• Check Out These Ultra-Rare Porsche Racing Cars on Display at the Petersen Museum

  • The Petersen Museum along with Luftgeküht are exhibiting seven spectacular racing Porsche's. They include this Miller Life 962 that won 89 Rolex Daytona 24
  • A three-time race-winning factory Rothmans 962C, which was driven by Jack Ickx and Jochen Mass
  • A coke liveried 962 that raced and won at Sebring in 1986. These stunning collection of Porsche's are on display at the Petersen Museum through November. If you are in the L.A. area, go check them out.
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Luftgekühlt along with the Petersen Museum is exhibiting a couple of Racing Porsches which include some 962s and the 956

The Miller 962 that clinched the Rolex Daytona 24 hours back in 1989 and the Coke-liveried 962 are among the seven cars on display in the Petersen Vault, which is open through November 19 this year.

Check Out These Ultra-Rare Porsche Racing Cars on Display at the Petersen Museum
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The first section, titled “Pfaffenhausen Speed Shop The RUF Gallery,” debuted on May 15, 2021, and featured the work of the German manufacturer and Porsche tuner RUF Automobile.

The second of two Luftgekühlt exhibits at the Petersen Automotive Museum has now opened and focuses on the history and legacies of two iconic prototypes, the Porsche 956 and 962 race cars.

The Porsche 956 was designed to meet the new Group C regulations of the 1982 FIA World Sportscar Championship (WSC), and it was the first racing car to incorporate an aluminum monocoque chassis with ground effect aerodynamic features. That year, factory 956s triumphed the 24 Hours of Le Mans, leading every lap and finishing first, second, and third.

Check Out These Ultra-Rare Porsche Racing Cars on Display at the Petersen Museum
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In 1983, a Porsche 956 piloted by Stephen Bellof set the overall lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which lasted for 35 years until it was surpassed in 2018 by a modified Porsche 919 Hybrid. The 962 was designed to meet the new IMSA GTP requirements, with Group C competitors using the 962C nameplate. 

“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 race cars and shed some more light on why they were so dominant on track.”

The 962 went on to become one of the most dominant race cars of all time, winning the World Sportscar Championship in 1985 and 1986, the IMSA GT championship from 1985 to 1988, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1986 and 1987, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1994 (a modified customer car), and other racing series for ten years in a row.

Check Out These Ultra-Rare Porsche Racing Cars on Display at the Petersen Museum
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Some of the cars on display are a white Porsche 956, a driven by Bob Akin and Hans Stuck, the Copenhagen 962 driven by A.J. Foyt, the Miller High Life/BF Goodrich 962 that went on to win the 1989 Rolex Daytona 24.

There’s more, a three-time race-winning factory Rothmans 962C driven by Jack Ickx and Jochen Mass, a Leyton House 962C built by Kremer, and finally, the 0123/Art 962C driven by Hurley Hollywood.

Check Out These Ultra-Rare Porsche Racing Cars on Display at the Petersen Museum
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Pretty much all these vehicles have competed in historic vintage races on a regular basis well after they withdrew from the highest levels of motorsport. This show finishes a two-part exhibit series organized by the Petersen Museum in collaboration with Porsche-themed automotive event producer Luftgekühlt.
If you are in and around L.A. and are a Porsche aficionado, then you should definitely go check out these rare Porsche prototypes at the Petersen Museum.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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