Due to cancellation of the Techno Classica show in Germany, the 2nd RM Sotheby annual auction in Essen has been transformed into an online auction. From June 3 you could start bidding on www.rmsothebys.com.
This means only a few more days are left to bid. The majority of cars originally set for the physical live auction are offered in the time-based online auction. Among the cars in the auction are some great examples of rare Porsches. Some of them are owned by noteworthy collector and ex-competitive French racer Marcel Petitjean. All cars from the Petitjean collection have been in static display for many years. Unfortunately none of these are in running condition. Obviously, this will reflect in the hammer price, and learns us why many of the estimations in the RM Sotheby’s auction are quite conservative.
Long before Porsche put a diesel engine in the Porsche Cayenne, there were some Porsche Diesels on the road too. Well, maybe on the road is not the right words, as the vehicles were mainly used on the field. Porsche Diesel made quite some different tractors. And the RM Sotheby’s online auction gives you the opportunity to bid on 3 different of these. The 1950 Porsche Diesel A111, the 1956 Porsche Diesel Algaier AP22, and the 1963 Porsche Diesel Super-Export.
Porsche TAG Turbo Engine
In the 1980s Porsche made furore in F1. The Porsche TAG Turbo engine, brainchild of Hans Mezger, was the heart of the cars. This is definitely not the engine you’ll put in your car, even though there are some Porsche 911 with the TAG F1 engine as powerplant. This Porsche TAG engine, no. 1-34, featured in several test sessions as well as a pair of grand prix races with the McLaren-TAG team. It was first tested by Niki Lauda in 1984, then Lauda, Alain Prost, and Keke Rosburg in 1985. Consider the TAG Turbo Engine offered in the RM Sotheby’s auction as a rarity that will bring some joy in your collection.
RUF has always been a name that sounds like a bell in Porsche circles. For many Porsche fans, having a RUF in the garage is nothing more than a wet dream. Now this may be their happy day. No less than 2 RUF Porsches pop up in the RM Sotheby’s online auction. The first is a 1998 RUF Turbo R. A stock Porsche 993 Turbo served as the basis. A €55,000 conversion has been adopted to the stock turbo, and the result is a RUF Turbo R. The car delivers over 500 HP and served just under 10.000 km since conversion.
The second RUF may be more appealing. The 1997 RUF CTR2 Sport is the first of only 16 wide-body CTR2 Sport models built and the 11th CTR. The first owner campaigned the car in in PCA Club races, historic road races and hill climbs. The car has only 2 owners from new. It comes with an exceptional history file with race results, period photos, and its original PCA logbook. This car is street legal in both Europe and the USA.
Porsche 904-062 is a Porsche from the Petitjean collection. As previously explained, this means the car is not in running condition. This particular Porsche changed hands many times during its life. The first owner used to car for a hillclimb races just one month after he took delivery. The 2nd owner used it in rallies and hillclimbs. After a frontal crash, the car was repaired and kept on changing hands. It even moved to the USA where it was in the hands of Bruce Canepa ,and later Kerry Morse before the car returned to France where it finally ended in the Petitjean collection in 1993.
Porsche 935 “Martini”
Porsche introduced the ‘new’ Porsche 935 at the Rennsport Reunion VI in 2018. The car is based on the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Only 77 cars have been built. Porsche didn’t want the new Porsche 935 to be an investment object. They made a selection of customers who they thought would use the car on the track, even though this would only be at private trackdays. Unfortunately the last few months it turned out that the strategy of Porsche has not worked that good, and we know of a few cars that have come up for sale without even hitting the tarmac. Same here with the 2nd of 77 Porsche 935. This car is brandnew, has never seen a racetrack and is hardly driven. Let’s hope the new owner will use the car for what it is meant to be used.. fast driving and racing. But, he’ll have to dig real deep in his wallet.
As always, we encourage you to have the cars inspected before bidding.
The Porsches in the RM Sotheby’s auction of the Petitjean collection
Lot 108 1950 Porsche Diesel A111 Estimated €10,000 – 15,000
Lot 109 1956 Porsche Diesel Algaier AP22 Estimated €15,000 – 20,000
Lot 132 1960 Pors he 356B Cabriolet by Reuter Estimated €80,000 – €100,000
Lot 139 1976 Porsche 911 Targa Estimated €30,000 – €40,0000
Lot 142 1971 Porsche 914 Estimated €10,000 – €15,000
Lot 144 1966 Porsche 912 Estimated €30,000 – 40,000
Lot 159 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe Estimated €30,000 – €50,000
Lot 161 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Estimated €75,000 – €100,000
Lot 175 1981 Porsche 911 SC Targa Estimed €35,000 – €50,000
Lot 186 1964 Porsche 904 Carrea GTS Estimated €700,000 €900,000
More Porsches in the only only RM Sotheby’s auction
Lot 302 Porsche TAG Turbo Engine Estimated €25,000 – €50,0000
Lot 318 1963 Porsche Diesel Super-Export Estimated €30,000 – €50,0000
Lot 322 1965 Porsche 911 Estimated €180,000 – €220,000
Lot 328 1963 Porsche 356B Cabriolet by Reuter Estimated €100,000 – €160,000
Lot 337 1965 Porsche 912 Estimated €52,500 – €72,500
Lot 340 1999 Porsche Carrera Cup Estimated €50,000 – €75,000
Lot 342 1993 Porsche 928 GTS Estimated €50,000 – €75,000
Lot 361 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster Estimated €320,000 – €380,000
Lot 363 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Estimated €300,000 €350,000
Lot 368 1960 Porsche 356B Roadster Estimated €120,000 – €140,000
Lot 371 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Estimated €250,000 – €320,000
Lot 373 1998 Porsche RUF Turbo R Estimated €180,000 €220,000
Lot 374 1956 Porsche 356A Coupe Estimated €90,000 – €120,000
Lot 381 1953 Porsche 356 Cabriolet Estimated €170,000 – €240,000
Lot 399 1997 RUF CTR2 Sport Estimated €640,000 – €720,000
Lot 406 1967 Porsche 911 2.0 Estimated €100,000 – €120,000
Lot 409 2020 Porsche 935 Martini Estimated €1,275,000 – €1,375,000
Pictures courtesy RM Sothebys