The Porsches in the February auctions in Paris

The Paris Retromobile is postponed to early July. Unfortunately the event collapses with the Stuttgart Retroclassics. 2 classic cars shows that belong to the best in Europe on 1 weekend. It looks like we’ll have to plan to see how we’ll manage that. With the postponement of the Paris Retromobile, the auction houses rescheduled their auctions too. Artcurial is having it the February 5th, and only has 1 Porsche coming on the block. But it is one of the most important Porsche’s sold the last few months. The RM Sotheby’s auction goes on one week later, February 13th.  And Bonhams isn’t having a sale in Paris at all.

Artcurial Auction

The Porsche 550A-0118 that comes on the block in the Artcurial Auction in Paris was delivered newon 12 March 1957 by the American Porsche dealer Brumos in Florida to Ernie Erickson. He was a vivid racer, and entered the car in the Nassau races that same year. More races followed, but when in 1958 the successor to the Porsche 550 showed up at race-tracks, Erickson decided to sell his Spyder to upgrade to the more powerful Porsche 718 RSK Spyder.

Porsche 550A-0118 in the february Artcurial auction in Paris
Porsche 550A-0118

From then on, the car changed hands several times, and was raced all across the USA for a few years. One of the owners was George Baker Jr, a Porsche collector and founder of the  Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Alabama. In the mid-eighties, the car returned to its home-country. A German collector had the car for some yeas. It then changed hands again and moved to a Spanish collection. The Spanish ower had the car restored, but without preserving the evidence of the race-history of the car. In 2017, Marco Marinello, Porsche specialist and founder of Elevenparts,  inspected the car. The report states that 90% of the aluminium rivets are authentic and concludes that this is an “original 550A with an extraordinary patina reflecting its sporting past.”. Artcurial now offers the car in auction and expects a hammerprice between 3,800,000 – 4,400,000 €

RM Sotheby’s Auction

The 2 Porsches from the Gold Collection that cross the block at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris will be sold without reserve. This might be your chance to acquire a classic Porsche 911 for a decent price. On the other hand, selling without reserve can be a strategy too to attract potential buyers. Whatever it is, we are curious at what price the hammer will fall for both the 1972 Porsche 911S and the 1977 Porsche 911 Turbo. 2 cars that would fetch high prices few years back. But hard to predict something for now.

1952 Porsche 356 Coupe

We’re quite curious for the results of the 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster too. Some weeks ago, in Scottsdale, a similar Porsche 356 Speedster sold for $313,500. RM Sotheby’s has put an estimation of €325,000 -€375,000.  But ofcourse most eyes are directed to the 1952 Porsche 356. This pre A Porsche was first delivered to a German dealership in Berlin. At a certain moment in time, this car crossed the Atlantic to finally end up in the hands of Tom Birch, a pre-a collector. In 2003, the car returnd to Europe, where it finally ended up in the hands of restorer Reinhold Plank from Italy. He started a nut-and-bolt cosmetic and mechanical restoration. This car has only driven 123 km since restoration,and is ready to be driven by its next owner, or entered in any top-flight Concours d’Elegance.

The Porsches in the RM Sotheby’s Auction

Lot 113 : 1972 Porsche 911S (Gold Collection) Estimation €170,000 -€210,000
Lot 114 : 1977 Porsche 911 Turbo (Gold Collection) Estimation €120,000 -€150,000
Lot 119 : 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Estimation €325,000 -€375,000
Lot 133 : 1991 Porsche 911 Cup 3.4 Estimation €200,000 -€250,000
Lot 137 : 1952 Porsche 356 Estimation €450,000 -€575,000


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Pictures courtesy Artcurial and RM Sotheby