How much classic Porsche can you buy for $200,000?
And the picks are interesting.........
Although 2020 has been a tumultuous year for many, those selling classic Porsches will have had little to complain about.
Recent results from the Bring a Trailer auction website show strong prices being paid for a variety of German performance cars. I have taken a closer look at five that have achieved close to $200,000 in recent months.
1.1958 Porsche 356 A Cabriolet
As the starting point for Porsche’s road car empire, the various 356 models continue to be attractive to collectors. Earlier models in particular, such as this 356 A, have been winners at auction throughout the year.
Produced between 1955 and 1959, the 356 A added a number of key upgrades for the rear-engined sports car. More than 21,000 examples were made, with the open-top Convertible and Speedster models a popular buy.
This particular Porsche 356 A was first owned by a US Army serviceman in Germany, before being shipped home. Refurbishment work was undertaken in the early 2000s, seeing fresh Schwarz paint added, with the interior finished in tan vinyl upholstery.
The original 1.6 L Flat-Four engine was rebuilt, whilst the 4-speed manual Transaxle is also the factory-fitted item. Service records dating back to the 1960s added to the provenance.
Sold in November 2020, the 356 A achieved a considerable $212,000 when the bidding ended.
2.2004 RUF RGT RS
Technically, RUF Automobile is a standalone manufacturer, using unstamped Porsche chassis to construct sports cars. Yet the brands are so intrinsically linked that it would seem churlish to overlook this 2004 RGT.
The RUF RGT is based upon the 996-generation of the Porsche 911 GT3, and is one of only 32 examples made for the 2004 model year. Key changes include a bespoke Carbon fibre hood, new Bumpers, Side mirrors, and a sizable rear Spoiler.
RUF also installed Bilstein coil-over suspension, Brembo brakes, and a set of 18-inch Alloy Wheels.
Whilst the Mezger-designed 3.6 L Flat-Six engine from the 911 GT3 was retained, RUF fitted its own components to enhance it. Changes such as a new ECU and an upgraded Air Intake helped push output to 395 horsepower.
Finished in Mexico Blue, with houndstooth cloth used for the bucket seats inside, this RGT has covered 25,000 miles since new. The car was delivered new to Texas, before later spending time in Connecticut.
A sale price of $199,100 just failed to break the $200,000 barrier, but reflects the rarity of this special model.
3.1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS
The 964-generation of the Porsche 911 proved to be a giant leap forward from its predecessors, with more than 85% of it brand new. Improved Handling and Performance, along with enhanced Usability, make it a desirable Modern Classic.
The limited-edition Carrera RS, launched in 1992, was a lightweight model inspired by the Porsche Carrera Cup race car. Compared to the regular 911 Carrera 2, the RS version removed some 345 lb (155 kg) in weight.
Porsche even resorted to fitting 17-inch Wheels made from Magnesium, removed the Power-assistance for the Steering and dumped the rear Bench Seats.
Not officially sold in the United States, this Carrera RS started life in Italy. It was later imported to Canada, via France, in 2015.
The 256 horsepower 3.6 L Flat-Six engine had covered around 37,000 miles. Finished in Polar Silver, some bodywork was recently repainted to ensure it looks factory fresh.
A final auction price of $209,000 is explained by the collectible nature of the Carrera RS, plus the impressive level of Performance it offers.
4.2008 Porsche 911 GT2
The Porsche 911 GT2 has garnered a formidable reputation throughout its history, with a combination of big Turbo power and a RWD layout. With a potential for more than 200 mph, driving the 997-generation of the GT2 requires commitment and a respect for Physics.
The 3.6 L Twin-Turbo Flat-Six engine, as seen in the 911 Turbo, was used as the starting point. Porsche boosted the output to 523 HP, and removed the safety net of AWD.
Upgraded suspension, Carbon ceramic Brakes and ESC were used to try and control the big power.
Porsche also fitted the GT2 with bespoke Styling Enhancements, including the Bi-plane rear Spoiler. A set of 19-inch wheels on the outside, and no rear Seats on the inside were part of the makeover too.
This Speed Yellow example is one of 194 GT2s delivered to North America in 2008. Only 5,000 miles have been recorded on the odometer, leaving it in impressive condition.
A suitably apt sale price of $193,997 was still less than the original purchase price of $211,000.
5.2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Weissach
OK, I might be cheating slightly by including a car made just last year. However, in my defense, the 911 GT3 RS became a classic Porsche before it was even released. Even attempting to buy the hardcore version of the 991.2 generation was tough, due to limited production numbers.
Extra downforce came from a rear Spoiler borrowed from the contemporary 911 GT2 RS, plus a host of extra Vents and Scoops. Star of the show is the 513 HP 4.0 L NA Flat-Six engine, capable of revving to a 9,000 rpm redline.
Such capability helped the GT3 RS set a new lap record around the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.
Finished in eye-searing Lizard Green, this particular example is fitted with the desirable Weissach package. This includes additional Carbon fibre Body panels, including using the lightweight material for the Roof.
Despite the collectable nature of the GT3 RS, this car has been used as Porsche intended. There are 10,000 miles on the odometer, with the seller noting that 3,000 of those have been from track day events.
Hopefully the new owner, who paid a final price of $196,000 for the Porsche, will continue to the tradition of using it on track.
That's all for now. Thanks for reading and see ya!😁