To celebrate Porsche’s 70th anniversary, RM Sotheby’s announced a collaboration with the car manufacturer to present The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction on 27 October 2018. The auction will feature approximately 70 of the world's most important and most sought-after collectible Porsche models, spanning the marque's illustrious 70-year history as a sports car manufacturer.
We introduced some highlighted race cars from the auction in the previous article. This time, we are going to pick some streetcars that you can’t miss from the sale, including a 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo “Project Gold”, a 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster and a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder.
It’s immediately recognizable as a Porsche of the 993 generation
Porsche Classic has manufactured the last 911 Turbo with an air-cooled engine – 20 years after the last one left the assembly line. “Project Gold” is a show car that is immediately recognizable as a Porsche of the 993 generation – a series vaunted by enthusiasts as the last of the traditional air-cooled 911s, ending its production run for 1998.
Gap dimensions and functioning of the doors, engine lid, and rear lid were all tested before the side air vents were inserted into the rear panels with meticulous attention, replicating a feature that was available on the 993 Turbo S.
The build of “Project Gold” lasted one-and-a-half years, mainly relied on the more than 52,000 genuine parts available in Porsche Classic’s resources, of which there are currently available 6,500 parts for the 993 generation alone.
Porsche have clearly stated they will never build another car like it, as indicated by its series designation “001/001.”
The 3.6-liter, six-cylinder bi-turbocharged boxer engine was built entirely from brand-new genuine parts and delivers 450 hp at 6,000 rpm – 42 hp more than the standard 993 Turbo had.
After one-and-a-half years of work by numerous, highly experienced Porsche professionals, the offering of “Project Gold” is a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Porsche have clearly stated they will never build another car like it, as indicated by its series designation “001/001.” The estimate of the car is upon request. The net proceeds from the car’s sale will go to benefit the Ferry Porsche Foundation.
Porsche 356 A Super Speedster
It is painted with Glacier White, code 5713, a special-order colour, is nearly all original
This highly original, fully numbers-matching 1956 Porsche 356 A 1600 S Speedster, commonly referred to as a Super Speedster, is one of just 645 Super Speedsters for the 1956 model year. The Speedster iteration of the 356 was introduced to the U.S. market in 1954 to compete with its affordable British contemporaries.
It shows just 35,303 actual miles
The Speedster features a low, wrap-around windscreen, an entirely retractable hood, lower door waistline, horizontal trim strip and twin bucket seats. The 356 A Speedster was equipped with the 1.6-liter, 60 bhp air-cooled engine, and in this rare ‘Super’ configuration, boasts an improved 75 bhp output.
In 1967, Robert Howry Jr, a fifth-generation meat-cutter in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, bought this Glacier White 1956 Porsche Super Speedster from a local scrap metal dealer. Since then, he has kept it for the next 51 years. The Speedster spent most of that time carefully stored in a special garage space, coming out occasionally for special events.
It was kept in Mr. Howry’s collection
This true ‘time capsule’ will come to the Atlanta sale this October, showing just 35,303 actual miles and complete with Porsche Kardex and Certificate of Authenticity. It is supplied with its original side curtains, tool roll, jack, and spare, along with its pull-through leather key fob, manuals, and many other unique original parts. It is estimated between US$500,000-600,000.
The 918 Spyder utilizes state-of-the-art hybrid-electric technology
It has an adjustable rear wing
Boasting a chassis constructed almost entirely out of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic composite, at the 918’s heart is a naturally aspirated 90-degree V-8. Based on the engine in the RS Spyder LMP2 Le Mans prototype. The sprint from 0–60 mph can be reached in less than 2.5 seconds, faster than its hybrid hypercar rivals, the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari.
Built for the 2015 model year, the 918 Spyder remains with its first and only owner. It is expected to fetch US$1.4m-1.6m. Purchased by a California-based Porsche collector who has maintained the car since new, it has accumulated less than 225 miles and presents in new condition throughout.
The car’s carbon fiber interior trim is in a matte finish
The interior is trimmed in Black leather with Acid Green highlights, including matching stitching on the steering wheel and sun visors. Keen eyes will further note that the car’s carbon fiber interior trim is in a matte finish, as opposed to the traditional gloss finish. Weissach editions aside, this example is the most expensive 918 Spyder delivered.
Porsche 918 Spyder is a coveted model with remarkable selling prices in past auctions. Last year, another 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, finished in Basalt Black Metallic paint, was sold for US$1.8m.
This 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder was sold for US$1.8m
Streetcars you can’t miss from Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction
2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series "Project Gold"
Lot no.: 220
Created in: 2018
Estimate upon request
1956 Porsche 356 A 1600 'Super' Speedster by Reutter
Lot no.: 203
Created in: 1956
Estimate: US$500,000 - $600,000
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
Lot no.: 185
Created in: 2015
Estimate: US$1,400,000 - $1,600,000
Auction house: RM Sotheby's
Sale: Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Auction date: 2018/10/27