2016 Porsche 911R

The announcement that the 911R would be making its return was met with plenty of excitement. The iconic R hadn’t been seen since the ’60s and while there have been plenty of cars to wear an RS badge there’s still something about that R by itself that denoted something of importance. In this case, that importance also meant a fairly limited allocation (991 in total) and all were snapped up quite quickly by those who were offered the opportunity of purchasing one. Essentially a GT3 RS with manual transmission and no wing, the R promised to be the understated driver for those who didn’t necessarily prioritize ultimate lap times, but still wanted the most Porsche could offer in naturally aspirated form.

Like many of Porsche’s smaller production track models it didn’t take long for the R to pop up for sale by those hoping to immediately capitalize on its rarity and the difficulty of getting on the short list of initial buyers. Prices were very high and while they have gradually come down they remain very high. With the R the uniqueness of a particular car matters. It matters now and it will matter down the road. If you’re going to spend all of this money on a car that will spend most of its time being looked at rather than being driven, then it needs to have parts to look at that will set it apart.

While it doesn’t have a classic PTS color, this 911R does come with a few stylistic alterations that should accomplish that goal. Do you like orange accents? If not, this isn’t the R for you. If you do, then this one should provide what you need.

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1972 Porsche 911R Tribute

We feature a good number of these 911 tributes and backdates. Whether they are tributes to the original Carrera RS, to the 1967 911R like the one we see here, or just built by someone who prefers long-hood design, many of the basic principles and ideals behind them are pretty similar. And they can be very difficult to value. We wanted to take a look at this one precisely to help us gauge that value. This 911 is up for auction with no reserve so it should show us what the market thinks of these cars. Or at least what it thinks of this one. While the proverbial devil is in the details with any of these builds this one strikes me as falling within a middle ground and I think that makes it particularly useful for trying to understand value. It doesn’t appear to be the most well executed or thorough build, but you can see that a good deal of work has gone in to building this 911R tribute and there are a lot of nice touches presented throughout. Bidding right now sits at $50K.

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Year: 1972
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 0 mi
Price: Auction

NO RESERVE AUCTION – THE WINNER WILL GET THIS BEUTIFUL

PORSCHE 911R TRIBUTE – WEIGHTS UNDER 2000 LBS * 100+ PICTURES *

COMES WITH CLEAN TITLE, BILL OF SALE, AND ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER

FOR THIS 911R RECREATION THE 1972 911 T US MODEL WAS SELECTED BECAUSE IS THE MODEL YEAR THAT IS INSPIRED WITH 911R AND ONLY YEAR THAT HAS OIL FILLER/TANK ON THE RIGHT SIDE WHICH IS A TRADE MARK OF ORIGINAL 911R.

THE CAR :

* MATCHING NUMBERS – ORIGINAL DEALER WINDOW STICKER

* RUNNING 2.4 LITERS ORIGINAL ENGINE – PARTIALLY RESEALED

* RACING CHAIN TENSSIONERS

* WEBER CARBURETORS – REBUILT

* ORIGINAL 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION – SHIFTS GOOD

* GOOD CLUTCH

* FRONT AND REAR FACTORY SWAY BARS

* NEW BRAKES with SSI braided lines

* NEW KONI “CLASSIC” SHOCKS ALL AROUND

* NEW TURBO STEERING TIE RODS

* STRAIT BODY WITH ZERO RUST – NEVER IN ACCIDENT

* NEW BARE METAL GRAN PRIX WHITE SINGLE STAGE PAINT JOB ( FOR ORIGINALITY AND WEIGHT SAVING)

* THE ORIGINAL FACTORY UNDERBODY COATING WAS LEFT ON THE BODY FOR AUTHENTICITY REASON -BUT CAN BE REMOVED FOR FUTHER WEIGHT SAVING

* NO BODY FILLER ON THE CAR

* NEW PIRELI PERFORMANCE TIRES

* ALL SEALS ARE NEW

…AND MUCH MORE…

THE 911R PARTS:

* R- STYLE INTAKE MANIFOLDS RAIN SHIELDS WITH PORSCHE SCRIPT

* R-EXHAUST SYSTEM

* LIGHTWEIGHT ENGINE MOUNT

* 110 LITERS CUSTOM GAS TANK WITH R FUEL FILLER CAP MADE FROM ORIGINAL PORSCHE GAS TANK MADE IN GERMANY

* CUSTOMIZED ORIGINAL OIL TANK WITH ENGINE OIL 911R FILLER CAP

* R GOLD LOOK ENGINE DETAILS

* R – FRONT STRUT BRACE

* FIBERGLASS: DOORS, FRONT AND REAR FENDERS, TRUNK HOOD AND ENGINE LID

* R -STYLE ENGINE LID GRILLE WITH REIN SHIELDS

* LIGHTWEIGHT: FRONT WINDSHIELD, DOOR WINDOWS, REAR SIDE WINDOWS, REAR WINDSHIELD

* R- STYLE DOOR WENTS

* R – TAILLIGHTS, FRONT TURN SIGNALS AND FRONT MARKERS

* R- STEERING WHEEL WITH HORN BUTTON

* R-LEATHER STRAPS FOR DOOR WINDOWS

* RED DOOR POOLS

* R-LIGHTWEIGHT COMPOSIT DOOR HANDLES

* LIGHTWEIGHT DASH PAD

* LIGHTWEIGHT HOOD AND ENGINE LID HINGES

* WOODEN SHIFT KNOB

* LIGHTWEIGHT RED HEADLINER

* R- STYLE NEW SEATS AND RED RACING SEATBELTS

* LIGHTWEIGHT PARTIAL CARPET – REMOVABLE – ( THE REST OF CARPET COMES WITH THE CAR )

* R – RED ALL BODY DECALS

EVERYTHING ON THIS CAR IS DONE PROPERLY IN ATTENTION TO SMALLEST DETAILS

This recreation on arguably the most important 911 is dedicated to Porsche 911 air cooled legacy, and is a result of my forty five year long addiction to this icon of all sports cars, and decades of experience in customizing and restoring vintage Porsche cars.

One of the difficulties in making a 911R tribute look good is that it’s supposed to be a pretty spartan build. The 911R is as no frills as a road-going Porsche from this period gets and the interior of this tribute certainly shows that. It is one of, if not the, lightest road-going 911s so removing items is just as important as what is added. This one is said to weigh under 2,000 pounds so on paper it sounds like they’ve put in the right sort of work. The’ve used lightweight glass all around and fiberglass panels for a good bit of the body. The exterior too has plenty of details and here looks pretty good. Generally, this R tribute looks the part.

The biggest question, and I’d think the biggest determining factor in value, will be the engine. Does it have the power and character of the original? Can that character be replicated? Honestly, I don’t know though I imagine some of the best shops could do a good job. Is that what we’re getting here? The details are sparse so it’s hard to say, but it doesn’t sound like the engine is much altered from standard. Certainly not enough to reach an R spec.

As I said above, I think this build falls into a middle ground. There are some nice details inside and out; it looks like a faithful attempt at replicating the look of the R. I don’t think they’ve gone all out, but that may be ok given that the cost for builder and buyer will remain much lower. With only 20 examples of the 911R in existence it certainly makes sense for builders to come up with a tribute. An original is cost prohibitive for just about everyone. Not so for a tribute. The question now is where this auction ends.

Thanks to our reader Jordan for the spot!

-Rob

Hammertime Updates

Interesting and diverse additions to our Hammertime value guide for this week include some head scratchers, some values and some breathtaking numbers. Leading the charge was the recent sale of the 2016 911R at RM Auctions at nearly $550,000. Yet there was value to be found in the Volkswagen world, as two VR6 modded VW hatches hit $5,200 (1977) and $10,600 (1991). The salvage title Corrado SLC VR6 was presumably cheap at only $3,601, making for a good driver candidate. Bidders failed to show up for the 2003 RS6, and the no reserve auction fell silent at only $8,000 – perhaps a great value, while the 300SEL 4.5 nearly tripped $5,000 despite major concerns. At the higher end of the collector market for each was the W126 560SEL at $21,000 and the B2 Audi 4000S quattro at nearly $8,000. Finally, a 912 tipped the scales at $28,100, leaving us wondering where the 912 market is heading.

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2016 Porsche 911R – E.515,200 ($547,521)
1977 Volkswagen Rabbit VR6 24V – $5,200
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL – $21,000
2003 Audi RS6 – $8,000
1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 4.5 – $4,950
1968 Porsche 912 Targa – $28,100
1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC – $3,601
1985 Audi 4000S quattro – $7,999
1991 Volkswagen GTi 3.2 VR6 – $10,600

Slate Grey 2016 Porsche 911R

The 911R has started popping up here and there for sale. All with very high prices as owners look to capitalize on a model that should have very good long term value potential. We featured one a few weeks ago, one of the more basic examples (meaning it was produced in one of the two standard colors), but still very high priced. This one is a bit more unique as it is one of the few (I’ve seen the number quoted as 50) paint-to-sample 911Rs that were made. The owner wanted something as a tribute to Steve McQueen who famously preferred Slate Grey as his exterior color of choice so that’s what we have: a Slate Grey 2016 Porsche 911R with light grey stripes and yellow lettering to be auctioned at the RM Sotheby’s Paris auctions on February 8.

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Year: 2016
Model: 911R
Engine: 4.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 600 km (~ 372 mi)
Price: Reserve Auction

To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sotheby’s Paris event, February 8, 2017. Estimate: €450,000 – €650,000 Type 991. 500 bhp, 3,996 cc DOHC horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with direct injection, six-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel carbon-ceramic brakes. Wheelbase: 2,457 mm

The only PTS 911 R delivered to France
PTS Slate Grey with numerous Exclusive options
A one-off ‘Tribute to Steve McQueen’
The 967th example of just 991 examples produced
The most anticipated 911 of the 21st century
Just 600 km from new

The introduction of the 991-generation of the 911 GT3 RS caused quite the fanfare amongst Porsche’s most faithful customers. Gone was the long-adored six-speed manual transmission, replaced with Porsche’s Doppelkupplungsgetriebe transmission in the relentless pursuit of performance. While some enthusiasts favoured the PDK transmission for its lightning-quick shift times and smooth gear changes, others saw the departure of the traditional six-speed manual as the departure of the true driver’s car. Porsche heard its customer’s calls and promised something that would be truly incredible: a limited edition 911 with the drivetrain of the GT3 RS but catering to the temperament of the enthusiast driver by fitting a manual transmission. While the car was just rumoured, customers began begging dealerships to take their deposits and give them an allocation in sheer anticipation for what would be an incredible car. The 911 R was finally introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Mechanically similar to the GT3 RS, the 911 R enjoys numerous changes to the suspension, steering, and most notably, the custom-built six-speed manual. However, unlike the GT3 RS, the 911 R is not about the fastest possible lap time, it is about involving the driver with the car and creating the most enjoyable driving experience possible.While only made available with two standard colours and stripe options, a handful of clients requested Paint to Sample (PTS) colours and were approved, instantly making those examples the most desirable and unique. This particular 911 R benefits from a host of Porsche Exclusive options and remains as one of the most unique examples seen to date. Delivered new to Paris, it is finished in Slate Grey with contrasting silver bonnet stripes and yellow Porsche lettering, and a Black leather interior and bucket seats with houndstooth inserts. Built as a tribute to Steve McQueen by its original owner, the car features personalized illuminated door sills inscribed with McQueen’s famous quote as Michael Delaney in the film Le Mans: ‘Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.’ Furthermore, it is outfitted with the single mass flywheel, Bi-Xenon headlights in black, Bose sound system, Sport Chrono pack, personalized interior with custom floor mats, and the front nose lift, amongst other options. At the time of purchase, the original owner was told that there would not be another 911 R with the same colours or options. The original owner also specified number 967 to celebrate the original 911 R built for racing in 1967. Finally, 25% of the car’s hammer price above its reserve (with a minimum of €25.000) will be given towards research for curing cancer in children, financed by the Gustave Roussy foundation. Located in Villejuif, just south of Paris, the Institut Gustave Roussy is one of the world’s leading cancer research institutes investing in cutting-edge technology and medicine, with the aim of making major advancements in the fight against cancer.Tastefully specified with many unique features, including PTS, perhaps Porsche’s own slogan sums up the 911 R best: there is no substitute.

I’ve always liked Slate Grey so it’s a pleasure to see it make an appearance on the 911R, though I this is Slate Grey Metallic rather than the original non-metallic Slate Grey of which I am a bigger fan. That said, I prefer that earlier version of Slate Grey when contrasted with a bright interior, e.g. Red, and I don’t think that was an option on the R no matter how much money you threw at Porsche. So the metallic may work better overall with the R’s sleeker lines and darker interior. It’s a pretty car regardless.

I’m mostly curious how this auction will play out more than anything else just because it’s a cool car with some interesting touches. I don’t know that the McQueen tribute will really have much meaning with regard to this car’s value since McQueen never owned it. People do like McQueen and some of his cars have sold for significant prices, I just don’t think it will matter much here. What should influence the auction price is that 25% of the sale price above the reserve will go toward charity. I hope that means they’ve set a reasonable reserve! Charity auctions, even when they are of a somewhat limited fashion like this one, always attract some extra value and I imagine once the reserve is met for this 911R then we may say bidding rise a bit. To give us some idea of what kind of price to expect, there currently is a Racing Yellow PTS 911R on eBay with an asking price of $799,980. Otherwise known as almost 3.5 times the sale price. Nice ROI. Frankly, that seems very unrealistic to me and I don’t expect the reserve here to be that high especially given the charity component, but we shall see. That’s the fun of an auction!

-Rob

2016 Porsche 911R

I’ve kind of been waiting for this. In fact, I’m surprised it’s taken this long. But one of the 991 2016 Porsche 911R has finally found its way to eBay. One look at the asking price and it’ll be clear why I’m surprised it took this long. No matter.

Here it is: the 500 hp, rear-drive, 6-speed manual equipped, extremely limited cousin to the GT3 RS. Gone are the many vents and the rear wing of the GT3 RS. Also gone is the requirement that it be equipped with PDK (it’s not even available), which was one of the criticisms leveled at Porsche upon the RS’s release. In fact, the R kind of looks like any other 991 Carrera Coupe – though it has stripes and is clearly more muscular – and I think that’s kind of the point. While I’m sure it will function quite well on a track (though most will never see even a moment of track time) the track version of the 911 already exists. The R is an alternative. Oh, and it’s lighter.

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Year: 2016
Model: 911R
Engine: 4.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 542 mi
Price: $659,991 Buy it Now

2016 Porsche 911R in White Green Stripes / Only 542 Miles / 991 911-R 911 R

The seller has gone the route of no description, a not uncommon practice with a car like this that pretty much speaks for itself. Though there were some options available on the R so prospective buyers will want to know at least that much. This one does appear to have A/C and a radio, two options that make the R more livable though may not be options that a prospective buyer is interested in having. Other than those items and that it’s White with Green stripes, we can’t tell much else. Of course, opportunities to own any 911R will be rare and fleeting so getting fussy about options may not be something anyone has a choice about. Though I have to wonder how fleeting if they are priced like this. Even with some options I’d imagine most builds would come in around $200K so asking $660K attaches quite the premium. The 911R is sure to have a place in a Porsche collection and will show good value down the road, but I’d think only the few PTS cars that were made can command such silly prices at this point.

-Rob

1968 Porsche 911 – Magnus Walker build

Back in October we featured one of Magnus Walker’s cars, a 1977 Turbo Carrera, that garnered quite a bit of appeal given the mileage and overall condition. That build mostly held true to the original build and character of the car, restoring it to driver-quality shape rather than turning it into something else entirely. On an early 930, that sort of build makes a lot of sense. Here we have another car built by the Urban Outlaw, though in this case it is being sold by the current owner rather than by Magnus himself. This is a 1968 Porsche 911 whose build in 2009 was inspired by the 911R, an ultra-light-weight high power 911 that was intended to help Porsche meet homologation requirements in 1967. With a 2.2 liter flat-six tuned to S specifications, which I assume means it is putting out around 180hp, and less than 2100 lbs to move around this ’68 911 should be a very capable performer and with the short wheel-base it likely will make for some very exciting driving. Oh, and it’s Tangerine so obviously I could not turn away.

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