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

Eye Candy: Porsche 356 Dana Point Concours

The Porsche 356 concours was held at Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point, California | Bob Golfen photos
The Porsche 356 concours was held at Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point, California | Bob Golfen photos

To outsiders, the Porsche 356 is a strange little beast, squat and round and so unlike the sleek exotics favored by most European car buffs. But for those who know them, the little cars originally created by Ferdinand Porsche are simply the most fun on wheels, their unique design and driving character making them a consistent favorite among those who love sports cars.

Southern California is the Mecca for 356 fanatics so, not surprisingly, the 356 Club of Southern California is the biggest regional contingent in the United States. Last weekend, the club hosted its 30th annual Dana Point Concours, which the club notes is the largest “356-only fully judged concours in the world.” Continue reading

Paul Newman Porsche race car offered at Cole’s Monterey auction

The 1974 Porsche 911S race car was Pail Newman's entry into the big leagues of motorsports | Rick Cole Auctions
The 1974 Porsche 911S race car was Paul Newman’s entry into the big leagues of motorsports | Rick Cole Auctions photos

A 1974 Porsche 911S competition car once owned and raced by Hollywood film legend Paul Newman will be among the pack of Porsches offered by Rick Cole Auctions next month in Monterey, California.

Driven by Newman and Bill Freeman in the 1977 12 Hours of Sebring, the Porsche marked the start of the Newman-Freeman Racing partnership. The late actor’s racing career continued through his participation at Daytona in 2005. Continue reading

Modern supercar exotics add luster to Mecum’s Monterey auction

A 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar makes a rare auction appearance | Mecum Auctions
A 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar makes a rare auction appearance | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions are not exactly known as the venues for buying modern ultra-exotic European sports cars, but nonetheless its Monterey sale is bristling with very high-tech offerings from many of the greatest names in supercars.

The hyper performers from Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Porsche and McLaren made since the dawn of the new millennium boast stunning horsepower as well as eye-popping styling and design, and they should boost the bottom line considerably for the Mecum collector car sale August 18-20 in Monterey. Continue reading

Colorful Porsche 911 ‘art cars’ to grace Russo and Steele auction

The 1989 Porsche 911 creatively painted by a Canadian artist | Russo and Steele photos
The 1989 Porsche 911 creatively painted by a Canadian artist | Russo and Steele photos

Porsche 911s are already works of art, according to most followers of the German marque, but a small group of Quebec artists took that a step further by using the classic sports coupes as canvases for evocative paintings.

The Art Cars Project started in 2006 when a creatively painted 911 by Canadian artist Claude Le Sauteur debuted to acclaim at Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec). Shortly after, the decision was made to expand the project by having eight artists, four Canadians and four from elsewhere around the globe, each design and paint a similar Porsche 911 artwork. Continue reading

Paul Newman 935 racer among top Porsches at Gooding auction

The 1979 Porsche 935 was co-driven by actor Paul Newman at the 24 Hours of Le Mans | Gooding photos
The 1979 Porsche 935 was co-driven by actor Paul Newman at the 24 Hours of Le Mans | Gooding photos

‘A thrilling spectrum of important Porsches” is how Gooding & Company describes the top-drawer Porsche competition cars, including one driven at Le Mans by Hollywood legend Paul Newman, and rare sports cars to be offered at Gooding’s Pebble Beach Auction in August.

Valued in the high-six and seven figures, these are the Porsche collector’s equivalent of paintings by Monet or Gauguin, highly desirable and exclusive, and unattainable for most of us. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Porsche 914 2.0

The 1976 Porsche 914 is powered by the desirable 2.0-liter engine
The 1976 Porsche 914 is powered by the desirable 2.0-liter engine

At a recent Porsche club gathering, the talk was all about 914s as a number of the low, lean mid-engine sports cars from the early ’70s rolled into the parking lot to join the early 356s and 911s. Once the red-haired stepchild of the vintage Porsche community, the 914 has gained respect in recent years during the general run-up of Porsche values.

Pick of the Day is a 1976 Porsche 914, the final year of production for the entry-level model, which is powered by the desirable 2.0-liter fuel-injected boxer engine rated at 91 horsepower, which provides brisk performance for the 2,100-pound targa-topped car. Continue reading

Steve McQueen celebration expands with inaugural car rally

The Steve McQueen Rally benefits the Boys Republic school for at-risk youth | Russo and Steele photos
The Steve McQueen Rally benefits  Boys Republic school for at-risk youth | Russo and Steele

The inaugural Steve McQueen Rally, sponsored by Russo and Steele auctions, will honor the late iconic actor and motorsports enthusiast and benefit his favorite charity. It gets started May 14 in Malibu, California, for two days of scenic Southern California driving.

The vintage car event is part of a McQueen celebration that continues June 4 with the ninth annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show at the Boys Republic, a private school in Chino Hills, California, that helps troubled teens through residential education and a guidance program. All proceeds from the rally, car show and a commemorative dinner June 3 will go to Boys Republic. Continue reading