FLATSIXES.com http://staging.flatsixes.com The blog about Porsche Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:46:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.11 http://users.feedblitz.com/0afb3761d26dbe53161b70d6a36660a5/Porsche_Logov2.png FLATSIXES.com http://staging.flatsixes.com http://staging.flatsixes.com/porsche-products/tires-and-wheels/michelin-pilot-sport-4s-launch/ An Inside Look at the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Launch! https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/585193336/0/flatsixes~An-Inside-Look-at-the-Michelin-Pilot-Sport-S-Launch/ https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/585193336/0/flatsixes~An-Inside-Look-at-the-Michelin-Pilot-Sport-S-Launch/#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:15:58 +0000 http://staging.flatsixes.com/?p=47037 ]]>As a New Yorker I will take any opportunity to head South or West in the middle of winter. When Michelin offered to send me/FLATSIXES.com both South AND West, in the middle of January, my bag was packed before I finished reserving flights. The first session of the PS4S launch had near-perfect weather, which served…

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]]>As a New Yorker I will take any opportunity to head South or West in the middle of winter. When Michelin offered to send me/FLATSIXES.com both South AND West, in the middle of January, my bag was packed before I finished reserving flights. The first session of the PS4S launch had near-perfect weather, which served as an ideal background for the wide array of cars and venues served up by Michelin for the event. Here is an inside look at the festivities at the Thermal Club and Joshua Tree.

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We posted this 991 GT3 on Instagram not long after I finished my ride along with Mike Miller. What wasn't apparent from our photo was the astonishing amount of media coverage provided by Vice for the event. Vice Media arrived with numerous media teams photographing and filming everything from candids to videos. Unless otherwise noted all of the photos in this article come from Vice, who were nice enough to provide us with a personalized media package.

340i Autocross

Though some Porsches were present, the event was not defined by them. The Autocross and Track Driving segments at the Thermal Club both featured BMWs. The autocross, which featured a wet ~210 degree first turn, utilized the BMW 340i...

Off the track at North Palm Circuit

... While the roadcourse segment used BMW M4s.

New on Camera

I admit, it is very unusual for me to have a microphone in front of me. For some of the guests at the Michelin Pilot Experience this was probably much more like a day at the office.

Definitely Rod Emory

After a few moments it was sorted out that this person was actually Porsche-builder-extraordinaire Rod Emory, and not photographer Mo Satarzadeh.

Keanu Reeves at Joshua Tree

We had good company on the street tour segment, including Keanu Reeves and Arch Motorcycles co-founder Gard Hollinger.

Patrick Moran and classic Michelin

Each evening began with a large reception, which was staged around a selection of cars and artifacts from Michelin's past. Where, but a Michelin event, are attendees going to geek out over long obsolete tires?

Singer Malibu

The receptions were littered with cool cars, including the "Malibu" Singer 911 and a Koenigsegg. A few of my photos of the Singer are attached in the clickable gallery.

Panel Discussion

Racing legend Justin Bell acted as MC for each evening's festivities. The first night included a panel discussion with Tommy Milner, Kuno Wittmer, Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger.

Justin was nice enough to step aside an speak to me about his first experience at Le Mans with me. 1992 was Justin's only appearance at the event in a Porsche.

Meta Michelin Meal

Michelin being Michelin, this event was not just about the cars. Food was provided by newly Michelin-Starred Chef Michael Tusk.

Michael Tusk and the Michelin Man

While getting face-time with the Michelin Man is not required for a Michelin Star, it is recommended.

C63 Sunrise

Michelin could not have asked for better weather or a better venue to launch the new Pilot Sport 4S. This whole experience was a wonderful way to show that the best UHP tire on the market can just keep getting better.

[Photos courtesy of Vice Media except where noted]

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http://staging.flatsixes.com/porsche-news/recall-911-718-boxsters-718-caymans-screw-fuel-collection-pipe/ Porsche Recalling Over 16k 911s, 718 Boxsters and 718 Caymans. https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/585193338/0/flatsixes~Porsche-Recalling-Over-k-s-Boxsters-and-Caymans/ https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/585193338/0/flatsixes~Porsche-Recalling-Over-k-s-Boxsters-and-Caymans/#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:04:15 +0000 http://staging.flatsixes.com/?p=47072 ]]>Porsche's record for quality is well documented. Over the last several months several recalls have cropped up, generally affecting a very small number of vehicles each time. A recent recall affected just 85 cars across numerous model lines. A new voluntary safety recall was just announced, this time affecting 16,429 vehicles globally. This latest recall from…

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]]>Porsche's record for quality is well documented. Over the last several months several recalls have cropped up, generally affecting a very small number of vehicles each time. A recent recall affected just 85 cars across numerous model lines. A new voluntary safety recall was just announced, this time affecting 16,429 vehicles globally.

This latest recall from Porsche concerns the screws which affix the fuel collection pipes. The screws used on the affected cars may come loose. Porsche is providing newly designed screws to alleviate the issue as a precaution. Affected vehicles include the 911 Carrera, along with the 718 Boxster and Cayman.

Porsche Describes the Defect as Follows:

Porsche is inspecting 16,429 vehicles around world in the 911 Carrera, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman model lines, of which 2,576 are in Germany. On the affected vehicles, it is possible that the screw connection on the fuel collection pipes may come loose. In the workshop, the fastening screws will be replaced with newly designed screws. This is purely a precautionary measure.

How Porsche Will Remedy the Issue:

At press time this recall does not appear on the NHTSA website. According to Porsche's press release from this morning the owners of affected vehicles will be contacted directly by their responsible Porsche importer or distributor. The service will be handled, free of charge, by an authorized Porsche dealer as soon as possible

We'll update this post with new information as it becomes available from Porsche and/or the NHTSA website.

Update: Porsche Canada just announced there are 427 cars they'll be looking at in country. Vehicle owners will be contacted directly by their responsible Porsche partner.

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]]>Remember the kid in Canada that "borrowed" his mom's Porsche without permission? In that story, the unlicensed teen supposedly hit a parked car, then fled the scene and in a panic destroyed his mom's Cayenne as he tried to park it back in its own garage. A neighbor, so astounded by the bad parking job, posted video of the teen's driving to YouTube. Police eventually saw the video, connected the dots between the hit and run and his bad parking and caught up with him. As stupid as that sounds, at least the kid didn't post the incriminating video himself. The exact opposite is true with this story.

According to the story we read from WSB-TV in Atlanta, a teen stole two Porsche SUVs (a Cayenne and a Macan) as they were being delivered to to PCNA's headquarters on January 16th. Apparently, the kid waited until the delivery driver had the Porsche's unloaded from the truck. Then, while the delivery driver's attention was elsewhere, the teen simply climbed into the delivery truck's cab and helped himself to the keys. He then took off with his accomplice in tow. Not satisfied with just the Cayenne, the kid apparently came back for a second helping. This time he took off with a Macan.

Where it gets really strange is that the kid then decided to boast about his exploits on Instagram. We haven't been able to find that video, but police apparently used his own video to identify him and they've now issued issued arrest warrants.

I don't know what's worse, this kid being so stupid, or the local Atlanta reporters and police not being able to pronounce Porsche correctly.

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http://staging.flatsixes.com/porsche-news/2017-recall-cayman-boxster-911-airbag/ Porsche Recalling Small Number of 2017 Caymans, Boxsters and 911s https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/585193342/0/flatsixes~Porsche-Recalling-Small-Number-of-Caymans-Boxsters-and-s/ https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/585193342/0/flatsixes~Porsche-Recalling-Small-Number-of-Caymans-Boxsters-and-s/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2017 03:50:37 +0000 http://staging.flatsixes.com/?p=47023 ]]>Despite Porsche's growing production numbers, their quality remains strong. In fact 5 Porsche models were honored in the 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study and the marque itself ranked 2nd overall in 2016. That's why, whenever we hear of a recall, no matter how small, we take note. In this instance, the seat mounted side…

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In this instance, the seat mounted side air bag inflator of certain 2017 sports cars may fail to ignite during a crash. In paperwork filed with the NHTSA, Porsche identifies 85 vehicles that may be affected across the following model lines:

  • 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster and Boxster S
  • 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman and Cayman S
  • 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera, Carrera S Coupe/Cabriolet and Carrera 4S Coupe/Cabriolet
  • 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe and Cabriolet and Turbo S

Porsche Describes the Defect as Follows

It has been reported to Porsche that there may be a defect in certain vendor supplied airbag products. Porsche understand that under certain manufacturing conditions, on two separate production lines operated by an Autoliv Group company, there were deviations in the generant mix ratio of some initiators. Some of these products were supplied to Porsche. If the generant mix ratio does not meet specification, the initiators may not function properly, possibly leading to a “non-deployment” condition in the event if a vehicle crash.

In other words, the air bag located in the front seat backrests may not deploy in the event of a lateral crash.

How Porsche Will Make Things Right

Porsche's supplier, Autolive, will provide replacement components to Porsche. Once that happens, the small number of cars affected will be recalled to the dealer to have replacement components installed.

The recall notice itself was issued on December 22, 2016. At the time, Porsche said it would notify affected customers within 10 days. So, by now if you were one of the small number to have had this issue you should have heard from your dealer/Porsche by now.

If you want to check the affected VIN numbers for yourself, to ensure you don't have one of the affected models, you can see the full listing of VINs in this report. Alternatively, you can contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is AG10.

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I first came into contact with this 924 at NorCal Treffen, a nifty little event in an out-of-the-way park. I was drawn to the car's nearly perfect appearance. It had a few rock chips here and there, and a repaint intended to hide some prior deer-induced damage had faded beyond acceptable, but the amazingly period-correct Gotti wheels and a gorgeous full brown interior set this Guards Red wonder apart from any other 924 I'd ever seen. It had a For Sale sign on the windshield and I'd almost pulled the trigger right then and there to buy it.

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Only a few weeks later I saw the very same car at the Werks Reunion during Monterey Car Week. This time I was walking around the show with a newfound friend that was happenstance looking for a vintage German car. His sights were set on a BMW E30-chassis 3-series, but I managed to convince him to buy this wonderful thing. After just a few thousand dollars exchanged hands, it was his, and he loved it nearly as much as I would have.

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I've had a transaxle Porsche in the past, mine an early production 944 with manual steering. That is but the one car I regret having sold in my life, as it was equal parts pretty, fun, and cheap to run. I've always had a soft spot for narrow-body 924s with their non-interference cylinder heads. Sure they're a bit down on power to my 944, but they drive quite similarly, and certainly the interior is familiar. I found myself in his neck of the woods, as it would happen San Francisco, California, one weekend, and asked if I might reacquaint myself with this lovely car once again. He, of course, said yes, and I was ecstatic to get behind the wheel.

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To most Porsche owners, this car would be under-powered. Being a 1980 model, this car features the 2-liter Audi-sourced engine with just 110 horespower, and 4-lug wheels with drum brakes in the back to save a few dollars. Harm Lagaay's design is as resilient today as it was in the mid-1970s, featuring a sloping hood and a gorgeous glass fastback. The 924 looks a bit better than the later 944 in my opinion, simply for the fact that it does not have the rubber rear spoiler of the later model. It's a very pure and very simple design that holds up well. It is quite obviously not a new car, but among its contemporaries, it has aged quite well.

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The 924 is a true compact car, as it takes up far less room than many modern sports cars, and even today's compact cars. It is also significantly lighter and balances that weight quite well with the engine up front and the transaxle at the rear. This car sold new for just over $10,000, which was quite a lot of money in 1980, but still at entry level for a Porsche priced well below its 911 and 928 brethren. Holding on from 1976 through 1988, the 924 served Porsche well, and they sold a lot of units. As an entry level car, it worked wonders for Porsche's bottom line.

Getting in the 924, I was struck by the beautiful simplicity of the brown tinted 3-gauge dashboard, and the large steering wheel made easy work of the non-assisted steering. Clutch action was good, power was acceptable considering the weight it had to move. Cornering was adequate, but with narrow wheels and less-than-optimal tires there is little you can do to change that. It did well with what it had, cornering neutrally, and squealing all four tires at once when pushed through tight bends. The particular road we chose to really push the car's limits was an excellent one in the southern Bay Area, featuring some long sweepers and some tight hairpins. At about half-way the brakes started to cook a little bit beyond their normal temperature range and lost a bit of bite, but it was easy to tell that with some proper tires and proper brake pads, this car would be a corner carving dream.

I have fallen back in love with Porsche's entry level offerings. They've always been dreams to drive, and in my eyes even outperformed their more expensive brothers. The engine isn't exactly sonorous, but it's certainly inoffensive. The chassis, however, more than makes up for its misgivings. For those who have not, perhaps now is the time to give the 924 a second glance, you just might like what you see.

If you'd like to ride along with me as I drive the car, here is some Point-of-View video that I made while driving the car. Hopefully it will give you some semblance of an idea of what it is like to drive a nearly-perfect 924. I suggest you wear headphones, as the audio recording is binaural, and you'll get to hear exactly what I heard while driving this car.

[Some Photos  ©2016 FLATSIXES/Bradley C. Brownell, All Rights Reserved, Engine and Bumper Detail Photos Courtesy Rick Deacon, Video courtesy Winding Road TV on YouTube]

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]]>It's odd to think of a Magnus Walker car as owing anything to a modern, watercooled Porsche. Placed side by side, Magnus' latest 964 owes a lot to the 991 GT3 RS. The two cars share their double-bubble roof and radiused fender louvers, along with unique RS-specification powerplants. Magnus' 964 may owe even more to the 991 in this video, as this particular 991 belongs to renowned Porsche outlaw builder Rod Emory. Many of the GT3 RS-mimicking touches on Magnus's car were brought to life by Emory himself.

Oddly, both the host and the professional racing driver featured in the video found fault with the GT3 RS. Both complained that the 991 GT3 RS didn't feel special enough compared to the standard GT3. Both felt that on its own the RS was outstanding, but its margin of superiority wasn't enough to justify the cost. For those of us looking at new Porsches, this is a moot point. The non-RS GT3 left the Porsche lineup last year, leaving the RS as the only GT3 in Porsche's lineup.

356 and 991 GT3 RS

These quibbles aside, the video is beautifully shot, and features some great footage of Rod Emory's shop in action. For those of us with our hearts firmly in the past, simply seeing a GT3 RS on the road alongside a split window 356 makes this video well worth the watch.

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]]>Romain Dumas is in his element on both the tarmac and snow and ice. After winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Porsche 919 Hybrid, the Porsche factory driver is celebrating yet another success at the Monte Carlo Rally: At the wheel of his own Porsche 911 GT3 RS, he and co-driver Gilles de Turckheim won the RGT class against strong opposition from factory teams at the season-opening round of the World Rally Championship.

“That was a drive on the razor’s edge. Thirteen of the 14 special stages were driven on snow and ice. You had to be incredibly careful not to end up off the road,” said the 39-year-old Frenchman after his second attempt at the “Queen of Rallies”. “But we made it to the finish and our 911 GT3 RS ran without a single problem. Despite all the difficulties it was great fun and it was definitely not my last Monte.”

As a Porsche factory driver, Dumas has notched up many victories and titles since 2004 and is one of the best all-rounders in international motor racing. In 2015 and 2016 he clinched overall victory at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. At his debut in 2013 he won his class and was named Rookie of the Year in his Porsche 911 GT3 R. Shortly before this year's Monte Carlo Rally he tackled the world famous Dakar Rally for the third time and clinched his best result so far with an impressive eighth overall.

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]]>The cold hard truth is that unless you belong to a group of friends with a hugely diverse number of cars, it's unlikely you'll ever get to drive as many different Porsches as Matt Farah. That's what I like so much about his "One Take" series. It's a chance for the rest of us to get some virtual seat time in almost every Porsche ever built, stock/production or modified. This week's "One Take" has Matt piloting a 997.1 GT3 with some minor modifications (SharkWerks Bypass, Endless Brakepads and Fluid, Cup Car Tow Links). The GT3 itself is well spec'd and the current owner used to drive a 997 Turbo prior to his GT3 purchase. Watch as Matt puts the GT3 through its paces and get a better idea if a 997.1 GT3 is right for you.

*Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do about the advertisement embedded in the video. It's good to see that Matt approaches his new sponsor with a sense of humor...

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]]>We have a close relationship with Michelin. Project Boxster uses a Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, Michelin has brought us to launches in the past, and we are working with Michelin on additional projects for the future. To launch the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S, the replacement for the vaunted Pilot Super Sport, Michelin brought us to Palm Springs, California. The launch centered around The Thermal club; a private race course which is among the longest in the United States. Our introduction to the new tire included a three hour street drive through Joshua Tree, an autocross session, and some track time at the Thermal Club's North Palm Circuit.

The new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Why Replace the Pilot Super Sport?

The rest of the industry is still playing catch-up to the Pilot Super Sport. Despite the fact that the PSS has been on the market since 2010, it remains the industry standard for Ultra-High Performance tires. Until the PS4S launches in March the PSS will remain at the top of the Ultra-High Performance category in dry braking, wet braking, and dry lap times. The PS4S is designed to pull this lead out even further. Improvements in compound, loading and tread design give the PS4S a marked advantage over its predecessor in every category. Though initially coming to the States only in 19" and 20" sizes, the Pilot Sport 4 S will eventually replace the Pilot Super Sport entirely.

The Pilot Sport 4 S and the Formula E tire are very similar. Without the two red lines, the two would be hard to tell apart at a glance.

Michelin's motorsport partnerships are important to the development of their Ultra-High Performance tires. In most applications however, series rules permit a particular type of tire for a particular condition. For example, in endurance racing, if it starts to rain the car will come off slicks and move to rain tires. Michelin's partnership with Formula E offers a different set of challenges which are much more akin to street tires. Formula E is a single-tire series, and all cars use the same tire regardless of conditions. The tire sizes used in Formula E(where an 18" wheel is used, rather than a 13" wheel as in Formula 1), are also much more akin to those used on road cars. The two tire samples above represent the PS4S and the Formula E spec tire. Can you tell the two apart easily?

Defined By Motorsports

The tire sample at the right in the previous picture came from Formula E. Like the Pilot Super Sport and the PS4S, the Formula E tire uses a wet compound across the inner 80% of its section width, and a dry compound in the outer 20%. In the words of Michelin compound designer Laurent Huc; "compound differences matter more in the wet, wet conditions are the real equalizer." Michelin has found that devoting a greater percentage of the tire to wet performance than dry improves safety and performance without sacrificing ultimate grip in a street tire. Compared to the PSS, the new tire is designed to distribute loads more evenly under all conditions using Variable Contact Patch technology. This improvement is a large part of the tire's improvements in cornering, braking and stability.

Ultra-High Performance tires don't only supply ultimate grip, they also need to work at very high speeds. As speeds increase the tire wants to centrifugate, or expand radially from the axis of rotation. Product engineer Carl Driver(who has the best possible name for someone in his position), introduced us to Michelin's new nylon textile belt material, which gives the tire its strength. Unlike many other tire manufacturers, Michelin makes its tire-building equipment in-house, and develops its own proprietary belt materials, elastomers and other tire components.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Unfortunately for us here at Flatsixes, Porsche demo cars were not used at this launch. To test the new tire, Michelin gave each of us seat time in a variety of other high performance cars, including the new Audi R8, Ferrari California T, Mercedes C63 AMG, BMW M4 and BMW 340i. The day was broken into several parts, including a police-escorted tour through Joshua Tree, a track session at The Thermal Club's North Palm course, and an autocross.

First ride of the day. #audir8 #joshuatree #michelinpilotexperience #ps4s

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The journalists, Youtubers and other media split into two groups. My group was taken on a high speed tour of Joshua Tree first thing in the morning, rotating from car to car about every hour. The tour allowed us to see how the PS4S performed on the road. We found that the new tire offered exceptional grip and stability at all speeds, from the parking lot through triple digits. Though we were on public roads, our police escort allowed us to see some frankly astounding speeds through the beautiful Joshua Tree scenery.

7th fastest of about 45 people at the #michelinpilotexperience #ps4s #autocross

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Torture Testing the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

The second half of the day included a track session at the North Palm course, along with an autocross. The track session was a lead-follow in BMW M3s, led by a pro driver in an M2. The North Palm Circuit offered a wide variety of conditions for a short course, including a 250 degree banked corner, fast esses, and a tight 180 degree corner with very late apex. An autocross session using BMW 340i's followed the track driving. Despite my relative inexperience(my only autocross ever was done in my 1998 VW Golf), I acquitted myself fairly well, with a time comfortably in the top 10.

For a tire, the autocross was truly torture testing. 48 of us ultimately split our sessions between just two cars. Braking distances stayed consistent all day, and none of the competitor's tires best stops equaled the Michelin's average stopping distance from 60 miles per hour.

Unlike the other stages of testing, the autocross included the Michelin tire along with its competitors. Driven back to back with other tires in the category, the Michelin truly showed its mettle. The Michelin offered much more direct steering feel, better transitional behavior and better braking than each of its two competitors I was able to sample. My current Porsche 944 runs a Bridgestone UHP tire, mostly because tire choices in 16" are limited. This experience will see me switching to both a larger wheel and a Michelin tire as soon as possible.

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S will be joining the Michelin US lineup in March of this year, including two sizes (265/35ZR20/XL (99Y) N0 and 235/35ZR20/XL (92Y) N0) with Porsche's N-Specification. Details are available via Michelin, with prices starting at $233 per tire.

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]]>The 2017 Porsche auction season kicked off this year in Scottsdale with mixed results. At the end of 2016 it seemed like the market for everything air-cooled was, at best, stalling. Then, everything changed with RM Sotheby's Duemila Ruote auction results. Unfortunately, that momentum didn't continue into 2017. While quite a few Porsches were sold, pricing didn't continue in the same direction that the Duemila Ruote auction seemed to indicate. Don't get me wrong, there were quite a few nice sales, but nothing (at least of what's been published so far) that was unexpected. In fact, the only unexpected results were the 2 993 GT2s that failed to sell. We're still waiting on results from a few of the auction houses and will update our post as they come in.

Bonhams

Of the 11 Porsches on offer at Bonhams in Scottsdale this year, 5 of them were offered without reserve. The other five of the other six had reasonable reserves and all sold well as a result. The only Porsche left unsold was the 918 spyder with a pre auction estimate of $1,300,000 to $1,500,000. While all 918 Spyders are spoken for and many have already resold, it's possible that the market for flipping these cars is cooling. All you have to do is take a look at the number of them listed on eBay to get an idea that if one really wants one, you'll probably find one. Pricing still remains to be seen.

  • 10 of the 11 Porsches offered for sale were sold
  • Largest Sale went to Lot 88 a 1964 Porsche 904 GTS for $2,310,00

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The biggest Porsche sale of the weekend took place at Bonhams with Lot 88 a 1964 Porsche 904 GTS. Even painted in an unoriginal color the 904 still realized a high bid of $2,310,000 (including buyer's premium). On the other end of the spectrum was the 1987 944S. Sold without reserve and a pre-auction estimate of $30,000 to $40,000, this well presented transaxle Porsche sold $26,400. Well below pre-auction estimates, but still very respectable given the number of these Porsches produced.

Total Porsches Sold: 10. Total Value Realized: $3,708,100

Lot 4 - 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Coupe (Est. US$ 100,000 - 150,000 no reserve) Realized $60,500

Lot 23 - 1966 Porsche 911 2.0 Coupe (Est. US$ 170,000 210,000 no reserve) Realized $145,700

Lot 27 - 1956 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster (Est. US$ 425,000 - 525,000) Realized $528,000

Lot 35 - 1970 Porsche 914-6 (Est. US$ 65,000 - 85,000 no reserve) Realized $60,500

Lot 36- 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder (Est. US$ 1,300,000 - 1,500,000) No Sale

Lot 47 - 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet (Est. US$ 225,000 - 300,000) Realized $225,000

Lot 61 - 1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Cariolet (Est. US$ 150,000 - 175,000) Realized $154,000

Lot 73 - 1979 Porsche 930 3.3 Turbo Coupe (Est. US$ 130,000 - 160,000 no reserve) Realized $93,500

Lot 88 - 1964 Porsche 904 GTS (Est. US$ 2,000,000 - 2,500,000) Realized $2,310,000

Lot 94 - 1987 Porsche 944 S Coupe (Est. US$ 30,000 - 40,000 no reserve) Realized $26,400

Lot 98 - 1961 Porsche 356 Outlaw Coupe with Coachwork by Reutter (Est. US$ 90,000 - 120,000) Realized $104,500

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Gooding & Company

Gooding had on offer 23 Porsches this year including a 993 GT2, a 959 Komfort, a 993 Turbo S, a Carrera GT and a very interesting garage/barn find 356 Speedster. Of particular interest is the fact that 17 of the 23 Porsches offered for sale by Gooding were sold without reserve.

  • 21 of the 23 Porsches offered for sale were sold
  • Largest Sale went to Lot 140 a 1996 Porsche 959 Komfort for $1,089,000
  • Most surprising was the non sale of the 993 GT2 and the price realized for lot 107 (1967 Porsche 912) which brought $114,400.

Lot 62 - 1958 Porsche 356 A Super Speedster (Est. US$ 200,000 - 275,000 no reserve)

This image copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Jensen Sutta.

We wrote about this "barn find" just before the auction explaining that it was truly more a "garage find" than a barn find. However, that didn't stop those interested from bidding up the price will beyond the estimates. I guess you can't put a price on originality. Or, maybe you can. In this instance that price was $341,000.

Total Porsches Sold: 21. Total Value Realized: $5,091,900

Lot 007 - 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet (Est. US$ 60,000 - 80,000 no reserve) Realized $81,400

Lot 011 - 1979 Porsche 930 (Est. US$ 180,000 - 220,000 no reserve) Realized $145,700

Lot 017 - 1961 Porsche 356 B Coupe (Est. US$ 90,000 - 110,000 no reserve) Realized $90,750

Lot 025 - 1973 Porsche 911 2.4 S (Est. US$ 200,000 - 250,000 no reserve) Realized $187,700

Lot 035 - 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 (Est. US$ 120,000 - 150,000 no reserve) Realized $110,000

Lot 042 - 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort (Est. US$ 1,100,000 - 1,300,000) Realized $1,089,000

Lot 043 - 1965 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet (Est. US$ 225,000 - 275,000 no reserve) Realized $192,500

Lot 054 - 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS 3.8 (Est. US$ 225,000 - 275,000 no reserve) Realized $214,500

Lot 057 - 1973 Porsche 911 2.4 S Targa (Est. US$ 250,000 - 325,000) UNSOLD

Lot 060 - 1989 Porsche 930 Cariolet (Est. US$ 125,000 - 150,000 no reserve) Realized $143,000

Lot 062 - 1958 Porsche 356 A Super Speedster (Est. US$ 200,000 - 275,000 no reserve) Realized $341,000

Lot 107 - 1967 Porsche 912 (Est. US$ 60,000 - 80,000 no reserve) Realized $114,400

Lot 109 - 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera (Est. US$ 90,000 - 120,000 no reserve) Realized $105,600

Lot 113 - 1979 Porsche 930 (Est. US$ 140,000 - 180,000 no reserve) Realized $115,000

Lot 116 - 1973 Porsche 911 2.4 T (Est. US$ 150,000 - 180,000 no reserve) Realized $165,000

Lot 122 - 1976 Porsche 911 2.7 S Signature Edition (Est. US$ 120,000 - 140,000 no reserve) Realized $93,500

Lot 135 - 1971 Porsche 911 2.2 E Targa (Est. US$ 175,000 - 225,000 no reserve) Realized $170,500

Lot 140 - 1996 Porsche 993 GT2 (Est. US$ 1,300,000 - 1,600,000) UNSOLD

Lot 145 - 2011 Porsche 997 Speedster (Est. US$ 275,000 - 325,000 no reserve) Realized $275,000

Lot 149 - 1970 Porsche 914-6 (Est. US$ 80,000 - 100,00 no reserve) Realized $99,000

Lot 150 - 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S (Est. US$ 400,000 - 500,000) Realized $396,000

Lot 156 - 2005 Porsche Carrera GT (Est. US$ 650,000 - 750,000) Realized $621,500

Lot 158 - 1958 Porsche 356 A Speedster (Est. US$ 400,000 - $500,000) Realized $341,000

RM Sotheby's

RM Sotheby's may only have had 13 Porsches for sale as compared to Gooding's 23. However, what they lacked in quantity they more than made up for in quality. As if a mirror image to Gooding, RM Sotheby's also had on offer a Carrera GT, a 959 Komfort, a 993 Turbo S and 993 GT2.

  • 11 of the 13 Porsches offered for sale were sold
  • Largest Sale went to Lot 226 a 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort for $935,000
  • Most surprising was the non sale of the 993 GT2

Total Porsches Sold: 11. Total Value Realized: $3,894,000

Lot 145 - 1958 Porsche 356 A 1600 S Cabriolet by Reutter (Est. US$ 180,000 - 240,000 no reserve) Realized $198,000

Lot 124 - 1955 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster by Reutter (Est. US$ 275,000 - 325,000 no reserve) Realized $280,500

Lot 229 - 1957 1957 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster by Reutter (Est. US$ 340,000 - 380,000) Realized $330,000

Lot 111 - 1965 Porsche 356 C 1600 C Cabriolet by Reutter (Est. US$ 125,000 - 150,000 no reserve) Realized $145,750

Lot 119 - 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition (Est. US$ 250,000 - 300,000) Realized $225,500

Lot 136 - 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS America (Est. US$ 150,000 - 200,000 no reserve) Realized $154,000

Lot 218 - 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 (Est. US$ 1,100,000 - 1,500,000) No Sale

Lot 144 - 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (Est. US$ 450,000 - 500,000) No Sale

Lot 125 - 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (Est. US$ 225,000 - 275,000) Realized $225,500

Lot 212 - 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo 'Flat Nose' Cabriolet (Est. US$ 225,000 - 275,000) Realized $239,250

Lot 215 - 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S (Est. US$ 425,000 - 500,000) Realized $418,000

Lot 226 - 1987 Porsche 959 'Komfort' (Est. US$ 900,000 - 1,200,000) Realized $935,000

Lot 133 - 2005 Porsche Carrera GT (Est. US$ 650,000 - 750,000) Realized $742,500

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Russo & Steele

Awaiting results

Other Russo & Steele Porsche Lots For Sale

Lot 8614 - 1994 Porsche 3.6 Turbo Coupe (no reserve)

Lot 8483 - 2007 Porsche GT3 RS

Lot 8482 - 1997 Porsche ANdial Turbo Coupe

Lot 8090 - 1969 Porsche 911 E Targa

Lot 8121 - 1986 Porsche 911 930 Turbo Coupe

Lot 8132 - 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

Lot 8479 - 1971 Porsche 911 T "Survivor" Coupe

Lot 8566 - 1995 Porsche 911 Coupe (no reserve)

Lot 8342 - 1976 Porsche 911 S Strosek Edition Cabriolet

Lot 8564 - 1986 Porsche 944 Coupe (no reserve)

Lot 8565 - 1993 Porche 968 Coupe (no reserve)

Lot 8325 - 1987 Porsche Carrera Targa

Lot 8087 - 1976 Porche 912 E Coupe

Lot 8586 - 1959 Porsche 356 A T2 Sunroof Coupe

Lot 8408 - 1982 Porsche 911 Targa (no reserve)

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Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson is quickly making a name for themselves within the world of Porsche auctions. While they still don't have the consistency and quality we see at Gooding and RM Sotheby's, they definitely have the quantity. Combine that with reasonably strong realized prices and a few very nice examples and I wouldn't be surprised to see them continue to grow in this area.

  • Most Porsches sold at 30
  • Largest sale was Lot 1396 - a 2005 PORSCHE CARRERA GT at $616,000
  • Most surprising sales, for me, were the two early Boxster that sold in the low teens, Lot 82 and Lot 149

Total Porsches Sold: 30. Total Value Realized: $2,451,350

Lot 40 - 2007 PORSCHE BOXSTER CONVERTIBLE (no reserve) Realized $12,650

Lot 82 - 2000 PORSCHE BOXSTER (no reserve) Realized $13,200

Lot 149 - 1997 PORSCHE BOXSTER (no reserve) Realized $15,400

Lot 161 - 2001 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 4 CONVERTIBLE (no reserve) Realized $20,900

Lot 321 - 2002 PORSCHE BOXSTER (no reserve) $14,300

Lot 361 - 1983 PORSCHE 928S (no reserve) Realized $18,150

Lot 363 - 1999 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA (no reserve) Realized $18,700

Lot 562 - 1974 PORSCHE 911 (no reserve) Realized $31,900

Lot 617 - 1987 Porsche 924 (no reserve) Realized $8,250

Lot 638 - 1988 PORSCHE 959 ROADSTER RE-CREATION (no reserve) Realized $21,450

Lot 699 - 1988 PORSCHE 911 CABRIOLET (no reserve) Realized $34,100

Lot 700.2 - 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Realized (no reserve) $29,700

Lot 727 - 1970 PORSCHE 911 TARGA (no reserve) Realized $52,800

Lot 728 - 1978 Porsche 911 Custom Coupe (no reserve) Realized $44,000

Lot 823 - 1977 PORSCHE 911S (no reserve) Realized $132,000

Lot 823.1 - 1971 PORSCHE 911T (no reserve) Realized $63,800

Lot 830 - 1973 PORSCHE 911T CUSTOM COUPE (no reserve) Realized $39,600

Lot 831 - 1978 PORSCHE 911 RS RE-CREATION (no reserve) Realized $66,000

Lot 992.1 - 1995 PORSCHE CARRERA CABRIOLET (no reserve) realized $33,000

Lot 1034.1 - 1964 PORSCHE 356C (no reserve) Realized $64,900

Lot 1155 - 1962 PORSCHE 356B (no reserve) Realized $71,500

Lot 1323 - 1997 PORSCHE 911 993 TURBO (no reserve) Realized $220,000

Lot 1333 - 1991 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 2 TARGA RWB (no reserve) Realized $82,500

Lot 1367 - 1967 PORSCHE 911S (no reserve) Realized $170,500

Lot 1396 - 2005 PORSCHE CARRERA GT (no reserve) Realized $616,000

Lot 1424 - 1973 PORSCHE 911S (no reserve) Realized $203,500

Lot 1427 - 1977 PORSCHE 930 TURBO (no reserve) Realized $181,500

Lot 1449 - 1979 PORSCHE 930 TURBO (no reserve) Realized $125,400

Lot 1522 - 2000 Porsche Boxster S Convertible (no reserve) Realized $15,950

Lot 1637 - 2007 Porsche 911 (no reserve) Realized $29,700

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WorldWide Auctioneers

According to Worlwide Auctioneer's web-site, only 3 of the 5 Porsches they had available sold. All three sales hammered in well below even the low estimates. I'm not sure if this is a case of having the wrong crowd, if the estimates were a bit too generous to begin with or, more likely, indicative of the state of the overall market.

Total Porsches Sold: 3. Total Value Realized: $726,000

Lot 57 - 1953 Porsche 356/1500 'Bent Window' Cabriolet (Est. US$ 300,000 - 400,000 no reserve) Realized $275,000

Lot 37 - 1955 Porsche 356A/1600 Speedster (Est. US$ 350,000 - 450,000 no reserve) Realized $297,000

Lot 8 - 1959 Porsche 356A/1600 Convertible D (Est. US$ 180,000 - 220,000 no reserve) Realized $154,000

Lot 15 - 1974 Porsche 911 2.7L Carrera Targa (Est. US$ 120,000 - 150,000) UNSOLD

Lot 76 - 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster (Est. US$ 190,000 - 220,000) UNSOLD

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As of January 25, 2017 we're still waiting on Russo and Steele to publish their results

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