Perfect Porsches: 5 of the World's Most Valuable
Whilst they're no match for Ferrari in the eight-figure classic car stakes, the value of vintage Porsches – particularly those with racing provenance – has increased steadily in recent years. Here are 5 of the most expensive Porsches ever sold at auction.
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14
This 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14 was the second of only four Martini Works Turbo 2.14 models built. The car was used for extensive testing and development work by the team, before being campaigned during the 1974 World Sports Car Championship Season, which included top 10 finishes at Nürburgring and Österreichring. Described as "one of the most important 911s in existence", the car sold at Gooding & Company in 2012 for $3,245,000.
1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder
Dating from 1955, this Porsche 550 Spyder is thought to have been the first built with the stiffened chassis. Having been delivered new to the Belgian racer Christian Goethals, the car was then exhibited by Porsche as the Brussels Salon Auto Show Car in February 1956. Goethals campaigned the car in European races throughout the year, before it headed to the US and five years of competition with Suzy Dietrich and Tom Payne behind the wheel. It was later fully restored by collectors Peter and Cheryl Dunkel, and sold at Mecum Auctions in 2013 for $3,750,000.
1972-73 Porsche 917 Interserie Spyder née 1970 Gulf-JWA Le Mans 917K Coupe
This Gulf-JWA Le Mans 917K Coupe was originally built in 1970 to compete in the Le Mans 24-Hours race. Driver Mike Hailwood crashed the car on the 50th lap, aquaplaning off the track during torrential rain and severely damaging the frame. In 1972 the chassis frame was rebuilt by Porsche as a 917 Interserie Spyder, and sold to privateer racer Ernst Kraus who campaigned it during the 72/73 European race series. Having been acquired in 1989 by the renowned Porsche collector Michael Amalfitano, the car was fully restored and it later sold at Bonhams in 2010 for $3,967,000, setting a then-world record for a Porsche at auction.
1973 Porsche 917/30
Described as "history's most powerful road-racing car", the Porsche 917/30 was raced for one glorious season in 1973 before new fuel limits made it obsolete. The company built three full functional cars for the 1973 season, and three chassis set for the 1974 season. When racing regulations changed the latter three were left unfinished, until collectors and enthusiasts paid the company to finish them, making them the most expensive Porsches ever sold directly to customers by the factory at the time. This example was acquired new by Australian Porsche Importer Alan Hamilton, and later restored to Penske Racing’s 1973 Sunoco Livery. Despite lacking an official racing provenance, this car sold at Gooding & Company in 2012 for $4,400,000.
1972 Porsche L&M 917/10 Spyder
The world's most expensive Porsche ever sold at auction is this Porsche 917, raced by Team Penske during the 1972 Can-Am series by legends Mark Donohue and George Follmer. The car finished first in five of its nine races, and earned Porsche their very first Can-Am Championship. It was then sold to Rinzler, and driven to an overall second-place finish during the 1973 championships. Described as "one of the most significant race cars ever built", this iconic Porsche sold at Mecum Auctions in 2012 for $5,830,000.
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