The amazing Porsche collection selling at auction in Switzerland
RM Sotheby's Open Roads February auction happens to feature one of the greatest Porsche collections ever to come to auction with a car for everyone.
In the latest batch of automotive auctions, RM Sotheby's have three online only auctions taking place over a few days each to replace some traditional auctions. The Swiss auction is by far the most special as it features a sole collection of some of the most collectable Porsche's of all time. With many of the lots consisting of limited edition 911s plus a few even more special cars, this is an auction not to miss.
Lot 301 - 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
©Remi Dargegen 2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's - The 911 Sport Classic is what some would say is a marmite car but the style and class is undeniable
The first car in the sale is the 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic which is one of the most interesting Porsche's ever built. Built as a celebration of 911s of the past but with the (then) latest engine being the 3.8 flat six, this car is a combination of classic styling and modern engineering. Featuring stylistic elements such as the Fuchs style black wheels, the black surrounds on the headlights which is a homage to the 911 Turbo RSR, the ducktail spoiler fairly reminiscent of the legendary 911 2.7 RS and the chequer style interior as a reference to the original 911. The Sport Classic was also a run of 250 cars meaning it was incredibly rare. This particular example is number 12 of the 250 run and has 25000 km from new which makes it an extremely desirable model. The top estimate price for this car is around £275,000 which is quite a high price but is possible for them to reach prices such as that given their desirability.
Lot 302 - 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
©Remi Dargegen 2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Nicknamed the 'Widowmaker', the 997 GT2 RS was one of the fastest of its generation.
The next car to sell will be this 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS which even now remains to be one of the most visceral and aggressive road cars that Porsche have ever made. Built as a lightweight version of the standard GT2, it was the first road going Porsche 911 to exceed 600 hp and with a Nurburgring lap of 7m 18secs, it is still a rapid car by today's standards. It was built as a real drivers car with no PDK option available, only a stick shift manual, and with the Porsche RS rear rollcage, it is known as a true racing car for the road. Some road tests of the car even claim it would hit a top speed of up to 205 mph which is exceedingly close to Carrera GT speeds. With only 500 built with this example being number 72, it was a limited series car which is why the estimate price on this car (with 6000 km from new) is £355,000 and most likely it will hit that price over the coming days.
Lot 303- 2016 Porsche 911 R
©Remi Dargegen 2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Is the 911 R the ultimate iteration of the modern Porsche 911?
Is this the ultimate modern Porsche 911? Featuring the 4.0 flat six from the GT3 RS, without the wing or interior rollcage, and with a manual gearbox, some say it is the best 911 given it has all the qualities of the fastest 911s with the comforts of a manual gearbox and the standard Carrera shape. Despite this, it is somehow 50kg lighter than the GT3 RS meaning it rivals cars such as the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, Aston Martin GT8 and the BMW M4 GTS. This particular 911 R is finished in Paint to Sample Gulf Blue which just looks incredible with the silver wheels to contrast, and with a brown leather interior, it is incredibly desirable. This example is number 401 of the 991 built, celebrating the 991 generation of the car and has an estimate price of around £300,000 which is fairly high but given its the ultimate 911 its a price worth paying.
Lot 304 - 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
©Remi Dargegen 2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's - The ultimate Porsche experience and one of the three hybrid hypercars.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is the staple of any modern Porsche collection and is one of the greatest cars Porsche has ever created. When production started in late 2013, the Porsche 918 was regarded as a car in a class of its own, combining electric motors with a petrol V8 to create the ultimate hybrid. It was later joined by the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari LaFerrari in the hybrid hypercar battle of the century, which many would suggest it won. This car is number 389 of the 918 units built and is finished in Liquid Chrome Blue Metallic, a colour which costs £63,000, over a brown mocha interior making it one of only three built in this exact specification. With 5500 km from new and all the unique details, this car certainly deserves its £870,000 top price and compared with the prices of McLaren P1s and Ferrari LaFerraris, its a bargain.
Lot 305 - 1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
©Remi Dargegen 2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's - The 911 Turbo Cabriolet that does not exist?
Unlike other generations of Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolets, this car should not exist. The car was thought up by Fritz Haberl, of MAHAG Munich, a dealership specialising in Porsche, who saw the 993 Cabriolet and approached Porsche over a 993 Turbo Cabriolet. Porsche agreed among financial issues and commissioned 10 to be produced. It used the Porsche 964 engine which was squeezed into the back of the 993 Turbo, as well as adding wide arches and the rear wing used on the Porsche 911 964 Turbo S. The result was stunning, and this example was believed to be commissioned by Willi Weber who was Michael Schumacher's manager. He made a modification to it in that he replaced the standard gearbox with one from RUF. Given that many people do not realise this car existed, this should sell for the top reserve of £690,000.
Lot 306 - 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS 'Weissach'
©Remi Dargegen 2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's - Does the GT2 RS look better or worse without the rear carbon wing?
For the penultimate lot of this sale, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS with the Weissach package. The most powerful road going 911 of all time with 691bhp. Released in 2017 alongside the release of Forza Motorsport 7 as a cover car, the GT2 RS was built as the ultimate track version of the 991 generation which is demonstrated with its mighty fast sub 7 minute Nurburgring Nordschliefe lap time. The colour of this car is interesting as it's Paint to Sample Azzurro California, used on the Porsche 911 Club Coupe built for the US markets, and is only available as a Porsche PTS colour. It is also a common colour for Ferraris as it was initially a Ferrari colour. Another interesting element of this car is the lack of rear wing which gives the car a more subtle look, similar to that of the 911 Turbo S. The estimate price of this car is £355,000 which should be difficult to achieve but anything can happen in an auction.
Lot 307 - 2005 Porsche Carrera GT
©Remi Dargegen 2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's - One of the first supercars to hold the hyper title when battling the Ferrari Enzo and Koenigsegg CC8S
The final lot is a classic in the modern Porsche collection being the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. A staple legend car in the Porsche range, the Carrera GT was built after Porsche developed a V10 engine for a racing project known as the LMP2000. After the project was dropped, Porsche engineers decided to develop a road car using the naturally aspirated V10 and then the Carrera GT was born. With 605bhp, a top speed of 205mph and one of the best soundtracks of any modern car, the Carrera GT is a staple supercar of the 2000s taking on the likes of the Ferrari Enzo, Koenigsegg CC8S and the Mercedes McLaren SLR. The estimate price of this car is £650,000 which is fairly high for a CGT but anything can happen at an auction.
The Open Roads February sale in Switzerland concludes on Sunday February 28 and all lots can be viewed following this link to the RM Sotheby's website rmsothebys.com/en/home/lots/0221.