Bonhams assigns important Porsches to Scottsdale sale
Ultra-low-mileage 911R and 918 Spyder are joined by possibly the most important 550A in existence for Arizona auction week
A pair of particularly special modern Porsches are to be auctioned by Bonhams during the annual Scottsdale auction week, held between 13-21 January 2018.
A low mileage 918 Spyder with less than 2000 miles is the primary star, fitted with optional Weissach alloy wheels. The car, chassis no 290, is one of just 294 US-spec 918 Spyders produced. Powered by a 4.6-litre V8 with an additional electric drivetrain, the 918 is one of few hybrid hypercars and with such an interesting specification and low mileage, this example is likely to sell for a particularly high price for a 918 at auction.
Even rarer is the Porsche 911R, which is to sell at the same auction. The 911R was an evolution of the GT3, with an RS engine and a manual gearbox – intended to be the purest iteration of the 911 for road use. Like the 918, this car also wears chassis no 290, perhaps making the pair irresistible for collectors of the marque as matching examples of two of the best-performing Porsches of all time.
The 911R car was purchased new by a customer who already owned a 918, and was specified in non-metallic Acid Green with an extensive list of further options. Having covered just 37 miles from new, the car would be a valuable addition to any classic Porsche collection.
The two cars will be joined by over two dozen more Porsches from Bonhams, including a 1958 550A Spyder, chassis number 0145. A former works team car, Porsche campaigned the car at Le Mans and at the Nürburgring with podium finishes at both, and it was a Class Winner at the Dutch Grand Prix – making it what is to believed to be the only 550A to compete in a Grand Prix. It is believed to be one of the most original 550s in existence.
The Bonhams sale takes place on 18 January 2018. A full list of available vehicles will be published on the Bonhams website. Vehicles are still being consigned.
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