This is a Porsche 911… obviously. But it’s not just another absurdly expensive example with no heritage to back it up. This is the very first 911 (formerly 901) Cabriolet ever produced by the German automaker. It’s heading to auction on February 8, 2017, as part of the RM Sotheby’s Paris sale.
One of just two surviving examples of the original 13 prototypes produced by Karmann between 1963 and 1964, it’s believed not only to be the oldest cabriolet ever produced, but also the second oldest 911 in existence. It wears the chassis #13360, and was used by the company almost exclusively as a model for the production 911 Targa that would eventually debut in 1967. It wasn’t until 1982 that we’d see a production version of the cabriolet.
This one has been kept in surprisingly good shape given its age, and has gone mostly unrestored since new. The red exterior finish is about 80 percent original, but the Fuchs alloy wheels, and part-leather, part-houndstooth seats came on the car when new – the latter of which showing only minor signs of wear and tear. Under the hood, the 2.0-liter flat-six is completely original, and produces around 130 horsepower (96 kilowatts).
Saved from the crusher by a German collector named Manfred Freisinger, the car was parked in a warehouse until 2001, where it was then sold to a man named Myron Vernis in Akron, Ohio. From there, Vernis would own the car for a number before of years before selling it in 2014 to the current owner.
Given that the air-cooled Porsche bubble has yet to burst, RM Sotheby’s estimates it could go for anywhere between €850,000 and €1,000,000 ($900,000 to $1,060,00) when it crosses the block on February 8. This one, though, might actually be worth six- or seven-figure asking price.
Source: RM Sotheby's
Photos: Tim Scott / RM Sotheby's
Gallery: 1964 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Prototype Auction
Launched in 2002, the DB7 Vantage Zagato was the first Zagato-bodied Aston Martin since the V8 Vantage Zagato of 1986. The car on offer, chassis no. 700001, is the very first of just 99 examples produced. The vehicle’s current owner first saw the initial sketches of what would become the DB7 Vantage Zagato in a Basel nightclub. He immediately agreed to purchase the very first car, and signed a contract with the then Aston Martin Lagonda CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez that night on the only slip of paper available – a napkin. The car was eventually delivered in 2003, finished in Nero Black over Claret Red leather, and complete with optional extras including brushed aluminium trim in place of the standard wood, upgraded sat-nav and stereo, and a heated front windscreen. A carefully maintained example, it comes to auction accompanied by a numbered presentation book, numbered suede jacket and umbrella (Est. €350.000–€400.000).
Immediately recognisable as a Zagato-bodied Aston Martin, the 2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary DB4GT Zagato, and unveiled at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2011. With each vehicle taking 2,000 hours to create, coupled with a suitably extravagant price tag, just 61 road-going cars were constructed. RM Sotheby’s has sourced the ‘holy grail’ of the limited group, ‘No. Zero’, a special commission made by Aston Martin, complete with distinctive design cues by Aston Martin’s bespoke ‘Q’ department. Supplied new to Paris in late 2012, the then-owner worked closely with Aston Martin to create ‘No. Zero’, complete with one-off Zagato-badged key, unique painted fixed wing and a one-of-one Scarab badge. At the time, Aston Martin didn’t allow bespoke badges to be added to the V12 Zagatos, but made an exception in this case, creating a yet unrepeated one-off Scarab beetle design ‘AML wings’ badge on the nose of the car. Offered in Paris by its first owner, ‘No. Zero’ remains today one of the most exclusive—and individual—Aston Martins available on the market, and would be the crowning glory of any collection (Est. €625.000–€675.000).
“Hot on the heels of stunning successes in London and Milan, and with an astonishing offering including motor cars such as these Aston Martin Zagatos, our Paris sale is set to provide a thrilling start to our 2017 auction season,” says Peter Wallman, Managing Director, RM Sotheby’s Europe. “Together, these Astons represent one of the greatest brand partnerships in the motoring world, that between Aston Martin and Zagato, and we can’t wait to bring them to Paris in February.”
The limited-edition Aston Martin duo will be joined in Paris by one of the most historically important Porsches ever offered on the open market. The Porsche 901, now known as the 911, paved the way for Porsche’s road and race car success. When Porsche was developing the 901, it made 13 pre-production models, of which just one was completed as a Cabriolet. The drop-top 901 was also the actual car from which the subsequent iconic 911 Targa concept originated, developed and evolved. RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to have consigned this very car, the 1964 Porsche 901 Cabriolet Prototype, chassis no. 13360, which is the second oldest surviving 901/911 chassis, and one of just two pre-production 901s still in existence. Sitting right at the heart of the birth of the legendary 911, and given its significant history and provenance, it would be a welcome addition to any important Porsche or classic car collection (Est. €850.000-€1.000.000).