Amelia Island 2016 readied for 911 Turbo world records
The Amelia Island auctions are very often home to new world sales records: in 2013 a Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS sold for $1,402,500 (then equivalent to £847,200) at Gooding and Co’s sales, a figure that has still not been topped despite the air-cooled neunelfer boom.
Last year, it was the turn of the 2.7 Rennsport’s little brother, the Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI to capture the headlines, with RM Sotheby’s selling the impact bumper-ed 911 for $308,000.
This year though both RM and Gooding’s Amelia Island auctions look set to be dominated by classic Porsche 911 Turbos, while the latter has also secured a delectable selection from Jerry Seinfeld’s envious Porsche collection.
Leading the way in the 930 stakes is RM Sotheby’s 1979 911 Turbo (top image), lot 186 at its Ritz-Carlton sale on Saturday 12 March. The silver 930 – an early 3.3-litre car – has completed just 548 miles from new and is offered in an near-immaculate timewarp spec.
It’s $300,000-$375,000 (£211,000-£264,000) estimate is closely followed by another Porsche 930 under RM’s stewardship at Amelia Island: a 1976 3.0-litre example with a guide price of $275,000-$350,000 (£193,000-£246,000).
Among the five neunelfers consigned by RM (all of which are Turbos) potentially the most expensive is a Porsche 993 Turbo S, set to go under the hamme this weekend for $400,000-$475,000 (£281,000-£334,000).
The stars of Gooding and Co’s sale – to be held on Friday 11 March – have undoubtedly by the cars procured from Jerry Seinfeld’s incredible collection, led by a genuine Porsche 911 Carrera RSR used in the inaugural IROC series in 1973-74.
It’s $1.2-$1.5 million estimate swamps almost all the other Porsche 911 lots on offer during the Concours week celebrations, bar a genuine, ex-works Porsche 911 ST 2.3 raced and bought by Gerard Larrousse – expected to sell for $1.1-$1.4 million and a Porsche 959 Komfort with an estimate of $1.3-$1.6 million.
The latter could well set its own world record with Gooding the current record holders with a 959 Sport that sold at Monterey last year for $1.705 million. The most expensive Komfort spec car was also sold at Pebble Beach 2015, with Bonhams achieving $1.457 million.
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