The Last 991-Gen Porsche 911 Will Be Auctioned for Covid-19 Fundraiser
Porsche North America and RM Sotheby’s will host a unique charitable auction with a money-can’t-buy package for Porsche enthusiasts. Fittingly, the auction vehicle is a unique 911 Speedster, one of 1,948 examples, created to mark 70 years of Porsche sports cars. The one-week auction in the U.S. will be held via RM Sotheby’s online platform and proceeds, excluding taxes and fees, will be donated to United Way Worldwide’s Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.
Porsche Design is supporting the auction with the creation of a bespoke addition to the package: a 911 Speedster Heritage Design Chronograph. The watch incorporates the vehicle’s historic design features, including a strap made in the exact same cognac leather as that applied to the interior of the sports car and a silver winding rotor that mirrors the car’s unique wheels. Created exclusively for 911 Speedster customers and made in Switzerland, the limited-edition and COSC-certified timepiece with flyback function will feature the chassis number of the final 991 generation 911, making it unique.
The winning bidder and a guest will be invited to take a personal, behind-the-scenes tour of the Porsche AG Weissach development headquarters—including experiencing the test track—on a 1:1 basis with Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser and Andreas Preuninger, heads of the 911 and GT model lines respectively. The car will also be accompanied by a one-of-a-kind book illustrating the assembly and completion of the last 991, including photographs and an original sketch by the Speedster design team. Finally, the handover of the vehicle will be hosted by Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche North America, which will take place at a dedicated event in the U.S.
Finished in GT Silver Metallic paint, the 911 Speedster remains unregistered, having covered just 20 delivery miles. It’s powered by a 4.0-litre, naturally aspirated flat-six engine developing 502 hp, connected to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The 911 Speedster being auctioned features the Heritage Design package—one of several personalisation options available on the 911 Speedster that included the ability for customers to choose their preferred plaque numbers (of the 1,948 available) to be mounted between the seats and from an array of paint, leather and trim finishes. This specific car was created on the production line in Stuttgart- Zuffenhausen in December. The last remaining 911 Speedsters are now in transit to owners around the world, while others are still receiving special finishing touches at Porsche Exclusive in Zuffenhausen – yet there can be only one ‘final car’ and this specific Speedster is the last of the seventh generation of the 911. Accompanying the car is a letter of authenticity from Porsche confirming the chassis number applied to this car is indeed the last of the 991 generation to enter and pass down the serial production line.
The auction will open for bidding at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 15, and closes at 1:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, April 22. All of the proceeds are being directly donated to the United Way COVID-19 Fund.