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​Porsche 962 (Chassis #200)

​​​​The 1988 & 89 Derek Bell/Tiff Needell/James Weaver RLR lead team car.

RLR Porsche 962-200 (1988-1989)

Richard Lloyd and his team were first to go in their own direction with a Porsche, with the hugely successful bespoke, and unique to the team, Nigel Stroud designed honeycomb chassis.

The first 962 example, of 5 ultimately built, was the Porsche that looked to take the 1987 world championship battle to the dominant Jaguar XJR 8, with a win at the Norisring.

A new car was built for the 1988 season – 962 – 200 – for Derek Bell to lead the world championship assault for the RLR team. 4th overall at the season opener at Jerez, with James Weaver, was a great start to the season. There was 7th place at the Nurburgring 1,000 km, with David Hobbs and Martin Donnelly, who also recorded the fastest lap at Spa. A podium at the Tampa world challenge rounded off the 1988 season, with Price Cobb joining the team.

For 1989, there was CABIN sponsorship, with a 2nd place at the Super Cup round at Silverstone, 5th at Dijon and the final round in Mexico saw a 4th place finish, after an early lead. For 1990, the team switched to a newly built car – 201 – to contest the world championship, and 200 was sent to and competed in Japan.

Owned by Nick Mason from it’s days within the RLR team, it was sold in 1998 to Murray Smith, and enjoyed success in the HSR historic series, before returning to our collection in the UK in 2003. Prepared and run in the Group C series in Europe, 962 – 200 recorded a significant win at the 25th anniversary race at the Silverstone Classic, with Richard Lloyd and the team there to celebrate on the podium.

A further win and Brands Hatch confirms this to still be a potentially dominant 962 in the series, that also boasts an excellent period history and fabulous driver line up. Recently stripped and refinished in it’s 1989 Cabin Le Mans livery, this car once again looks outstanding.

Text from Historic Porsche. For more information check out their full article and history here.