These are the Porsches auctioned at the 2021 Scottsdale Auctions

1998 Ruf Turbo R (Patrick McCullagh ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)

January is not only the start of a new year, but it brings us traditionally the classic car auctions at Scottsdale, Arizona too. The start of the auction season will be slightly different in 2021. A major reason for that is of course the challenging time we live in due to the current pandemic. It changed the world in 2020, and it looks like the start of 2021 will continue in the same way as 2020 ended. And that forced the major auction houses to change their way of working too. So the 2021 Scottsdale auctions will look a bit different.

The list of Porsches coming up for auction in Scottsdale does not impress us as much as it used to. The extremely rare birds or true historic racers do not show up in 2021. Without any doubt, we can partially blame the pandemic for that. But we must admit that the market for classic cars changed a lot the last few years. 

The RM Sotheby’s Auction

Date : January 22 2021
Venue : OTTO Car CLub 

RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale Auction will be a live event, with limited attendance for registered bidders only. They probably bring the most collectible cars on the podium to be hammered. They have a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS in the desirable color Signal Yellow crossing the block. It is a first-series production car with a known history. The 1998 Ruf Turbo R is one of a production of just 14 cars. Only 4 All-wheel drive cars believe to exist, and the one at RM Sotheby’s Auction in Scottsdale is one of them. An extensive mechanical refresh completed in October 2020.  

The 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS N/GT ( 2021 Scotsdale Auctions RM Sotheby's)
1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS N/GT (Nick Zabrecky ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

Back in the early 90s, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS N/GT was believed to be the most race-ready Porsche. Only 290 cars ever left the factory. Its track career appears to have begun in 1996. A FIA Wagenpass (19477/96) records entry in almost 50 European Cup races over the 1996-1997 seasons. When an American citizen bought the car and imported it to the USA, it could be seen on the track in a number of PCA Club Races.

1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup (Nick Zabrecky ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

The 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup us a factory lightweight race car. 39 of them were hand-built in Weissach from sunroof-delete coupes for the Rothmans Cup Series. It was one of two cars campaigned by Heimrath-Porsche in the Rothmans Turbo Cup series. Following the Rothmans Cup Series in 1990, a doctor based in Connecticut bought the car. It changed hands a few more times and now resides in the collection of a private collection.

The Porsches in the RM Sotheby’s Auction

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Lot 130 : 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Touring Estimation $500,000 – $575,000 
Lot 148 : 1953 Porsche 356A Coupe  Estimation $150,000 – $180,000 
Lot 163 : 1998 Ruf Turbo R Estimation $525,000 – $575,000 
Lot 178 : 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS N/GT  Estimation $200,000 – $250,000 
Lot 181 : 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup Estimation $60,000 – $80,000 

The Bonhams Auction

Date : January 2021 2021, starting at 13:00 MST .
Venue : Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

The live and online Scottsdale Auction will be conducted at the Westin Kierland Resort without a public audience. Registration for the Bonhams Scottsdale Auction is complimentary. Registered bidders may bid in real time online and via telephone or absentee bids. The eye-catcher among the Porsches in the auction, is actually not a Porsche. The Runge RS10 is a unique, one-off aluminum bodies car, created by Christopher Rüng. It previously showed up at events like the Quail Concours and Monterey Jet Center Party. 

It reminds us to the Porsche 550 Spyder and Porsche 718 RSK racers blended with Maserati and Ferrari styling cues. The one-off Runge RS010 offered here, was designed and constructed between 2017 and 2019, and commissioned by the consignor, a Mid-Western collector of sports, racing and special interest automobiles. Runge RS010 is registered and titled as a 1960 Runge RS Coupe and has covered very few miles since it was completed. 

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Lot 104 : 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe Estimation $50,000 – $75,000 (No reserve)
Lot 110 : 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster (Reutter) Estimation $475,000 – $500,000 (No reserve)
Lot 119 : 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Estimation $175,000 – $200,000 
Lot 121 :  Runge RS010 Estimation $225,000 – $250,000
Lot 129 : 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Targa Estimation $85,000 – $115,000

The Gooding & Co Auction

Date :  Lots open from Jauary 18 2021 9am PT 
Lots start closing from January 22 10am PT
Venue : exclusively online

Gooding & Company’s annual Scottsdale Auctions will be held exclusively on its Geared Online platform. From Monday, January 18 to Friday, January 22, 2021, the auction will continue the company’s online-only Geared Online series with a special sale during the Scottsdale automotive week.   Highlights in the Gooding&Co auction are the 1957  Porsche 356 Speedster, and the 2011 Porsche 911 (model 997) GT2 RS. We predict the most attention for these 2 Porsches in the Gooding & Co Auction at Scottsdale.

The Porsches in the Gooding & Co Scottsdale Auction

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Lot 19 : 1973 Porsche 911 2.4E Estimation $70,000 – $90,000
Lot 24 : 1974 Porsche 914 2.0 Estimation $50,000 – $70;000 no reserve
Lot 29 : 1957  Porsche 356A Speedster Estimation $275,000 – $350,000
Lot 31 : 2011 Porsche 997 GT2 RS Estimation $300,000 – $350,000
Lot 50 : 1969 Porsche 911E Targa Estimation $85,000 – $95,000

We advise to do a PPI on any car you want to bid on.  You can always get in touch with us, so we can help you find a marque specialist to do the PPI for you.

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Pictures courtesy Bonhams, RM Sotheby’s, Gooding