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These Porsches Are Not To Be Missed, and They Go On Sale This Month

Vintage Porsches are unbeatable. They never go out of style, looking and handling beautifully forever. They’re everyone’s taste, and they appear in so many specifications– it’s easy for everyone to find a favorite. We love to window shop them, which is perfect because we have a brand new opportunity to do so. For a limited time, you can peek at the 5 cars below in the Gooding & Company catalogue before they go on sale at their Amelia Island Auctions from February 29th to March 1st. You can register to bid on them here if we’ve already enthralled you. 

1961 Porsche RS61 (Estimate: $4,000,000 – $5,000,000)

Now, this is a supercar! With stunning lines and extraordinary racing provenance, this car is beyond iconic. The RS61 was born from the RS60, a highly efficient racecar suited for technical circuits and open races due to its 1,210 lb weight, braking, and acceleration. In 1961, Porsche built out another 14 Spyders for its customers, hence the name RS61. These were identical to the RS60 in everything but the name, except that they were the last of the legendary four-cam Spyders, making them especially significant. 

This particular RS61, chassis 718-076, boasts everything you could ever want in a Porsche– a successful racing period and history known from new. It was originally finished in silver and equipped with a 547/3 four-cam engine, no. 90336. From then, it went on to win the Trophée d’Augvergne, South African Sports Car Championship, the South African 6 Hours, and the Sports Car Club of South Africa Hill Climb. After undergoing restorations to keep it competitive in racing and outfitted to look very much as it would have when it was first raced, it took on the vintage circuits in the 2000s, successfully taking part in the Le Mans Classic. One of the most thrilling, road going sports racing cars, it is bound to be snapped up and taken out for some very speedy joy rides. 

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach (Estimate: $2,500,000 – $3,000,000)

Now, if we turn to the recent past, we can see another great engineering feat in this car. It was initially shown as a concept car at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, combining classic Porsche qualities with cutting edge technical capability: an innovative drivetrain with low fuel consumption and long electric range. There were just 918 examples built, offered to the company’s best and most loyal customers. 

The shape is also to die for. It was crafted from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) with a stunning sloped nose, extending exhaust pipes, and detachable roof panels. The Weissach package reduced weight through magnesium wheels and ceramic wheel bearings. They were all components that led to it achieving a 6:67 lap at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe in 2013, a record for a production car. The incredible V-8 engine grants this car a top speed of 217 mph. 

It comes in the legendary Gulf Oil livery made iconic by John Wyer’s racing team. The consignor was granted special permission by Gulf Oil to have this livery applied from new on his two 918s. That means it is one of only two 918s with the highly desirable Gulf Livery from the factory. Showing  just 376 miles when catalogued, it’s a perfect setup for someone who only drives the best. 

1990 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Reimagined by Singer (Estimate: $1,100,000 – $1,300,000, Without Reserve)

Let’s throw it back to the ‘90s, arguably one of the best eras for Porsche. If you aren’t familiar with the work of Singer Vehicle Design , the firm restores and reimagines 1989-1994 Porsche 911s based on the 964 chassis with the utmost care and personalization. Singer’s goal for each commission was always to collaborate with owners to reach the ultimate air-cooled 911. 

This particular chassis is known as the “Amsterdam' Commission” as it was originally ordered by a Netherlands-based collector. During its two-year restoration, the carbon fiber bodywork was finished in Fashion Grey Pearl, a color unusual for the 964, celebrating a golden era of the air-cooled 911, harkening back to 1973. The seats come upholstered in a sporting Olive Green leather, creating a sophisticated, minimalist feel. Of course, the performance comes in spades. The 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated, air cooled flat-six was hand built by Ed Pink Racing Engines. As one of 37 Singer “Classic Study” cars with all wheel drive, it can be deployed in a range of conditions. It moves wonderfully, and looks good doing it. 

2019 Porsche 935 (Estimate: $1,500,000 – $1,750,000, Without Reserve)

This limited-edition, track-only special was unveiled at Porsche’s 70th anniversary celebration in commemoration of the original 935 race cars so famous in the late 70s and early eighties. The new 935 was based on the contemporaneous 991/2-generation 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, featuring new bodywork to evoke the longtail 935. It boasts its distinctive wheel-arch air vents on the front fairings and an adjustable rear wing to lend aerodynamic balance. 

The car comes powered by a 3.8-liter, water-cooled, twin-turbocharged flat-six, with a water spraying system to cool intake air and variable turbine geometry turbochargers to minimize turbo lag and ensure linear power delivery. Porsche claimed that the new 935 could achieve 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph. This particular car is number 76 out of a 77 production run, resplendent in the iconic Martini livery. Did we mention this 935 indicates only delivery mileage at the time of cataloging? And it is being offered without reserve? Pretty sweet deal. 

1994 Porsche 964 Turbo S Flachbau X83 (Estimate: $1,000,000 – $1,250,000, Without Reserve)

Last but not least, we couldn’t help but share this super-rare 964. Turbo S Flachbau models are incredibly similar to the 911 Turbo 3.6, featuring pop-up headlights, the X92 Exclusive front spoiler, the X93 Exclusive rear spoiler, X99 Exclusive intakes in the fenders, and X88 Sport Tuning Options. But with the more favorable combination of increased power and improved aerodynamics, the Flachbau has an overall better performance, with a top speed of 178 mph. 

This particular model went all the way to Japan, where it lived until 2014, when it was sold to a well known Belgian collector and historic racer, before heading to the US. It is incredibly original and comes as one of ten built, meaning that they almost never go up to sale. This one might just be the finest living example, so it’s bound to be a special moment at Gooding & Company’s sale. 

These rare and spectacular Porsches are going on sale soon at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auctions. In the meantime, you can learn more through the Gooding & Company online catalogue or register to bid if you’re ready to sign for these race-ready models already.  

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