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10 December 2018

<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>
<i>'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored</i></br><i>1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'</i></br>1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning</br>1983 Porsche 956 Group C</br>

THIS CAR IS NOW SOLD'The ex Richard Lloyd - Canon sponsored
1984 Brands Hatch 1,000 kms winning & Brun Motorsport'
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship winning
1983 Porsche 956 Group C

Chassis #956-106

We are thrilled to announce the sale of this very significant and desirable Porsche 956 Group C racing car. One of the first customer Porsche 956’s, supplied new on 10th February 1983, to Richard Lloyd - GTI Engineering Team – sponsored by Canon. This outstanding example had a highly successful racing career over four seasons between 1983 and 1986 in the F.I.A. World Endurance Championship.

Group C - Porsche
Regarded by many as a modern ‘golden age’ of sports car racing, the FIA’s new Group C - category for prototypes lasted from 1982 to 1993. It was designed to replace both Group 5 (closed touring prototypes like the 935) and Group 6 (open sports car prototypes like the 936). As interest in Group C grew, the world’s major motor manufacturers joined the fray with Porsche, Jaguar, Ford, Aston Martin, Lancia, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota, all fielding works entries and attracting major sponsorship from big brand companies, whose liveries became famous on these highly effective and attractive racing cars.

Rather than being based predominantly on engine capacity and weight, the traditional parameters of motor racing formulae, Group C placed a limit on the amount of fuel permitted but otherwise allowed constructors virtually a free hand in design. Porsche responded immediately to the challenge and in just nine months, Norbert Singer oversaw an engineering team at the Porsche motorsport department in Weissach, to design, constructed and develop the Porsche 956.

The 956 was the first Porsche ever to utilize an aluminium-monocoque chassis, which increased rigidity over the traditional tubular space-frame construction and in conjunction with state-of-the-art chassis tunnels and a closed-cockpit bodywork design which was tested and developed in the wind tunnel, created a ground-effect racing car able to produce significant down force at high speeds.

Power for the 956 was derived from a version of the tried-and-tested Porsche twin-turbocharged flat-six engine, which had previously powered the 1981 Le Mans-winning Porsche 936. Designated the Type 935/76, it had water-cooled cylinder heads and air-cooled cylinders. Air fed into a Naca duct in the roof, which channeled down to the engine and then emerged from under the car through openings in the lower bodywork, which slightly upset the ground-effect. The exhaust exits were located on either side of the bodywork, just in front or the rear wheels so as not to upset the air flow any further. The 2,650cc KKK-turbocharged unit was estimated to develop 630bhp at 8,200rpm and have a top speed of circa 240mph.

In total, Porsche built just 12 examples of the customer 956, which were sold as turn-key racing cars, which were fully-supported by the factory. Porschesport customer racing services undertook engine preparation, plus a comprehensive 956 parts catalogue was produced and a large parts-service truck was taken to each Group C race, providing everything needed for running a 956 chassis.

Chassis 956-106
One of the first customer 956’s supplied new by Porsche on 10th February 1983 to Richard Lloyd - GTI Engineering Team. In 1982 the works Rothmans 956s had swept Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship and for the princely sum of £150,000 - Lloyd now had his own example of the crushingly successful model. Porsche Motorsport director Jürgen Barth handed Lloyd the ignition key for the 650bhp, 240mph Le Mans car. “That’ says Lloyd, ‘brought me down to earth, it was the jolt of reality’.

Lloyd, who had been previously running a Porsche 924 Carrera GTR at Le Mans had built up a good sponsorship relationship with Cannon, who continued to be the main sponsor of the team with its move into Group C, thus 956-106 became known as the Canon Porsche for both the 1983 and 1984 seasons -

Its most notable early results for 1983 being pole at Mugello, co-driven by Derek Bell and Henri Toivenen - finishing 3rd and also finishing 3rd at the Silverstone 1,000 km and again at the Nurburgring 1000km - co driven by World F1 champion Keke Rosberg; (the last time Group C cars would race on the fearsome full Nordschleife circuit). 956-106 also finished 8th at Le Mans that year, driven by Jan Lammers and Jonathan Palmer, two of its more regular drivers.

For 1984, still in Canon livery, results were harder to come by in the early part of the season - Despite leading the works Rothmans cars at Silverstone by a lap before a water leak dropped them to 5th place and also an eventual retirement at Le Mans, after dicing and leading during the first four hours. But at Brands Hatch 1000kms it all came together beautifully, with Lammers and Palmer achieving the pole, fastest lap and 1st place overall.

For 1985, Richard Lloyd and designer Nigel Stroud embarked upon a new project to build their own replacement chassis for 106, which was dubbed 106B and utilised a newly designed aluminium honeycomb construction for additional stiffness, plus a number of revisions to the suspension which the team felt would be an improvement and give them a competitive edge over the works cars and other customer teams.

The original 106 chassis, was then sold in 1985 by the team to Walter Brun – Brun Motorsport.

956-106 was then run by Brun Motorsport and for the next two World Championship seasons, the car appeared in various other famous sponsorship liveries, including; Jagermeister, FATurbo, Fortuna and Memorex, in the hands of many more great drivers, such as Hans Stuck, Jochen Mass, Gerhard Berger, Frank Jelinski, Walter Brun and more.

956-106 went onto achieve many podium finishes (see table below) and at it’s final race at Mount Fuji - finishing in 2nd place, a result which that ensured Brun won the 1986 Sports Car World Championship - ahead of the Rothmans works team and Silk Cut Jaguars.

Race Reports
Click the links below to see race reports from 1983-86.
1983 Season
1984-85 Season
1986 Season

Racing history: 956-106

Season: 1983 (FIA World Endurance Championship)
GTI Engineering - Canon Porsche
DateRaceDriverNo.PositionSponsor
10/04/1983Monza 1000 kmsJ. Lammers /
T. Needell
146thCanon
08/05/1983Silverstone 1000 kmsJ. Lammers /
T. Boutsen
143rdCanon
29/05/1983Nurburgring 1000 kmsK. Rosberg /
J. Lammers /
J. Palmer
143rdCanon
18-19/06/1983Le Mans 24 HoursJ. Palmer /
J. Lammers
148thCanon
04/09/1983Spa 1000 kmsJ. Lammers /
T. Boutsen
149thCanon
18/09/1983Brands Hatch 1000 kmsJ. Lammers /
J. Palmer
149thCanon
16/10/1983Imola 1000 kmsD. Bell /
J. Palmer
144thCanon
23/10/1983Mugello 1000 kmsD. Bell /
J. Palmer /
H. Toivonen
143rdCanon
10/12/1983Kyalami 1000 kmsJ. Lammers /
J. Palmer
145thGunston




Season: 1984 (FIA World Endurance Championship)
GTI Engineering - Canon Porsche
DateRaceDriverNo.PositionSponsor
23/04/1984Monza 1000 kmsJ. Palmer /
J. Lammers
145thCanon
13/05/1984Silverstone 1000 kmsJ. Palmer /
J. Lammers
145thCanon
16-17/06/1984Le Mans 24 HoursJ. Palmer /
J. Lammers
14DNFCanon
15/07/1984Nurburgring 1000 kmsJ. Palmer /
J. Lammers
145thCanon
29/07/1984Brands Hatch 1000 kmsJ. Palmer /
J. Lammers
141st, Pole, FLCanon




Season: 1985 (FIA World Endurance Championship)
Brun Motorsport - various liveries
DateRaceDriverNo.PositionSponsor
14/07/1985Hockenheim 1000 kmsG. Berger /
W. Brun
206thJägermeister
04/08/1985NürburgringW. Brun192nd / 3rdJägermeister
01/09/1985Spa 1000 kmsO. Larrauri /
M. Sigala
18DNFGuffanti
08/09/1985FIA Coupe d'EuropeW. Brun182ndJägermeister
01/12/1985Shah Alam 800 Kms SelangorO. Larrauri /
M. Sigala /
F. Jelinski
185thTorno




Season: 1986 (FIA World Sports-Prototype Championship)
Brun Motorsport - Jägermeister : Torno : F.A.T. : Memorex: Fortuna
DateRaceDriverNo.PositionSponsor
20/04/1986Monza 360 kmsGS. Sigala /
W. Brun
193rdSFATurbo
27/04/1986ADAC NürburgringF. Jelinski385thMemorex
09/05/1986Silverstone 1000 kmsW. Brun /
F. Jelinski
199thJägermeister
31/05/1986Le Mans 24 HoursT.Boutsen /
A.Ferte /
D.Theys
19DNFLocatop
08/06/1986Coupe d'Europe WunstorfW. Brun172nd / 3rdSchiesser
15/06/1986ADAC HockenheimF. Jelinski384thMemorex
29/06/1986Norisring 100 MilesT. Boutsen1810thJägermeister
13/07/1986Coupe d'Europe OsterreichringW. Brun174th / 2ndSchiesser
20/07/1986Brands Hatch 1000 kmsT. Boutsen /
F. Jelinski
193rdJägermeister
03/08/1986Jerez 360 kmsW. Brun /
F. Jelinski
192ndFortuna
17/08/1986Coupe d'Europe MostW. Brun1717th / 4thSchiesser
24/08/1986NürburgringF. Jelinski /
S. Dickens
19DNFMemorex
31/08/1986Coupe d'Europe OsterreichringU. Schafer183rd / 3rdFATurbo
15/09/1986Spa 1000 kmsD. Theys /
M. Sigala /
W. Brun
199thFATurbo
21/09/1986ADAC Supersprint NürburgringO. Larrauri188thJägermeister
06/10/1986Fuji 1000 kmsS. Dickens192ndMemorex




1986 World Championship Winners
1st Brun Motorspor - 52 points
2nd Joest Porsche - 48 points
3rd Rothmans Porsche / Silk Cut Jaguar - 47 points


Ownership Provenance
1983: Supplied new to Richard Lloyd – GTI Engineering
1985: Sold to Walter Brun – Brun Motorsport (to replace 956-111)
1987: Retained by Brun as a complete show car, painted in yellow Eterna Livery
1999: Sold to Tony O’Neill (UK) by a well-known private European collector, who had purchased from Brun.
2002: Sold to Henry Pearman (UK)
2015: For sale with Maxted-Page

This highly desirable 956 has been tightly held and treasured by just three long-term owners since winning the 1986 World Championship. This is therefore an extremely rare opportunity to acquire such a significant Porsche 956 - Chassis 956 106 comes with a well-known and documented race history, plus original FISA Technical Passport and a continuous ownership provenance from new.

The recent amalgamation of the Peter Auto-Group C Racing series, including a new Le Mans Classic Group C grid, makes this an even more exciting time for the serious Porsche collector or historic racer to acquire one of the finest examples of this user friendly, yet most successful sports racing Porsche in history.

We are also able to advise and provide full engine, chassis and parts supply services, plus race-preparation and support for this exquisite car if required.


Book references:
Porsche 956 - Reynald Hézard & David Legangneux
Porsche Turbo Racing Cars – Ian Bamsey
Porsche Die Rennplakate – Jürgen Lewandowski


In Car 956 - Derek Bell / 1983 Le Mans 24 hours.

Price £POA

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