This racing Porsche 911 isn’t the first well-stocked car to go on sale, but it is surely one of the most legendary. Evidenced by its colossal price: 2.1 million dollars.
Few motorsport events are as prestigious as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Any manufacturer who claims to be a sportsman will at least have tried to participate and win this grueling event for man and machine. Porsche has proven itself there by sending numerous 911s to the front line to fight against competitors such as the Aston Martin Vantage and the Chevrolet Corvette.
But what happens to these race cars after they cross the checkered flag? They are redeemed by millionaire collectors of course! RM Sotheby’s recently listed one of these ultra-rare racing cars: a 1980 Porsche 935 JLP-2. And surprise, it can be yours for as little as $ 2,100,000, or nearly 1.74 million euros.
This car is derived from the Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo. The JLP-2 was naturally preceded by the JLP-1, and was followed by the JLP-3 and JLP-4 always more effective than the others. All of these cars enjoyed enormous success, notably winning the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1982 and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
A life after the death
After the 1979 season and the unfortunate demise of the JLP-1, the American team decided to build car number two. This vehicle saw improvements in chassis stiffness and an increase in horsepower to develop up to 740 horsepower thanks to twin KKK turbochargers. The JLP-2 thus pocketed a class victory and a third place in the general classification at the Six Hours of Silverstone in 1980, as well as a 9th place overall and a 2nd class place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Not bad !
The latest success of its kind for this car is a victory at the 500 Miles Road America. In the current state of the car, it has the original livery it wore during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1980 and is supplied with the FFSA (Fédération Française du Sport Automobile) passport n ° 77290. It is difficult to give a price to such a piece of history, but the experts in the field have succeeded: it will cost $ 2.1 million!