Paul Newman’s 1st Le Mans Racer to Auction at Pebble Beach
Paul Newman drove this Porsche 935 at the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1st outing at the iconic endurance race. With co-drivers Dick Barbour and Rolf Stommelen, he took 2nd place overall, drawing the largest attendance the race had ever seen.
Gooding & Co. will offer this 1979 Porsche 935 racer, c/n 009 00030, at its Pebble Beach auction in August.
This is a major piece of sports car racing history.
After Newman’s 1979 Le Mans debut, the car went on to be sponsored by Apple Computers, still one of the only race cars to wear the Apple logo.
And in Y 1981 it scored overall victory at Le Mans with Bobby Rahal, Brian Redman, and Bob Garretson, with another 1st-place finish in Y 1983 driven by Wayne Baker, Jim Mullen and Kees Nierop.
In Y 2006, the car was restored by Porsche expert Paul Willison, brought back to the Y 1979 “Hawaiian Tropic” livery it wore for Newman’s Le Mans debut.
In Y 2007, it won Best in Class at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
Gooding & Co. (http://www.goodingco.com/ )has not listed an estimated price for the famous racer, but might expect it to fetch between $4.5 and $5.5-M at auction next month.
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