1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR

Porsches Sold at Auction in 2015

Porsche products resonate with enthusiasts. Whether it’s the remarkable story involving a seemingly perpetual product that’s enjoyed over a half century of development or their deep motorsport heritage, the iconic brand has cemented itself as one most enthusiasts aspire to experience at one point in their life. For some, they need more than one taste of the brand, evidenced in 2015 by what seemed like an endless array of Porsche products offered for sale at collector car auctions.

Auction Editor Rick Carey was busy traveling the globe in 2015 to give Sports Car Digest readers the realities of some of the automobiles that circulate throughout the auction world. Visiting dozens of sales, Carey surveyed a glimpse of Porsche’s greatest moments, as legends like the RS60 Spyder, 904, 906, 911 RSR and 956 crossed the auction block.

Listed in chronological order, Rick Carey’s reports on the 94 Porsches analyzed for 2015:

RM Auctions Arizona 2015 – Auction Report

1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Roadster, Body by Drauz
Lot # 123 1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Roadster, Body by Drauz; S/N 87279; Engine # 85441; Silver/Red leatherette; Black cloth top; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $247,500. No Reserve – Painted wheels, Michelin X blackwall tires. – Restored like new with very good paint, chrome, interior and top. Clean engine compartment essentially like new, including the weeping Solexes. Fairly magnetic body. Reported to be the original engine, replacement transmission. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2003 for $73,440 and probably better than it was then, along with being reunited with its original engine. The work since last sold totaled at least $36,000 according to receipts with the car; the rest of the $170K value increase is all up to what has happened to 356s in the last decade and even that fails quite to match the price it brought here. (photo: RM Auctions)
1988 Porsche 959 Komfort Coupe
Lot # 130 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ95ZHS900149; Engine # ; Graphite Grey/Grey leather, Silver inserts; Estimate $900,000 – $1,100,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $950,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,045,000. – A/C, Blaupunkt Bremen cassette stereo, heater sport seats, books, tools, keys, Porsche certificate. – Very good original paint and interior. A barely used original car with 21,608km from new. – 2,700 more km showing on the odometer than when it sold at the Poulain-Sotheby’s auction in Monaco in 2000 for $148,109, this is the poster car for the explosion in 959 values. (photo: RM Auctions)
1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster
Lot # 135 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster; S/N WP0EB0919KS173079; Engine # 64K05455; Black/Black leather, Red piping; Black top; Estimate $180,000 – $240,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $180,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $198,000. No Reserve – Matching numbers,3.2/214hp, Blaupunkt Cheyenne radio, black sport seats with red piping, rear seat delete, black center alloy wheels. – 18,845 miles described as accurate and very well detailed, with excellent interior. However the absence of any stone chips on the nose, while the rear fender protectors were peeling, suggests that it might have been partially painted. Originally owned by Barbara Orbison (Roy’s wife). – When the Carrera Speedster was introduced Porsche folks scoffed. ‘No one will give a card about these poseurs’ they said, and for years they didn’t. That all changed a little while ago and today they’re the darlings of a new generation of Porsche collectors, as this result indicated. Mrs. Orbison’s ownership didn’t seem to have any significant effect on this Carrera Speedster’s value and the price reflects its condition and low mileage.
1964 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Coupe, Body by Reutter
Lot # 142 1964 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Coupe, Body by Reutter; S/N 128987; Engine # 81165; Cream/Grey leather; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $159,500. No Reserve – Sunroof, chrome wheels, woodrim steering wheel – Represented as matching numbers and in California since new. It has been restored, but has all original body panels and floors, and a rebuilt transmission. Excellent paint in attractive original color, good panel fit, glass and seals. Attractive gray leather interior, wheels matched and date coded. Engine cosmetically refreshed and is the correct “8” series SC motor with Solex carburetors, original oil filter housing and proper decals. – Reported sold by Mecum in Houston in April 2013 for $92,750 and boosted well up the value scale with this transaction. The result is as impressive as the Porsche, but nowhere close to as impressive as RM’s pre-sale estimate range, a pie-in-the-sky pair of numbers seemingly calculated to encourage bidders on this no-reserve lot, a tactic mirrored on other of RM’s no-reserve lots here at the Biltmore.
1965 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Coupe
Lot # 143 1965 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Coupe; S/N 904-107; Engine # 99111; Silver, Dark Blue hood/Blue-Grey cloth; Estimate $1,500,000 – $2,000,000; Competition restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $1,500,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,650,000. – 901-series 911 engine installed, 4-cam 904 1966cc engine in good running condition included. 2nd series production, Ebersbacher gasoline heater, Les Leston woodrim steering wheel, covered headlights, yellow fog lights, dual outside mirrors. – Restored like new with little subsequent use. Raced in ’68-69 by Dr. Carl Armstrong in SCCA Midwest regional events. – A particularly pretty Porsche model, attractively restored and fitted with road equipment that makes it even more useful and bought for what is today a representative price for a good 904. The pair of engines enhances its usability and both buyer and seller came out well on this transaction. (photo: RM Auctions)
1965 Porsche 911 Coupe
Lot # 163 1965 Porsche 911 Coupe; S/N 302474; Engine # 902689; Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $275,000 – $300,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $270,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $297,000. – 1,991cc/130hp, 5-speed, Blaupunkt multiband radio, woodrim Porsche steering wheel, silver painted wheels, blackwall radial tires. – Very good new paint, chrome and new interior. Clear, crisp gauges. Fresh orderly engine compartment thoroughly detailed. Underbody is done. Competently restored to good and presentable driving condition, then freshly done to bring a good, sound California car to a much higher level. – Sold at Worldwide’s Auburn auction last Labor Day weekend for $170,500 before the fresh repaint, interior and detailed assembly by Classic Showcase which was rewarded by a curve-setting price. Early 911s are among the hottest cars in the collector car market and this result will do nothing to cool off collectors’ desire for them. (photo: RM Auctions)
1973 Porsche 911S 2.4 Coupe
Lot # 205 1973 Porsche 911S 2.4 Coupe; S/N 9113300017; Engine # 6330029; Silver/Black; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $220,000. – 2.4/181hp, fuel injection, 5-speed, Fuchs wheels, tinted glass, engine compartment light. – Good body, older repaint has some touch ups here and there. Wheels are dull, some pitted trim, some seals are checked. Clean underbody and engine, good interior with redone back seats. A generally good car that could be significantly better after some details are addressed. – This 911S marks the end of pre-emissions high performance Porsches. The weaknesses in its presentation are more than enough to make the reported high bid reasonable. The consignor is going to have to take the time and spend some money to bring it to a level today’s Porsche buyers accept if the estimate range is going to be realized.
1969 Porsche 911T Coupe, Body by Karmann
Lot # 214 1969 Porsche 911T Coupe, Body by Karmann; S/N 119122288; Engine # 6196358; Polo Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $150,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000. No Reserve – 5-speed, Becker Europa radio, Fuchs wheels, five gauge pack, bumperettes, tool kit, jack, manuals, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. – Excellent panel fit and paint, bright trim, freshly undercoated chassis, detailed engine compartment, correct appearing new interior. A very good restoration. Reportedly just 23,831 miles from new. – Less than two years ago this was a $50,000 Porsche (on its best day) but even the modestly powered 911T is now into six figures, especially for a low miles and beautifully presented example like this.