January 16th, Bonhams will host the annual Scottsdale auction at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. 110 cars will be auctioned, 10 of them are Porsches. In contradiction with earlier auctions by Bonhams in Scottsdale, it is hard to be very excited about the cars offered. Some years ago, when prices for early Porsches were booming, it was a rather common sight to see a rare car auctioned. Probably the most colllectible Porsche in the Bonhams Auction in Scottsdale is the 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS. Among the 10 Porsches, we find 2 Porsche 928s. Another sign that the transaxle Porsches are drawing the attention of Porsche fans. Here’s a preview to the Bonhams Auction in Scottsdale.
1978 Porsche 928
The 1978 Porsche 928 has only 2 owners from new. It comes with just 21,000 miles on the counter. The then atypical Porsche combined a transmission, axle, and differential in one integrated assembly in the rear. Shrouded under largely original kaschmire beige paint and complete with its books, manuals, COA and service records, this matching numbers Porsche is superbly well-preserved. It might be a car that could surprise with a final bid higher than the estimation, due to the low mileage. But as we’ve seen before, you never know in an auction.
1968 Porsche 912 Targa
There used to be a time that many Porsche 911 fans despiced the Porsche 912. Well, we don’t believe you ca find a good reason for that. Even though the Porsche 912 comes with a 4 cylinder engine, as the Porsche 356 did, it can be considered a full blood Porsche. About 1200 Porsche 912 Targa’s left the factory, and we have no clue how much survived. The car offered at the Bonhams auction is probably desirable for a Porsche fan who wants to enjoy the open air, by putting the soft window Targa roof down. Not for the purist, as the car was originally delivered with the optional solid window, that was replaced by a soft window. The car has not the original engine either, but a correct replacement.
1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS
The auctioneer describes chassis 9113600595 as ‘considered to be one of the best examples of this iconic model’. We haven’t seen the car in person, so we cannot judge that statement. We consider it the responsability of the potential buyers to have the cars they bid on inspected before bidding. The car was delivered to the first owner in Switzerland, who put just over 100K kilometres on the counter in 8,5 years before it was sold. Later the car moved to the UK, where it was used in different race competitions. The car has been subject to a few restorations. Ofcourse it is listed in the Konradsheim & Gruber Porsche 911 Carrera RS book. The car comes with a massive history file and the Porsche-issued Certificate of Authenticity.
The Porsches in the Bonhams Scottsdale Auction
Lot 3 : 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo Estimation $75,000 – $100,000
Lot 11 : 1978 Porsche 928 Estimation $45,000 – $55,000
Lot 13 : 1979 Porsche 930 3.3 Turbo Coupe $110,000 – $140,000
Lot 16 : 1971 Porsche 911T Coupe Estimation $80,000 – $100,000
Lot 18 : 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster Estimation $125,000 – $150,000
Lot 32 : 1984 Porsche 928S Estimation $25,000 – $35,000
Lot 55 : 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera Estimation $80,000 – $100,000
Lot 58 : 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Estimation $600,000 – $700,000
Lot 63 : 1962 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet Estimation $100,000 – $130,000
Lot 74 : 1968 Porsche 912 Targa Estimation $75,000 – $100,000
Lot 103 : 1969 Porsche 911E 2.0 Coupe Estimation $70,000 – $80,000
Pictures courtesy Bonhams Auction House