Going for gold: Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale


‘Project Gold’ Porsche and Paris-Dakar 959 sell for seven figures at RM Sotheby’s one-make sale

Porsche 911 Project Gold RM Sotheby's

Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th anniversary sale featured some real gems from Ferry Porsche’s marque – some oddities and some formative sports cars.

Sales totalled $25.8 million at the Porsche Experience Center, in Atlanta, USA, and 92 per cent of the lots – of which there were 63 cars – found new owners.

Smashing its high estimate of nearly $3.5 million, the 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar, one of three works entries in that year’s enduro and one of seven rally 959s produced, took the headlines. It sold for $5,945,000 including premium, and this one was driven by three-time Paris-Dakar winner René Metge in period.

A 1980 Kremer Porsche 935 K4 driven by Danny Ongais and Ted Field didn’t meet its estimate of more than $1 million, but still went for $885,000.

What about the original, the Porsche 356? One of the most coveted classic sports cars, and the model that started it all, there was a host of 356s on offer in Atlanta. One isn’t a functioning road car at all, rather, it was built to train American mechanics in 1956 by a New York distributor. It sold for $112,000.

A rare four-cam GTL engine, originally installed in a 356 Abarth Carrera GTL, was expected to sell for $250,000 and eventually went for $50,000 more.

Doubling its estimate, this 1958 Porsche 356 A 1600 ‘Super’ Speedster includes running gear but, as expected, sheet metal and numerous parts will need replacing. The ultimate Porsche project car sold for $307,500, owing to the inclusion of its 1600 ‘Super’ engine.

Porsche 356 A 1600 Super Speedster

Among the numerous 911s consigned, the one-off Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series ‘Project Gold’ courted the most attention, with all proceeds going to the Ferry Porsche Foundation – established this year for Porsche’s 70th anniversary. Built 20 years after production of the air-cooled 911 Turbo ended, this special gold 911 sold for $3,415,000.

But still for sale is a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8, which was estimated to fetch more than $3 million. It was one of 55 RSRs built for the 1973 season and entered into the 12 Hours of Sebring in March – taking fourth overall – and then the Watkins Glen 6 Hours that year for third in class.

It was raced in the IMSA GT Championship by Jim Cook until 1979, before undergoing an extensive restoration and entered in Concours events. But it’s begging to be raced in historic events such as the Le Mans Classic.

A 1975 RSR 3.0 could have fetched more than $2 million, having been entered in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1975 and ‘76 with a class win in the most recent Le Mans Classic. One of 10 built in ‘75 and one of 52 with a 3.0-litre engine, its results were mixed while John Fitzpatrick’s Porsches set the bar.

And finally, we’ve covered the 956 on these pages already – the only surviving privateer 956, and the only one to win a race in the United States – that could have sold for between $5,250,000 – $6,750,000, but left without a new owner.


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