Gooding & Company lines up a number of special Porsches for its Pebble Beach auction in August, headlined by a rather special 935.
Ferrari might be sitting comfortably at the top of the blue chip collector market, but Porsche has been moving skywards at a significant rate over the last couple of years. It would appear that Gooding & Company is taking the German cars even more seriously than usual, with a particularly special lineup of classic Porsches at its upcoming Pebble Beach auction on 20-21 August.
First up is something particularly special: the Porsche 935 driven by legendary actor Paul Newman at the 1979 Le Mans. Newman drove alongside Dick Barbour (team owner) and Rolf Stommelen, pushing the Porsche to an overall second place finish. Chassis 009 0030 was actually the only racing car to ever be sponsored by the Apple computer company.
This 935 also went on to win overall at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona as well as first overall at the 1983 12 Hours of Sebring. The car was fully restored in 2006 by Porsche specialist Paul Willison to its original 1979 spec and ‘Hawaiian Tropic’ livery. Today, Gooding has it estimated at $4,500,000-$5,500,000.
Next up is the 1984 911 SC/RS, a Rothmans-sponsored rally-spec 911 designed to take on the European Rally Championship and the newly formed Middle East Championship. The rally team was put together after Rothmans wanted further sponsorship opportunities after the success of the 956 in endurance racing.
A total of six cars were built, and this example, chassis 110 008, was driven by Saeed Al-Hajri – nicknamed the ‘King of the Dunes’. Al-Hajri went on to win the FIA Middle East Championship in 1984 with first-place finishes at the Ypres 24 Hours and the Medeora Rally. In 1987, Al-Hajri took first place finishes at the Qatar Rally and the Kuwait Rally. This example is described as ‘the most original Rothmans 911 SC/RS in existence, and is estimated at $1,400,000-$1,800,000.
If special road cars are more your thing, then perhaps the 1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau is more up your street. This special run-out model was the most expensive 911 you could buy at the time, and just 76 were produced. With just 40 miles on the clock, this Grand Prix White car has lived a sheltered life in a renowned US collection, and is perfectly presented with an estimate of $1,400,000-$1,800,000.
‘We have seen significant interest in the Porsche market, especially for competition and limited production vehicles,’ says David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. ‘We are presenting examples that embody a connoisseur's quest for exceptional provenance and distinction with these remarkable Porsches.’