10 Sought-After Porsche Cars Offered at RM Sotheby's Amelia Island Auction

The Porsche Club of America (PCA) Werks Reunion brings together Porsche owners and enthusiasts in the hours before the Amelia Island Concours, while RM Sotheby's offers the chance to own 24 highly desirable examples of the marque.

Andrew Miterko

On 8 March 2019, the third-annual PCA Werks Reunion at Amelia Island brings together owners and enthusiasts to celebrate the beloved marque. Porsche cars of all generations and significance, from rare classic models to outlaws to modern offerings, will be on display. RM Sotheby’s is proud to offer 24 sought-after Porsche models at its Amelia Island auction. Click ahead to see 10 of the most significant Porsche lots that will roll across the auction block over the course of the two-day sale.

10. Lot 107: 1995 928 GTS

One of only 77 928 GTS models produced in 1995 for the North American market, 47 of which were offered with an automatic transmission. Featuring a 5.4l V-8 producing 345 bhp and 369 foot-pounds torque, four piston calipers at all four corners with larger front rotors, and updated body work, the 928 GTS was the most powerful and rare itineration of the 928 model range. Finished in Black over grey leather, this gently used example has only 12,000 miles since new.

9. Lot 236: 1965 Porsche 911

Some Porsche enthusiasts argue that the early short-wheelbase models, such as this example, provide a more lively and distinct driving experience than their longer-wheelbase successors. A two-liter flat-six provides 130 hp and 128 foot-pounds of torque channeled through a five-speed manual transaxle. This fully numbers-matching and largely original example is finished in lovely Aga Blue over beige Spinnybeck leather, has been recently serviced, and is ready to allow a new owner to form their own opinion on the short- versus long-wheelbase debate.

8. Lot 157: 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

Decades after the initial offering of the iconic 356 Speedster, Porsche's president Peter Schutz gave the green light to reinvigorate the Speedster bloodline with a modern offering for a very limited single-year production. In 1989, only 2,102 Speedsters were produced and only 823 sold new in the U.S. With a raked windshield and fiberglass double hump tonneau cover where the rear seats would normally be, the Speedster is instantly distinguishable from another 911 of the same era. With this example's classic Guards Red paint over Black leather and Turbo-look body, it is as eye catching as it is collectible.

7. Lot 282: 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo

For the 1975 model year, Porsche introduced the Type 930 with a 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six producing 245 bhp-more power than engines with larger displacements of the same time period were capable of. Identifiable by larger fender flares, a plastic front splitter that extended to the front fenders, and the large rear spoiler with a rubber upturned edge eventually nicknamed the "whale tail." By 1978, displacement would be increased to 3.3 liters, compression raised, and an intercooler added. The "whale tail" was replaced by a larger spoiler with upturned edges for additional downforce, as well as larger, cross-drilled brakes, and 16-in. wheels. This non-sunroof example is offered in a rare triple black color combination, with factory Sport seats, and Turbo decals on the rear quarter panels.

6. Lot 222: 1974 Porsche 911 2.7 MFI

The success of the 1973 911 Carrera RS inspired Porsche to continue the motif into the production of the G-series 911s of 1974-1977. The updated G-series chassis incorporated a stronger chassis, along with physical changes such as reinforced door panels and crash-resistant bumpers. Despite the mandatory safety changes, non-U.S.-market vehicles retained the 210-hp, 2.7-liter engine from the 1973 RS models. This European-spec example in Grand Prix White features its completely original Blue-Black leatherette interior with tweed inserts. Cosmetically restored by German 911 specialist Manfred Niederhof over the course of three years, who also rebuilt the numbers-matching 911/83 engine and gearbox.

5. Lot 268: 1955 356 Porsche 1500 Speedster

A suggestion by American importer Max Hoffman would spark the creation of the 356 Speedster, offered as a relatively affordable and purer 356, would appeal to buyers on the sunny West Coast of the U.S. A prototype was completed in early 1951, and Hoffman urged Porsche to begin production under the name America Roadster. While only 17 American Roadsters were produced due to the cost of being constructed entirely in aluminum, Porsche would later send representatives to meet with Hoffman to devise a less costly alternative. The result was the legendary 356 Speedster we are all familiar with today. Restored in 2002, this 356 is presented in factory-correct Signal Red over black with a period-correct engine and original transmission.

4. Lot 133: 1990 Porsche RUF BTR Carrera 4 Turbo

In 1987, RUF captivated audiences globally with the infamous RUF CTR "Yellow Bird," the 213-hp, 3.2-liter 911 which held the unofficial fastest lap around the Nürburgring with test driver Stefan Roser in a dramatic tire-smoking, sideways fashion. Capitalizing on Porsche's release of the 964 Carrera 4, this 911 was built by RUF in 1991 as a 385-hp RUF BTR, incorporating a number of weight-saving modifications, including a partially concealed roll cage surrounding RUF-specification race seats. Upgraded brakes and stiffer suspension were added, along with larger RUF five-spoke wheels and widebody kit. Between 1992 and 1993, the engine was upgraded to a next-generation turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six mated to a RUF electronic clutch system for fast shifts without the use of a conventional clutch pedal.

3. Lot 117: 2004 Porsche Carrera GT

The Carrera GT's development can be traced back to 1995 when Porsche's engineers began development of a replacement for the 911 GT1 for motorsport use. With Porsche's focus shifted toward development of the Cayenne, further development of the LMP 2000 was abruptly cancelled. A modified version of the 5.5-liter V-10 developed by the Footworks Formula 1 program would be used in the road-going Carrera GT. The 610-hp, 5.7-liter dry sump V-10 used in the production car channels power through a small-diameter flywheel and ceramic clutch to a six-speed transaxle with a limited-slip differential. The carbon monocoque was utilized to keep strength-to-weight ratio high, and was fitted with racing-derived suspension, massive eight- and four-piston calipers, cross-drilled carbon ceramic rotors, and forged magnesium centerlock wheels. This example shows extremely low mileage and single ownership from new.

2. Lot 118: 2015 Porsche 918 Sypder

The 918 is the culmination of Porsche's state-of-the-art hybrid technology and motorsport heritage. Nestled in the carbon fiber-reinforced plastic monocoque chassis, a 608-bhp naturally aspirated V-8 capable of revving to 9,000 rpm is supported by two electric motors which provide an additional 284 bhp for a combined power output of 887 bhp and 944 foot-pounds of torque. Active aerodynamic and active rear-wheel steering assist in maneuverability, provide maximum efficiency or downforce, and are directly linked to driving modes. Zero to 60 can be reached in less than 2.5 seconds, faster than McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari. Only 300 of the 918 examples produced were designated for the U.S. market, this example in Dark Blue metallic over Black interior with Acid Green highlights is nicely optioned, featuring front axle lift, a Burmeister sound system, and visible carbon fiber trim.

1. Lot 138: 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

As the last generation of air-cooled 911s, the 993 Turbo is among the most desired due to a combination of styling, limited availability, high horsepower, and refined handling. In 1997, Porsche introduced the Turbo S featuring upgraded K24 turbochargers, alloy cylinder heads and case, a secondary oil cooler, and new Bosch Motronic engine management system. Visibly distinguishable from the Turbo by the unique Aerokit II front spoiler as well as a two-tier fixed rear wing with ram air to the intercooler, and brake cooling ducts at the front and above the rear wheels. Porsche produced only 183 Turbo S variants for the U.S. market, making this Speed Yellow over two-tone black and yellow example with only 88 original miles quite possibly the most original Turbo S in existence.


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