Pick of the Day: 1987 Porsche 944

The Porsche 944 is still a relative bargain compared with other vintage Porsches
The Porsche 944 is still a relative bargain compared with other vintage Porsches

While browsing the many cars for sale on ClassicCars.com, I decided the Pick of the Day should be a Porsche. But when I ran a search on Porsche, I was amazed at how expensive even the most pedestrian 356 or 911 driver-level cars had become. This market has continued to take off, with even the 914, a car essentially unloved by the Porsche faithful, somehow now selling in the high teens to as much as $40,000.

But I am happy to note a Porsche model out there that still can be had for less than $20,000. That’s the Porsche 944.

The Pick of the Day is this stunning and very original 1987 Porsche 944 advertised by a dealer in Lithia Springs, Georgia, with an asking price of just $15,995. 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

Bob’s favorites at Gooding’s Amelia Island auction

Part of Jerry Seinfeld's lineup of early Porsche sports and race cars at the Gooding auction | Bob Golfen photos
Part of Jerry Seinfeld’s lineup of Porsches and Volkswagens at the Gooding auction | Bob Golfen photos

David Gooding was all smiles Thursday as he ambled through the tents of his company’s Amelia Island collector car auction, where about 80 vintage vehicles beckoned to onlookers.

The seventh annual Gooding & Company sale is dominated this year by Jerry Seinfeld’s consignment of 16 glorious Porsches and two early-’60sVolkswagens from his personal collection. Auction watchers are waiting with anticipation to see how the celebrity ownership effects the values of his cars, many of them already rare and highly desirable models in pristine condition. Continue reading

Historic Porsches from company museum set for worldwide tour

A Porsche 356 Speedster takes part in last year's Top City Classic Rally in China | Porsche Museum
A Porsche 356 Speedster takes part in last year’s Top City Classic Rally in China | Porsche

Porsche’s “Rolling Museum” hits the road again this spring, taking classic sports and racing cars from the automaker’s Stuttgart collection to some of the world’s most prestigious automotive events.

Starting with two cars – a 1955 356 Speedster and a 1956 356 A coupe – in the 1,000-mile California Mille from April 24-28, the Porsche Museum will have a presence at such international events as the Targa Florio Classica in Sicily, the Ennstal Classic in Austria and the Top City Rally in China. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Porsche 912E coupe

The Porsche 912E was produced for just one year as the entry-level model for the German sports-car brand
The Porsche 912E was produced for just one year as the entry-level model for the German sports-car brand

In 1976, Porsche brought back its four-cylinder 912 model for one year as a less-pricey alternative to the fairly expensive six-cylinder 911. Just 2,099 of the 912E sports coupes were built as a replacement for the mid-engine 914.

In turn, the 912E (the E stands for einspritzung, German for fuel injection) was replaced as Porsche’s entry-level model after a year of production by the front-engine 924.

The Pick of the Day is a 1976 Porsche 912E coupe that the seller calls a “stunning time capsule” despite having more than 136,000 miles on its odometer. These are sturdy and reliable cars, so if this one was well cared for, that could be reasonable mileage for a driver-condition car. 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

Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche set for Amelia Island Concours

Janis Joplin had her Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet psychedically painted by a band roadie | Ameia Island Concours
Janis Joplin had her Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet  painted by a band roadie | Ameia Island Concours

One of the most memorable cars of the psychedelic ’60s, Janis Joplin’s fantastically painted 1964 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet, will make a guest appearance in March during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.

While Joplin sang “my friends all drive Porsches,” she actually drove one, too, a convertible she bought used in 1968 for $3,500 from a Beverly Hills dealer. One of her band’s roadies, Dave Richards, created the car’s amazing mural, which he called “The History of the Universe.” 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