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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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Return To Rennsport With 9:11 Magazine

It’s difficult to tell a compelling story in just a few minutes, but Porsche manages to make that happen with every new issue of the video magazine 9:11. It’s always limited to nine minutes and eleven seconds, making the stories hot and fast. This episode focuses in on Rennsport Reunion, and it is an incredibly awesome series of vignettes. If you’re looking for a good way to spend your next ten minutes, click the play button and get ready for a good time.

The series of videos opens with a retro-look at Rod Emory and his shop as they prepare for Rod’s return to racing at Rennsport Reunion VI. Rod was racing professionally as recently as ten years ago, but has kept focus on building cars for his clients since then. It’s been an interesting experience for him to get back behind the wheel racing in anger. Two cars in one weekend that could not be any different, Rod drives a four-cylinder Elva and a big-turbo 935.

Speaking of 935s, Porsche unveiled a new one, as I’m sure you know. The new GT2 RS-based track monster is ready for battle, and made its surprise debut at Rennsport Reunion. In this video Porsche is eager to show off its curves and the language behind its design in gorgeous snippets.

The most interesting segment, to me, involves Walter Rohrl and a 911 SC rally car. First used in-period for the San Remo event, Walter busted a drive axle and didn’t finish. Porsche restored the car after sitting stagnant for decades, and returned Walter to vintage rally with the SC. Where it busted a drive axle. History repeats itself.

Watch, and enjoy.

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In Defense Of The Manual Transmission

« You can’t really have a favorite shift with a paddle shift, can you? », says Catchpole in this recent Carfection video exploring the loveliness of a proper manual gearbox. A nicely tuned dual-clutch flappy-paddle gearbox is a glorious thing on a race track, they’re perfect, but maybe a little too perfect. There is something to be said for enjoying flawed things. An automatic movement watch, for example, will lose track of time if you don’t keep it properly wound, but isn’t it a much more interesting thing than a quartz movement? As Catchpole’s analogue, I’ll take a freshly ground cup of pour-over to a jar of Sanka any day of the week.

If you love driving, if you enjoy getting into that rhythm with your car, if you revel in the idea of finding the perfect back road, chances are you’re a manual lover. There’s a greater level of connection between you and your car when you are forced to ‘row your own’. It’s a next level experience to slot the lever into gear at exactly the right moment. And a perfectly timed heel-toe downshift is transcendent. In certain circumstances, the manual transmission even allows an extra level of car control. You can use a shift or a clutch-in moment to initiate weight transfer or instigate a drift. It’s one extra level of analog control for the driver in a world of computer controlled digital interfaces.

Call me a Luddite if you like, but I prefer clicky buttons to touch screens, I like a from-scratch meal better than a mass production one, and I like my cars to do what I say rather than what their computer thinks is best. Therein lies the beauty of a proper manual sports car like Porsche’s new GT3. It’s ostensibly worse than its PDK sibling, but that is exactly what makes it better.

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A Beautiful Porsche Restoration Is Not The Work Of A Moment

Part of the beauty of a restoration is in the search. We are hunters as a species and we delight in scouring the globe — or usually the internet — to find just the right project car for our needs. Once you uncover the perfect barn find Porsche the real fun beings. In my years in the Porsche community I’ve known countless fools who restore cars only to discover that once they’ve landed the prey by finishing the restoration process, they become complacent and desire to get back on the hunt as soon as possible. Within a year of restoration, many cars get sold off and they’re out searching for the next Porsche to return to showroom clean. It’s a vicious cycle.

 

Porsche 911 – Gobin Associés

Sit back and enjoy this wonderful story. It's all about passion. Great film by Cinecopter ProdThe car was restored by Atelier GOBIN

Geplaatst door Elferspot op Dinsdag 11 september 2018

Porsche 911 – Gobin Associés

Sit back and enjoy this wonderful story. It’s all about passion. Great film by Cinecopter ProdThe car was restored by Atelier GOBIN

Posted by Elferspot on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The video here is a dramaticized version of real life, but it’s a beautiful piece of insight into the process of finding the right car, finding the right restoration specialists, finding the right parts, and getting the job done. The folks at Atelier Gobin in France put together this short film over the course and lifetime of a longhood 912 restoration. Clearly they played up a few facts, like the car being covered in actual dirt when they « found » it. Aside from the over-the-top aspects of the video, it does a nice job of showcasing their talents. The car is stripped down to nothing and built back up into a gorgeous example right before our eyes.

If every restoration were this easy, however, maybe we’d all take it up as a hobby.

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Rare Ruf cars to star at upcoming Porsche sale

A delectable duo of extremely rare, highly exclusive RUF sports cars are to be among the lots at Silverstone Auctions’ 2018 Porsche sale. Established as a highlight of the calendar year, the 2018 Porsche Sale in association with Porsche Club GB takes place on 28th September at a new premises at the Dallas Burston Polo Club. The sale of all things Porsche takes on added significance in the midst of the company’s 70th year celebrations, though two lots which caught our eye hail from the production line of revered German manufacturers and Porsche tuners, RUF Automobile GmbH.

This 996-based 2002 RTurbo, resplendent in Speed yellow, was formerly used by RUF as a Nürburgring press car, featuring in the promotional ‘RUF RTurbo Nurburgring Lap’ video while also appearing on the front cover of Marc Bonger’s book ‘Porsche and RUF Sportscars’. Equipped with 550hp, a six-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel-drive, the RTurbo hails from a private collection and boasts just under 30,000 miles on the clock. Its estimate is £180,000-220,000.

Silverstone Auctions are also pleased to announce a 993-based BTR2, one of just 15 produced, will also be presented for sale on 28th September. Estimated at £150,000-200,000, the BTR2 produces 420hp, races to 62mph from standstill in just 4.1 seconds, and powers on to a top speed of 191mph. Finished in Arctic silver, the car has returned to Rufplatz every 12,000 miles for servicing, with other maintenance work carried out at OPCs.

“RUFs are a very special breed of vehicle. When you take a car as well respected as a Porsche and try to improve it, it can lead to some incredible results,” says Harry Whale, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions. “The pair of RUFs on offer at the Porsche Sale are truly impeccable examples, one from a single ownership and a vendor who has clearly cared for the car dearly, and another which is famous around the world for appearing in RUFs own promotional material, taking on the legendary ‘Green Hell’, the Nurburgring. We couldn’t ask for two better examples of RUFs unbeatable engineering prowess and skill.”

For more information on the Porsche sale and to browse the lots ahead of auction, visit silverstoneauctions.com.

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