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An Embarrassment of Riches

by | August 2015

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With total production of Porsche sports car models hovering around a million examples, perhaps it’s not unexpected how much interest the six auction houses are lavishing on this make in mid-August at Monterey. Call it an embarrassment of riches, if you like, but if you are seeking a 356, 911, 959, Carrera GT or one of the uncommon race cars, this may be your year. Between Bonhams, Rick Cole, Gooding & Company, Mecum Auctions, RM Auctions, and Russo and Steele, there are 163 Porsches offered for sale over a four-day period. In some cases, this abundance constitutes ten percent of their entire catalog. Mecum, for example is offering a staggering 63 Porsches out of their 600 cars for Monterey. Rick Cole lists five Porsches among his 43 offerings. That doesn’t even hint at private sales that may happen before and after Tuesday’s Concours on the Avenue in Carmel (incidentally honoring Porsche models through 1989) or Friday’s Werks Reunion.

We scrutinized the auction offerings and we will be watching carefully what transpires under the tents and in the hotel ballrooms. We’ve included a partial list below. Please check the auction house websites for a complete inventory and details on each.

Bonhams at Quail Lodge
Friday, 14 August

Quail Lodge – 7000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, CA
http://www.bonhams.com/quail

1955 356 Pre-A Continental Cabrio

Lot 47 (#60771) – Estimate $275,000-325,000
Black/green, full restoration, replacement engine

1965 911 coupe

Lot 94 (#300620) – Estimate $300,000-330,000
Engine 900706, reportedly correct numbers, complete restoration, light ivory/black

1969 911S coupe

Lot 111 (#119300117) – Without reserve estimate $150,000-200,000
Tangerine/black, redone interior, otherwise reportedly original/unrestored

1973 Carrera 2.7 Touring

Lot 36 (#9113601059) – Estimate $250,000-300,000
Third series, gulf blue, full restoration in 2007

1987 930 Turbo M505

Lot 54 (#WP0JB0932H050488) – Without reserve estimate $110,000-140,000
NY auto show flat nose coupe, diamond blue metallic/burgundy leather, reportedly mostly original

1987 959 Komfort

Lot 72 (#WP0ZZZ95ZHS900125) – Estimate $1.0M-1.25M
Red/black, federalized by Canepa

1989 Carrera Speedster

Lot 3 (#WP0EB0911KS173142) – Without reserve estimate $175,000-200,000
Red/black

Rick Cole Auctions: Marriott Hotel near Fisherman’s Wharf
Thursday through Saturday, 13-15 August

Monterey Marriott – 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA
http://rickcole.com/

1956 356A Speedster

Lot 1155 (#82011) – Estimate $275,000-295,000
White/red, reportedly “remarkably original”

1960 356B 1600 Roadster

Lot 840 (#88121) – Estimate $135,000-175,000
One owner, reportedly original unrestored, red/black, Drauz body

1961 356B 1600S Roadster

Lot 1040 (#88316) – Estimate $200-250K
Slate grey/red, Drauz body

1967 911 S

Lot 910 (#3059665) – Estimate $285,000-325,000
Slate grey/red, full restoration

1987 959

Lot 1120 (#WP0ZZZ95ZH5900015) – Estimate $1.6-1.9M
Komfort model, guards red/grey, reportedly 628 miles

Gooding & Company: Pebble Beach Equestrian Center
Saturday & Sunday, 15-16 August

Pebble Beach Equestrian Center – Stevenson Drive and Portola Road, Pebble Beach, CA
http://www.goodingco.com/

1958 356A Speedster

Lot 158 (#84313) – Estimate $325,000-375,000
Aquamarine blue/black, reportedly original and unrestored

1960 Porsche RS60

Lot 143 (#718-044) – Estimate $5.5M-7.0M
Silver/red, factory car: 1960-1961, significant starts with legendary drivers

1964 904 GTS

Lot 056 (#904-006) – Estimated $2.25M-2.75M
Factory team car 1964-1965, 2nd o/a at 1964 Targa, 2nd o/a at 1965 Rallye Monte Carlo

1967 906E

Lot 117 (#906-159) – Estimate $1.6M-2.0M
Fuel injection engine, ex-Scooter Patrick, five overall firsts in period

1973 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight

Lot 064 (#9113601163) – Estimate $1.0M-1.3M
M471, white/red decals/black, factory restoration 1995 but history unknown prior to 1992

1973 Carrera 2.8 RSR

Lot 145 (#9113601521) – Estimate $900,000-1.1M
Viper green, one of 55, good European racing history

1982 Porsche 956

Lot 050 (#956-003) – With reserve estimated $7.0M-9.0M
Five racing wins including 1983 LM, factory car 1982-1984

1994 964 Turbo 3.6

Lot 159 (#WP0AC2964RS480155) – Without reserve estimate $300,000-350,000
Midnight blue/grey, U.S. spec, three owners, reportedly unmodified or molested, recent major service

1996 993 Turbo

Lot 060 (#WP0AC2888TS376245) – Without reserve estimate $275-350K
White/graphics, ex-Jeff Zwart Pikes Peak car

Mecum Auctions: Hyatt Monterey
Thursday through Saturday, August 13-15

Hyatt Regency Monterey – 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, CA
https://www.mecum.com/

1953 Typ 356 coupe

Lot S51 (#51465) – Estimate $275,000-325,000
White/red, reportedly factory test/development car 

1962 356B Super 90 Cabriolet

Lot S70 (#155837) – Estimate $175,000-$250,000
Ivory/red, twin-grille, complete restoration

1976 Porsche 930 Turbo

Lot S71 (#9306800408) – Estimate not published
Slate gray/black, Steve McQueen’s Turbo

1981 Typ 928 Carelli Convertible prototype

Lot S164 (#WP0JA0928BS821277) – Estimate $125,000-$150,000
Guards Red/tan,  1 of 8

1983 Porsche 935DP

Lot S76 (#WP0ZZZ93Z39DDD529) – Estimate $300,000-$400,000
Gulf blue/black, road-going bodywork variation of Kremer K3 race car, reportedly recent engine and driveline overhaul and repaint

1986 Porsche 935 Kremer K2

Lot S50 (#WP0ZZZ93ZGS000924) – Estimate not published
Red/tan, road-going Kremer, 1 of 12 imported to US, federalized, reportedly original

1993 Typ 964 RS America

Lot S22 (#WP0AB296PS419253) – Estimate $135,000-150,000
Guards red/black

2005 Typ 996 GT3 coupe

Lot F125 (#WP0AC29915S692144) – Estimate $80,000-$95,000
Grey/black

2005 Carrera GT

Lot S45 (#WP0CA29815L001520) – Estimate $1,2M-$1.4M
Fayence yellow/dark grey, 252 miles from new

2008 Typ 997 911 Carrera S

Lot S36 (#WP0AB299X8S732082) – Estimate $85,000-$115,000
White/black, center-drive conversion

RM Auctions
Thursday for Pinanacle Collection, Friday & Saturday, 13-15 August

Portola Hotel & Spa – 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA
http://www.rmsothebys.com/

1956 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster

Lot 108 (#82298) – Without reserve estimate $270,000-320,000
Restored to its original colors of white with red interior, fitted with optional 356 coupe seats, U.S.-delivery car

1965 911 coupe

Lot 330 (#303093) – Without reserve estimate $250,000-350,000
Polo red with black leatherette, reportedlly original, unrestored, engine rebuilt in 1999

1967 911S

Lot 236 (#307588S) – Without reserve estimate $300,000-350,000
Special Blutorange paint from factory, with black interior, reportedly unrestored, “cosmetically original”

1976 911

Turbo Lot 234 (#9306800014) – Without reserve estimate $300,000-400,000
The final of four U.S. prototypes, as EPA certification car: then a succession of well-documented owners

1988 959 Komfort

Lot 102 (#WP0ZZZ95ZJS900154) – Estimate $1.0M-$1.3M
Silver/burgundy, brought to U.S. in 2011, “federalized” by Autosport Designs, reportedly no aftermarket upgrades or changes

1996 993 Carrera RS 3.8

Lot 110 (#WP0ZZZ99ZTS390503) – Without reserve estimate $350,000-450,000
Guards red with black leather, U.S. street legal

Russo and Steele: Next to Fisherman’s Wharf
Thursday through Saturday, 13-15 August
(Estimates not published by time of magazine release)

Old Fisherman’s Warf, Monterey, CA
https://russoandsteele.com/

1953 356 Pre-A Bentwindow coupe

Consignment 4108 (#50540) – Estimate not published
Black/tobacco, ex-racer w/history and 1,640cc engine, restored

1959 356 T2 Cabriolet w/factory hardtop

Consignment 4018 (151864) – Estimate not published
Meissen blue/red, two owners, restored

1962 356 B coupe

Consignment 4038 (#118100) – Estimate not published
Auratrium green/tan, restored

1983 SC Cabriolet

Lot 4013 (#WP0EA0916DS170338) – Estimate not published
Basalt black/black, rebodied/reconstructed as slant nose with Andial turbo

1994 Typ 964 Turbo

Consignment 4084 (#WP0AC296XRS480113) – Estimate not published
Red/black, reportedly one owner

2005 Carrera GT

Consignment 4030 (#WP0CA29885L001174) – Estimate not published
Black/black

 

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