Preview : the Bonhams Scottsdale auction

The most important car that is being auctioned at the Bonhams Scottsdale auction in 2019 is a 1954 Ferrari  500 Mondial Series I Spider.  The car has an extensive competition career and has celebrity fingerprints all over it. The  Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider was raced by raced by Phil Hill and Richie Ginther and was owned by the Porforio Rubirosa and John Von Neumann. Needless to say, this car will be subject to heavy bidding and Ferrari fans all over the world wait interested to see the final hammer price. Unfortunately, a Porsche gem like this does not come up for sale at the Bonhams Scottsdale auction in the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, next January 17th.

However, with the Irish green Porsche 904 Carrera GTS (Chassis 904-012), Bonhams brings a car with some similarities. The Porsche 904 Carrera GTS was raced by Otto Zipper, and owned by actor Robert Redford and well-known Californian sportscar enthusiast and racer Steve Earle who found the popular Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca, California. The Porsche 904 Carrera GTS was officially sold to Mr. Earle through Otto Zipper’s Precision Motor Cars of Beverly Hills, California. The car would be the ideal entry into historic racing or high-speed rallies such as the Tour Auto in France. Moreover, the car would be a superb candidate to change back to its original Silver Metallic livery while it raced for Otto Zipper’s Precision Motor Cars.

Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Cabriolet (Chassis 1588183)
Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Cabriolet (Chassis 1588183)

Another Porsche that’s worth mentioning is the 1963 Porsche 356 Carrera2 GS Cabriolet (Chassis 1588183). When in 1955 Porsche presented the Porsche 356 Carrera, the sales price was approximately 50% more expensive compared to a normal push-rod engine. Obviously,  the Porsche 356 equipped with the Fuhrmann engine, named after designer Ernst Fuhrmann, was not the most common cars on the road. Approximately 70.000 Porsche 356 left the factory. Only about 64 of them were the open version with the Carrera 2 engine? That makes this car a very rare gem. The current owner is selling the car after 30 years of single ownership with little more than 100.000 km on the clock and fitted with matching numbers engine, presents in thoroughly stunning condition with absolutely no deviation from its original specification. We predict a price well over $1.000.000.

Of course, Bonhams offers more Porsches for sale in the Scottsdale auction, but we cannot say we are very excited about them. But don’t misunderstand, the other Porsche’s are definitely worth to take a look at. They’re just not the rarest Porsche’s you can find or cars with a great history. But better check them out as the Porsche street you are looking for, might come on the block.

All the Porsches in the Bonhams Auction in Scottsdale

Lot 8 1989 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA SPEEDSTER Estimation US$ 200,000 – 250,000
Lot 10 1962 PORSCHE 356B 1600 COUPE Coachwork by Reutter Estimation US$ 70,000 – 90,000
Lot 13 1991 PORSCHE 911 TURBO COUPE Estimation US$ 150,000 – 200,000
Lot 27 1956 PORSCHE 356A 1600 SPEEDSTER Coachwork by Reutter Estimation US$ 375,000 – 450,000
Lot 30  1964 PORSCHE 904 Carrera GTS Estimation US$ 1,400,000 – 1,600,000
Lot 31 1989 PORSCHE 930 TURBO SLANT NOSE CABRIOLET Estimation US$ 175,000 – 250,000
Lot 48 1973 PORSCHE 911S 2.4 COUPE Estimation US$ 140,000 – 180,000
Lot 51 1994 MERCEDES-BENZ E500 Estimation US$ 70,000 – 90,000
Lot 68 1967 PORSCHE 912 COUPE Estimation US$ 70,000 – 90,000
Lot 71 1975 PORSCHE 914 1.8 Estimation US$ 20,000 – 25,000
Lot 72 1958 PORSCHE 356A T2 1600 SPEEDSTER Coachwork by Reutter Estimation US$ 250,000 – 300,000
Lot 78 1971 PORSCHE 911T TARGA Estimation US$ 90,000 – 110,000
Lot 87 1993 PORSCHE 928 GTS Estimation US$ 100,000 – 125,000
Lot 88 1963 PORSCHE 356 Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet Coachwork by Reutter Estimation US$ 1,100,000 – 1,300,000
Lot 102 1969 PORSCHE 912 OUTLAW 911R TRIBUTE Estimation US$ 65,000 – 85,000
Lot 104 1979 PORSCHE 928 Estimation US$ 35,000 – 45,000
Lot 106 1991 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 2 CABRIOLET Estimation US$ 35,000 – 45,000
Lot 112 1989 PORSCHE 930 TURBO CABRIOLET Estimation US$ 140,000 – 180,000
Lot 114 1966 PORSCHE 912 COUPE Coachwork by Karmann Estimation US$ 60,000 – 80,000
Lot 118 1994 PORSCHE 968 Estimation US$ 55,000 – 75,000) 

All pictures courtesy of Bonhams Auctions House