Porsche 956 for sale, only driven on Sundays

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003

This Porsche 956 is up for sale at the forthcoming Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction (15–16 August). It’s chassis 956.003, the car that spectacularly won the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Astute readers will know there’s a strong Australian connection with this car as 1983 was the year Vern Schuppan won Le Mans, alongside American duo Hurley Haywood and Al Holbert. The car famously crossed the line with smoke pouring from its left side and stopped after crossing the finish line. There’s a brief video after the break showcasing the car’s crowning glory.

Chassis 956.003 holds an impressive record and is one of Porsche’s most successful racecars. In addition to its Le Mans victory it finished second at Le Mans in 1982. Over its competitive life the car racked up 1000km race wins at Spa, Fuji and Imola, as well as winning the 9 Hours of Kyalami.

And, according to the Gooding & Company price guide, it can be all yours for somewhere between US$7–9 million. It really is a car that Porsche should have in its own museum.

[Source: Gooding & Company]

UPDATE 18 August: The car sold for US$10,120,000!

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003

Le Mans winning Porsche 956.003