Vitesse Porsche 956

Look how far we've come...

Vitesse started in the mid 1980's producing rally cars such as the Opel Manta and the Lancia 037. These were made entirely in Portugal, and originally came with decal sheets that the consumer had to apply. At the time, Solido was the only other company making ready-built and accurate representations of individual race cars. Overall, Vitesse cars were a bit superior, as the decal printing and wheels are definitely better.

The Porsche 956 series was their first Le Mans sportscar. There are some interesting cars from this product line that are still not available from any other manufacturer.

Numbering System

The numbering system was sequential, and there was a series of limited edition models issued as part of the "Super Model" series. These had the SM prefix and were usually issued after the regular models.

Packaging

The packaging changed several times, and was sometimes inconsistent even for a given model. The first cars were in an all-cardboard box, and then later a thinner box with a clear plastic base and cover was used. The box printing went through several iterations, and some models even had special boxes that were printed to match the car livery.

Detail

There was originally a small bag of mirrors included that the consumer had to affix, but later versions seem to have had them attached at the factory. Other details changed throughout the run slightly. Some of these cars have a windshield wiper that is simply a raised section of the clear plastic windshield, yet others have a thick black wiper.

The infamous "962" cars

Vitesse tried to be squeeze as much value out of this Porsche 956 mould by using it to make cars that were actually Porsche 962's. While these two cars look very similar, most Le Mans collectors are picky enough to know that they are not interchangeable. To make matters even worse, some of the Porsche 962's they chose to model were actually heavily modified from the original Porsche specification. The 1989 "Miller" Daytona winner is a prime example, as it was a US-made chassis with a much larger rear wing.

This entire series of models would be much more respected and would have held value better if Vitesse had NOT issued these Porsche 962 cars with the Porsche 956 mould.

The Coca-Cola "962" Promo(?)

There is a version of the Bob Akin Porsche 962 Coca-Cola car that still fetches high prices on eBay. There does not seem to be a stock number for this car, so it is likely considered a "promotional" car. This follows a similar pattern with the other Vitesse rally cars from this era.

Vitesse Porsche 956

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Le Mans 1982
1Porsche 956L 'Rothmans'
Jacky Ickx
Derek Bell
1
C
Vitesse
191
Le Mans 1983
1Porsche 956L 'Rothmans'
Vern Schuppan
Al Holbert
Hurley Haywood
3
Group C
Vitesse
190
3Porsche 956L 'Kenwood'
Mario Andretti
Michael Andretti
Philippe Alliot
21
Group C
Vitesse
192
4Porsche 956L 'New Man'
Volkert Merl
Clemens Schickentanz
Mauricio DeNarvaez
12
Group C
Vitesse
193 
5Porsche 956L 'Skoal'
John Fitzpatrick
Guy Edwards
Rupert Keegan
16
Group C
Vitesse
194
6Porsche 956L 'Marlboro'
Bob Wollek
Klaus Ludwig
Stefan Johansson
8
Group C
Vitesse
195 
7Porsche 956 'Boss'
Axel Plankenhorn
Desiré Wilson
Jürgen Lässig
18
Group C
Vitesse
196
8Porsche 956 'Canon'
Jonathan Palmer
Jan Lammers
Richard Lloyd
14
Group C
Vitesse
197 
10Porsche 956 'BP'
Preston Henn
Jean-Louis Schlesser
Claude Ballot-Léna
47
Group C
Vitesse
198
DNFPorsche 956 'JDavid'
John Fitzpatrick
David Hobbs
Dieter Quester
11
Group C
Vitesse
199 
Silverstone 1983
DNFPorsche 956 'Grand Prix'21
Vitesse
200 
Le Mans 1984
1Porsche 956L 'New Man'
Henri Pescarolo
Klaus Ludwig
7
C
Vitesse
310 
N/CPorsche 956 'New Man'8 or 12
C
Vitesse
311 
4Porsche 956 'Warsteiner'9
C
Vitesse
312
N/CPorsche 956 'Kenwood'11
C
Vitesse
313 
DNFPorsche 956 'Canon'
Jonathan Palmer
Jan Lammers
14
C
Vitesse
314 
9Porsche 956 'Dallas'
Tiff Needell
David Sutherland
Rusty French
17
C
Vitesse
315
7Porsche 956 'Gaggia'
Massimo Sigala
Oscar Larrauri
Joël Gouhier
20
C
Vitesse
316
DNFPorsche 956 'Rollei'
Chris Craft
Alain de Cadenet
Allan Grice
21
C
Vitesse
317 
N/CPorsche 956 'Hawaian Tropic'26
C
Vitesse
318
3Porsche 956 'Skoal'
David Hobbs
Philippe Streiff
Sarel van der Merwe
33
C
Vitesse
319 
DNFPorsche 956 'Bob Jane'
Peter Brock
Larry Perkins
34
C1
Vitesse
320
DNFPorsche 956L 'Boss'
Jürgen Lässig
George Fouché
John Graham
47
C
Vitesse
321 
Le Mans 1985
1Porsche 956 'New Man'7
Vitesse
322 
Le Mans 1986
1Porsche 956 'Rothmans'1
Vitesse
323 
Le Mans 1987
1Porsche 956 'Rothmans'17
Vitesse
324 
Le Mans 1988
2Porsche 962C 'Shell'
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Klaus Ludwig
Derek Bell
17
Vitesse
325
Daytona 1989
1Porsche 962 'Miller'
John Andretti
Derek Bell
Bob Wollek
67
GTP
Vitesse
326
Le Mans 1985
0Porsche 956 'American 100's33
Vitesse
Super Models
SM29 
5Porsche 956 'Pretoria Brick'
Sarel van der Merwe
George Fouché
Mario Hytten
10
C1
Vitesse
Super Models
SM30
8Porsche 956 'Ducados'
Jürgen Lässig
Hervé Regout
Jésus Pareja
26
C1
Vitesse
Super Models
SM31
Daytona 1987
1Porsche 956 'Lowenbrau'
Chip Robinson
Derek Bell
Al Unser, Jr.
Al Holbert
14
GTP
Vitesse
Super Models
SM32
Le Mans 1986
3Porsche 956 'Stars & Stripes'
John Morton
George Follmer
Kenper Miller
8
C1
Vitesse
Super Models
SM40
5Porsche 956 'Babicresi'
Jürgen Lässig
Fulvio Ballabio
Dudley Wood
9
C1
Vitesse
Super Models
SM41
2Porsche 962C Long 'Fortuna'
Oscar Larrauri
Joël Gouhier
Jésus Pareja
17
C1
Vitesse
Super Models
SM42
4Porsche 956 'Danone'
Emilio de Villota
George Fouché
Fermin Velez
33
Vitesse
Super Models
SM43
Le Mans 1987
4Porsche 956 'Leyton House'
George Fouché
Franz Konrad
Wayne Taylor
11
C1
Vitesse
Super Models
SM44
DNFPorsche 956 'Lui'
Michel Trollé
Paul Belmondo
Pierre de Thoisy
1
C1
Vitesse
Super Models
SM45
N/CPorsche 956 'Primagaz'
Pierre Yver
Bernard de Dryver
Jürgen Lässig
72
Vitesse
Super Models
SM46 
IMSA
N/CPorsche 962 'Coca Cola'5
Vitesse
Promo?