Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) recently announced that they will be hosting a unique auction for charity with a money-cant-buy package for the brand’s enthusiasts. More importantly though, all proceeds will be donated to United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.
“We are all profoundly affected by the current (COVID-19) situation and the immediate impact it’s having on those most at risk in our communities,” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of PCNA. “United Way continues to step up to the plate and their response to this crisis has been quite impressive. So, we are proud to do our part. I also appreciate the swift support of RM Sotheby’s to make this possible and I am hopeful that the sale of a very special Porsche will help in a small way.”
The auction will be held by via RM Sotheby’s Online Only auction platform. Appearing before the gavel, in the name of charity, was a Porsche 911. But if that iconic nameplate weren’t already enough, the 911 in question was the last ever 991-generation to leave the production line at Zuffenhausen. Even more special is the fact that it’s a 911 Speedster.
Furthermore, the 911 Speedster in question was the last one of 1,948 examples, created to mark the seven decades of Porsche sports cars, said the marque. Check out our report to that story here, and for more information on Porsche and for the best deal on your next brand-new car, please visit our Showroom today.
Along with the historically-significant 991 Speedster (which would not typically be auctioned off but rather sold to a special customer or placed in the Porsche Museum), Porsche Design is also pitching in to the worthy cause by including a 911 Speedster Heritage Design Chronograph.
The watch features the Speedster’s design, including a strap made from the exact cognac leather used to wrap the car’s upholstery. The Swiss-made timepiece will even feature the Speedster’s chassis number, thus cementing its rarity. “Porsche Design is honored to contribute to this charitable auction in light of COVID-19 by including a unique timepiece,” commented Dr. Jan Becker, CEO of the Porsche Design Group. “The engraved chassis number on the case back will make this flyback chronograph a true one-of-a-kind collector’s item.”
Additionally, the winning bid will also score a behind-the-scenes tour of Porsche AG’s Weissach headquarters including experiencing the test track, while a unique book illustrating the assembly and completion of the final vehicle will also be included. Lastly, the winner will also receive a letter of authenticity from Porsche which confirms the vehicle is indeed the last ever chassis number to roll off the production line.
The online only auction, which began on the 15th of April will conclude on the 22nd of April and we expect to see the GT Silver Metallic painted Speedster’s winning bid to well surpass its $604,800 local sticker price.
“We’re proud to be able to support Porsche with this initiative, recognizing the urgent need to raise as much money as possible for those most affected by COVID-19,” said Kenneth Ahn, President, RM Sotheby’s. “This is a truly unique and unheard of offering for extraordinary times – not just the car itself as the last ever seventh-generation 911 ever to roll down the line, but all auction items including the exclusive Porsche Design 911 Speedster Heritage Design Chronograph as well as the chance to experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the home of Porsche with the two engineers who lead the creation of modern era 911s. RM Sotheby’s Online Only platform will allow Porsche enthusiasts and collectors to easily bid for a worthy cause from the comfort of their homes.”
Watch this space for the conclusion of this story.