Tantalising trio of Porsches at RM Sotheby’s New York sale

December is often a quiet time for the prestige automotive auction houses as they gear up for the New Year rush of Paris in February and Amelia Island in March.

However, RM Sotheby’s is very much at action stations as tomorrow sees it host the ‘Driven By Disruption’ sale on the top floor gallery of Sotheby’s illustrious New York headquarters.

There are only three Porsches set to go under the hammer when the sale begins at 7:00pm local time (12 midnight GMT) however, all three are truly iconic cars that should find new homes for big money.

Photo Credit: 2015 © RM Sothebys Inc.
Photo Credit: 2015 © RM Sothebys Inc.

The first lot bearing the Stuttgart’s famous prancing horse is a 356C 1600 SC Cabriolet, a car that isn’t wholly remarkable in itself. Except that this particular 356 Cab was once owned by Janis Joplin (above).

Resplendent in its psychedelic colour scheme (restored in the Nineties after being resprayed in Dolphin Grey), Joplin’s 356C 1600 SC is offered for sale by her siblings, Michael and Laura, with an estimate of between $400,000 and $600,000 (£265,000-£400,000).

Elsewhere, Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RSs having become auction staples over the last few years and RM’s New York sale is no different with a stunning Signal Yellow Touring spec example (pictured top) consigned.

Photo Credit: Marcel Lech ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Photo Credit: Marcel Lech ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

With an estimate of $900,000 to $1.1 million (£600,000-£730,000), the matching numbers car is undoubtedly at the upper end of the RS Touring market. However, its restoration by Kevin Jeanette in the early 2000s is likely much better than a number of recent ‘auction specials’ so this car could well break new ground.

Finally, perhaps the standout Porsche 911 under the hammer is something more modest than an RS (though only slightly): a 1975 930 3.0. One of just 284 cars built in the first year of 911 Turbo production, it’s a historically important car finished in the eye-catching Copper Brown Metallic (above).

Originally sold to Japan, cars from the land of the rising sun often tend to struggle at auction however, few 3.0-litre cars have come up for sale over the last 12 months making this an attractive prospect, especially as it comes without a reserve. The estimate is $350,000 to $450,000 (£230,000-£300,000).

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