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

Amelia Island Concours to honor Brumos Racing Porsches

Brumos Racing's famous No. 59 Porsche 911 on the track | Brumos Racing
Brumos Racing’s famous No. 59 Porsche 911 on the track | Brumos Racing

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance honors the hometown racing team in 2017 when the March 12 festival features a special class showcasing the championship Porsches of Brumos Racing, based in nearby Jacksonville, Florida.

Brumos Racing was established in the IMSA GT Championship in 1971 by Peter Gregg under the sponsorship of Brumos Porsche. Gregg, along with endurance-racing great Hurley Haywood, notched an impressive number of victories in North America, including 15 major championships and multiple wins in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Continue reading

Porsche survivors, old and new, offered by Auctions America

The 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster had one owner for nearly six decades | Teddy Pieper/Auctions America
The 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster had one owner for nearly six decades | Teddy Pieper/Auctions America

Two Porsche sports cars from opposite ends of the collector car spectrum, a 1957 356A 1600 Speedster “barn find” in picturesque condition and a 2004 Carrera GT in brand-new condition, will be offered by Auctions America during its Hilton Head Island sale November 5 in South Carolina.

The auction takes place during the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. The sale is described by Auctions America as a “boutique event” with just 120 cars up for bidding, a small number by the auction company’s usual standards. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder Beck replica

The Porsche 550 Spyder is an affordable replica
The Porsche 550 Spyder is an affordable replica

Last week, Bonhams auction announced the stunning sale of an original preserved 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder for $6.1 million, a world record by far for the mid-engine roadster made famous by the demise of actor James Dean in his “Little Bastard” on a Southern California highway.

So there goes yet another cool collector car sailing out of sight for most of us. But if authenticity is not key to your enjoyment of this most memorable of early Porsche road/race cars, there is another, less-painful way to obtain a reasonable facsimile. Continue reading

Hagerty chart shows biggest losers in classic car depreciation

Hagerty
Hagerty

The Hagerty collector car insurance and valuation company recently released the 31st edition of its closely watched Hagerty Price Guide after a period of ups and downs and mood swings in the classic car market.

Among the results were a number of high-profile cars that have depreciated after several years of climbing in value. Among them, such modern supercars as the Ford GT and the Porsche Carrera GT, as well as vintage favorites such as the Toyota 2000GT and the Ferrari Dino 246 GT. Even some so-called blue-chip collector cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, softened slightly. Continue reading

Hagerty graph shows Porsche top brand at Monterey auctions

Hagerty
Hagerty

For the first time, Porsches surged into the lead as the most prevalent brand seen at the collector car auctions this year during Monterey Car Week, upending the usual dominance of Chevrolet, according to the latest graph from Hagerty collector car insurance and valuation. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 3rd annual Porsche Werks Reunion

A group of Porsche fans discuss the merits of a well-restored 912 | Bob Golfen photos
A group of Porsche fans discuss the merits of a well-restored 912 | Bob Golfen photos

The Porsche Werks Reunion continues its soaring popularity as Porsche owners from around the country converged for a massive gathering of the faithful Thursday at the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel, California.

Now in its third year, the Werks Reunion has established itself as a mainstay of Monterey Car Week, with the booming values and collectability of Porsches happening at just the right time for this single-marque event. Continue reading

Prototype Porsche 356/912 ‘missing link’ at Mecum auction

The Porsche 356/912 was one of six prototypes built for the upcoming 912 model | Mecum Auctions photos
The Porsche 356/912 was one of six prototypes built for the upcoming 912 model | Mecum Auctions photos

Porsche prices have been on a dramatic rise in recent years, especially for those cars with special performance features, racing history or celebrity provenance. Mecum’s auction in Monterey, California, presents yet another rare and unusual example, essentially a “missing link” between the original 356 models that established the brand and the subsequent four-cylinder 912 versions of the iconic 911.

The factory-documented 1965 Porsche 356B/912 coupe prototype is one of six cars built to test the automaker’s plan to create a less-expensive edition of the 911, which was introduced in 1963 to great acclaim but also some trepidation about its relatively high price. The idea behind the 912 was to market a sports car with the new look of the six-cylinder 911 but with the mechanical components of the beloved 356. Continue reading