Preview : the RM Sotheby’s Auction at the Techno Classica

1986 Porsche RUF BTR 'Flachbau' Tom Wood ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

One of the novelties at the Techno Classica in Essen is the RM Sotheby’s auction. Not the auction on its own is new. There has been an auction at Techno Classica Essen for as long as I can remember. But it seems that the organization has switched to a higher gear now. RM Sotheby’s belongs to one of the 3 most renowned auction houses in the automotive and classic car world. The partnership between RM Sotheby’s and Techno Classica definitely brings a new swing to the classic car show. Over 150 diverse automobile lots will be offered in Essen, Germany when the two-day auction takes place on 11–12 April 2019.  30 of them will be Porsche’s. And RM Sotheby’s has some great and rare Porsche literature and Memorabilia crossing the block too. 

Porsche literature and memorabilia

Literature and memorabilia collector’s usually don’t have the opportunity to buy very interesting stuff at the major auction houses. These tend to focus more on cars, as the auction houses specializing in literature and memorabilia usually sell the big fish. However, RM Sotheby’s now brings up on auction some rare and race-related Porsche literature. We have the impression that the estimates are rather conservative. You never know who will be bidding and what the bid’s will be. But there is some very rare stuff coming up on the block. 

Porsche 911 Turbo

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo Prototype Tom Gidden ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
1994 Porsche 911 Turbo Prototype Tom Gidden ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

It is rather striking to me that from all the Porsche’s auctioned in the 2-day RM Sotheby’s auction, no less than 10 will be Turbo powered cars. Among these Porsche 911 Turbo’s, the 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo Prototype is probably the most interesting for collectors. Chassis number WP0ZZZ99ZRS310004 identifies this car as the third R-Program Type 993 chassis constructed by Porsche in early 1994 when the new model replaced the Porsche  964. The car was pulled off the assembly line prior to installation of the engine and transmission and sent to Weissach where various components were tested. After the tests, the car was sold to the current owner and consignor of the car. This Porsche 993 Turbo is believed to be the first of several development cars and may be the only one to survive.

Only 3 Porsche RUF BTR Flachbau are believed to have been built. Chassis WP0ZZZ93ZGS000234 ( see featured image) is one of them. This car was delivered new to the Netherlands before being sold to the UK. The car was kept in the same collection for over 17 years. It shows only 42,800 km on the counter and has been subject to a full inspection in 2017 at RUF at Pfaffenhausen. 

1995 Porsche Carrera RS Clubsport

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
1995 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Just over 1100 Porsche 993 Carrera RS’s were produced. Along with those were 213 track-oriented cars, the Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport. Chassis WP0ZZZ99ZSS390129 was delivered new to Germany in March 1995. Just 2 years later it was sold to a buyer in Jersey. In 2006 it found a new home in the collection of the current owner and consignor. A speedometer change took place in 1998 when the car was exported from Germany at 23,000 miles (37,000 km) and is now showing 42,542 miles (68,464 km), making the total mileage approximately 105,000 km.
This car would be a great opportunity for anyone who wants to enjoy his car both on the road or on track.

As always, we strongly advise you to consult a Porsche or model specialist for a PPI when you intend to bid or buy a car at an auction. This article is based on the descriptions of the auctioneer’s catalogue. We have not seen the literature and cars with our own eyes. 

The Porsches in the RM Sotheby’s Auction at the Techno Classica

Lot 101: Porsche dealership banner 1950s. Estimation €700 – €900
Lot 102: Porsche 959 Workshop manual and sales brochure. Estimation €800 – €1,200
Lot 103: Porsche RS60 Spyder Spare Parts List. Estimation €800 – €1,200
Lot 104: Porsche 935 owner’s manual and parts catalog. Estimation €1,200 – €1,400
Lot 105: Porsche 910 owner’s manual parts list and booklet. Estimation €1,500 -€2,000
Lot 106: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Sales Brochure. Estimation €1,500 – €2,000
Lot 107: Porsche 550 Spyder owner’s manual (English). Estimation €1,500 – €2,000
Lot 108: Porsche 904 Carrera GTS owner’s manual and sales brochure. Estimation €1,800 -€2,200

Lot 110: 1959 Porsche Diesel Junior 108 K. Estimation €20,000 -€30,000
Lot 124: 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe. Estimation €60,000 – €90,000
Lot 129: 1996 Porsche RUF Turbo R. Estimation €200,000 – €250,000
Lot 135: 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe. Estimation €90,000 -€110,000
Lot 136: 1992 Porsche 928 GTS. Estimation €60,000 -€80,000
Lot 145: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS. Estimation €160,000 – €190,000
Lot 150: 1654 Porsche 356 pre-A Cabriolet. Estimation €250,000 – €280,000
Lot 223: 1966 Porsche 911. Estimation €140,000 – €190,000
Lot 224: 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Estimation €150,000 – €175,000
Lot 233: 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3. Estimation €90,000 – €120,000
Lot 234: 1994 Porsche 968 Clubsport. Estimation €55,000 – €85.000
Lot 235: 1985 Porsche 911 Turbo. Estimation €90,000 – €120,000
Lot 236: 1970 Porsche 911T. Estimation €50,000 – €70,000
Lot 237: 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo Prototype. Estimation €295,000 – €395,000
Lot 238: 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet. Estimation €170,000 – €200,000
Lot 241: 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6. Estimation €190,000 – €250,000
Lot260: 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo. Estimation €150,000 -€200,000
Lot 271: 1959 Porsche 356A 1600 coupé. Estimation €120,000 – €140,000
Lot 283: 1994 Porsche 928 GTS. Estimation €80,000 – €100,000
Lot 292: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS. Estimation €180,000 – €200,000
Lot 306: 1992 Porsche 968. Estimation €20,000 – €30,000
Lot 308: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring €450,000 – €550,000
Lot 309: 1983 Porsche 911 Turbo Group 4. Estimation €160,000 – €200,000
Lot 314: 1988 Porsche 928 Koening. Estimation €50,000 – €60,000
Lot 320: 1995 Porche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport. Estimation €225,000 – €275,000
Lot 325: 1986 Porsche RUF BTR “Flachbau”. Estimation €225,000 – €275,000
Lot 328: 1969 Porsche 911 S 2.0. Estimation €160,000 – €200,000
Lot 329: 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster. Estimation €275,000 – €325,000
Lot 335: 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6. Estimation €150,000 – €180,000
Lot 354: 1960 Porsche Diesel Junior 108K. Estimation €19,000 – €25,000

Pictures courtesy of RM Sotheby’s