Top 10 valuable cars at Porsche's 70th anniversary auction

RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th anniversary auction yielded some shock results, with new records being set. These 10 cars fetched the biggest bucks

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The most valuable cars at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th anniversary sale

RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th anniversary auction didn’t disappoint. As well as attracting some of the most iconic Porsche models in history, the sale also included Porsche’s very first in-house restomod, Project Gold. There were a few other surprises, with some astonishing machines such as the Porsche 956 failing to find a new home and the unrelenting values of 2.7 RS cars.

These are the top 10 most valuable Porsches from last weekend's auction.

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10. 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0: $566,000

The 997 generation of Porsche 977 is still said to be one of the greatest ever but its swan song turned out to be its crowning glory. The RS 4.0 used a larger capacity 500bhp flat-six and many motorsport-inspired parts to create the ultimate Porsche 911 of the modern-era.

Just 600 cars were built with this example being the 9th. This car was originally purchased by comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

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9. 1996 Porsche 911 GT2: $643,000

The Porsche 911 GT2’s reputation precedes it. This Hans Mezger-designed Porsche homologation special is a wild beast when unleashed thanks to its heavily turbocharged 475bhp engine lightweight and ethos.

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8. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring: $698,000

The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 needs no introduction, and as you’ll see by the number in this list, are very valuable. This example is a Touring model meaning it features a few more luxuries than its hardcore alternative.

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7. 1980 Porsche 935 K4: $850,000

This Group 5 racer was the dominant car out on track when introduced in 1976 and remained competitive until the early 1980s. The 935 was developed and eventually curned out in excess of 800bhp.

Porsche’s Kremer customer team created their own ‘Moby Dick’ bodywork for a 750bhp variant of the racing car. Kremer only built two examples, of which this is one.

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6. 1985 Porsche 959 Prototype: $1,000,000

Selling for a nice round $1 million, this is one of the very few Porsche 959 prototypes still in existence. It was originally used for weather testing but was later bought by dealer Vasek Polak, who demanded that the car should be left in prototype specification.

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5. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight: $1,022,500

Yet another 2.7 RS, but this time the Lightweight variant that came with a limited-slip differential and weight saving items. This example was bought by a dealer in Germany and then used as a Group 3 racer. It continued racing for most of its life before a recent restoration.

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4. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Prototype: $1,325,000

Is anyone else getting déjà vu? Although it's yet another RS, this one is extra special, being a prototype car. This early model is missing one of the 2.7’s most iconic features in its ‘ducktail’ spoiler, something that was added to the production car.

This prototype was one of the first tastes motoring journalists got of what was to come.

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3. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder: $1,407,500

While not the rarest of the holy hypercar trinity (McLaren P1, LaFerrari, Porsche 918), the Spyder is proving to be one of the most valuable. It’s certainly the most advanced in terms of hybrid drivetrain and rumoured to be the fastest of the bunch around the infamous Nurburgring.

With an extensive list of customisation options, this was the most expensive 918 when delivered to its first owner.

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2. 2018 993 Porsche 911 Turbo ‘Project Gold’: $3,415,000

Within just 10 minutes the ‘new’ 993 Porsche 911 Turbo had received 37 bids, with the hammer falling at over $3m. This car was built by Porsche from genuine parts and is actually registered as a brand-new car with a 993 series VIN. Finished in a unique shade, Porsche’s first restomod is a one-off with the money raised going to the Ferry Porsche Foundation.

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1. 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar: $5,945,000

Easily one of the coolest cars in automotive history, this Porsche rally car became one of the most expensive Porsches to ever sell at auction. It was the top lot in terms of value at the 70th anniversary auction and also the first example to be offered publicly — so maybe its final bid shouldn’t come as a surprise.

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