“The quality and significance of this offering is unparalleled,” explained David Brynan, Senior Specialist at Gooding & Company, previewing the stunning collection of Porsches set for its Pebble Beach Auctions, Friday and Saturday, August 19-20, at the Parc du Concours.
“Virtually the entire history of Porsche racing is represented here,” Brynan continued. “From the early four-cam Spyder years there is Lucybelle III, one of the most unique and beautiful RSKs ever to race, exquisitely restored to original. The 908/02 Spyder, presented in its Targa Florio livery, is an exceptional works team car from the glory days of the plastic era, and the 2007 RS Spyder Evo is one of the most important modern-day prototypes, a model that dominated the ALMS series and returned Porsche to the height of endurance racing.”
Included in the array of Porsche offerings representing some of the finest models and racing examples to come out of Stuttgart spanning seven decades will be:
1959 Porsche 718 RSK (Estimate: $4,500,000 – $5,500,000)
One of the most beautiful and successful of all the Porsche Spyders, the 718 RSK won its class at the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans, then won the 1959 Targa Florio outright, leading Porsche’s 1-2-3 sweep at the legendary Sicilian event.
Chassis 718-024, presented here, was sold new to famed American racing driver and Le Mans winner Ed Hugus, who raced the RSK at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans in its distinctive “Lucybelle III” livery. Later sold to amateur racer Don Ives, 718-024 competed in various SCCA and USAC events, as well as the famous Pikes Peak Hillclimb, from 1960-1963. Since the 1970s, this RSK has been owned by noted American collectors and vintage racers, including Don Orosco and Dr. Greg Johnson.
Restored by Mark Allin and the team at Rare Drive, the car has been selectively shown at the Pebble Beach Concours and Audrain Newport Concours d’Elegance, where it was awarded First in Class.
1969 Porsche 908/02 (Estimate: $4,000,000 – $5,000,000)
Developed by Porsche as the successor to the 907, the 908 was the brainchild of Ferdinand Piech and engineer Helmut Bott. Its first iteration was a coupe, fitted with either short or long-tail bodywork. In 1969, revised regulations resulted in the upgraded, all-new 908/02 Spyder, which was built exclusively with aluminum frame tubes, as well as a lighter five-speed transaxle, a revised 3.0-liter engine, and fiberglass bodywork that weighed a mere 13 kg.
The example offered here, chassis 010, was completed in 1969, and began its racing career with the BOAC 6 Hours at Brands Hatch. This factory 908/02 was entered by Porsche at the 1969 Brands Hatch 6 Hours, Targa Florio, and Nürburgring 1000 Km. In privateer hands, it also competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times with a roster of drivers that included Vic Elford, Richard Attwood, Rudi Lins, Gérard Larrousse, Kurt Ahrens, Masten Gregory, and Pedro Rodriguez.
Having had just a handful of owners since new, chassis 010 underwent an exacting restoration from 2011 to 2015, a multifaceted process managed by Louie Shefchik’s team at J & L Fabricating in Puyallup, Washington.
2007 Porsche RS Spyder Evo (Estimate: $6,000,000 – $8,000,000)
Unveiled in 2005, the Type 9R6 (or more commonly the RS Spyder) was Porsche’s first sports racing prototype since the 911 GT1, built to compete in Le Mans Prototype Class 2 (LMP2). With a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque chassis and all-new 3.4-liter four-cam V-8 engine, the new prototype made its competition debut at the 2005 ALMS season finale at Laguna Seca, entered by Penske Racing. The RS Syder went on to dominate its competition outright, clocking both class and overall wins and securing the LMP2 championships for three consecutive years.
The RS Spyder offered here, chassis 9R6.702, is the second of six updated Evo-specification examples built for the 2007 racing season, and is one of just 17 RS Spyders built between 2005 and 2008. In March 2007, 9R6.702 made its official debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring, and was driven by Sascha Maassen, Ryan Briscoe, Emmanuel Collard, and Hélio Castroneves. Chassis 9R6.702 would go on to capture back-to-back overall wins at Salt Lake City and Lime Rock, and served as an integral part of DHL Porsche Penske Racing’s 2007 and 2008 ALMS Championship seasons. Its outstanding race record included two overall wins and four 1st in class finishes.
Since its retirement after the 2008 season, this RS Spyder has benefited from the care of just two knowledgeable private collectors, and has been seldom seen except for appearances at Rennsport Reunion in 2015 and 2018.
Other significant competition Porsches to be auctioned in Pebble Beach include:
* An alloy-paneled 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Speedster (Estimate: $1,400,000 – $1,800,000) raced by Johnny Cuevas at Sebring, Daytona, and the Cuban GP
* The 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans class-winning 1976 Porsche 934 (Estimate: $1,250,000 – $1,500,000)
* Canadian racer Ludwig Heimrath’s 1977 Porsche 934/5 (Estimate: $850,000 – $1,000,000)
* Bruce Leven’s Texaco Havoline-liveried 1988 Porsche 962C (Estimate: $1,400,000 – $1,800,000), which captured third-place finishes at the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona
* Three 911-based competition models in as-delivered, un-raced condition: a Guards Red 1993 Porsche 964 Carrera RSR 3.8 (Estimate: $700,000 – $900,000) with less than 20 km; a Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 993 GT2R (Estimate: $550,000 – $650,000); and a 2020 Porsche 935 (Estimate: $1,000,000 – $1,400,000) wearing the iconic colors of Ted Field’s Interscope Racing team.
… and road-going Porsches:
* The Pebble Beach Auctions will also feature several highly collectible road-going Porsches, including a concours-quality 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight (Estimate: $1,750,000 – $2,250,000); two ultra-rare ‘90s-era Exclusive Department specials, a 1994 Porsche 964 Turbo-Look Speedster (Estimate: $1,200,000 – $1,500,000), and a one-of-39-built 1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau (Estimate: $1,000,000 – $1,300,000); plus a pair of low-mileage 2007 Porsche 997 GT3 RS 3.6 models (Estimates: $250,000 – $300,000, each), finished in contrasting orange and black color schemes.
* Last but not least, two private Porsche-themed collections will cross the block, the R-Driven Collection which features eight limited-edition, performance-oriented Porsche and RUF sports cars from a single owner, and the Rudy “Mr. 993” Mancinas Collection of six cars which includes four Porsches.
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