Bonhams to offer first ever Porsche 911 R at auction

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2016-09-26 10:19:59

One of the world's rarest and most sought-after modern Porsches, the Porsche 911 R, will be offered for auction at Bonhams next month.

The 2016 Porsche 911 R is one of the star lots of The Zoute Sale, which takes place in the stylish Belgian seaside town of Knokke Le-Zoute.

Revealed to the public just a few months ago at the Geneva Motor Show, the Porsche 911 R was an instant sensation with enthusiasts.

Described as "everything you'd want in a Porsche", the car features a six speed manual transmission gearbox, a naturally aspirated 500hp engine, an ultra light-weight body and rear wheel drive.

The Porsche 911 R has a production run of just 991 examples – and every single one was presold to Porsche's preferred customers before its release this summer.

The car headed for the block at Bonhams is the first to be offered at auction anywhere in the world, and comes with an estimate of €250,000-350,000 ($280,970 - $393,360).

The early production line example, delivered new in July and numbered 135, is finished in white with a black/brown two-tone leather interior, and has just 52 kilometres on the clock.

"The Porsche 911 R is a car for real purists and fully justifies the title of the most sought-after modern Porsche today," said Bonhams motoring expert Gregory Tuytens.

"Six months ago the launch price was around €200,000, but already the Porsche 911 R is being traded at €500,000-600,000. We believe our very fair estimate will attract a great deal of attention from enthusiasts keen to acquire one of the rarest Porsche around."

Further Porsche highlights from The Zoute Sale will include a 1955 Porsche 356 'Pre-A' 1600 Speedster estimated at €350,000 - €550,000 ($393,360 - $618,140); a 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Type 930 Targa 5-speed valued at €250,000 - €300,000 ($280,970 - $337,270); and a 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7-Litre MFI 'Sondermodell' Coupé priced at €175,000 - €275,000 ($196,700 - $309,070).

The Bonhams Zoute Sale takes place on October 7.

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