RM Monaco will be the most unusual Porsche 911 auction ever
Monte Carlo, home of the rich and famous, sees its fair share of unusual and exotic automobiles. In one month’s time though there will be even more incredible cars making their way to the Mediterranean principality for the tenth edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.
As part of the event – running from Friday 12 May to Sunday 14 May – RM Sotheby’s will hold their annual Monaco sale on the Saturday evening and, looking at the list of consignments it includes some of the most intriguing Porsche 911s we’ve ever seen.
None are more unusual than the 1965 Porsche 911 race car and it’s not hard to see why. In 2009, the FIA-spec historic racer was handed over to famed industrial artist, Peter Klasen, for a full makeover, the German creating one of the most bizarre art cars ever.
Klasen, who once painted a 993 GT2 that raced in the French GT Championship, entitled the project “007”, displayed the car at a retrospective of his work in Lille during late 2009. Offered ready to race with an FIA HTP, the next owner will have to decide whether this car belongs on track or in a gallery.
Possibly even more extraordinary though is the silver 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evo offered for sale at Monaco. Rather than one of the road-ready Straßenversions built by Porsche for homologation purposes, this is a genuine racer, entered in the 2001 24 Hours of Daytona.
Chassis 993-117 was built around a new shell, supplied by Porsche Motorsport, to Bytzek Motorsports in 1997, making it the only ‘new’ Evo (the rest were upgraded 1996 cars). It enjoyed considerable success in the Canadian GT Championship, a series it won three times.
However, in 2014-15 it was restored by Lanzante Motorsports in the UK and is now the only road legal GT1 race car, complete with all the necessary UK paperwork to prove as such to any disbelieving policeman.
It speaks volumes that, of three cars we’ve highlighted from RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale, the 1988 Ruf CTR is the least remarkable. The fastest car in the world upon its release, this particular CTR was built in period from a 930 3.3 donor car.
Genuine Ruf CTR’s hardly ever come up for sale, especially in such stunning condition. But, with a host of other curious Porsche 911s for sale at Monaco 2016, we don’t know which one we’d choose. Maybe, we’ll have to take them all…