1 of 3 road-legal Porsche-based Group C race cars

The Koenig C62 is the kind of road-legal race car that could only have been designed by someone with the imagination, engineering ability and inherent madness of Germany’s Willy Koenig.

Only three C62s were made, each started out as a Porsche 962 Group C Le Mans race car chassis, to which was later added custom Kevlar composite bodywork and a highly tuned Porsche 930 turbo engine that produces over 550bhp.

Quick Facts – The Mighty Koenig C62

  • The Koenig C62 is one of the most extreme creations from the mind of Willy Koenig, the founder of Koenig Specials GmbH – a company that became famous for building some of the craziest modified supercars in the world in the 1980s and 1990.
  • Willy Koenig started in the printing business, he became rich and spent part of his money on his true passion: racing. He became German hill climb champion in 1962 at the wheel of a Ferrari 250 GT SWB.
  • In the 1970s, Willy Koenig began modifying high-end cars in the 1970s, by the 1980s his company was one of the most famous and extravagant in the world.
  • The Koenig C62 features a Porsche 962 chassis, a 550 hp Porsche 930 engine and a new Kevlar composite body specially designed to ensure that the car can be registered on the road and used on regular public roads – unlike the Porsche 962 on which it is based. .

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Willy Koenig made his fortune in the printing industry, but his real passion was racing and high-end sports cars.

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Description of the imageAlthough it looks very similar to the Porsche 962, the Koenig C62 does not share any common panels with it, it has a new Kevlar composite body which has slightly increased the height of the headlights and fenders to allow the car to be legal registered on the road.

In 1961, Willy bought an open-wheel Formula Junior Cooper from Formula 1 driver Wolfgang von Trips, and a year later, in 1962, he won the Deutsche Bergmeisterschaft (German Climbing Championship) driving a Ferrari 250GT SWB.

This victory invited him to visit Ferrari in Maranello where he met Enzo Ferrari, and a special event was organized in his honor.

The cordiality of this relationship would not last, however, and within 20 years Ferrari would threaten Koenig with legal action and demand that any Ferrari he had modified have all of its original Ferrari badges removed – as it could no longer be considered like a real Ferrari. .

There are many cars you could point to as the pinnacle of Koenig Specials GmbH’s achievements, the highly modified 850hp Ferrari F50, the twin-turbocharged 1000hp Ferrari Testarossa, or perhaps the car featured here – the Koenig C62.

The Koenig C62 – Specifications

Only three copies of the Koenig C62 were made. The car is closely based on the Porsche 962, a Le Mans-style sports racing car that was never intended for public road use.

Video above: This is racing driver Billy Johnson driving a Koenig C62 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Make sure to enable your sound.

The Koenig Specials team had plenty of experience working on the Porsche 911, but the Porsche 962 was a whole new beast. They purchased upgraded 962 frames from a company called Thompson, which specializes in building safer, stiffer frames for race teams.

Specifications Koenig C62

Although the C62 looks extremely similar to the 962, the cars don’t actually share any body panels, an all new Kevlar composite body has been designed to increase the height of the fenders and headlights to meet German requirements for homologated cars for the road.

The engine is a twin-turbocharged 3.4-litre Porsche 930 flat-six with a series of modifications taking power up to 550 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox . The suspension was modified for street use, the stock setup was stiff for race use, so Koenig added slightly softer springs and shocks.

Original Porsche 962 brakes were used, but they were fitted with more street-oriented brake pads, both for usability and for legal reasons.

The interior of the Koenig C62 makes very little effort to be comfortable, exposed composite panels are visible and there is no carpet, air conditioning, stereo or cruise control – it was designed to be as close to a legal Porsche 962 race car as was practically possible.

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Description of the imageVery few allowances for comfort were made when developing the Koenig C62, it was intended to be as close to a road-legal Porsche 962 as possible.

Koenig Specials originally planned to build 30 examples of the C62, but only three were ultimately made – possibly because of the $1,030,000 price tag (in 1991 dollars).

The Koenig C62 shown here

The car you see here is the second of three cars made, it was built between 1990 and 1991 and then delivered to its first owner in Japan.

It would remain in Japan for most of its life, passing through a small number of exclusive private collections before being imported to the United States in 2019.

In the three years the car has been with its current owner it has been used sparingly, it has only 2,502 kilometers on the original odometer.

It was fitted with new tyres, a GPS transmitter for the speedometer was installed, an inoperative fuel gauge was repaired and it was serviced by R3 Motorsports technicians in Van Nuys, California.

The car is now being auctioned live online by Collecting Cars, at the time of writing there are still a few days left to bid and you can click here if you want to visit the listing.

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