Presenting five of Zuffenhausen's top classics.
Vintage Porsches may not fetch the same prices as classic Ferraris or Bugattis, but there have been some rather valuable ones over the years. Multi-million-dollar classics, in fact. And the German automaker has brought five of its most expensive cars ever sold together at Schloss Solitude – a baroque palace in its home town of Stuttgart – for the first new episode in its Top 5 series, presented by Petrolicious editorial director Ted Gushue.
The list starts with the 917/30 Spyder, the Can-Am racer that the legendary Mark Donohue raced here in America in the early 1970s.
One of the most powerful racing cars Porsche has ever made, 917/30-004 sold for $3 million at auction. But that's just the start.
Even older and more valuable is this 550 A Spyder, known as the “giant killer” for the punch it packed far above its weight. This one sold for over $5 million. But while some examples (like the $4.8m 935, $5.3m 550, and $5.4m RS60) are noticeably absent, there's more. Like a 1998 911 GT1 Straßenversion – the road-going counterpart to Porsche's Le Mans winner – that topped $5.6 million at auction.
More valuable still is the 956 from 1982 that sold for over $10 million a few years ago. But pride of place goes to the 917K that featured, in iconic Gulf livery, in Steve McQueen's “Le Mans” film and which garnered over $14 million at auction in Pebble Beach less than a year and a half ago.
That may not be as much as some Ferrari 250 GTOs are trading hands for these days, but it's getting up there. For our part, though, we can't help but wonder which modern Porsches might prove the most valuable years down the line.