These are the Five Rarest Porsches in the World
Google 'rarest Porsches in the world' and it'll return lots of lists ranked in various orders that noodle around criteria plucked from nothingness. Tons. So who to trust? Don't look at me - look to Dieter Landenberger, keeper of the historical archives at the Porsche museum to put an end to that endless debate. The Porsches listed below are ranked in order of descending rarity based on how many were made. Feel free to start more debates on Porsches in the comments thread below...
5) 911 turboS (964)
First up is this yellow devil. 86 were made in total. Developed by Porsche's Weissach racing department in 1992, the car is a lovely example of how racing is at the core of the Stuttgart marque. This 964 took a standard turbo and give it bigger injectors, a lightweight (read spartan) interior and more aggressive camshafts to give it 376hp and make it one of the fastest cars on the road at the time. Lowered suspension, a front strut brace and manual steering signified that this car was for serious Porsche fans only. The Speed Yellow colour was developed especially for this model. Might stick with BRG to be honest...
4) 924 Carrera GTS
This car has the reputation for not being a 'proper' Porsche. Well, there's one sitting in the Porsche museum and has made this list so I guess that puts an end to that argument. This is the road legal version of the car campaigned by Porsche in the 1980 Le Mans 24. You've got homologation rules to thank for it's rarity factor - although here there's some discrepancy. Formerly mentioned Dieter Landenberger says that 49 were made - one in white and the rest in Indian Red. But my research suggests there were 59 produced (if you're an expert in Group 4 homologation rules I want to hear from you in the comments). Nevertheless, if you see one with pearlescent finished wheels, tip your hat - it's probably racing legend Derek Bell behind the wheel.
3) 911 GT1
Developed for Le Mans, Porsche only built the minimum number required to qualify as a homologated model, plus one. Correct! To the person putting their hand up at the back - 21 were built. The low production number was probably down to the cost of the car which was 1.55 million Deutsche marks in 1998 - roughly £1m and change in today's prices. For your records 911 GT1 Straßenversion is the full name of the car. ‘Straßenversion’ means, you guessed it, Street Version in German. The 911 moniker is very misleading. It’s not even rear-engined. Just look at it. It’s half 993 and half 962. According to the laws of maths it should be called the 977.5 GT1. The car did win the GT1 class at Le Mans that year but lost overall victory to… Joest Racing's Porsche WSC-95.
2) 911 SC/RS
Beating the 911 GT1 in the numbers game, only 20 of the 911 SC/RS were built. As fans of group B will know, the spotlight was nicked by stars of the Stage 2 rallyers as Ford and Lancia were stealing the show with their mega hp figures and general all-round hard bodied-ness. Nonetheless the SC/RS had some impressive stats. With a weight of 2160 lbs, it’s a full 1,000 lbs lighter than a street SC model. Fun fact: chassis number 0018 is factory fresh, having been sold to Matsuda’s ‘Porsche Museum of Japan’. It was never raced and has 1,600km on the odometer. It’s even still got its original Pirelli P-7 tyres.
1) 356 America Roadster
Again, There’s some discrepancy in numbers here. Porsche says that there were 16 convertibles made, while others say that there were 21. Nevermind what anyone says, even Porsche themselves - it’s a bloody rare car. The Roadster came directly before the much-beloved Speedster and had the official name of Typ 540 K/9-1 which just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? The car was designed for the American market - only one stayed on the continent. Child of the Porsche Head Designer Erwin Franz Komenda, the car sold on the market for $4,600 which in today’s money is roughly £95,376.34. As the old adage goes, if you need to know the price you probably can’t afford it. In 2005 a 1952 Porsche Sport Roadster Typ 540 Series 2 sold for $703,500. So yeah. That saying stands.
Which one would you give an arm and a leg for?