These are the rarest of the rare.
Porsche has made some real classics over the course of its long history. But the most highly sought after of them are its competition models. And Gooding & Company has three examples on the docket for its upcoming sale at Amelia Island in Florida next month that are each poised to bring in millions.
The most valuable of the trio is a 1979 Porsche 935 – one of only seven examples made that final year of the model's production when the 935 was fitted with larger brakes and an inverted gearbox.
Chassis number 930 990 0027 was built for LA Times publisher Otis Chandler, who had his done up in Vintage Racing Blue with multicolored stripes to match his Sunoco-liveried 917/30 instead of the usual white in which most 935s were delivered. Raced only once and described as one of "the finest examples in existence,” it's estimated to sell for $2.5-3 million.
Next up is a 1987 Porsche 962C built for Kremer Racing. The 962 was a dominant figure in the Group C era of endurance racing, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Sportscar Championship twice apiece.
962s also dominated the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship five years running. This one, decked out in teal Leyton House livery, finished fourth overall at Le Mans in '87 and eighth in '88, leaving it somewhat more "accessible” than more decorated examples. It's expected to bring in $1-1.25 million.
Last but not least is a '73 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight, one of the most sought-after 911s. Only 200 or so were made, and this one's had only four owners over the course of its history. It's anticipated to fetch $1-1.2 million. (Photos by Josh Hway and Matt Howell for Gooding & Company.)