At Charlotte in May of 1985, Bob Akin’s first 962, Chassis 102, was destroyed in an accident with John Paul Jr’s March, leaving Akin in need of a new car. Fortunately he was able to secure this factory Porsche 962, chassis number 113.
The 962-113 had an excellent IMSA career, first showing up at the Watkins Glen 3-hour race in July of 1985 where in the capable hands of Akin, Hans Stuck and Jim Mullen the car qualified 2nd and finished the race 12th , an excellent showing for a brand new 962 coming into a season in full swing.
The Akin team competed in seven IMSA races in 1985, scoring a couple of top 5 finishes and a 6th at the Daytona Finale.
Akin had Stuck and superstar Austrian driver Jo Gartner share the driving duties for the 1986 season opener at Daytona. An excellent qualifying effort and drive was all for naught when 113 was involved in a minor accident that sidelined it for the balance of the race. Akin stepped aside once again at the following race at Miami, where Stuck and Gartner brought the car home to its first podium finish.
The highlight for this 962 was the outright win at Sebring. Even with partially stripped threads on a rear hub that caused 113 to lose more than one wheel during the race, Akin, Stuck and Gartner not only won the 12 hour affair, they set race records for distance covered and average miles per hour for the Sebring 12 Hour that still stand to this day. 962-113 finished the 1986 season with eleven top 10 finishes.
For 1987 chassis 113 sported a new livery, with Yokohama stepping up as a main sponsor with Coca-Cola. The familiar Red, White and Silver Coca-Cola livery gave way to the equally distinctive paint scheme with Black front fenders and center section, blending toward the back of the car into the familiar Coke colors.
Chassis 962-113 started the 1987 season with strong 6th overall finishes at both the Daytona 24 Hour race and the Sebring 12 Hours - the last IMSA race for chassis 113, which stayed in the original owner’s hands until 2000 and then competed in a few HSR and vintage events.
Chassis 962-113 has been meticulously maintained, including an engine rebuild by Porsche Motorsports in 2002; the car has fewer than 20 hours running time since then and recently underwent a cosmetic restoration.
Some of the finest drivers of the era piloted 113 with Bob Akin. Legends such as Hans-Joachim Stuck, Austrian Jo Gartner, James Weaver, Kees Nierop, Vern Schuppan and Price Cobb.
This car has a major win at arguably the most difficult endurance race in the world, the Sebring 12 Hours, and will remain in the Sebring record books as the two records set were never broken before the track configuration was changed.
A factory Porsche chassis raced by one of the most beloved figures in IMSA history with an internationally famous livery, this is the most successful Bob Akin/Coca-Cola 962 ever campaigned.
Part of the Mecum auction in Monterey in August, 2012.
Source: Mecum press