Bonhams to Offer the First 911R to make Auction
The hype around the Porsche 911R has barely subsided but now Bonhams is offering a 2016 911R – one of just 991 made – at The Zoute Sale this Friday. Taking place in Knokke Le-Zoute, Belgium, this car is expected to make between £210,000 and £300,000. Either estimate is significantly over its book price. What’s more, whist all of the cars available sold out very quickly, the production run of the Porsche 911R is still ongoing, making this a very rare opportunity to own one before other buyers have received theirs.
The car Bonhams is offering was Sold new in July 2016 to the current Swedish private owner. Number 135 in the production run, it is finished in white and has a black/brown two-tone leather interior. With just 52km on the clock, it’s barely turned a wheel in three months.
Inevitably the 911R on offer will be a popular lot among buyers and we suspect it will generate a huge amount of interest globally. It’s no wonder either; with it no-compromise design ethos, stunning performance and back-to-basics driving experience, numerous motoring publications – GT Porsche included – have spent half of 2016 swooning over it. Our own Andrew Frankle said of the 911R back in the July 2016 issue; “The acceleration you expect, but the feel of the car you do not. While a GT3 RS hunkers down on the road ever more as speed rises and its wings work, bolting it to the surface, the 911 R feels en pointe by comparison. It seems lighter, more dainty and, while this would never be reflected in the lap time, more nimble.”
His conclusion was equally as emphatic, stating that “With the manual box, it is the most rewarding 911 of the current generation” – praise indeed!
Back to that asking price for a moment. Whilst £300k is a fair whack of anyone’s money, in the current Porsche bubble a car as talked about, well received and, crucially, rare as the 911R could quite easily trade for double the upper estimate. A little bit of research on the UK’s Auto Trader classifieds website immediately brings up an almost delivery miles car in right hand drive being sold for £650,000. And we’d be surprised if it hung around for long on the forecourt, even at that price.
If you want to know more about the Bonhams auction, including a variety of other rare and interesting Porsches going under the hammer, visit www.bonhams.com/auctions/23596/.
The final selling price for the 911R was £436,600. That’ll be £136,600 above the top estimate!