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PORSCHE FEVER AS RM SOTHEBY’S ANNOUNCES NO RESERVE, SINGLE-OWNER PORSCHE COLLECTION

Paris

  • RM Sotheby’s secures private collection of 42 Porsches, to be sold ‘without reserve’ across select global sales in 2017
  • Upcoming Paris auction features 13 vehicles from the group, highlighted by a one-of-29 Porsche 959 S, a delivery mileage 996 GT3 RS and a one-of-17 964 3.6 Turbo S
  • Following the success of RM Sotheby’s ‘no reserve’ Duemila Ruote sale and record-breaking Porsche prices in London last year, experts predict this collection will be one to watch
  • Additional detail on the Paris cars available in the digital catalogue, now online here: http://bit.ly/2iyxbca

 

LONDON (10 January, 2017) – RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is thrilled to announce that it will offer 42 Porsches from an exceptional Swiss collection ‘without reserve’ across a series of its global auctions in 2017. The first group of motor cars from the collection—a docket of 13 vehicles—are bound for RM’s Paris sale next month (8 February).

 

Spooling up the turbos amongst the collection is a 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S 3.6, which is already causing a stir. One of just 17 built and with an estimated 385bhp on tap, Porsche turned the volume to 11 when they created this example in the late ‘90s. Using the remaining Turbo chassis at the end of the 964 production run in 1994, Porsche Exclusiv produced the special Turbo 3.6 S and sold it to their most important clients. Most were specified with the slant-nose ‘Flachbau’ option, with just 17 specifying the traditional-look 'Package' body, this example included. Showing just under 23,000 miles and completed in sinister Black over Black, it remains ready for further road use (Est. €650.000-€750.000).

 

Another rare, turbo-powered edition on offer from the ‘no reserve’ Swiss Porsche collection is a highly original 1988 Porsche 959 Sport, the pinnacle of Porsche performance and technology in the ‘80s, and without question, a headline attraction of the collection. Having just three owners from new and covering only 11,281 miles in its near 30-year life, this 959 Sport was purchased new by California Porsche dealer and racer Vasek Polak, who picked the car up personally from Stuttgart and drove it around Europe before returning to America. It retains its original factory fitted seats with racing-style harnesses, rear seat delete, leather-wrapped roll bar and upgraded suspension, all 959 Sport-specific upgrades. One of just 29 examples of its kind, it recently spent six months at Stuttgart’s Porsche museum as part of a special exhibit of Porsche supercars, and comes to Paris in exceptionally original condition (Est. €1.500.000-€2.000.000). 

 

The collection also features a pair of desirable modern-era, Mezger-powered 996s. The first is a delivery mileage 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS finished in Carrera White with red decals. Regarded by many to be the first track-orientated Rennsport (RS) road cars of the modern era, it is also one of the rarest Porsches ever made. A highly collectible example, the featured GT3 RS was purchased new by the vendor and comes to market in immaculate condition, having been driven only 196 kilometres from new. It is one of very few examples to exist in this 'as-new' condition and with such low mileage (Est. €200.000–€250.000).

 

Lining up alongside the RS is a 2004 Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport, the most powerful variant of the 996-generation 911, with more horsepower than the Turbo and rear-wheel drive instead of all-wheel-drive. The featured example, one of only 70 completed as a desirable Clubsport version, is powered by a six-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine producing an impressive 483bhp, and enjoys further weight savings over the Mk I version, making it an exciting driver. Finished in traditional Silver over Black, it comes to market sporting just 24,000 kilometres from new (Est. €175.000–€225.000).

 

A complete list of the 13 influential Porsches on offer from the private Swiss collection in Paris are available for viewing here: http://bit.ly/2iYhcXR

 

“RM is really changing the game for presenting and selling Porsches at auction. We’re both thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this incredible group of cars and can’t wait to bring them to auction in the coming months, starting in Paris,” says Oliver Camelin, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s, and a lifelong Porsche enthusiast.

 

“The Porsche market has seen tremendous activity of late, with a strong appetite for quality, modern classics in particular; one only needs to look to our London and Duemila Ruote sales of late last year for evidence, where some of the rarest air-cooled 911s reached new auction heights. For a collection such as this, loaded with many of the marque’s heavyweights, to come to market ‘without reserve’ is a very rare and exciting occasion, and we expect will command the attention of the Porsche world. It’s definitely going to be one to watch!”

 

The additional 29 vehicles from the private Swiss collection will be presented across various global RM sales in 2017, including the company’s well established Amelia Island, Monterey and London auctions.

 

Coinciding with the world-famous Rétromobile week (8-12 February), RM Sotheby’s Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the Festival Automobile International which runs through 5 February. This exciting event features a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pays tribute to car designers from around the world. For further information on Festival Automobile International, please visit www.festivalautomobile.com.

 

For further information on RM’s Paris sale, or to view the complete digital catalogue, please visit www.rmsothebys.com or call RM’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070. 

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more