1984 Porsche 962

This Porsche, 962103, better known as the Holbert Racing Löwenbraü Special, is widely considered to be the most successful and recognizable 962. Built by Porsche AG in spring 1984, 962103 was the third customer car completed at the racing department in Weissach. Intended to compete in the IMSA GT Championship, 962103 was originally delivered to Holbert Racing, an American outfit with long-standing ties to the German marque.

Twenty-five years have passed since 962103 last raced, yet the original Holbert Racing Löwenbraü Special remains one of the most recognizable racing Porsches of all time. Despite being one of the first 962s built at Weissach, 962103 remained competitive throughout four IMSA GT Championship seasons, winning four races in 1984, five in 1985, four in 1986 and two in 1987, for a total of 15 overall victories. This record is a testament to the longevity of Porsche’s engineering and the incomparable talents of Holbert racing.

While accumulating more than 14,000 race and test miles, 962103 contributed to three IMSA Driver’s Championships, captured back-to-back victories at the 24 hours of Daytona, became the most winning IMSA GT chassis, and helped Porsche regain a position of dominance in American sports car racing. Beyond its outstanding racing achievements, 962103 remained in the care of the Holbert family for more than two decades before joining the finest private collection of turbocharged Porsches ever assembled. Its provenance is unquestioned and its pedigree is second to none.

Thor Thorson

Thor Thorson - SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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