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Collectors go nuts for 964s and 993s at RM Sotheby’s London sale

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… It seemed in recent months that the years of booming air-cooled Porsche 911 prices had finally come to a rest. And then RM Sotheby’s rock up in London for their annual sale and a Porsche 993 GT2 sells for £1.85 million including premiums.

Yes, you read that right. £1.85 million. Three collectors starting a bidding war of incredible proportions for the one-owner, Riviera Blue 993 GT2, the hammer coming down at £1.65 million (€1.98 million/$2.21 million) to make a complete mockery of the original widowmaker’s £750,000-£850,000 estimate.

The 993 GT2 was not the only late air-cooled Neunelfer to sell above estimate though. In fact, it was simply the phenomenal climax to a frenetic 30 minutes of action in the auction house that started with the much-anticipated Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8.

Photo by: Remi Dargegen ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

Photo by: Remi Dargegen ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

From the same collection as the GT2, the super rare 964 Rennsport (one of just 55 such examples) was expected to realise £400,000-£500,000. However, the heightened interest in the car saw bidding eventually cease at £640,000 (€768,000/$857,600) for a total of £716,800 once premiums had been factored in.

If that had got people talking inside Battersea Evolution then the next lot to the block – a 964 Turbo S Lightweight – really got tongues wagging, the hammer dropping at £870,000 (€1.04 million/$1.17 million) after the car had been estimated to make £210,000-£250,000.

Bidding on the car took nearly ten minutes to complete, with proceedings getting quite heated at times thanks to one Italian bidder. Once the upper estimate was smashed, bidding jumped straight from £260,000 to £400,000 as it became clear that the auction had become as much about machismo as machines.

Photo by: Remi Dargegen ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

Photo by: Remi Dargegen ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Things calmed down slightly with the next two lots (although on both occasions the estimates were still exceeded) as a 993 Carrera RS Clubsport realised £360,000 (€432,000/$482,500) before the hammer dropped on a 993 Turbo S from the same collection at £280,000 (€336,000/$375,200).

Next up was the now infamous GT2 before a dampening was put on proceedings slightly as it turned out that the 2.7 RS Lightweight was, in fact, a reshell, thus leading to a muted £200,000 (€240,000/$268,000) sale price on an original estimate of £450,000-£550,000.

Including a pair of Porsche 930s and a re-shelled 2.7 RS ‘Lightweight’, the collection achieved an incredible £4.22 million (before premiums) in under an hour of bidding, the results well and truly lighting a fire in the late air-cooled market.

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Photo by: Remi Dargegen ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

Photo by: Remi Dargegen ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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Seven stunning shots of a Porsche 993 GT2 in the Alpine snow

In the current market, cars like the Porsche 993 GT2 are normally squirrelled away in an air-conditioned, de-humidified garage and, if they are ever used, it is only on the driest of dry days, on perfectly clean roads.

With values north of £750,000, 993 GT2s very often now lead a life of leisure. They are, in short, garage queens. However, this term could never be applied to the car we test drive in the latest issue of Total 911.

Despite the roads being lined with snow, we were still invited to jump behind the wheel of this 993 GT2 for a hair-raising test drive through the Alps, creating some stunning photos that we just had to share with you:

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To read our full test drive of this Porsche 993 GT2 in the Alpine snow, pick up Total 911 issue 143 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Porsche 993 GT2 test drive: snow time

When was the golden period for Porsche’s venerable 911? Your answer will probably depend on when you were born. Some 911 enthusiasts argue that pre-1973 911s are the real deal. Then, for some of us, an impact-bumper series car is the archetypal 911.

All things considered, your preference may ultimately be determined by which of the aforementioned models captured your imagination the moment you saw a Porsche “in the wild” for the first time.

I am a member of the latter group, but when I started reading about cars with real intent, it was the end of the 964/advent of the 993 era. The 993 Turbo with its rounded curves really stood out for me, especially since other performance cars of the period were generally very angular in terms of their exterior designs.

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I thought a 911 couldn’t look any more hunkered down and purposeful than the 993 Turbo, so imagine my excitement the first time I saw a picture of a 993 GT2!

Note those bolt-on wheel arches (32mm at the front, 30mm at the rear), the wide split-rim, three-piece magnesium-alloy Speedline wheels (here with darkened centre pieces) and a rear wing not unlike those on Porsche’s endurance race cars. “Can you drive this 911 on the road?” It’s a question I first asked myself as a teenager.

The road-going GT2s were built to comply with the rules and regulations of international GT racing formulae, particularly the BPR series for street-legal GT cars. The GT2 race cars’ lineage traces back to the 964-series 911 Carrera RSR and RS 3.8.

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And, as was the case with competitively campaigned 911s that predate it, the GT2 excelled at endurance racing. 1995 was the first year the GT2 participated at Le Mans. Although six GT2s/ GT2 Evos didn’t finish the race, three cars took the overall 15th, 16th and 17th places.

These achievements led to class positions of fourth, fifth and sixth. The top-placed car was the white no. 77 Seikel Motorsport car, driven by Guy Kuster, Karel Dolejší and Peter Seikel. And the GT2’s racing success gained momentum thereafter.

At the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans, the cars achieved first, second, third and fourth in their class at the challenging La Sarthe circuit, which resulted in overall positions of ninth, tenth, 11th and 13th.

To read our full test drive of this Porsche 993 GT2 in the Alpine snow, pick up Total 911 issue 143 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Ten top photos from Total 911 issue 143

Total 911 issue 143 isn’t just about our trio of Porsche 996 head-to-heads. It’s packed full of other incredible Neunelfers (like the 993 GT2 in the Alps, or the power-kitted 911 SC) and, as ever, we’ve made sure each and every shot is a stunner. Here’s our photographic rundown of the new issue:

The ultimate expression of the 996 platform in two very different ways, the 996 GT2 and GT3 RS go head-to-head in a battle of torque versus track.

The ultimate expression of the 996 platform in two very different ways, the 996 GT2 and GT3 RS go head-to-head in a battle of torque versus track.

A far cry from the Le Mans tarmac it was born to compete on, we took this 993 GT2 on a road trip through a very snowy Alpine pass.

A far cry from the Le Mans tarmac it was born to compete on, we took this 993 GT2 on a road trip through a very snowy Alpine pass.

Fancy owning a Porsche 991 GT3? We've got everything you need to know in our latest buyer's guide.

Fancy owning a Porsche 991 GT3? We’ve got everything you need to know in our latest buyer’s guide.

Can the 996 Turbo hold a candle to Porsche's latest, greatest example? We find out in the latest issue.

Can the 996 Turbo hold a candle to Porsche’s latest, greatest example? We find out in the latest issue.

This 997 GT3 was loved so much, it was converted from left-hand drive to RHD in order to get it into Australia. The full story is in Total 911.

This 997 GT3 was loved so much, it was converted from left-hand drive to RHD in order to get it into Australia. The full story is in Total 911.

A standard 930 3.3 can be a wild beast. But what's a highly tuned, race-ready example like? We headed out on track to find out.

A standard 930 3.3 can be a wild beast. But what’s a highly tuned, race-ready example like? We ventured on track to find out.

The Porsche 996.1 GT3 goes up against its Gen2 brother in the third of our Porsche 996 battles.

The Porsche 996.1 GT3 goes up against its Gen2 brother in the third of our Porsche 996 battles.

We chart the history of Porsche's incredible braking developments in the latest issue.

We chart the history of Porsche’s incredible braking developments in the latest issue.

Go behind the scenes at Design911, the company that can supply practically any part for any Porsche.

Go behind the scenes at Design911, the company that can supply practically any part for any Porsche.

To read all of these incredible features (and much more), pick up Total 911 issue 143 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Video: Porsche 993 GT2 and GT2 Evo in action

This video may be from 2011 but it is definitely worth revisiting, especially as our Wednesday has been especially filled with a lot of Weissach widowmaker goodness.

Gordon Robertson, head instructor at Porsche’s Silverstone Experience Centre is your host for a brief test not just of the standard Porsche 993 GT2 but it’s ‘Evo’ badged racing counterpart.

The twisting Experience Centre circuit may not be the best place to stretch the legs of this fearsome GT2 duo but it certainly gives Robertson enough of a chance to get to grips with Porsche’s most extreme air-cooled creation.

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