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Porsche 935 IMSA Coupe (1981)
- Location: California, United States
Blue. Gray interior. Cloth interior surface. IMSA Coupe.
AM/FM, Cloth Interior Surface1981 Porsche 935 JLP-3 IMSA Chassis: JLP-3 The only car to win both the Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours in the same year 1982 IMSA Camel GT Championship winner Five consecutive race winnings and 16 podium finishes in 26 races Professionally restored by Gunnar Racing, with maintenance by Gunnar and Canepa Driven by John Paul Sr. & John Paul Jr. and Derek Bell JLP-3 is believed to be the most successful of all Porsche 935 race cars. It is the only car to ever win both the Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours in the same year, 1982. It recorded an unprecedented, seven consecutive First Place finishes from Pocono in September of 1981 through Charlotte in May of 1982. In its career of exactly two years from Sebring 1981 through Daytona 1983, out of a total of twenty-seven races, it recorded nine wins and sixteen podium finishes. That's a win in every three races entered and a podium in 60% of its races, an astonishing achievement. Its finishes contributed to John Paul Jr.'s 1982 Camel GT Championship and his father's 1982 international Triple Crown of Endurance Championship. The story began when the father and son driving team of John L. Paul Sr. and Jr. turned to Graham Rabbit Bartrills' GAACO company in Norcross, Georgia to build a special Porsche 935 for endurance races. Given the designation JLP-3, aside from the engine and transmission, it used only the cowl, windshield pillars, roof, and door frames from a 1972 Porsche 911T. The rest was all high-tech, tube frame, custom fabricated race car with lightweight fiberglass bodywork and the latest suspension and aerodynamics. In the opinions of expert aficionados, this is the definitive Porsche 935. The GAACO chassis is carefully laid out to maximize responsiveness, handling and, most importantly, balance. Powered by an twin-turbo air-cooled, 3.2-liter IMSA-spec engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, the twin-turbo Porsche 935 JLP-3 was restored some years ago by the Porsche specialists at Gunnar Racing and has since been maintained by them and Canepa. Presently in the hands of only its fourth owner since the John Pauls, the JLP-3 has recently undergone a painstaking race preparation, at which time its engine, four-speed transaxle, suspension, and brakes were all rebuilt. JLP-3 is currently race ready and more than capable of winning at an international historic level. It is eligible for all foreign and domestic IMSA GT vintage events, including selected events such as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Wine Country Classic. On any continent, in any company, JLP-3 is a welcome entrant and a participant that will thrill its drivers and everyone fortunate enough to see it perform. Its record of back-to-back victories in the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours is unmatched in the fabled history of these two races, and with 23 podium finishes, nine First Place wins, and seven consecutive victories, JLP-3 is considered by many as the most dominant of all Porsche 935s in existence for a reason. JLP-3 Competition History 1981 IMSA Camel GT Championship 12 Hours of Sebring - John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - 66th place, Qualified 6th Road Atlanta 100 Miles - John Paul Jr. - 8th place, Qualified 1st Riverside 6 Hours - John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - 2nd place, Qualified 1st Laguna Seca 100 Miles - John Paul Jr. - 2nd place, Qualified 2nd Lime Rock 200 Miles - John Paul Jr. - 6th place, Qualified 5th Mid Ohio 200 Miles - John Paul Jr. - 3rd place, Qualified 1st Brainerd 200 Km - John Paul Sr. - 3rd place, Qualified 7th Daytona 250 Miles - John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - 3rd place, Qualified 2nd Watkins Glen 6 Hours - John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - DNF, Qualified 2nd Mosport 6 Hours- John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - 30th place, Qualified 3rd Road America 500 Miles - John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - 13th place, Qualified 1st Road Atlanta 150 Miles - John Paul Sr. - 27th place, Qualified 6th Pocono 500 Miles - John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - 1st place, Qualified 1st Daytona Finale 250 Miles - John Paul Jr. - 1st Place, Qualified 1st 1982 IMSA Camel GT Championship 24 Hours of Daytona- John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - Rolf Stommelen - 1st place, Qualified 5th 12 Hours of Sebring - John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - 1st place, Qualified 6th Road Atlanta 150 Miles - John Paul Jr. - 1st place, Qualified 1st Riverside 6 Hours - John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - 38th place. Qualified 3rd Charlotte 500 Km - John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - 1st place, Qualified 3rd Lime Rock 1 Hour - John Paul Sr. - 5th place, Qualified 5th Daytona 250 Miles - John Paul Jr. - 18th place, Qualified 2nd Sears Point 100 Miles - John Paul Jr. - 20th place, Qualified 4th Mosport 6 Hours - John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - 1st Place, Qualified 3rd Road America 500 miles - John Paul Jr. - Mauricio de Narvaez - 2nd place, Qualified 8th Mid-Ohio 6 Hours - John Paul Jr. - 41st place, Qualified 4th Road Atlanta 500 Km - John Paul Jr. - John Paul Sr. - 1st place, Qualified 4th Pocono 500 Miles - John Paul Jr. - 2nd place, Qualified 2nd Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
3.2L H6 FI
Classic & Sports Car essentials
- Driven wheels: Rear Wheel Drive
- Year: 1981
- Body type: Coupe
- Colour: Blue
- First registered: 1981