Porsches are traditionally popular at the Amelia Island classic car auctions in Florida. Gooding will have some top air-cooled Porsches on offer in 2015 including Porsche 911s from the 1970s with impressive racing histories.
Top Porsches at Gooding’s Amelia Island Auction in 2015
For Gooding & Company, Amelia Island has been the site of many high-profile Porsche sales like the record-breaking 2014 sale of the 1968 Porsche 907 which sold for $3,630,000. This year, Gooding & Company is bringing a remarkable selection of important Porsches to Amelia Island, with an emphasis on the most desirable racing and road-going 911 variants.
Among the highlights are the Héctor Rebaque-Café Mexicano 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR (Estimate: $1,200,000-$1,500,000), a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight (Estimate: $1,100,000-$1,400,000) with a Porsche Parade-winning restoration and a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS (Estimate: $550,000-$750,000) with exceptional Le Mans and Tour de France race history.
Complementing this fantastic group of classic 911s is a group of the most exclusive contemporary models, including a street version of the legendary 1996 Porsche 993 GT2 (Estimate: $950,000-$1,250,000). A distinctive Ocean Jade Metallic 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S (Estimate: $325,000-$400,000) and a spectacular Speed Yellow 1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 (Estimate: $300,000-$350,000).
David Brynan, Specialist at Gooding & Company, says: “In recent years, we have seen widespread and growing demand in the market for special examples of the classic air-cooled Porsche 911 – both road and racing models. Collectors are searching for the most exclusive, limited production road cars and genuine competition cars with outstanding racing history. Given our in-depth knowledge of these cars and appreciation for the finest examples, we are very excited to present a superb selection of Porsches at Amelia Island – everything from road-going bookends (a 1965 911 and a 1996 993 GT2) to important RS models that ran at Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring.”
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR
The 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR (Estimate: $1,200,000-$1,500,000) first owner was Héctor Alonso Rebaque of Mexico City, Mexico, a widely recognized Formula One driver who participated in 58 Formula One World Championship Grand Prix races and scored 13 championship points. Seen as one of the last gentleman privateer drivers in Formula One, Rebaque eventually went on to own his own team in 1978 and 1979.
Rebaque bought this 3.0 RSR at a very young age and received major sponsorship by Café Mexicano. The success of Rebaque’s Carrera 3.0 RSR began on its first outing at the IMSA 1000 Km of Mexico City where it took 1st place overall. It also competed in four editions of the 24 Hours of Daytona 24, finishing 9th overall at the 1975 event. Eight years later it finished 5th overall and 2nd in class, flashing unrivaled stamina and fortitude for a racing car. Additionally, it ran the 12 Hours of Sebring twice, finishing 4th overall and 1st in class at the 1982 race.
Not only does it possess an impressive racing history and unbroken provenance, it is an unusually correct example validated by noted Porsche authorities Jürgen Barth and John Starkey. Today, this 3.0 RSR is a striking race car finished in its original white, red and yellow livery with the vehicle’s long time sponsor “Café Mexicano” decals.
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight
The striking light yellow 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight (Estimate: $1,100,000-$1,400,000) is one of the finest specimens of the legendary 911 Carrera 2.7 RS series. This desirable first-series RS Lightweight (M471) is complete with well-documented ownership and impressive period racing history.
Originally imported to Switzerland in 1974 by Porsche Dealer AMAG, the 2.7 RS was sold to its first owner, a Swiss national racing champion. Following a meticulous restoration conducted by noted model specialist Nate Cantwell, the RS has been exhibited at various national and international historic concours, receiving the 1999 National PCA Restoration Award at Mont-Tremblant in Canada.
Presented at auction with extensive restoration documentation, there are very few first-series Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweights that can compete with the caliber of its condition. The quality of this rare 911 is a testament to the marque and legend of the Carrera 2.7 RS.
1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS
The 1974 introduction of the Carrera 3.0 RS was the first factory-competition offering based on Porsche’s new “G Series” body that debuted that same year. Widely regarded as the ultimate dual-purpose 911, the RS raised the bar in terms of performance and capability, whether for road or track.
But what sets this 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS (Estimate: $550,000-$750,000) aside from other examples produced is its impressive period racing history. The apex of its racing resume is an impressive 6th Overall, 2nd in Class finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 1976 and rounds out with another Top 10 finish at Le Mans in 1977. This 3.0 RS added two Top 10 finishes in the Tour de France in 1975 and 1976 and competed in top international races including the Rallye Criterium des Cevannes, Rallye du Var and Rallye de la Chataigne.
An ideal candidate for the best historic races and rallies, this 911 is a well-documented and ideally prepared Carrera 3.0 RS, with an illustrious period racing history that includes two of the most significant motorsport events of the day. For the collector in search of an historic, event-eligible RS, this exceptional car is deserving of serious consideration.
1996 Porsche 993 GT2
Highly regarded among the last of the great air-cooled turbocharged 911s, the street 993 GT2 was Porsche’s homologation project to build a thoroughbred competition car based on the new 993 Turbo and this 1996 Porsche 993 GT2 (Estimate: $950,000-$1,250,000) is considered the ultimate Porsche road car of its day. With 430 hp, distinctive race-inspired equipment, and thrilling performance, the 993 GT2 is a revered model with a true motorsports heritage.
Presented in shimmering Polar Silver with black interior and blue accents, it is a livery with a crisp appeal. Originally delivered to Japan, this 993 GT2 has been meticulously maintained by knowledgeable collectors and presents beautifully today, showing just 36,000 km from new. Never officially imported to the US when new, the 993 GT2 is highly coveted by collectors and this example is among a limited few properly imported into the country. One of the most desirable air-cooled road cars of the modern era, this is the perfect jewel for Porsche collectors looking for an important, limited-production supercar.
In 2014, Gooding sold a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrara 2.7 RS Lightweight for $1,402,500 but thus far in 2015, Porsche 911s have mostly failed to clear reserve margins on bids exceeding a million dollar.
Gooding & Company’s The Amelia Island Auction
Date(s): Friday, March 13 at 11:00 am
Location: Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Racquet Park, 6800 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034