A selection of racing and limited production Porsches will be among the headline offerings at the 2016 Gooding Pebble Beach auction, to be held August 20-21 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center during Monterey Classic Car Week. The Porsches include the ex-Paul Newman Porsche 935 that won the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, an original Rothmans 1984 Porsche 911 SC/RS and a 1994 Porsche Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau with less than 40 miles from new.
“We have seen significant interest in the Porsche market, especially for competition and limited production vehicles,” says David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. “We are presenting examples that embody a connoisseur’s quest for exceptional provenance and distinction with these remarkable Porsches.”
The 1979 Porsche 935 offered at the Gooding and Company 2016 Pebble Beach sale, chassis 009 0030, presented actor and racer Paul Newman his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut on June 10, 1979, alongside co-drivers Dick Barbour and Rolf Stommelen. The Dick Barbour Team finished second overall in front of the largest crowd in Le Mans’ history to date drawn by the 54-year-old Newman. During the 1980 campaign, the car was sponsored by Apple Computers and remains the only race car the tech company has ever supported. The Porsche 935 continued its racing success winning first overall at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona with drivers Bobby Rahal, Brian Redman and Bob Garretson, as well as first overall at the 1983 12 Hours of Sebring with drivers Wayne Baker, Jim Mullen and Kees Nierop. This car was restored in 2006 by Paul Willison to its 1979 Le Mans “Hawaiian Tropic” livery and went on to win Best in Class at the 2007 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (Estimate: $4,500,000 – $5,500,000).
Following the success of the Rothmans Porsche 956 at Le Mans in 1982, the British tobacco manufacturer struck a deal with Porsche to put together a team of rally-spec 911s for the European Rally Championship and the newly formed Middle East Championship. Six Rothmans Porsche 911 SC/RS cars were prepped for these events, which delivered excellent results. The Rothmans 911 SC/RS offered by Gooding and Company, chassis 110 008, was campaigned by Saeed Al-Hajri. The “King of the Dunes” went on to win the FIA Middle East Championship in 1984 with first-place finishes at the Ypres 24 Hours and the Medeora Rally. In 1987, Al-Hajri took first place finishes at the Qatar Rally and the Kuwait Rally. Once again he won the 1987 FIA Middle East Rally Championship. Gooding said this Porsche is the most original Rothmans 911 SC/RS in existence. In addition, this rally car comes with a trove of Porsche/Rothmans documentation including competition, testing and team organization notes (Estimate: $1,400,000 – $1,800,000).
In August 1993, as production of the 964 was nearing its close, Porsche informed its dealer network of a final and limited series of Turbo S Flachbau models to be built under the auspices of the factory’s Exclusive Department. At the time, it was the most expensive factory 911 you could purchase, and only 39 of the 76 Flachbau examples Porsche built were offered to the U.S. The 1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau presented here is in showroom condition with its original window sticker still affixed. It has traveled less than 40 miles since new. This car was optioned with Rootwood trim on the dashboard, shift knob and brake handle, and is one-of-two US-spec Flachbau models finished in Grand Prix White. This Turbo S Flachbau was purchased new by a collection and was in its care for nearly two decades. This time-capsule Porsche has been recently serviced, as well as fully documented by Mark Smith, the creator of the Flachbau registry. A Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, along with service receipts, original factory tools, car cover and other original accoutrements are included (Estimate: $1,400,000 – $1,800,000).
Additional Porsche entries include:
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RSH (estimate: $1,300,000 – $1,500,000)
1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S (estimate: $525,000 – $575,000)
Gooding and Company 2016 Pebble Beach Auction
Dates: Saturday, August 20 at 5:00pm and Sunday, August 21 at 6:00pm
Location: Equestrian Center, corner of Stevenson Drive and Portola Road, Pebble Beach, CA
Public preview: Wednesday, August 17 – Sunday, August 21
Auction catalogues: $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions
General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions
Bidder Registration: $200 includes a catalogue, admission for two to the viewing and auction with two reserved seats, subject to availability.