1947 must have been a special year because 2023 has notable 75th Anniversaries including Ferrari, Porsche and (the odd bed-fellow) NASCAR.
Broad Arrow marked Porsche’s 75th with an all-Porsche auction at Porsche’s Experience Center at Atlanta in early June. It follows the first Porsche Experience Center auction by RM Sotheby’s in 2018 marking Porsche’s 70th anniversary.
The two sales were remarkably similar in outcome although RM did better in total, but it was 2018, five years ago, and had two mega-results, a 959 Paris-Dakar that sold for $5,945,000 and a 911 Turbo “Classic Series” that brought $3,415,000. The high value results at RM’s Porsche Experience Center sale skew its results as shown by a median sale there of $168,000 while Broad Arrow’s median transaction of $190,400 is more representative of the overall consignment.
Porsches have become the common currency of high-end auctions in the years after 2018. They populate both live and online auctions with routinely astounding results.
The Broad Arrow Porsche Experience results more reflect an evolving marketplace than any difference shown by the $7 million lower total.
Here are the numbers:
|Year||Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Sold < Low Est||Sold > High Est||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
|Broad Arrow 2023|
|RM Sotheby’s 2018|
On-site observations and photos are by Andrew Newton with some editing and comments by Rick Carey. Descriptions are sorted by lot number.
Lot # 201 1997 Porsche Boxster Convertible; S/N WP0CA2986VS621866; Arctic Silver Metallic/Boxster Red leather; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $37,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $42,000. – 2,480/201hp, 5-speed, Pirelli P Zero tires, factory CD stereo, cruise control, alarm, wind deflector. – Early Boxster built by Porsche in Stuttgart (others were contract-built in Finland) showing just 1,216 miles. It’s just a base Boxster but it has been treated like some special edition 911. It has to be one of the best ones of its kind in the country. – As the entry-level Porsche, the Boxster has suffered years of derision and hairdresser jokes, mostly from people who have never actually driven one. That has started to change, as Porsche Classic now officially recognizes the first gen Boxster as a “classic” and as people come around to what a good and surprisingly practical driver’s car it is. This result is at the very top end of what first gen (Type 986) Boxsters have sold for at auction and less than the $33,500 it sold for at Auburn Fall in 2021, but it’s still only about what the car sold for new, not accounting for inflation. For serious Porsche collectors at least, examples like this may still have room to grow.
Lot # 210 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ93ZKS000309; Velvet Red Metallic, Black Turbo graphics/Pearl White and Velvet Red leather; Estimate $220,000 – $260,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $170,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $190,400. – 3,299/300hp, G50 5-speed, black Fuchs wheels, Continental tires, Yellow calipers, sunroof, wood shift knob, wood dash, Blaupunkt CD stereo. – Desirable final year 930, the only one that got a 5-speed (all previous 930s came with a 4-speed). Sold new in Qatar. Showing 118,215 km (73,455 miles) but clean. Sold to Europe in 2000 and imported to the US last year. There are rock chips on the nose and some dullness to the exterior plastic but the paint finish is in good shape, with the hood having been repainted recently. The wheels look brand new, but the brake calipers are dirty. The interior looks great with new leather. Rare colors and good equipment. – A 1989 930 commands a significant premium over an earlier one, usually to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. But this car also has the kind of special order interior features that make Porsche people gush, and it has been very well cared for. Given all that, this result is surprisingly modest and something in Broad Arrow’s estimate range would have made more sense. Then again, the car has been a $154,930 no-sale on Bring a Trailer and a $198K no-sale through a Bonhams online auction, so the seller likely just decided to cut the car loose rather than chase every last bid. Fair enough.
Lot # 213 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ99ZVS370508; Ocean Blue Metallic/Nephrite Green leather; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $285,000. – 3,600/430hp X50, 6-speed, Turbo Twist wheels, red calipers, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, sunroof, Motorola car phone, wood shift knob and steering wheel rim, chromed gauge bezels. – Delivered new to Michael Macht, future CEO of the company. Special order interior. Represented with 53,200 km. Some tiny blemishes in the paint. Wear to the steering wheel and shift knob, but the seats are very clean and soft. The car phone even lights up which is cool even if it can’t make phone calls. – The Porsche corporate leadership history highlights this Turbo’s value but wasn’t enough to overcome its age and condition issues to meet the consignor’s expectations. It might have done better if it’d been owned by Bill Gates.
Lot # 214 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe; S/N 9114400413; Orange, Black Carrera graphics/Midnight leatherette; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Visually maintained, largely original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $195,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $218,400. – 2,687/175hp, 5-speed, Fuchs wheels, ducktail spoiler, Blaupunkt AM/FM, power windows, air conditioning. – Formerly in the Brumos collection. Won its class at Amelia this year. Showing just 25,736 miles that are represented as actual, and 1,000 miles on an engine-out mechanical refresh. It’s unrestored and gorgeous. Any minor quibbles with its condition are trivial. – In an era when Porsches boast 400+ horsepower as entry level power this 2.7 Carrera’s 175hp is pretty puny but by the standards of its time it is impressive. Its preservation is truly impressive and the result, while not up to the standard of the pre-sale low estimate, is reasonable. It will be proudly driven and displayed even among usually fastidious Porsche owners.
Lot # 216 1971 Porsche 914/6 M471 Targa; S/N 9141430415; Gemini Blue/Black leatherette; Estimate $525,000 – $600,000; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $500,000 plus commission of 11.00%; Final Price $555,000. – 1,991cc flat-six, 5-speed, 2×3 Weber carburetors, Fuchs wheels, Michelin XWX tires, gold brightwork, Blaupunkt radio, tools, passenger foot rest. – Rare M471 options, one of just 23 914/6s so-equipped. Delivered new in Virginia. Matching numbers and restored in its original colors. Small bubble in the paint on the right front and light scratches in the right rear trim but mostly good exterior. Excellent interior. – A homologation special conjured up to qualify an uprated 914/6 for SCCA C-Production racing, the M471 equipment added steel flares and front valence, wheel spacers, flared fiberglass rockers and wide Fuchs wheels. It isn’t a widely known car but its exalted stature among mid-engined Porsches is shown by this result, even if it is less than the $626,500 it sold for at RM Sotheby’s Monterey in 2021. Regular 914/6s are worth a fraction of this, and even race-proven 914/6 GTs have sold for less.
Lot # 217 1993 Porsche 911 RS America Coupe; S/N WP0AB2960PS418140; Guards Red/Black cloth; Estimate $260,000 – $300,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $220,000. – 3,601/247hp, 5-speed, Cup wheels, black calipers, Bridgestone Expedia tires, sunroof, factory cassette. books, tools. – Sold new in Maryland. Showing just 7,304 miles. There are a few scuffs on the left side wheels. The shifter and steering wheel show some wear. The paint looks good but not excellent. Seldom driven but never neglected. – The modern 911 that Max Hoffman would have built had he still been around, a lightened, high performance “plain pipe racks” version of the Carrera 2 with upgraded suspension much like Hoffman’s original 356 Speedster. Only 701 were built and they were recognized as exceptional from new so this example’s 7,304 miles is not unusual. The reported high bid here is reasonable, but so was the consignor’s decision to take the car in place of the money.
Lot # 219 2004 Porsche Carrera GT Coupe; S/N WP0CA29864L001172; Speedster Blue/Dark Grey leather; Estimate $1,500,000 – $1,800,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,325,000 plus commission of 10.38%; Final Price $1,462,500. – 5,733/605hp, 6-speed, Yellow calipers, five-piece luggage set. – 2,300 miles. Finished in paint to sample Speedster Blue, a color unique to the 356 Pre-A Speedster. It’s a beautiful color, but it wasn’t done at the Porsche factory. It was done at Porsche North Houston. – Carrera GTs have come down a bit from their peak about a year ago, but very good examples are still in the mid-$1M range and that’s exactly what this one sold for. Its paint, which is gorgeous but also a repaint, was basically a wash. Then again, maybe Carrera GTs are just softening, because the other one in this sale, a similarly clean silver car, barely cracked $1M.
Lot # 220 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package Coupe; S/N WP0AC2A98NS269962; British Racing Green/Mojave Beige leather; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $300,000 plus commission of 11.67%; Final Price $335,000. – 3,998/502hp, 6-speed GT Sport manual, GT3 centerlock wheels, carbon fiber roof, ceramic composite brakes, front axle lift, Sport Seats Plus, matte carbon fiber interior trim, Bose Surround Sound, paint protection film. – Special order paint and represented with over $70,000 in options. 968 miles and still practically new. – Essentially a racy GT3 but without the in-your-face wings and graphics, the Touring Package is as close to a sleeper as a new 911 can be. A brand new GT3 with the Touring Package starts at $182,900 according to Porsche, but “starts at” can be deceiving here. Options add up on these things quick enough to make your head spin. $15,350 for an “Exclusive Manufaktur Leather Interior,” anyone? This one’s numerous optional extras, all of them tasteful, added up to a surprisingly big number in bidders’ eyes.
Lot # 221 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 Coupe; S/N WP0AD29998S796091; Black/Black leather and Alcantara; Estimate $350,000 – $400,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $280,000 plus commission of 11.79%; Final Price $313,000. – 3,600/530hp, 6-speed manual, yellow calipers, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, factory radio, yellow seat belts, Sport Chrono package, carbon fiber interior package. – Represented as a two-owner car with 6,000 miles but has some sizable paint blemishes on the hose and hood. The plastic below the windshield wipers is dull as well. Small but numerous scratches and scuffs on the wheels. Clean seats but there are some small scratches on the plastic next to the E-brake handle. Its condition is unusually mediocre for a 997 GT2 which has been a collector’s favorite since it first appeared. – While it is 15 years old, the 997-generation GT2 is still among the fastest cars on the road with a 0-60 time in the mid-3-second range and a top speed of 204. Motor Trend called it “the finest road-going Porsche of all time,” and although car mags can be excessive, that’s still high praise. These cars started at a little over 200 grand when they were new but over the past few years clean ones have exceeded that amount, as this result shows. Had it been better presented it could have brought more money, closer to the low estimate.
Lot # 222 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Club Sport Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ93ZBS710045; Guards Red/Black cloth; Estimate $375,000 – $450,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $360,000. – 1,984/210hp, turbocharged, 5-speed, Black Fuchs wheels, Pirelli tires, Plexiglass windows, roll cage, fire system. – One of 15 Carrera GTS Club Sports built, and represented as one of eight sent to the United States. With the original dealer until selling to the consignor in 2011, mechanically recommissioned at that time and now with 3,600 km. There are some paint flaws, including a chip at the back of the hood, but overall good. Clean exterior plastics. The wheels and tires are perfect. The interior shows almost no age. A rare homologation special and about the coolest and quickest the mostly unloved 924 ever got. – A factory-built limited edition of some 59 units built after the end of production of the 924 Carrera GT intended purely for competition use. De-contented, devoid of sound deadening, upgraded suspension, 911 Turbo brakes. This one never got to a race track making it even more unusual. It won’t be much fun to drive in traffic but on an open twisty road it will be a joy. The reported high bid here is appropriate and sufficiently close to the $375,000 low estimate that minimal effort on the part of Broad Arrow could have sewn up a deal. It is surprising that it isn’t recorded as a post-block sale.
Lot # 223 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 25th Anniversary Special Edition Coupe; S/N WP0AB0915KS120734; Silver Metallic/Silk Grey leather piped in black; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Unrestored original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $100,800. – 3,165/214hp, 5-speed, Fuchs wheels, sunroof, power windows, Blaupunkt cassette. – One of 240 built in this color and represented as a one-owner car. Recent service. The paint is rough with odd, light scratching all over. The exterior plastic and wheels are aged, and the rubber trim around the left rear bumperette is very loose. Worn, discolored steering wheel and shift knob (driving gloves? Not in here). Dirty and oxidized underneath, particularly the exhaust. It is an old car with 52,044 miles, but I’ve seen older and more used Porsches that are much more pampered than this. Although inherently collectible as a special edition model, it’s used. – But even tired air-cooled 911s aren’t cheap anymore. The bidders were drawn to the single owner and the 25th Anniversary Edition trim (which came with either Satin Black Metallic or Silver Metallic paint, Silk Grey/black piped leather, stitched leather console) and put up a hefty premium over what other 3.2 Carreras in #3 condition typically sell for.
Lot # 225 1979 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo Coupe; S/N 9309800885; Moonstone, Black Turbo graphics/Brown leather; Estimate $300,000 – $375,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $285,000 plus commission of 11.75%; Final Price $318,500. – 3,299/265hp, 4-speed, black Fuchs wheels, sunroof, limited-slip. – Sold new in Indiana and with the original owner until 2019. Mechanical recommissioning in 2020 including an engine rebuild. Large paint chip in the middle of the hood. Very small dent behind the right rear wheel. Crack in the right side of the taillight. Some age to the decals and a few small door dings on the driver’s side. Good, lightly worn interior. Certainly has some flaws, but Porsche people go crazy for Moonstone paint and they’ve been drooling over this car during the preview. – 930 values peaked during the Porsche frenzy of the mid-2010s and began a multi-year slide that leveled out during the early 2020s. Most clean cars sell for about half the result here in Atlanta these days, but ownership history and especially color can trump all when it comes to 911s. Moonstone, a sort of lilac or lavender, almost white color only offered during 1979-80 on 911s and 924s, is an obscure but desirable shade. It’s beautiful, but to pay double for an otherwise not that remarkable car just for a color defies reason. Then again, trends in the Porsche world often involve considerations that defy comprehension outside that circle.
Lot # 227 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Coupe; S/N 904044; Red/Black leather; Estimate $2,400,000 – $2,800,000; Competition car, original as-raced 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,300,000 plus commission of 10.22%; Final Price $2,535,000. – Type 587/3 four-cam engine, Sebring race exhaust, alloy wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, single Talbot Berlin mirror, woodrim steering wheel. – Sold new from the factory to Italian racer Ernesto Prinoth, originally finished in Silver Metallic over blue velour. Entered in hill climbs and other regional events in period. Long term ownership in California starting in 1968. Its owner gave it a quick restoration and then used the car on the street for about 20 years before it went into storage from the 1980s until 2021. It has gotten recent restoration work at Emory Motorsports and an engine rebuild from Ed Pink Racing Engines, but cosmetically it still has the 1960s paint and seats. Retains its matching numbers engine and gearbox. The paint is faded, cracked and crazed everywhere but it’s charming. Tidy underneath. Clean interior. Well-preserved and mechanically sorted, this is an awesome 904. – Porsche built just 106 examples of the 904. It was the first Porsche with coil springs as well as the first of the so-called “plastic Porsches” thanks to the fiberglass bodywork that would be used on racing Porsches for the rest of the ’60s. The 904 continued where the old 718 Spyder left off by winning on twisty circuits while competing with much more powerful cars everywhere else. Class wins came the 904’s way all over the world, and one took overall victory at the 1964 Targa Florio. This one didn’t really share much of the 904 legend on track, but it is a good, genuine, honest and sorted example with charming patina. And despite the paint finish not being original and despite the lack of race history, it sold at the very tip-top of the range that 904s typically sell for at auction. In fact, it’s the most expensive 904 ever sold at auction as well as the top sale of this auction.
Lot # 230 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Super Speedster; S/N 84389; Silver/Red; Red top; Estimate $500,000 – $600,000; Older restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $480,000. – 1,582/88hp, 4-speed, Rudge wheels, Michelin XZX tires, gold brightwork. – Original body and matching numbers drivetrain. Fully restored at Eurowerks in Campbell, Texas. Finished in 2017, and shown at multiple concours events in 2017-18. Excellent paint, chrome, and interior. Almost too nice to drive. – Sold by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in 2018 fresh from restoration for $516,500 and seemingly in the same condition now as it was then with only 9 more miles on its odometer. Considering that it has just sat in some collection for five years it has been conscientiously maintained and this bid (which would have been $533,000 with commission had it sold on this hammer bid) reflects the largely static marketplace of the past five years.
Lot # 231 1983 Porsche 911 Turbo WLS “Sonderwunsch” Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ93ZDS000695; Gray Metallic/Tan leather; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Visually maintained, largely original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $280,000 plus commission of 11.79%; Final Price $313,000. – Slantnose body with GFK front spoiler, WLS engine power upgrade, central oil cooler, rear fender intakes, Gold BBS wheels, Toyo tires, sunroof, Blaupunkt cassette, rootwood dash, Italvolani steering wheel, leather headliner, leather-covered A/C vents, leather console with VDO clock, Recaro sport seats. – One of about 35 second generation 1983 Sonderwunsch Turbos. Imported by Bruce Canepa in 1985. Showing 41,150 miles. Little is known about the car’s early history. Recent repaint with no flaws but the plastic on the front bumper and the whale tail is a little dull. The interior is very clean and looks nearly new. Cool special features but nothing over the top. – The new owner can brag all day on the special features of this 911 Turbo but paid dearly for them as well as the special performance features and tire-smoking power.
Lot # 232 1999 Porsche 911 Classic Club Coupe Tagliolini; S/N WP0AA2997XS620387; Sport Grey Metallic, Light Gray, Blue stripes/Woven leather, Gray houndstooth cloth; Estimate -; Modified restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,200,000 plus commission of 10.42%; Final Price $1,325,000. – 3.6/381hp 996.2 GT3 engine, 6-speed, black Fuchs style wheels, ducktail spoiler, double-bubble roof, 996.2 GT3 brakes, tailor-made car cover, tool/first-aid/touring bags made of leather that matches the interior. – A one-off, highly publicized special project designed by Style Porsche Director of Special Projects Grant Larson in conjunction with the PCA. Bespoke features all over and still essentially new. Surely the most desirable 996-generation 911 there is. – And the most expensive, by a long way. Unveiled at Amelia Island last year, this car was something of a coming of age for the 911’s most underappreciated generation, the 996, aka the one that brought softer styling, fried egg headlights, and water-cooled engines. It was also a bit of an advertisement for Porsche’s Sonderwunsch program. Nobody had ever done a serious Porsche-backed build of a 996, so this car with all the force of Porsche Classic and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur behind it is fresh and exciting even if the car originally left the factory as a regular old Carrera. Details like the “pepita” woven leather and old school ducktail are a delight, but $1.3M for a 996? Sure, it makes sense. It’s a factory-built hot rod, after all, and remember the last time the Experience Center in Atlanta hosted an all-Porsche auction in 2018. There, “Project Gold,” a similarly bespoke one-off 993 built by Porsche Classic, sold for $3.4M.
Lot # 234 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ69ZPS470177; Lavender Blue/Light Grey and Magenta leather; Estimate $375,000 – $425,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $445,000 plus commission of 11.12%; Final Price $494,500. – 3,600/381hp, 5-speed, Speedline wheels, red calipers, sunroof, factory cassette. – Paint to sample. Showing 51,017 km (31,700 miles). Delivered new to Japan and brought to the US last year. Tiny paint chips on the nose and hood. Some dirt on the wheels and brakes. Good, lightly worn interior. It’s all about the color here. – As with Mopars of the 1970’s with Porsches vivid paint to sample colors are avidly sought and make their vehicles stand out in row upon row of otherwise similar Porsches in Guards Red and variations of Silver. This result is the only lot in this auction to bring a hammer price exceeding its high estimate and is otherwise non-distinct in equipment or specifications. Go figure.
Lot # 235 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ96ZLS408165; Green Pearlescent Metallic/Green, red leather; Estimate $110,000 – $140,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $105,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $117,600. – 3,602/247hp, 5-speed, red calipers, Michelin Pilot Exalto tires, sunroof, green face tach. Also has wood shift knob, E-brake handle, and steering wheel rim. – Paint to sample colors and used as a factory test car until 1993 when it was sold to the coach of the German national ski team. Unclear how many of those 257,326 km were from testing. There are the usual small rock chips, blemishes on the wheels and wrinkles to the leather that come from lots of driving. The wood on the steering wheel knob is cloudy also. Otherwise it’s a solid car in nice colors with a little bit of company history to it as well. – That company history doesn’t appear to have counted for a whole lot, however. The price here reflects a decent premium over a normal Carrera 4 in this condition, but that can be a attributed as much to the special color combination and interior trim as it can to its use as a test car.
Lot # 240 1993 Porsche 968 Club Sport Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ96ZPS815354; Sleek Black/Black cloth; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $100,800. – 2,990/237hp, 6-speed, black Cup wheels, cross-drilled rotors, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, power windows. – Sold new in Japan and imported here in 2019. Showing 58,247 km (36,193 miles). Paint is commensurate with the age and mileage, not bad, just OK. The windshield is delaminating very slightly at the bottom. The rocker trim pieces aren’t quite flush with the body. Clean, lightly worn interior. Any 968 is pretty rare, but we never even got the Club Sport models so they’re very scarce here. This one has been driven more than most but it’s not bad at all. – This car is one of about 1900 Club Sports, which are about 200 pounds lighter than a regular 968 coupe. They’re rare, then, but not unicorn-level rare and they regularly pop up at European auctions, often selling for less than half this price. They’re a very rare sight in this country, however, and being the ultimate version of the ultimate four-cylinder transaxle era Porsche, it has an obvious appeal for Porsche collectors. This was a surprisingly high price for one with clear use and age, but not a shockingly high one.
Lot # 241 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Lightweight Coupe; S/N 964010; Grand Prix White/Black cloth; Estimate $850,000 – $1,050,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $800,000 plus commission of 10.63%; Final Price $885,000. – 3,601/265hp, 5-speed, Pirelli tires, roll cage, Sabelt harnesses, aluminum body panels, Plexiglas windows. – One of 22 built. Showing 78 km and basically perfect. – Built with aluminum and fiberglass body panels as well as a stripped interior and equipped with mechanically adjustable all-wheel drive with rallying in mind, the 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight is a car even many Porsche nerds have never heard of. Of course, less weight equals more money in Porsche world, and the same goes for competition specs. That’s why this car sold for several times as much as a normal Carrera 4 coupe would, but it’s worth noting that another of these obscure Lightweights, one with higher but still very low mileage and more exciting yellow paint, sold for $1.05M in Amelia last year.Lot # 243 1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet, Body by Reutter; S/N 152136; Red, Black hardtop/Black; Black top; Estimate $180,000 – $230,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $207,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $232,400. – 1,582/60hp, 4-speed, chromed wheels, hardtop, gold brightwork, Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, factory option Karmann hardtop. – Bought new by an American Master Sergeant and brought home to California. Represented as matching numbers. Restored by Woodhouse Porsche from 2010-12. Good but not super fresh paint. The front Porsche script doesn’t fit flush with the body. A few paint scratches on the body below where the hardtop fits. Very good interior. A few dings on the wheels but very. Clean underbody. A clean, honest final-year 356 A Cab. – When sold by RM at Monterey in 2015 the restoration was more recent but condition was evaluated as substantially the same. The price then was $209,000 all-in, not substantially different from its result here despite having 1,416 more miles on the odometer.
Lot # 248 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup Coupe; S/N WP0AA0957JN165063; Red, White, Blue, Gold/Black leather with cloth inserts; Estimate $150,000 – $175,000; Visually maintained, largely original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $175,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $196,000. – 2,479/250hp turbo four, 5-speed, white phone dial wheels, Toyo tires, roll cage. – One of 38 built for the Canadian Rothmans Porsche Turbo Cup but this one was never raced. It remained in the original Alberta dealership until 1990 and was used occasionally on the street until going into the Taj Ma Garaj collection in 2002 and having the Rothmans decals applied while there. The car still looks nearly unused. – The Canadian Rothmans Porsche Challenge started with naturally aspirated production 944s pulled right off the production line and upgraded for competition. The running costs were low while the racing was close and exciting by design, so the series got popular and eventually switched to the more powerful 944 Turbo for the 1988 season. A total of 38 factory-prepped lightweight 944 Turbos were allocated to Canadian privateers. Other Turbo Cup cars campaigned across France, Germany, and South Africa. Many of those got the usual bumps and bruises of close racing, so this may be the cleanest one in existence. And this was apparently the very best place to sell it. After selling for $49,500 at RM Fort Lauderdale in 2018, it was a $43,250 no-sale on Bring a Trailer in 2020 and then brought $63,800 at an RM online auction in 2021. Another Turbo Cup 944 with good race history sold for $130K on PCarMarket a year ago and was the most expensive example sold at auction, but this never-raced car just blew that record out of the water, a surprise.
Lot # 249 1953 Porsche 356 1500 Coupe; S/N 51062; Azure Blue/Grey corduroy; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $224,000. – 1,488/55hp, 4-speed, hub caps. – Represented as matching numbers engine and “likely” the original transmission. Purchased by the consignor’s father, used as a daily driver, and sustained front end damage in the late ’60s due to a collision with a police car. Then repaired and put into storage. Restoration started in the 2000s but not finished until the late 2010s. Very good paint, chrome, interior and underbody. Recently restored to high but not excessive standards, and shown at concours events in recent years. – This is a choice example from early Porsche history, restored to high standards and maintained consistently with concours invitations to show for it. It’s a pretty car and brought a pretty price that’s fair to both the seller and the buyer.
Lot # 251 1967 Porsche 910 Coupe; S/N 910020; White, Light Blue stripe/Red; Estimate $2,800,000 – $3,400,000; Competition restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,300,000. – 1,991/220hp six, 5-speed, Dunlop Racing tires, Sabelt harnesses. – One of 27 910s built. A customer car raced throughout 1969 by Bill Bradley, Vic Elford, John Fitzpatrick, Tory Dean, Gijs van Lennep. First in class at the 1969 Spa 1000 km, 12th overall at Nürburgring. Has since run at Goodwood Revival and Le Mans Classic. Restored in the 1990s and repainted last year. Worn driver’s seat, but for a race car it looks excellent. – Built during a time of prolific competition car development at Porsche, the 910 achieved some successes but more importantly was the building block on which Porsche based its coming successful flat-eight cylinder engines that led inexorably to the fantastic 917 flat-twelves. This one is powered by the customer 2-liter flat six and has modest race success. It is a rare and valuable car but its condition and history are appropriately valued in the reported high bid here.
Lot # 252 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Coupe; S/N WP0AF2A9XBS785713; Carrara White, Gray, Red/Black leather, Red Alcantara inserts; Estimate $650,000 – $750,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $575,000 plus commission of 10.87%; Final Price $637,500. – 3,996/500hp, 6-speed, white wheels, red calipers. – Single owner, and they didn’t drive it much. Just 3,000 miles. This is the last GT3 RS 4.0 delivered out of 126 sold in the US. – Wider carbon body panels, special suspension, and an upgraded engine distinguish the GT3 RS 4.0, but that describes most limited edition 911s. Porsche also spins out so many special editions and recycles so many terms that it can all get a little confusing, but the GT3 RS 4.0 from 2011 is a standout model among the rest. It’s the last of the 997-series 911s, the last roadgoing version with the Metzger engine, and the last RS model with a manual gearbox. The official price when new was about 200 grand, but it was an easy car to spot as an instant collectible. They sold out immediately, and then a dozen years later this one tripled in price. And this isn’t even on the high side. Broad Arrow sold another one for $709K in Amelia earlier this year and another one for $885K in Monterey, while another brought $711K on Bring a Trailer a year ago.
Lot # 253 1997 Porsche 911 Aerokit Targa; S/N WP0DA2990VS385387; Artic Silver Metallic/Boxster Red leather; Estimate $130,000 – $160,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $162,400. – 3,601/282hp, 6-speed, Litronic headlights, limited-slip, side skirts, silver faced gauges, factory CD stereo, tools, white face gauges, rootwood dash. Ordered with Aerokit I package that added the bi-plane rear spoiler with integrated third brake light as well as a front lip spoiler. – Special order interior. Showing 25,752 miles. Has some small, livable rock chips on the nose, but the paint and wheels are holding up well. The interior only shows mild wear. A well-kept, well-equipped 911. – The 993 Targa moved away from the previous removable roof and roll bar system and instead used a huge retractable glass roof center section. They generally aren’t worth as much as a regular coupe, but this one’s special options, clean condition and manual gearbox (most 993 Targas got Tiptronics) boosted it to even more than a coupe in this condition would normally sell for.
Lot # 254 1969 Porsche 912 Coupe; S/N 129020475; Tangerine/Black leatherette; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Visually maintained, largely original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $134,400. – 1,582/90hp, 5-speed, chromed wheels, Pirelli tires, roof rack with skis, Blaupunkt Hamburg AM radio, tools – Sold new in Portland, OR. Represented as an unrestored four-owner car. Paint is represented as largely original but I can’t tell what parts were redone, it all looks fresh. All original equipment, including the original spare wheel. The interior looks immaculate, as do the wheels and underbody. If they said this car was freshly restored, that would be a believable claim. The preservation is perhaps unequaled in the world of 912s. Plus, with Porsches it’s also the accessories that can make a huge difference and this car has some of the coolest accessories of all – skis. – This car spent a long time in John Dixon’s cheekily named “Taj Ma Garaj” collection in Ohio starting in the 2000s, and RM Sotheby’s sold it out of that collection in 2019 for $100,800 with 12,900 original miles (today it has 13,043). It was the first 912 to break six figures at auction and was the most expensive 912 we’ve ever seen, at least until it broke its own record here in Atlanta. The 912 actually outsold its six-cylinder sibling when both were new, and Porsche’s 100,000th car was a 912, but 912s were also less generally well-kept than 911s. Until relatively recently they were also cheap enough to get neglected, which makes this one’s preservation all the more impressive. There’s a reason no other 912 has brought more money in the four years since this one last crossed an auction block, and it’s not because anybody overpaid. It’s just the best example around.
Lot # 255 1987 Porsche 944 GTR Fabcar Coupe; S/N 944007; Red, Yellow/Black; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Competition car, original as-raced 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $155,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $173,600. – 2,478/575hp turbo four, 5-speed, gold BBS wheels, extensive spares. – The last of eight 944 GTRs built and the only one done to IMSA specs. Delivered new to Al Holbert for testing/development and then raced in IMSA GTO from 1988-90 to middling results. Sat in the showroom of sponsor Electrodyne, Inc. until the 2000s and still in unrestored, reasonably aged race car condition. – One of two 944 Turbos in this all-Porsche sale, the other, lot #248 a 1988 944 Turbo Cup in similarly well-preserved condition but without race history, sold for $196,000 including commission which makes this race-prepared car with Al Holbert and IMSA GTO race history surprisingly affordable.
Lot # 256 2008 Porsche Boxster RS60 Spyder Replica; S/N WP0CB29818U731374; GT Silver Metallic/Red leather; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $27,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $30,800. – 3,387/303hp, 6-speed manual, factory Sport exhaust, Bose stereo, Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM). – Number 758 of 1,960 built. Represented with $6,500 in options and $8,000 in recent service. Showing 47,641 miles. This one has been enjoyed, actually. There are rock chips all over the front, the wheels and brakes are very dirty, and the rear fender stone guards are dull. The leather shows mild wrinkling but no dirt or excessive wear, and the combo of rear leather and silver accents is lovely. – Built as an homage to the Type 18 that won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1960 and for driver Hans Herrmann’s 80th birthday, the Boxster RS60 Spyder came with different front and rear bumpers, stainless steel door sills, black trim around the windshield, wheel spacers, and better interior appointments. It offered real performance upgrades, too, with 8 more hp than the already potent Boxster S. And, by the standards of second gen (Type 987) Boxsters at least, it’s pretty sharp looking. Few were impressed with it at this auction, however, and it went for under its estimate. Indeed, it’s a head-scratcher. Barely 30 grand for a reasonably clean, limited-production, 300-hp Porsche Spyder? One of the few great values in P-car world.
Lot # 257 1967 Porsche 911S Targa; S/N 500457S; Bahama Yellow/Black leatherette; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $330,000. – 1991/180hp, 5-speed, Fuchs wheels, Pirelli tires, gold brightwork, soft rear window, Blaupunkt radio. – Rare soft window Targa, represented as matching numbers. Very clean paint. Some glue residue on the edge of the roll hoop but the brushed metal is free of scratches, which is impressive on one of these cars. Excellent interior. A very clean car with good colors and options. – Reported sold two years ago at Gooding’s Pebble Beach auction for an eye-watering $428,500 ($385,000 hammer) and resoundingly rejected here in Atlanta, a reminder that “you make your money when you buy.”
Lot # 264 1976 Porsche 912E Coupe; S/N 9126001246; Black/Black; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $64,400. – 1,971/86hp, 5-speed, Fuchs wheels, Vredestein tires, sunroof, Blaupunkt cassette, books and tools. – West Coast car from new. Represented with $20,000 in mechanical service but cosmetically it looks all original. The paint is dull, scratched and crazed in spots, while there are several large blisters, particularly on and around the trunk lid. Clean dash and clear gauges, but the steering wheel is worn and there is a large rip in the driver’s seat. The underbody is maintained and tidy enough, while the wheels are aged and the Porsche crests on them are faded. Likely runs well, but looks like a tired car. – In 1976 Porsche was without a dedicated entry-level model to lure in buyers who couldn’t quite swing a 911. The 914 was gone but the 924 wasn’t ready yet. Enter the one-year-only 912E. Like the old ’60s 912 it looks just like a 911, but out back sits the US-spec engine from the 914 (a VW unit). It retailed for about $3K less than a 911S, and Porsche built about 2,100 units from May 1975 to July 1976. It’s rare, then, but really just a stopgap model and more a footnote than some mythical special edition. Apparently the bidders were more impressed with this one than I was, however, because they snapped at the chance to buy it and put up a rather shocking price. This is the highest we’ve ever seen anybody pay for one at auction, When talking mid-’70s Porsches, this is 911 money.