Historic Porsche 917K, a ‘Le Mans’ film star, offered by Gooding

The restored Porsche 917K was once a 'barn find' | Gooding & Company
The restored Porsche 917K was once a remarkable ‘barn find’ | Gooding & Company

As well as being one of the most-formidable sports-prototype cars from a fascinating era of Le Mans endurance racing, the 1970 Porsche 917K to be offered at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in August boasts a colorful history of motorsports-celebrity ownership and barn-find splendor.

The Porsche also possesses that most-magical ingredient of Hollywood stardom, having appeared in Steve McQueen’s epic 1971 film, Le Mans. Not only did it serve as a camera car in the making of the film, the Porsche stars on screen at speed as car No. 22 in the action sequences. Continue reading

Garage: Mychanic floor jack works as handsomely as it looks

The Mychanic floor jack quickly lifted the rear of my Porsche 356 | Bob Golfen photos
Light work: the Mychanic floor jack lifting the rear of my Porsche 356 | Bob Golfen photos

When I unpacked the Mychanic 2T Hybrid Floor Jack and stood back, my first thought was, “Now, that’s a good-looking floor jack.” I don’t recall ever having that thought before.

Because really, a floor jack is usually just a piece of functionality. The Mychanic jack, however, is an uncommonly handsome piece.  But does it work as well as it looks? Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Porsche 912E coupe

Porsche used it leftover 914 engines to create a new entry-level model
Porsche used it leftover 914 engines to create a new entry-level model

In 1976, Porsche had a problem: they did not have an entry-level sports car in their lineup. The 914 was being phased out and the incoming 924 was not yet ready for market. Their solution was one of the more-interesting stop-gap measures ever created.

While the mid-engine 914 was essentially history, Porsche still had a quantity of the air-cooled four-cylinder boxer engines from that car and nowhere to use them. Their master plan was to take those engines and put them into some 911s instead of their usual six-cylinder engines, thus creating a reborn, one-year generation of the previously discontinued 912. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1974 Porsche 914 1.8

The once-unappreciated Porsche 914 has a renew fan base and  values that are rising
The once-unappreciated Porsche 914 has a renew fan base and values that are rising

If you showed up at a Porsche club meeting even 20 years ago with a 914, you likely would be viewed as barely qualifying for membership. If the car was a 914/6, well that was a bit different. But with a standard four-cylinder 914, you were basically tolerated and mostly ignored.

It’s funny how the passage of time changes people’s perspectives. During the past few years, the mid-engine Porsche 914 has had quite a renaissance, becoming a bona fide collectible Porsche right alongside the 356 and the 911. In fact, the Porsche 914 was celebrated a few years back at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where 10 of these great little cars graced the field and drew good-sized crowds to see them. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1963 Porsche Super 90 coupe

The Porsche is painted in its original factory color of Smyrna Green
The Porsche is painted in its original factory color of Smyrna Green

The Super 90 was the hot setup for Porsche in 1963 as the automaker’s seminal 356 neared the end of its run, bowing out to the 911 in 1965. While 90 horsepower might not sound like much, the output of the sturdy 1,600 flat four is fairly robust when the car weighs just 2,000 pounds.

The Pick of the Day is a 1963 Porsche 356 Super 90 coupe that was fully restored in 2012 and well-maintained since, according to the seller, a well-known classic-Porsche dealer in Costa Mesa, California. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1978 Porsche 928

The V8-powered Porsche 928 was the second front-engine car from the automaker
The Porsche 928 was the second front-engine car from the automaker

Porsche, one of the most storied marques in the world, has had tremendous racing success and its cars are some of the most desired and coveted. From the company’s original 356, though the 911 series, and all the way to the landmark 918 Spider, Porsches are something that just about every sports car fan sees as an integral part of a collection.

Despite this history, the company has made a few model missteps, cars that were too different from what the traditional Porsche buyer expected. But unlike most Porsche fans, and I have owned a passel of 911s, I believe that all Porsche cars are special. Some of their best cars are the ones that broke the mold of what people consider a Porsche to be. Continue reading

Mecum scores biggest total at 30th anniversary Indy auction

A rare, high-performance 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO was the top-selling vehicle at Indy | Mecum Auctions
A rare, high-performance 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO was the top-selling vehicle at Indy | Mecum Auctions photos

With a rare Porsche high-performance 911 coupe leading the way, Mecum Auctions reached $55.6 million at its Original Spring Classic collector car sale in Indianapolis, Indiana, the highest total yet for the auction as it celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The sale last weekend sale sent 1,665 vehicles over the block, with 1,208 of them selling for a 73 percent sell-through rate. Continue reading

First hypercar ‘holy trinity’ boasted by RM Sotheby’s

The 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder is the only one produced in  “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue | RM Sotheby's photos
The 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder is the only one produced in “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue | RM Sotheby’s photos

The “holy trinity” of modern hypercars. That’s what RM Sotheby’s is calling the trio of spectacular road-going hybrid-performance machines from Italy, Germany and Great Britain that will be auctioned May 27 during its Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. Continue reading

Porsches, Ferraris among biggest losers in Hagerty Value Rating

Earlier Porsche 911s have seen slow appreciation lately | Bob Golfen
Earlier Porsche 911s have seen slow appreciation lately | Bob Golfen

How the mighty have fallen! Following that Biblical moment, here is the latest compilation of biggest losers in the collector car market, as determined by the numbers crunchers at Hagerty classic car insurance and valuation.

Hagerty Vehicle Rating’s Bottom 25 list for the second quarter is dominated by once-roaring European sports cars, including Porsche 911s and the earlier 356s that saw such a meteoric climb in recent years. Not that the bottom is dropping out of Porsche sales, but appreciation has been minimal as of late. Continue reading

Restored or preserved? Bidders will decide when H&H Classics offers 1967 Porsche 911S twins

Same year, same color, same value? We'll see at H&N Classics auction March 29 | H&H Classics photos
Same year, same color, same value? We’ll see at H&N Classics auction March 29 | H&H Classics photos

Which is more valuable? A completely original and very carefully maintained 1967 Porsche 911 S or its seemingly identical twin that has undergone a 1,500-hour restoration back to and perhaps even beyond factory specification?

We’ll find out March 29 when the two cars are offered up for bidding at H&H Classics auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England. Continue reading