Pick of the Day: 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster

The Porsche Speedster is said to have been meticulously restored
The Porsche Speedster is said to have been meticulously restored

Dear Santa:

With Christmas Eve coming right up, I’m sure you’re plenty busy loading up the sleigh, but just give me a minute. I’ve been good this year (relatively speaking), so here is what I would really, really like to find under my tree Christmas morning (or maybe in the driveway would be better).

It’s the Pick of the Day, a 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster fresh out of restoration. Yeah, I know that ratty-but-running Speedsters seem to be all the rage, ala Jerry Seinfeld and such, but I would prefer a sweetly restored one that’s all ready to go and not held together by duct tape. Continue reading

‘Ultimate sports car list’ to be offered by Gooding in Scottsdale

The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra has been fully restored | Brian Henniker/Gooding
The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra has been fully restored | Brian Henniker/Gooding

Four cars from Italy, England, Germany and the United States make up what Gooding & Company calls its “ultimate sports car wish list,” to be presented during its January auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The cars – a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra – are landmark designs that carry pre-auction estimates ranging into seven figures. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Porsche 912E coupe

The Porsche 912 shows and drives like a new car, the seller says
The Porsche 912E shows and drives like a new car, the seller says

The Porsche 912 came back to life after a six-year gap for the 1976 model year only, something of a stop-gap measure to serve as the entry-level model after the mid-engine 914 went away and before the front-engine 924 came to market. Basically a four-cylinder variant of the flat-six-powered 911, the 912 was appreciated for its nimble handling and, with 90 horsepower, enough pull to work as a credible Porsche sports car.

The Pick of the Day is apparently a time-warp 1976 Porsche 912E in what’s described as near-pristine condition with just 19,135 miles on its odometer accumulated by its fastidious sole owner. Continue reading

Unique Porsche 918 Spyder leads Mecum in Anaheim

Th e Porsche 918 Spyder was by far the high seller at the Anaheim auction | Mecum Auction photos
The Porsche 918 Spyder was by far the high seller at the Anaheim auction | Mecum Auction photos

The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder that crossed the Mecum auction block in Anaheim, California, had everything going for it: a one-of-a-kind version ordered from the factory without paint but with exposed carbon fiber and matte black wrap; Nomex lightweight Alcantera bucket seats; the Weissach performance package; and just 1,977 original miles on its odometer.

The highly sought-after modern exotic earned its due with the high sale at the auction last weekend, hammered at $1,475,000 (figure does not include auction fee) to lead results for the three-day event, in which 308 cars and 221 pieces of Road Art were sold for a total of $11 million. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo

The Porsche 911 Turbo is said to be in excellent condition with low mileage
The Porsche 911 Turbo is said to be in excellent condition with low mileage

I have been asked quite bit lately is if there are any good Porsche buys left in the collector car market. There are still a few, such as the Pick of the Day, a 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo coupe advertised on ClassicCars.com for a reasonable $49,900.

According to the dealer in Oakwood, Georgia, the Porsche’s total mileage is just 50,230 miles. The Porsche spent its entire life in the dry Texas climate and its overall condition is excellent, the dealer says. Continue reading

Now there are seven: Worldwide announces Scottsdale auction

An early 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet will be among Worldwide's no reserve offerings | Worldwide Auctions
An early 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet will be among Worldwide’s no reserve offerings | Worldwide Auctions

Worldwide Auctions has announced that it is adding its gavel to Arizona Auction Week, with a sale of about 80 collector cars set for January 18 in Scottsdale’s Old Town district.

That will bring to seven the number of auctions that take place in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area during the annual old-car festival, more than any similar cluster of collector car sales in the U.S.; the Monterey, California, area hosts five auctions during Pebble Beach Concours week. Continue reading

‘Unblemished’ Porsche 904 racer listed for Bonhams’ auction

The Porsche 904 GTS was originally part of the Brumos racing team | Bonhams
The Porsche 904 GTS was originally part of the Brumos racing team | Bonhams photos

A 1964 Porsche 904 GTS endurance racer with an “unblemished history” will be one of the stars of Bonham’s sixth annual Scottsdale auction in January, the auction company announced.

No. 98 of 106 produced, this 904 was part of the famed Brumos Porsche racing team of Jacksonville, Florida, but was retired after just a few races. The streamlined, mid-engine coupe eventually was sold to a prominent Porsche collector in Europe, where it has remained for the past 28 years. Continue reading

Performance Porsches race to top at Silverstone auction

A 'driver focused' 1991 Porsche 911 (964) Carrera RS NGT hit a lofty $193,660 | Silverstone Auctions photos
A ‘driver focused’ 1991 Porsche 911 (964) Carrera RS NGT hit a lofty $193,660 | Silverstone Auctions photos

Silverstone Auctions held its second annual all-Porsche sale last weekend, selling 70 percent of the 63 sports cars (and one Porsche tractor), as well as collector’s items, for a total of £2.5 million ($3 million at the current exchange rate).

Lightweight performance 911s highlighted the auction, held at the Silverstone Circuit race course at Towcester, England, in conjunction with the Porsche Club GB. Those cars gained strong results, including a 2010 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS – Gen II, finished in Carrera White with red wheels and decals, that sold £168,750 ($207,500), more than £30,000 ($37,000) over its lower estimate. All reported sales results include auction premium. Continue reading

Silverstone Circuit hosts second annual Porsche-only auction

A restored 1968 Porsche 911T coupe will be featured at the auction | Silverstone Auctions
A restored 1968 Porsche 911T coupe with right-hand drive will be featured at the auction | Silverstone Auctions

Sixty-five Porsches will be up for auction Saturday when Silverstone Auctions holds its second annual sale dedicated to the German marque at the famed Silverstone Circuit in Towcester, England, where the auction is being held in conjunction with the Porsche Club GB. Continue reading

Sought-after Porsches lead boutique Bonhams auction

A 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster reached more than $650,000 | Bonhams photos
A 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster reached more than $650,000 | Bonhams photos

Porsches led Bonhams’ fourth annual auction Friday in Zoute, Belgium, with a concours-winning 1955 356 Speedster leading the sale with a stunning result of $654,500, including auction fee, further confirming the rising values of these iconic sports cars.

The Zoute sale is a boutique event with just 30 lots of cars and automotive collectibles offered, of which 28 sold. Bonhams did not release a total-sales figure, although adding up the individual results listed on the company’s website figured out to $5.05 million for the entire auction. Continue reading