Gooding’s 2016 Pebble Beach auction is Porsche 911 heaven

After 12 months of disappointing sales figures, Monterey Car Week looks set to put prestige auction houses firmly back on map with a delectable selection of Porsche 911s going under the hammer this weekend on the Californian coast.

Gooding & Co undoubtedly leads the way in terms of desirability; it’s hard to know where to start on the official Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance auction’s lot list such is the incredible selection of Neunelfers consigned for their sale on Saturday and Sunday.

Leading the way are two very different motorsport Porsche 911s, both with incredibly illustrious histories. Expected to fetch $4,500,000-$5,000,000, the ex-Dick Barbour Racing Porsche 935 used during the 1979 season is set to be the undoubted star.

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Presented in the famous Hawaiian Tropic colours the car finished second in at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Paul Newman, Rolf Stommelen and Dick Barbour at the wheel, chassis 0090030 went on to win the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona in K3 specification before triumphing in the 1983 12 Hours of Sebring.

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Outclassing the 935 in the iconic liveries stakes is Gooding’s genuine Porsche 911 SC RS, one of six genuine Rothmans Porsche cars used by the factory Prodrive team between 1984 and 1987.

Probably the most original SC RS still in existence, Gooding’s consigned example was driven to various victories by the likes of Henri Toivonen and Saaed Al Hajri and is listed with an estimate of $1,400,000-$1,800,000.

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On the road car front, Gooding’s selection of production Porsche 911s is equally incredible, with a 964 Turbo S Flachbau (expected to realise $1,400,000-$1,800,000) joined by a 1,250-mile, Guards Red Porsche 997 GT2 ($550,000-$650,000) and a super rare 911 Carrera 3.2 Clubsport valued at $350,000-$425,000.

The latter is the only example ever finished in Irish Green (rather than the more customary Grand Prix White with red decals). There’s also an early US-spec Porsche 930 3.0, to be sold without reserve, with an estimate of $200,000-$250,000 that should help it garner plenty of attention.

If these are too far out of your price range however, there is a humble 1975 Porsche 911S set to go under Gooding’s hammer without a reserve for between $60,000-$80,000.

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