004 VW R32 for sale


The rest of the upgrades read like a “if I had a million dollars” list, so I’ll let the seller do his thing:


This exact package is truly one of my dream cars.  I’d take this over most Italians (288 GTO exempted), and it’s just right up there with a Turner Motorsports E30 M3 2.5 or RS4 wagon as the best thing possible.  Just epic.

At first I thought the HPA on the hood was a bit much, but the fact that it’s clear-coated over the carbon hood with the rest body-color is a nice touch.  This guy has done truly everything to make this the most insanely awesome R32 possible.  $85k is steep, sure, but it’s a proven turbo system on a great car with all the requisite upgrades to make it so much more than just some tuner car.  I’m jealous of the owner’s resources and ambition for making this car a reality.

-NR

2001 BBi Autosport Porsche 996 911 Twin Turbo

I can see this car falling into the hands of someone with more money than brains resulting in a fairly unhappy ending.
What we have is a twin turbo 996 that has a 3.8 liter engine and rear drive conversion full of speed parts. Mahle pistons, Carrillo rods, new turbos, wastegates, exhaust, and more. On race fuel the seller states the car puts out 1200 horsepower. That is a fairly ridiculous number, but the seller has a certificate from the legendary Texas Mile showing the car crossed the line at a few ticks over 212 MPH, last fall. Even with the low 3150 lb weight thanks to things like a carbon Gemballa hood, that top speed shows the car is packing some serious punch in the engine compartment.

55,000 miles on the clock with $79,500 buy it now. It is unclear when the engine work was completed. It would be nice to know how many miles are on the engine since the work was done.

There are plenty of automotive ways to get your self in a heap of trouble for less, but not too many that can get you into trouble at over 200 MPH for this price.

~Evan