This could become the world’s most expensive Porsche...
Priced at an incredible sum of $14,484,902, this Porsche is being advertised for more money than the Porsche 917K from the ‘Le Mans’ film.
Written by: Rahil Hashmi
The most expensive Porsche to have ever sold is the Porsche 917K. Fun fact: the one sold was actually used in Steve McQueen’s hit film ‘Le Mans’.
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It sold for a massive $14,080,000 back in 2017 during Monterey Car Week which made it the world’s most expensive Porsche and it’s not too surprising to see why- the legacy of the 917K is something that will be treasured for generations on end.
But recently, a new contender has shown up to the ring.
So, what is it?
It’s a Porsche 911 GT1 Stra and it’s being listed for over $400,000 more than the price of the 917K. This may seem like a lot as $400,000- I mean, that’s a Rolls-Royce Phantom but, in the grand scheme of things, it really isn’t and I’ll explain that later because first, I need to tell you a bit about the 911 GT1.
Unsurprisingly, the GT1 was built with the purpose of competing in the GT1 racing class. The funny thing is that althought it was given the name ‘911 GT1’, it wasn’t actually built like a normal 911. The 911 is an iconic piece of machinery and we all know and love it for the rear-mounted air-cooled engine. Well, the 911 GT1 actually shared more in common with the 962.
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I say this because, instead of having an air-cooled engine at the back of the car, the GT1 had a water-cooled engine in the middle of the car. In total, the 911 GT1 produced around 600hp from its 3.2L twin-turbocharged flat 6 engine which is a lot, even by today’s standards.
I think that the GT1 is most famous for being the highlight of the use of prototype vehicles during what was, in my opinion, one of the best eras of racing. Oh, and you’ve probably seen this a bunch of times too.
Now, in order to have participated in this class back in the day, manufacturers needed to build a certain number of road-legal versions of whatever car they used in order to participate in the races and so the 911 GT1 Straßenversion was born.
If you didn’t already know, the word ’straßenversion’ means ‘street version’ in English. In total, 25 911 GT1 Straßenversions were built which is why it isn’t exactly surprising to see one listed at such a high price.
Why is it $400,000 more than the 917K?
Due to the rarity of the 911 GT1, you don’t often see one for sale so there usually aren’t other people to compete with for price- this means that, sometimes, you’re able to charge as much as you want for the car (well, that’s what some dealerships like to think).
This is why the dealership selling the car priced it how they did because, if the car sells, they will go down in history for selling the most expensive Porsche... until someone breaks the record again... and again.
Despite all of this, I still think that the price is a tad peculiar. You see, the last 911 GT1 Straßenversion sold for $5,600,000 and it’s the third most expensive Porsche to have ever and most of the other 911 GT1s that have been sold within the last 10 years all went for roughly $3-5 million- $10 million is a big difference within a matter of years.
I said that the $400k isn’t a lot because, well, put it this way: the 917K definitely would have sold if it were priced at $400k more than it was.
Is it worth the money?
To be perfectly honest with you, I would never pay so much for a car so for me, it would be a question as to whether a car makes sense at a certain price point and, in my eyes, I truly think that the 911 GT1 makes sense but then again, whenever I’m reminded of the fact that a 917K sold for $400,000 less, it does make me question whether the importance of the 911 GT1 is more valuable than the legacy of the 917K.
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