Porsche teams with Pirelli on modern tires for its vintage cars

The Pirelli tires were subjected to rigorous testing by Porsche experts | Porsche
The Pirelli tires were subjected to rigorous testing by Porsche experts | Porsche photos

One of the toughest decisions for classic car owners concerns tires. That’s especially true when dealing with sports or performance cars that are driven by enthusiasts.

You might want your car to look as authentic as possible, but original-type reproduction tires might not hold up to your demands in terms of handling, adhesion or wear. And modern tires can look awkward on restored or preserved cars.

If your particular old-car obsession is Porsche, then you may be in luck. Porsche Classic has teamed up with Pirelli to create new tires with modern-day properties that are suitable in appearance and performance for older cars from 1959 through 2005, including 356B and C models, various generations of 911, early Boxsters and front-engine 924s, 944s, 928s and 968s. Continue reading

Celebrity bump lacking in sale of Jerry Seinfeld Porsches, VWs

The rare and exotic 1958 Porsche 356 A GS/GT Carrera Speedster comes up for bidding at the Gooding auction | Bob Golfen photos
The rare and exotic 1958 Porsche 356 A GS/GT Carrera Speedster comes up for bidding at the Gooding auction | Bob Golfen photos

The rumor mill was churning before the sale Friday of comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s cars at Gooding & Company on Amelia Island, Florida. The 16 spectacular Porsches and two modest Volkswagens were in stunning condition, either impeccably restored or strikingly original, so there was quite a bit of value in the room even without the Seinfeld ownership.

But how would the celebrity cachet of Seinfeld, well-known as a discerning collector of Porsches as well as a mega TV star, effect the bidding? Would it spike the values exponentially as has happened before with cars once owned by Steve McQueen, or the recent sale of Janet Joplin’s psychedelically painted Porsche 356, which went through the roof? Continue reading

Gooding reveals full list of Jerry Seinfeld cars coming to auction

Three eras of Porsche Speedsters will be offered by Jerry Seinfeld at Gooding’s Florida auction | Gooding & Company photos
Three eras of Porsche Speedsters will be offered by Jerry Seinfeld at Gooding’s Florida auction | Gooding & Company photos

Gooding & Company has revealed the full list of 18 cars that comedian and avid Porsche collector Jerry Seinfeld has consigned for the Amelia Island Auction in March. The cars – 16 Porsches and two Volkswagens – are scheduled to cross the block March 11 when Gooding holds its annual auction during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend in Florida. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s hits $21 million for 48 cars at Paris sale

A 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder sold for $3 million at the Paris auction | RM Sotheby's photos
A 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder sold for $3 million at the Paris auction | RM Sotheby’s photos

RM Sotheby’s had a very tight schedule following its successful collector car auction January 28-29 in Arizona, packing up and flying off to Paris for its Retromobile auction on Wednesday. They made it, and held a sale that reached nearly $21 million for 48 sold out of 61 cars, a 79 percent rate.

The star of the show was a spectacular Porsche, a 1955 Spyder with racing history that sold for a convincing $3 million (all sales results converted from euro and include auction fees), the highest sale that took place during the auction. Continue reading

Will Porsche 911 overabundance ding prices in Arizona?

A long lineup of Porsche 911s are parked at Bonhams' auction in Scottsdale | Bob Golfen
A long lineup of Porsche 911s are parked at Bonhams’ auction in Scottsdale | Bob Golfen

The Porsche 911 seems to have it all – evocative styling, sparkling performance, competition history, a remarkably long-lived heritage – and there are plenty of them to go around. Since they hit the ground running in 1963, 911s have occupied a special space in the hearts of millions of enthusiasts of every stripe.

Porsches seem to be everywhere at the Arizona auctions this week, especially the 911 and its variants that have seen such a run up in values in the past few years. Bonhams has 21 Porsches out of its total of 115 collector cars being offered at auction today in Scottsdale. Sixteen of those cars are 911s, most of them lined up in a row that repeats the iconic form like an arcade mirror. Continue reading

Breaking News: Jerry Seinfeld collection of Porsches to star at Gooding’s Amelia Island auction

Three exceptional Porsches will be among the Jerry Seinfeld collection coming to auction | Brian Henniker/Gooding
These three exceptional Porsches will be among the Jerry Seinfeld collection coming to auction | Brian Henniker/Gooding

(UPDATE: A spokesman for Gooding says there will be a total of 18 Porsches coming from Jerry Seinfeld’s collection to the Amelia Island auction.)

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is well-known as a serial Porsche collector, with a noteworthy selection of the greatest and most-valuable sports cars and racers from the German automaker in his possession.

Seinfeld probably would have some observational humor to throw in here. “So what’s up with old Porsches? I mean, who puts the engine in the rear end of the car? Really. What sense does that make? And don’t get me started about air-cooling… ”

But even someone with the Porsche obsession of Seinfeld, and the resources to feed it, must experience some “shrinkage” of his collection at times. For Seinfeld, that happens in March when a number of cars from his private horde will be offered by Gooding & Company at its auction on Amelia Island, Florida. Continue reading

Porsches from classic to the latest supercar will be featured at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction

The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder is essentially a new car with 595 miles on the odometer | Barrett-Jackson photos
The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder is essentially a new car with 595 miles on the odometer | Barrett-Jackson photos

Coveted Porsches ranging from classic 356 cabriolets of the 1960s through the latest V8/hybrid 918 Spyder Weissach Edition supercar will cross the block during Barrett-Jackson’s signature January auction in Scottsdale,  Arizona. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1983 Porsche 911 SC coupe

The 1983 Porsche 911 SC is said to have been driven just 85,000 since new
The 1983 Porsche 911 SC is said to have been driven just 85,000 since new

Of all the air-cooled 911 models, the 911SC built from 1978 to 1983 is almost universally considered to be the most reliable, trouble-free and best built of all. These cars routinely cover as much as 300,000 miles without needing any major engine work. Additionally, the 911 SC offers great performance combined with low running costs. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Air-Cooled Arizona unites VW, Porsche adherents

A nicely decked-out Volkswagen Karman-Ghia nestled alongside a Porsche 911 ‘outlaw’ | Bob Golfen photos
A nicely decked-out Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia nestled alongside a Porsche 911 ‘outlaw’ | Bob Golfen photos

Air-cooled cars are mostly things of the past, but there are some vintage ones from Germany that are among the most popular of all collector cars: Volkswagens and Porsches.

Phoenix collector Erik Black tinkers with both rear-engine VWs and older Porsches. He belongs to clubs and goes to events that generally break down into either VW people or Porsche people, but rarely both. Continue reading