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1980 Porsche 935 JLP-2

$2,100,000

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Chassis No.
00900043
  • The second of the celebrated JLP Racing Porsche 935s
  • Presented in its 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans configuration
  • 9th overall (2nd in class) at the 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • 3rd overall at the 1982 12 Hours of Sebring
  • Four Daytona 24 Hours starts, including 4th overall in 1983
  • An incredible competition career of over 40 races between 1980-85
  • Restored 1994-1995 by ANDIAL; Restored again in 2015 by Crubilé Sport of France for classic endurance racing
  • Engine rebuild and return to Le Mans bodywork performed by Crubilé Sport in 2019
  • Le Mans Classic & Classic Endurance Racing 2016 & 2018 participant
  • A highly significant 935 eligible for historic races worldwide
Please note that this lot is sold on a Bill of Sale.

Derived from the potent Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo, the Porsche 935 competition car enjoyed a long and immensely fruitful racing career in the hands of Porsche’s Works drivers and privateers worldwide. Of that latter group, few were as successful, and arguably none were more colorful, than the American father-and-son team of John Paul Senior and Junior.

Beginning with the 935 JLP-1 of 1978, the Pauls’ JLP Racing would construct a series of ever-more-radical 935-based racing machines, culminating in the ground-effect aerodynamics-equipped JLP-4. These cars would take the team to incredible heights, including wins at the 1982 Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours in JL-3. Successful in its own right, JLP-2 also represents an important development milestone between the team’s first 935 and the more extreme cars (which ultimately used few Porsche-supplied chassis and body components) still to come.

Following the 1979 racing season and the destruction of JLP-1, the team decided to build a new 935 from the ground up. Starting with a chassis, engine, and other components purchased from Porsche, the so-called JLP-2 was wrapped in Kremer K3 bodywork. The build incorporated everything the team had learned about the 935 so far; in addition to the proven performance-enhancing and weight-shaving efforts developed by Kremer, there was a particular focus on improving chassis rigidity, in part to help tame the car’s ferocious 3.2-liter forced-induction flat-six. Equipped with twin KKK turbochargers and a Kugelfischer fuel injection system and mated to a four-speed transaxle, this engine could produce well in excess of 740 horsepower, depending on the boost level.

As Paul Jr. told Car and Driver in November 2013,

“We really modified that car, especially stiffening the tub and sills. We’d later get into trouble with Porsche for stuff like that. I went right from Formula Fords into the JLP-2. I was using the same braking points at Road Atlanta as in my Ford, but I was going about twice as fast. That’s how good the brakes were.”

Lightweight, rigid, and wickedly powerful, JLP-2 enjoyed a successful debut season, with Paul Sr. and British driver Brian Redman notching a class win and a 3rd overall at the 1980 Silverstone 6 Hours; a 9th overall and 2nd in class at the Le Mans 24 Hours followed, with Paul Sr., Paul Jr., and Guy Edwards taking stints at the wheel. Back on the other side of the Atlantic, JLP-2 remained a contender, earning 1st at the Road America 500 Miles with both Pauls sharing driving duty.

The next year, JLP-2 was partially supplanted by the newly constructed JLP-3, and hence saw comparatively limited use in 1981. For the 1982 IMSA Championship season, it was sold to American racer M.L. Speer. That year Speer, along with Terry Wolters and Charles Mendez, achieved 3rd at the Sebring 12 Hours, among other strong results. The car was campaigned through the 1985 season, after which it was retired.

Speer sold the car to American collector Dick Silva in 1988, and from 1994-1995 it was restored by noted California Porsche tuning and race shop ANDIAL. Acquired out of the collection of Steve Goldin by a French historic racing enthusiast in 2015, JLP-2 was again restored with an eye toward vintage competition by Paris-area Porsche motorsports specialist Crubilé Sport. At that time, the engine and gearbox were rebuilt, and the fuel injection system, brakes, and chassis were restored. The engine was rebuilt again in 2019 by Crubilé Sport, who also restored the bodywork back its 1980 Le Mans specification.

Supplied with FFSA (French Federation of Automobile Sport) passport number 77290, it has participated in historic racing events, including the Le Mans Classic in 2016 and 2018, as well as the 2017 and 2019 Dix Mille Tours du Castellet.

Today, this significant Porsche 935 is presented in its 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans livery, including the striking light blue and yellow JLP Racing color scheme. Built for and raced by an unforgettable father-son duo, JLP-2 is a noteworthy part of motorsports history with a record of success on some of endurance racing’s greatest circuits. Moreover, the legendary performance characteristics of the 935, along with the enhancements incorporated into this chassis for John Paul Sr. and Jr., make JLP-2 a particularly appealing prospect for top-level vintage racing events worldwide.

PORSCHE 935 JLP-2    
DATEEVENTNUMBERDRIVERSRESULT
1980    
13.4.1980Road Atlanta 100 Miles18John Paul6th
11.5.1980Silverstone 6 Hours18John Paul/Brian Redman3rd
25.5.1980Nürburgring 1000 KM12John Redman/Preston Henn/John PaulDNF
15.6.198024 Hours of Le Mans73John Paul/Guy Edwards/John Paul, Jr.9th
5.7.1980Watkins Glen 6 Hours73John Paul, Jr./John Paul/Preston Henn14th
27.7.1980Sears Point 100 Miles18John Paul5th
3.8.1980Portland 100 Miles18John Paul4th
17.8.1980Mosport 6 Hours18John Paul, Jr./John Paul2nd
31.8.1980Road America 500 Miles18John Paul, Jr./John Paul1st
21.9.1980Road Atlanta 50 Miles, Heat 118John Paul3rd
21.9.1980Road Atlanta 50 Miles, Heat 218John Paul3rd
30.11.1980Daytona Finale 250 Miles18John Paul/John Paul, Jr.2nd
1981    
1.2.1981Daytona 24 Hours18John Paul/John Paul, Jr.60th - DNF
26.4.1981Riverside 6 Hours18Carlos Moran/Karen Erstad 10th
30.8.1981Mid-Ohio 500 KM 18Ray Ratcliff/M.L. Speer9th
29.11.1981Daytona Finale 250 Miles8Josele Garza6th
1982    
31.1.1928Daytona 24 Hours8John PaulDNS
20.3.1982Sebring 12 Hours8M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters/Charles Mendez3rd
25.4.1982Riverside 6 Hours8M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters3rd
16.5.1982Charlotte 500 KM8M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters5th
3.7.1982Daytona 250 Miles Paul Revere8M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters2nd
15.8.19826 Hours of Mosport8M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters5th
22.8.1982Road America 500 Miles8M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters8th
5.9.1982Mid-Ohio 6 Hours8M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters7th
12.9.1982Road Atlanta 500 KM8M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters4th
26.9.1982Pocono 500 Miles8M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters11th
28.11.1982Daytona Finale 3 Hours8M.L. Speer/Terry Wolters9th
1983    
6.2.1983Daytona 24 Hours24M.L. Speer/Ken Madren/Ray Ratcliff4th
19.3.1983Sebring 12 Hours24M.L. Speer/Ken Madren/Ray Ratcliff44th - DNF
10.4.1983Road Atlanta 500 KM 24M.L. Speer/Ken Madren25th
24.4.1983Riverside 6 Hours24M.L. Speer/Ken Madren49th - DNF
15.5.1983Charlotte 500 KM24M.L. Speer/Ken Madren4th
19.6.1983Mid-Ohio 6 Hours24Ken Madren/M.L. Speer9th
3.7.1983Daytona 250 Miles Paul Revere24M.L. Speer/Wayne Pickering5th
14.8.1983Mosport 6 Hours24M.L. Speer/Wayne Pickering/Ken Madren9th
21.8.1983Road America 500 Miles24Ken Madren48th - DNF
11.9.1983Pocono 500 Miles24Speer / PickeringDNQ
1984    
5.2.1984Daytona 24 Hours24Bobby Hefner/Jack Griffin/Hugo Gralia19th
26.2.1984Miami 3 Hours24Juan Manuel Fangio II/Hugo Gralia12th
24.3.1984Sebring 12 Hours24M.L. Speer/Jack Griffin50th - DNF
29.4.1984Riverside 6 Hours24Jack Griffin/Allen/Schwarz12th
26.8.1984Road America 500 Miles24M.L. Speer/Jack Griffin38th
1985    
3.2.1985Daytona 24 Hours20Freddy Baker/Don Herman/Richard Maher66th - DNF
23.3.1985Sebring 12 Hours20Richard Silver/Don Herman/Freddy Baker23rd
9.6.1985Mid-Ohio 500 KM 0Richard Silver/Don Herman15th
6.10.1985Columbus 500 KM 0Richard Silver/Joe Varde17th


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