1980s Le Mans winning Porsche up for sale for £5 million

Porsche 956 for sale

Porsche pulled out a fantastic performance at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans race, chalking up not only first position, but second too, knocking Audi – which has dominated the race for years – into third and fourth place.

And if you fancy some of that Porsche Le Mans magic you can now get your hands on a Le Mans-winning machine – albeit a 956 that won the race back in 1983 – when it goes under the hammer at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

The Gooding & Co auction, which is set to take place on August 15 and 16, is likely to see fierce bidding for this iconic 1982 machine, with estimates valuing it at $7,000,000 to $9,000,000 (£4,400,000 to £5,600,000).

Not only does the 956 have bona fide Le Mans heritage, with the slippery-shelled, immensely powerful 2.7-litre machine pumping out around 700bhp and being able to top 235mph on the long Mulsanne straight, but it also holds the record for the fastest lap around the fearsome Nurburgring circuit in Germany – a statistic that looks set to endure, now the track has banned lap timing.

Apart from its obvious on-track prowess, the 956 up for grabs boasts classic white and blue Rothmans livery, and is one of just 10 works models made. Following its racing career, this 956 was owned by one of the drivers who piloted it to victory in the 1983 race, Vern Schuppan, before being owned by several private – and evidently well-heeled – collectors, reports Car Throttle.