A portion of the proceeds will be donated to UNICEF in aid of Ukraine.
The invasion of Ukraine has brought untold misery to millions of innocent people. The pleasant routine of everyday life was upended by unprovoked violence and barbarity. As a result, many have lost their lives. In solidarity with Ukraine, several carmakers have banned sales in Russia. Volkswagen has gone even further, suspending production at Russian manufacturing plants.
Also keen to make a difference, Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer is offering his Porsche 911 via Bring A Trailer. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to UNICEF, to benefit the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The 911 in question is a RoW (Rest of the World) 1990 Carrera 2 (964) Coupe. It's a gorgeous example; finished in a typically Teutonic color combo of Silver Metallic paint with a Marine Blue interior.
The demure interior is enlivened by rather sudden "Studio Check" cloth upholstery and, while it won't be to everyone's taste, it's certainly unique. Other options fitted to this example include power-adjustable sports seats and air-conditioning.
Purists will be displeased to find out that this isn't an original car. This example boasts several modifications, including 17-inch Carrera Cup wheels, aero-style mirrors, adjustable coil-overs, and a Porsche Classic Radio. While not factory-fitted, we're guessing most Porsche aficionados will welcome these subtle embellishments.
If you're wondering what RoW means, it simply denotes a non-US spec model. This particular 964 was destined for Japan and was sold, brand new, through a local Porsche importer. Now enjoying its life as a classic car in the States, it carries mementos from the past. Crucially, the 911 comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, factory books, service records, and a selection of accessories.
The odometer reflects 63,000 kilometers (39,000 miles). The seller notes that the odometer gear was replaced in 2018. Unfortunately, the true mileage of this Porsche is unknown. This may, understandably, put some prospective owners off.
It hasn't scared off bidders, though. At the time of writing, there are still four days left to go and the current bid sits at $120,000 -nearly $20,000 more than the asking price of a brand new, base model 911. The new model will certainly run rings around its predecessor, but the 247-horsepower/228 lb-ft of torque 3.6-liter flat-six will still provide plenty of exhilaration.
While some may scratch their heads at the high price, we're all for it. Someone will walk off with a gorgeous 964 and UNICEF will get a few extra bucks for Ukrainian children in need. Porsche itself has already donated €1 million to provide emergency aid in the war-torn country, although it's not the only carmaker to lend a helping hand.
Through SpaceX, Elon Musk was able to provide internet to Ukrainian citizens and, what's more, the CEO opened up Supercharging networks in neighboring countries, to ensure EV owners could reach a place of safety.