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There’s A Fishy Reason The Porsche Type 64 Didn’t Sell At Auction

There are those in the collector community today who feel they have been duped and betrayed by auction house RM Sotheby’s, and the reasoning is absurd. During Saturday night’s Monterey sale, RM Sotheby’s brought perhaps the most valuable Porsche ever to the auction stage for bidding. The Type 64 racer is the first car ever to carry the Porsche name, years before Ferdinand built the first 356. This car is built largely using off-the-shelf Volkswagen components, but enough of this thing has been changed, including its basic chassis, that it truly warrants the name of first Porsche ever.

This car was built specifically to further the Nazi agenda, running in the Berlin-to-Rome long distance race which was dreamed up as a public relations stunt to showcase the power of the Axis pact. That’s not what caused the kerfuffle last night, however. The problem was that the car was too cheap, somehow.

The car was expected to sell for around $20 million. Which is why everyone got a little excited when the opening bid was $30 million. That jumped to 40, then 50, then 60, and 70 in rapid succession. Except that it didn’t. Because of the auctioneer’s accent, the person running the display board heard the actual opening bid of $13 million as thirty. Watch the video below, and you’ll be hard pressed to determine 13 from 30, but when the auctioneer starts asking for increments of $500,000, that should have been enough of a tip off to note that the actual bidding wasn’t progressing in tens of millions.

The gaffe seems like nothing more than that, but when the auctioneer takes a second to correct the display from $70,000,000 to $17,000,000, the room absolutely deflates, and no further bids are made on the car. The excitement is replaced by a disgusting display of humanity. The murmuring, the hollering, and the outright booing that happened afterward show that humans collectively have lost all sense of civility. While some are decrying the incident as nothing more than further publicity for the auction house, that line of thinking makes no sense. I’m sure RM Sotheby’s would prefer to walk on and forget all about this incident (in fact, the auction’s live stream has been removed from YouTube) rather than display perhaps its biggest mistake in recent history to the world.

In any case, $17 million wasn’t enough to take the Type 64 home.


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Legendary Ohio Porsche Collection ‘Taj Ma Garaj’ Will Be Auctioned Off This Fall

On September 28th of this year, the famed Taj Ma Garaj collection of rare and oddball custom Porsches (and some Volkswagens) will cross under the gavel in a special RM Sotheby’s auction. The auction will contain 30 cars, but perhaps even more interestingly over 350 lots of rare Porsche automobilia! I once attended a PCA event held at the Garaj, and met the man behind the collection, John Dixon. He was a very personable man with a very interesting collection. Sadly, John lost his battle with cancer back in 2013, and the collection has been in limbo ever since.

Taj Ma Garaj Proprietor, John Dixon, Loses Cancer Battle (60)

There are a number of interesting lots in the collection sale listing, including John’s two prized 356s, the « sedan delivery » Taj Ma Garaj Kreuzer (shown above) and the Pre-A 356 Limousine Custom. There are some serious collector items there, too, including a 1957 356A Carrera GT Speedster, and a 1981 924 Carrera GTS. I recall the entire facility being packed front to back with Porsche memorabilia, so if there is something you’ve been looking to add to your collection, like an Arova-Porsche 212 Skibob, or a vertically mounted Porsche helicopter engine, or any number of posters, technical documents, and other ephemera, this is your chance.

The Uniquely Custom Porsche 356s of the Taj Ma Garaj

While the full listing of lots has not been released, RM Sothebys issued a teaser of the first few dozen lots that have been pre-announced to drive interest. You can check those out right here. Start thinking about booking your tickets to majestic Dayton, Ohio to get in on the collector frenzy. My hope is that some of John’s prized cars will continue to be available for others to view on a regular basis. If you’re lucky enough to win one of these lots, it would do well to drive them frequently, show them at multiple events, and maybe take some young impressionable enthusiasts for a ride or something. It would be in keeping with Mr. Dixon’s spirit.

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L’unique Porsche Type 64 en vente à Pebble Beach, record en vue ?


A Pebble Beach, au mois d’août 2019, RM Sotheby’s va mettre à l’encan une très rare (euphémisme) Porsche Type 64. L’estimation pourrait bien être dépassée. La Porsche Type 64, c’est la toute première Porsche de l’histoire de la marque. Conçue par Ferdinand Porsche sur une base de Coccinelle, la Type 64 est une voiture de […]


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Cars to buy in 2019

The winter road salt is beginning to recede, and the days are getting longer and warmer. Summer is on its way, and with it, the promise of another season of driving excellence at the wheel of your favourite Porsche 911. But which 911? If you’re thinking of a change to your stable or have your eye on something new for 2019, then look no further than Total 911’s annual and ever-popular ‘cars to buy’ guide to help steer you in the right direction.

There remain bargains to be had when comparing 911s with other models in the same price point, while many other models still represent guaranteed investment-grade quality, providing you’re prepared to play the long game. There’s also a host of 911s ready and willing to provide you with oodles of fun – more fun than any amount of cash in the bank can offer. So wether you’re looking for road or track-based frolics, a great value 911 or a decent investment proposition, we’ve got the answers readily compiled for you over the next 12 pages.

And don’t just take our word for it. Once again we’ve sought the opinions of experts from around the industry, those who work within the Porsche marketplace on a daily basis, and whom in the ensuing years have seen values of cars peak and dive, and trends come and go, building a healthy resistance against market naivety as a result – and their knowledge and insight is hereby being passed exclusively to you. We’ve asked more specialists than ever, our panel this year offering wisdom from a combined 101-years of experience selling fine Porsche. As a result, no other resource will offer such a compelling insight as to what 911 models you should be focussing on for 2019.

This year, to reflect the breadth of 911s on offer, we’ve split the experts’ choices into three categories: best value, long term investment, and outright fun, all of which provide compelling options for a variety of budgets. It makes for a tantalising read: have your wallets at the ready as we present the 911s to buy for 2019…


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Our Favorite Porsches For Sale This Week: Volume 131

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on the internet for a few years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we’re looking at Porsche models without any real theme or driving force, we just like them. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our « curated » look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.


Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches for sale. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. Porsche 936 Junior Kart For Sale

This Porsche hobby isn’t just about us adults. Sometimes the kids should get to have some fun, too! That’s why Porsche built a series of Junior karts in the 80s and 90s. A limited run of 936 Juniors were built to commemorate the car’s incredible Le Mans victories. These are silly rare, and occasionally come up for auction. This one, offered by our friends at Road Scholars, is the first one we’ve seen on Bring A Trailer, and the bidding is actually quite low right now, so head on over there and maybe you’ll get a deal! If you think your kid has Big Ickx Energy, then they deserve this rad little motor.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on Bring A Trailer.

2. 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Slant Nose For Sale

Yes, it’s quite obvious that this is not a real slant nose cabriolet, as it’s no more than a Carrera 3.2 with an all-steel body kit on it. That said, when combined with a set of gold three-piece Gotti wheels and what looks like quite good bodywork and assembly, it’s hard to not love something anachronistic like this Porsche. If you’re interested in the Radwood era, this is the kind of thing that will get you a lot of looks at an 80s and 90s car show. If you want to be 1980s Royalty, pick up this ride.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

The Many Porsches Of RADwood LA 2018

3. 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S Slant Nose For Sale

As long as we’re on the subject of slant nose conversions, here is a 997 that as had it done. The kit comes from Japan, and this car was built for SEMA in 2016. We saw it there, and it was pretty cool. While the car is fitted with all kinds of totally awesome bits, like a GMG roll bar, and an air lift adjustable suspension kit, it’s ultimately a 100,000 mile 997 Carrera S with some cool parts added, and there is no way it’s worth the six-figures they’re asking for it. It’s a neat talking piece, I suppose, so if you’re looking for something like that, here’s your chance. Maybe send them an offer and see what they’ll take.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

Modern Porsche 997 Slant-nose Steals The Show At SEMA

4. 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

The 991 Turbo S Exclusive Series is a seriously rare beast, with some seriously cool pieces from the factory. These were limited to just 500 units, and had more horsepower than any 911 Turbo in history. This piece is fast, fun, and rare. You should probably buy this if you’re looking for something to turn heads and serve as a comfortable daily driver.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

This is Porsche’s Most Powerful 911 Turbo S Ever

5. 1991 Porsche 964 Targa For Sale

The 964 generation Targa is among the most rare regular production Porsche models in existence. Just over 1300 of these were built for worldwide consumption, and it takes a bit of looking to find a nice one. This one appears to be quite clean, and despite the fact that it’s a Tiptronic model, it looks like it would be an excellent weekend driver. I’d be happy to have this bone stock example in my collection. It’s also probably one of the least expensive ways to get into a 964 these days.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

Is Singer Responsible For State Of The 964 Market?


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