When Porsche announced the 911 R buyers went crazy, desperate to get on the order list with just 991 cars being built. In these modern times where the automobile is so collectable sadly a mixture of pure investors and speculators also got in on the fun meaning that many genuine car enthusiasts and collectors missed out.
So why is it so special? The 911 R represented a return to a purer driving experience from Porsche. The current 911 GT3 runs a PDK automatic transmission and the 911 R is a manual, it also has a narrower body and is lighter in weight when compared to the GT3, 110lbs lighter to be precise. This is thanks to the manual transmission being lighter than the excellent PDK system, less sound insulation, carbon fiber front wings and a titanium exhaust.
These changes inspired fans all around the world desperate for the classic 911 feel in a modern package, the 911 R did not disappoint.
Book price if you were one of the lucky few was €200,000. In truth the cars were sold before the 911 R was even revealed at the Geneva motor show back in March. With first deliveries now falling into customers hands they are starting to pop up on the market for between €500,000-€600,000 a healthy profit I am sure you will agree. It could be argued that the car was a little too cheap in the first place and Porsche could have easily sold the cars for €300,000.
This October the first car to appear at auction is coming up at the popular Bonhams Zoute sale in Belgium. It will be interesting to see how the car is received at an auction typically associated with fine classic cars, although there is no doubt the 911 R is already a classic. The Swedish car was delivered to its owner in July, numbered 135 and has just 32 miles on the odometer. How you could resist driving such a car is beyond the team at Borro!
Bonhams motoring representative in Belgium, Gregory Tuytens said, “The Porsche 911 R is a car for real purists and fully justifies the title of the most sought-after modern Porsche today. We believe our very fair estimate will attract a great deal of attention from enthusiasts keen to acquire one of the rarest Porsche around.”
That estimate is €250,000-€350,000, it’s certainly very keen and will attract interest, but don’t be surprised if the hammer price drops closer to a cool €1m!
© Bonhams 2016
Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, gasoline is very much in his veins.