Second Exoto version of the Sauber C9 in my collection, following the Le Mans winner #63 (with rolling chassis), and also second car at the finish of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1989, following the winning sister car of the Swiss – German team.
Number 61 was driven to second place in the 1989 endurance at the Circuit de La Sarthe by the Italians Mauro Baldi and Gianfranco Brancatelli and the British Kenny Acheson. It finished 5 laps behind the leader, and 2 laps ahead of the Joest Porsche 962C that took the third step of the podium.
A complete description of the Sauber C9, the 1989 Le Mans race, the 1989 Sportscars season and also the Exoto 1/18 replica can be found in the blog entry for the winning car, here:
This model was launched by Exoto around 2002 with reference RLG18195 and was produced in a limited quantity, although the builder from California has not communicated the actual number of units built. This one is #640, as shown in front part of the underbody. As of the date of this post, the model is virtually sold out, as there was just one final unit for sale at Exoto’s website (at the usual hefty price of Exoto’s last units…)
The scale model of the #61 car is identical to the #63, except for the numbering, driver names on the sides of the cockpit and a couple decoration details: the cover of the rearview mirrors is painted orange instead of yellow for the winning car, and white for car #62 (which finished fifth overall), a quick way for the team and spectators to distinguish which one of the (otherwise identical) three cars is coming.