Portugal’s Finest Porsches

Offered from RM Sotheby’s Sáragga Collection auction, 20–21 September 2019.

Andrew Miterko

Despite Portugal being a small country, there are over 500 km of Atlantic coastline with a host of terrain and winding roadways with elevation changes. From dramatic cliffs plunging to pristine gold-and-turquoise beaches, to vast untouched landscapes, to steep and tight cityscapes, Portugal is a scenic paradise, ideal for a road trip in an automobile as engaging to the driver as the countryside is to the observer. Porsche has earned a reputation of just that—since 1948 they have built sports cars that are comfortable and compliant while being driven casually and mutually demand more of the driver as he demands more of the vehicle.

Among the assortment of exceptional vehicles that compose the Sáragga Collection are over twenty Porsches spanning multiple generations and milestones in Porsche history. Click ahead to explore ten of the celebrated driving machines to wear the Porsche crest, offered without reserve from the Sáragga Collection 20–21 September 2019.

1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster by Drauz

Estimate €120.000 - €160.000. Offered without reserve.

One of only 560 Karosserie Drauz–built single-grille roadsters, this U.S.-specification example began life as a Silver-metallic-over-Black-leatherette roadster equipped with the 60 horsepower Normal engine. At some point in its life, it was upgraded with the 1600 Super engine, capable of 75 horsepower, and later comprehensively restored in England during the 1980s to its lovely current hue of Ruby Red over black upholstery. Its previous owners have used it extensively for both touring and concours events, and it is an ideal example for an enthusiast who would enjoy doing the same.

1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Coupé by Karmann

Estimate €80.000 - €110.000. Offered without reserve.

The SC was Porsche’s top-of-the-line, most powerful overhead-valve model, surpassed only by the four-cam Carrera 2. This C-series coupé was delivered new to Lisbon in 1964 in Signal Red over black leatherette and was equipped with Continental 165-15 radial tires, a rear camber-compensating spring, and a Blaupunkt Stuttgart radio with two speakers and an antenna. Today it retains its original engine and interior and has been repainted to an attractive bright silver. It’s an ideal example for one to enjoy the driving experience of a late 356.

1966 Porsche 912

Estimate €40.000 - €50.000. Offered without reserve.

The 912 was offered as the entry-level alternative to the 911, but its combination of light weight and the 356’s lively 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine made it an exciting driver’s car. With production numbers of approximately 30,000 between 1965 and 1968, the 912 is actually much rarer than the 911, this particular model outfitted with rare and desirable equipment such as the five-speed manual gearbox, a Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio with loudspeaker and antenna, and a sunroof. It retains its original engine and is finished in its original color scheme of black over brown leather.

1967 Porsche 911 S Coupé

Estimate €150.000 - €180.000. Offered without reserve.

The short-wheelbase 911 is revered by die-hard early Porsche enthusiasts for having a distinctive driving experience. Of the earliest-generation 911 models, the 911 S is the most desirable for its brilliant performance. A two-liter flat six-cylinder engine provides 160 bhp and 132 foot-pounds of torque to the rear wheels through a Type 901/02 dogleg five-speed manual transmission. It was ordered new to Lisbon with numerous options, such as a sunroof, Catacolor glass, a Webasto gas heater, rear windscreen wiper, and Blaupunkt Frankfurt multi-band radio package. This example has been repainted Black with black leatherette interior and basket-weave dash trim offset nicely by brightly polished 4.5-inch Fuchs alloy wheels.

1970 Porsche 914/6

Estimate €60.000 - €80.000. Offered without reserve.

Porsche and Volkswagen joined forces with the intention to produce a mid-engined sports car to replace the Karmann Ghia. As they noticed an opportunity to improve the mild performance of the 914, the decision was made to subtitle the four-cylinder engine with the potent flat six from the 911 T. The result was the extremely well-balanced 914/6, a model whose low production and intoxicating driving experience would lead them to be highly sought after. This example is finished in the rare original shade of Metallic Blue with 15-inch Fuchs alloys replacing its original 14-inch versions.

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring

Estimate €450.000 - €550.000. Offered without reserve.

The illustrious career of the 917 was ended with FIA rule changes, outlawing the two-time Le Mans–winning racer and leaving Porsche in search of their next star. The 911S was the basis of what would become the pinnacle of the early 911. Porsche gave in to customer demand and produced a further 1,308 RS Touring models after those required to homologate, which retained the performance of the lightweight but added a degree of comfort at the cost of approximately 100 kg. This beautifully restored example is one of only five RS Tourings to be delivered in Signal Orange and was featured in a book titled 50 Years of Porsche in Portugal, which highlights Porsche’s history in Portugal, as well as their owners. It is one of few Carrera 2.7 RS to retain its original engine and gearbox and is an excellent example of one of Porsche’s most favored models of all time.

1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

Estimate €80.000 - €120.000. Offered without reserve.

Porsche joined the proven turbocharging technology from the 917/30 Can-Am racing car and the 3.0-liter flat six from the Carrera RS 3.0 to create the first turbocharged 911 in order to meet 1976 FIA Group 4 GT regulations. By 1988 displacement grew to 3.3 liters, which increased power to 282 bhp and 377 Nm of torque. This U.S.-specification Turbo cabriolet was delivered in its original colors of Diamond Blue over Navy Blue leather, an uncommon but aesthetically pleasing combination. Period options include a Blaupunkt Reno SQR 46 radio, self-locking differential, and an alarm system. Beautifully preserved and ready to be enjoyed, it is accompanied by its original service book and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche Iberica.

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupé

Estimate €80.000 - €110.000. Offered without reserve.

Introduced as the successor to the 930, the 964 Turbo reused the air-cooled 3.3-liter turbocharged flat six, which was revised to run smoother while adding power and simultaneously decreasing turbo lag. The completely renewed styling included larger arches, deformable plastic bumpers in place of the former impact bumpers, a telltale “tea-tray” –style rear wing, and a taillight panel that spanned the width of the rear. This example was delivered new to Germany in special-order Black Pearl paint over a black leather interior with heated seats, a limited-slip differential, and sunroof. In late 1996 it was imported to Portugal, where it has remained since. Thirty years after its release, the 911 Turbo is as thrilling to drive as ever.

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

Estimate €200.000 - €250.000. Offered without reserve.

Porsche began producing a no-frills, stripped-out version of the Carrera 2 based on the 911 “Carrera Cup” for the European market. Its aggressive tuning and strict adherence to weight savings led it to become one of the most remarkable Porsches of the era. The Type M64/03 3.6-liter flat six was paired to a lightened flywheel and G50/10 five-speed manual transmission with closer ratios and steel synchronizers, the combination resulting in crisp and direct power delivery. Lightweight aluminum was selected for the hood, and thinner glass was used for the windows, resulting in the Carrera RS weighing in at a scant 2,711 pounds. This highly original example presents today in exceptional condition in the rare shade of Rubystone Red with matching panels in the fixed bucket seats

2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Estimate €150.000 - €180.000. Offered without reserve.

Porsche improved upon what was already an exceptional machine with the second-generation 997 GT3 RS. The final Mezger-designed flat six’s displacement was increased to 3.8 liters, resulting in an additional 35 horsepower and bringing total output to 444 bhp. The revised front bumpers and larger rear spoiler generated more downforce to keep the GT3 RS firmly planted to the tarmac at speed. Inside, numerous options hint at its intentions: lightweight carbon-backed bucket seats trimmed in Alcantara, a red-painted roll cage, and racing harnesses all point to its roots in motorsports. This low-mileage example was last serviced in April of 2017 and has traveled less than 500 km since. In Autocar magazine’s 2017 review, it is “the best unlimited-production GT Porsche series yet” and is likely to be regarded as among the greatest 911 iterations in Porsche’s history.