Six Porsche 911s to keep an eye on at RM Sotheby’s London sale
Tomorrow evening, RM Sotheby’s return to Battersea Evolution for the auction house’s annual London sale and, judging by the 12 incredible Porsche 911s they have consigned to the lot list, this year’s sale is set to be the best yet.
Alongside the obligatory Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RSs (both Touring and Sport spec cars will go under the hammer from 5pm tomorrow), there is myriad machinery from Zuffenhausen’s late air-cooled period. In fact, this year, RM’s London sale is perfect for Porsche ‘purists’ as these six Neunelfers attest:
1 – Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8
One of the standout Porsche 911 lots at the sale, this Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8 is expected to achieve between £400,000-£500,000. That may sound like a lot but just 55 of these 3.8-litre Rennsports were ever built, making it one of the rarest factory Neunelfers of all time.
It’s not just the larger flat six engine that marks this car out from the hordes of 3.6-litre 964 RSs either. For racing homologation purposes, the 964 RS 3.8 got the Turbo’s wide body as well as an extravagant rear wing and three-piece Speedline alloys.
2 – Porsche 993 GT2
The ultimate incarnation of the Porsche 993, the original 911 GT2 was another of Weissach’s homologation specials, built to dominant the GT ranks during the class’ revival in the early Nineties.
Identified by its extreme aerodynamics and bolt-on plastic arches, the 993 GT2 sent 433hp exclusively to the rear wheels. This stunning Riviera Blue example has an estimate of £750,000-£850,000. It’s worth it for the GT2’s sheer bravado alone.
3 – Porsche 964 Turbo S Lightweight
Modern Porsche 911 Turbos and Turbo Ss are among the heaviest Neunelfers around, sitting on widened platforms and laden with plenty of tech and options. That wasn’t the case with the original Porsche 964 Turbo S however.
Built by the Exclusive Department in Zuffenhausen, the 86 examples of the 911 Turbo S Leichtbau were just 60kg heavier than the featherweight 964 RS. £210,000-£250,000 is the expecting sale price of this Speed Yellow example.
4 – Porsche 993 Turbo S
Not to be outdone by its predecessor, this Porsche 993 Turbo S is expected to fetch similar money to the 964 Turbo S on offer at RM’s London auction. The guide price of £200,000-£240,000 seems slightly conservative, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see a high number when the hammer drops.
Finished in Guards Red with black leather, this particular left-hand drive 993 Turbo S is in an incredibly desirable spec, with a number of colour-coded touches (including rare red brake calipers).
5 – Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport
If you prefer your Porsche 993 experience to be a bit more hardcore than the cossetting Turbo S, the RS Clubsport is about as raw as they come, making even the standard 993 Carrera RS look luxurious.
With only a smatter of interior equipment (including a welded Matter roll cage and Nomex clad bucket seats), the 993 Carrera RS Clubsport is pretty much just a road-legal Carrera Cup racer. £220,000-£260,000 may be enough to get you in the driver’s seat.
6 – Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI
If you prefer your air-cooled Porsche 911s to be of a classical persuasion, this 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI is the car for you. Effectively a 2.7 RS Touring with impact bumpers (and, in this case, a de-spoilered decklid), 2.7 Carrera MFIs continue to look like astounding value, with this Light Yellow car no exception.
Listed at £180,000-£200,000, this matching numbers example – originally delivered to Italy in November 1973 – could see the hammer drop for less than half the price of RM’s 2.7 RS Touring at the London sale. Is that extra 50 per cent really worth it for a Rennsport badge?
Make sure you check out the full results of the Porsche 911 lots from RM Sotheby’s 2016 London sale now.