This is the the period of the year the eyes of many oldtimer enthusiasts are directed towards Central California. The lovely Monterey peninsula is the worldwide’s epicenter of the vintage car world because of the annual Monterey Car Week. Next to numerous events, like the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Rolex Monterey Historic Motorsports Reunion or the Automobilia Monterey to name just a few, all major auction houses organize an automobile auction.
However not all the cars that are offered on auction are cars for the modal guy. Some of the most exclusive and the rarest of the rare cars are usually hammered. It would lead us way to far to bring each and every special car at the auctions in detail, that is what the auction catalogues, and the auction house website’s are for. However, I couldn.t resist to glimpse a hawk’s eye on the Porsches that are being brought to the auctions, and list some of the most important Porsches that will be hammered during the Monterey Car Week. And exactly as everyone else, I’m so thrilled to find out whether the exuberant prices for our beloved cars will continue.
RM Auctions has a 1956 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Coupe. The car spent it’s entire life in the USA, being imported by the well-known New York Porsche Importer Max Hoffman and was brought back to Europe in 2004. It underwent a complete restoration during 2005 and 2006 and was fitted with a series-correct replacement Type 547/1 engine with a Hirth roller-bearing crankshaft, which had been completely rebuilt by well-known four-cam expert Armin Baumann at his shop in northern Italy. The car is Aquamarine Blue Metallic (607) with a full Red leather interior and it has a set of chromed reproduction Rudge centre-lock wheels, to replicate the Rudge wheels it had when it left the factory.
Another very interesting car is the 1964 Porsche 356 C Carrera 2 Coupe. Originally the car was delivered to Hamburg Germany. According to the current owner the car was offered for sale in 1966 in the Washington Post, and after traveling through several owner’s hands, the car was acquired by European Collectibles in Costa Mesa, were it underwent a 18-month nut-and-bolt restoration. Bill Doyle, one of the USA’s most renowned Carrera experts overhauled the 4-cam engine. The car is matching number and has some nice details like the original manual with correct Carrera 2 Supplement and the original tool roll.
There is a 1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Coupe too, originally delivered to the French dealership in Paris, Sonauto. Kardex records show that the car has always had a very good maintenance. Over the years some restoration works have been done on the car.
Somewhat more recent is the 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera U.S. Prototype, As the last of four U.S. prototype examples, this 930 Turbo has been featured in Henry Rasmussen’s Porsche—Six-Cylinder Supercars and the November 2009 issue of Excellence, The Magazine About Porsche.
The 1988 Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’ that is being offered for sale, was delivered new to Spain, where it resided by the same owner for 20 years before changing hands in Spain.This individual relocated the United States in 2011 and the 959 traveled with him. It was imported by Autosport Designs Inc. in Huntington Station, New York, on his behalf, under the Show and Display law, which was championed by Bill Gates and Paul Allen so they were able to enjoy their own 959s in the United States. The car has always been stored in a dry climate room, and has been very little driven as the odometer shows with only 13.111 miles on it.
Exactly as we are used from them, Gooding has some very interesting Porsches going under the hammer again.Next to quite some rather common early Porsche 911s and Porsches 356, the cars that might be of interest to collectors or even investors are for example the 1973 Porsche 911 RS Touring. This single one is a European delivery in signal yellow. As you all know only just under 1600 Porsche 911 RS were build in 1973, about 200 of them in the Touring specification which makes it much more suitable for road use. Estimate for this car is $700k – $800K.
Is it because of they’re celebrating their 30th birthday ? We just don’t know but at Gooding another Porsche 959 Komfort pops up. This very exclusive car was delivered new to a Swiss owner, whom the current owner bought this car from, making it a 2-owner car with just 32.500 km on the counter from new. Curious what the future owner will have to pay to add this to his collection, as the car is estimated to bring $1.6mio – $1.8 mio. If you want to own a car that has some race history, probably the 1983 Porsche 956 is one for you. This 24h of Le Mans winner, with Al Holbert, Hurley Haywood and Vern Schuppan at the wheel, was entered in more races of course. Some 1000km races like Spa, Brands Hatch, Fuji and the Nurburgring and was piloted to the podium by many of the most outstanding pilots like Jacky Ickx, Jochen Mass, Derek Bell or Stefan Bellof. Be prepared to dig deep in your wallet as the car is estimated to bring $7mio – $9mio.
My personal favorites of the auction are the next 2 cars. Cars that I would like to have in my garage if only my wallet was somewhat deeper. The 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS (904-006) changed hands several times in its life. It started as a Porsche factory race car and Herbert Linge and Gianni Balzarini drove it to 2nd place in the 1964 Targa Florio. Rolf Wutterich, better known as the James Dean mechanic drove the car at the 1965 Rally of Monte-Carlo. One of the best known owners of the car was the California based Porsche collector Stanley Gold. Estimate for this beauty is $2.25mio – $2.75mio.
Since we are definitely moving towards cars with a history, how ’bout the 1960 Porsche RS60 Spyder 718-044. A gorgeous car, big brother of the Porsche 550 Spyder, and quite some race history. The Swedish Joakim Bonnier and Graham Hill drove the car in the 1960 24h Le Mans. Stirling Moss drove this particular one together with Graham Hill at the 1961 Targa Florio. First race in the US was the 1961 12h of Sebring, with Hans Herrmann, Edgar Barth, Joakim Bonnier and Dan Gurney. This was definitely not the last race in the USA, as Bob Holbert acquired the car and drove it in many races across the USA. I am curious to know where the next garage of this car will be. Wherever it is, the new owner will have to pay an estimated $5.5 mio – $7mio.
Just a few years later, the Porsche 906 Carrera 6 906-159 with a huge USA race history. It started as a Porsche factory car and raced its entire life in the USA at dozens and dozens of events. One of the best known owners was the California Porsche dealer Otto Zipper. Estimate is $1.6mio – $2mio.
Gooding has some 911 racers on offer too, with the 1973 Porsche 911 2.8RSR and the 1975 Porsche 911 3.0 RSR as the most eye-catching.
I guess everybody is looking with great interest to the results of the auctions. We all know prices of Porsche the last few years have enjoyed an enormous growth, especially the high-end and collectible cars. I wonder if this will continue. Personally I don’t have any doubt about it. Soon we’ll know.
Text : Tim Havermans
Pictures : RM Auctions / Gooding / Bonhams