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Here Are The Most Expensive Porsches Ever Sold

Porsche’s fan favorite video series « Top 5 » is back for another season, and this time they’re tackling some truly interesting lists. To open the season, Porsche is focusing on the cars that made the brand famous, the ones with incredible pedigree and rarity, the ones that people spent gobs of money to buy at auction. Here is the list of the top five most expensive Porsches ever sold. How this list was made, I’m not entirely sure, as I know I’ve seen some Porsche cars sell for between the 3 and 5 million dollar range that are not listed here.

1. Porsche 917/30 Chassis #004 – $3,000,000

2. Porsche 550A Spyder Chassis #14S – $5,170,000

3. Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion Chassis WP0ZZ99ZWS396005 – $5,665,000

4. Porsche 956 Chassis #003 – $10,120,000

5. Porsche Gulf-Wyer 917K Chassis #024 – $14,080,000

If you want an explanation of why each of these cars is worth as much as they sold for, click the play button above and enjoy the smooth lilt of Ted Gushue’s voice describing exactly thus. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely looking forward to next week’s Top Five Fastest Porsches of All Time video, despite already knowing the answers.


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Top 5 Features of the 918 Spyder with Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort’s « Baby » from the Edgar Wright film Baby Driver is the classic imperturbable action hero. Much like Steve McQueen’s Frank Bullitt, Baby is a man of extremely few words. Baby Driver is also a wizard behind the wheel. In the film, Baby flings a variety of cars through Atlanta, ranging from a Subaru Impreza to a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Nothing in the film approaches the sheer ferocity that is the 918 Spyder. In the latest Porsche Top 5, Ansel and Porsche test driver Lars Kern take us through Porsche’s most recent supercar.

Still Crazy After All These Years

Five years on, the 918 Spyder is still the fastest hybrid ever to lap the Nürburgring. Though Porsche’s own 911 GT2 RS has eclipsed the 918’s lap time, the hybrid hypercar remains a remarkable machine. In Ansel’s words « it looks classy. » Compared to its contemporaries, the La Ferrari and Mclaren P1, the 918 is remarkably understated. Like the Carrera GT before it I suspect it will continue to look good for years to come. The featured car is equipped with the Weissach package. The package includes a carbon roof, and other carbon pieces to reduce overall weight by 41 kilograms.

In the video, Ansel and Lars walk through numerous aspects of the 887 horsepower hypercar. Kern demonstrate the car in a disused industrial area. Though unflappable on film, Ansel looks rather alarmed accelerating between rows of metal supports and archways with Kern at the wheel. Elgort rounds out the driving portion with some exceedingly enthusiastic donuts.

Critically, the Burmester sound system sounds terrific blasting Baby’s preferred mix of classic funk tunes.


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Top five Porsche 911 drives of 2016 – Josh’s picks

After getting behind the wheel of some truly incredible Porsche 911s in 2015, I was worried that my top five this year wouldn’t hit the same high standard. However, a look back over the last 12 months of Neunelfer motoring has shown that I had nothing to worry about. In ascending order, here is my 2016 top five:

5) Porsche 991.2 Carrera

You may remember that, leading up to the 991.2’s launch, I was pretty uneasy about the reality of a turbocharged Porsche 911 Carrera. However, getting behind the wheel of the 991.2 Carrera for the first time at the start of the year allayed all of my fears.

The chassis is even more accomplished than the Gen1 and the 3.0-litre flat six is a masterstroke, delivering plenty of punch without the usual turbo lag. I even enjoy the more nuanced soundtrack.

4) Porsche 993 Carrera RS

The 964 Carrera RS managed to make my top five in 2015 but, after putting one head-to-head with its successor for an air-cooled twin test in issue 140, it was clear that the Porsche 993 Carrera RS is the superior car.

The 3.6-litre flat six is a genuine firecracker but it’s the chassis that is the standout star. I’ve not driven an air-cooled Porsche 911 that has felt so sharp or precise before or since.

3) Porsche 911 Carrera RSR IROC

Driving any super rare Porsche 911 is always an unforgettable experience but getting into the driver’s seat of a genuine IROC RSR for the latest issue’s head-to-head has to be right up there in my list of top moments ever.

If sitting where the likes of Peter Revson and George Follmer once sat wasn’t surreal enough, the sound from the 3.0-litre engine, piped through an unsilenced exhaust system, now permanently resonates inside my skull.

2) Porsche 993 Turbo

For nearly three years, the chance to drive a 993 Turbo evaded my grasp. However, when I finally got the chance to drive the last air-cooled Turbo (courtesy of Paul Stephens) it didn’t disappoint.

Like many 993s, it was the perfect blend of analogue sports car and technological tour de force. Unlike the 993 C4S, the Turbo doesn’t suffer from an excess of understeer and the throttle response from the twin turbo flat six is simply phenomenal. It truly deserves its new five-star rating.

1) Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS

Forget the 2.7 RS. If you’re in the market for a classic Rennsport then it’s all about the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS. From its dynamics to its dynamism, everything about the 1974 RS’s is sharper and more polished than its more famous predecessor.

The chassis is almost telepathic in its ability to transmit your inputs to the road while the engine fills in the 2.7-litre unit’s torque gaps without losing that inimitable Rennsport fizz. And its styling is so unabashedly Seventies in its execution. What’s not to love? Now to search down the back of the sofa for a spare £1 million…

Which Porsche 911s have you most enjoyed driving in 2016? Join the debate in the comments below or tweet us @Total911.


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Total 911’s five favourite manual Porsche 911 gearboxes

In recent years, the Porsche 911 range has been dominated by the rise of the PDK shifter. Around 80 per cent of all new Neunelfers leave the factory with the dual-clutch ‘box, with the statistics bolstered by the PDK-only ethos on the 991 GT3, GT3 RS and Turbo ranges.

The launch of the 911 R (with its bespoke six-speed shifter) has opened has been met with incredible support by ardent supporters of the manual gearbox though, and all the rumours suggest that the next 911 GT3 will see the return of a clutch pedal too.

Therefore, to celebrate the resurrection of the analogue shifter, here are our five favourite manual Porsche 911 gearboxes from across the ages:

Porsche 964 Carrera – G50/03

After years battling with the often recalcitrant 915 gearbox, the G50 unit revolutionised the art of changing gear in a Porsche 911 when it was launched on the 3.2 Carrera in 1986.

In G50/03 form, the 964 Carrera’s gearbox was even better, providing a short, crisp throw with a fluid (yet positive) action that ranks among the best Porsche 911 gearshifts ever.

Porsche 991 R – MT11

When the MT11 gearbox was launched as the manual counterpart to the 991’s PDK system, its seven-speed pattern proved clunky and frustrating to many Neunelfer enthusiasts.

Its new six-speed form (fitted to the exceptional 911 R) is a completely different story however. A stubby, bespoke carbon-clad lever accentuates the super short action while the contentious seventh gear’s absence proves that quality trumps quantity.

Porsche 911 2.2S – 911/01

Since 1972, the Porsche 911’s shift pattern has remained relatively unchanged (bar the gradually increasing number of ratios). However, in the early days of Zuffenhausen’s seminal sports car, first gear was not always found ‘up and left’.

First seen in the 901 ‘box (fitted to the 904 prototype), a dogleg first gear kept the rest of the ratios in a tight cluster, perfect for fast road and track driving once underway. The 911/01 shifter, from the 2.2-litre Neunelfers, is the ultimate incarnation of this unusual ‘box.

Porsche 997.2 GT3 – G97/92

A distant descendant of the 993 GT2’s race-bred ‘box, the G97/92 unit in the Porsche 997.2 GT3 is the gearbox that helped to launch a thousand motoring hack clichés (such as its ‘rifle bolt’ action).

In practice, it’s probably the best gearbox Porsche has ever bestowed on a 911, with a snappy jump across each gate and a fast synchromesh that’s hard to beat. What’s more, with its own oil cooler keeping temperatures down, its tough enough to withstand a beating on track.

Porsche 930 3.0 – 930/30

Slow; clunky; vague; long-legged. The list of criticisms for the original Porsche 911 Turbo’s gearbox is famously long, making it very much the wildcard on our list of favourite manual shifters.

However, its many foibles make for a challenging driving experience that test even the very best Porsche 911 drivers (just ask Walter Röhrl). The four-speed shifter is one of the most iconic gearboxes on this list too, even if it isn’t the best technically.

What is your favourite manual Porsche 911 gearbox? Does one shifter stick in your mind? Add your best three-pedal experiences in the comment section below, or join the debate on our Facebook and Twitter pages now.


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Total 911’s five favourite Porsche 911 decklid designs of all time

The rear end of a Porsche 911 is one of the automotive world’s greatest views. However, it is not just the flared hips that make the angle so appealing; the sloping back of each Neunelfer also plays its part.

Whether its kitted out with an imposing wing or left plain and simple in flatback configuration, the decklid is an intrinsic part of the Porsche 911’s charming character. In no particular order, here are our five favourite designs from across the Neunelfer’s 53-year history:

Porsche 911 2.4S
911S 2.4

Made famous on the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS, it was actually the E Series Porsche 911s of 1972 that began the short-lived tradition of engine capacity badges on the decklid.

The grill itself also switched from chrome to a black anodised finish for the 2.4-litre generation of Neunelfers, while the centralised model designation and spaced-out ‘PORSCHE’ badging used on previous iterations remained to create an iconic decklid style.

Porsche 991 50 Year Anniversary
Jubiläumsmodell 50 Jahre 911

After over a decade of predominantly plastic grills and vents (you’ll note there are no 996 or 997 generation cars on this list), the 50th Anniversary Edition Porsche 991 saw a return of genuine brightwork.

Not only was the decklid grill chromed though, the design itself was reworked with thinner horizontal slates to provide a more retro aesthetic befitting the Porsche 911’s golden anniversary.

Porsche 993 GT2
993 GT2

The huge wing obviously dominates the Porsche 993 GT2’s decklid but, as well as that spectacular spoiler, there are a number of other interesting details, such as the large horizontal openings in the grill itself, helping to feed the Widowmaker’s massive intercooler.

As would become de rigueur on later, water-cooled GT cars, the 993 GT2’s decklid also features a small ducktail-style flick underneath the main plane of the wing. But, the reality is, it’s all about those side air intakes…

Porsche 901

Produced for just one year – 1964 – after Peugeot protested the naming style, the Porsche 901’s decklid features a number of unique touches not seen on later short-wheelbase 911s.

The gold ‘PORSCHE’ running along the lower edge is a two-part badge (as opposed to the separate letters of later designs) while the grill is 20mm deep. Taken from a 356, it sits proud of the recessed air intake while the later 15mm grills provided a flush fit.

Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight
964 C4L

The whaletail is a cool wing, even more so in motorsport guise where it isn’t protected by the rubber strip necessary to satisfy pedestrian safety laws. However, it’s what’s not there that makes the Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight’s deck lid so cool.

There is no badging whatsoever, not even in sticker form, on the fibreglass panel. Jürgen Barth’s rally-ready creation is unswerving in its dedication to the Leichtbau mantra.

What is your favourite Porsche 911 decklid? Share your favourites in our comments section below, or head to our Facebook and Twitter pages now.


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