Some rare gems come up for auction at Gooding & Co Pebble Beach Auction in Monterey
There is absolutely no doubt that Gooding & Co has the rarest Porsche coming up for auction this Monterey Car Week. From the 27 Porsches that are listed in the catalogue, there are no less than 4 that are expected to be hammered over at least $1,000,000. Despite the booming prices of the last few years, we don’t need to explain that a car that is expected to hit the $ 1 Million mark, is not the daily driver you’ll see when you go out for a ride on a sunny afternoon.
The Porsche that probably received the most press coverage so far is the Porsche 917K that will be auctioned. Porsche built this particular car in 1970 and retained if for testing. Jo Siffert, the Swiss racer, acquired the car from Porsche in 1970. The car was used in the legendary Le Mans movie with Steve McQueen. Given the film’s plot, it was necessary to have several Ferrari 512s and Porsche 917s as the major stars of the film. Steve McQueen’s Solar Productions purchased one 917K from Porsche directly, while JWA loaned another. This Porsche 917-024, was leased to Solar Productions by Jo Siffert, along with many other cars used in the movie. We all are curious what the hammer price will be. Expectations are a stunning $13,000,000 – $16,000,000.
Another car that is expected to reach the 7 figures hammer price, is the Porsche 964 Carrera 3.8 RSR chassis WP0ZZZ96ZPS496081.Only 51 cars produced, and this one has an extensive race history. This Porsche 964 Carrera RSR was campaigned under Sandridge’s Team Salad banner during the 1994 IMSA GT season with spectacular results, notching an impressive 2nd in Class and 4th Overall at the 24 Hours of Daytona, winning its class at both Sebring and Watkins Glen, and ultimately earning Sandridge the IMSA GT2 Championship, 2nd in the Exxon Championship, and 2nd in Class in the World Porsche Cup.
Exactly as in the RM Sotheby’s auction, Porsche 911 RS lovers can lay their hands on a 1973 Porsche 911 RS Touring, with an estimated hammer price of $650,000 – $750,000, which is , quite obviously, within the same price fork as at the RM Sotheby’s auction.The 904 presented here, chassis 042, was completed in March 1964 and finished in the classic color scheme of Silver Metallic with blue velour upholstery.Upon arrival in the US, the new 904 was prepared for racing. During the next years, Porsche 904-042 was raced extensively, including in classic races in a later period of it’s life. In 1983 the Porsche 904 underwent a complete restoration, after which it obtained the current red over silver livery. The Porsche 904 is a true race car that can be used on the road, and belongs to the most wanted Porsches. This car is expected to be hammered between $1,500,000 and $1,800,000.
A real rare gem that is looking for a new home is the 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 Cabriolet. Only 67 cars like these have left the factory, so it is no surprise they don’t come up for sale very often. And when they pop up, you’ll have to dig deep in your wallet to buy it. Recently, this 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 Cabriolet had a 2 year restoration completed in 2017 by European Collectibles in Costa Mesa. I don’t see any reason why this car won’t find a new home, even though the estimated hammer price is quite heavy with $1,250,000 – $1,500,000.
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