And it’s heading to auction in February.
You'd be lucky to find a Porsche 911 R on the used market – let alone one that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. But on February 8, 2017, at the RM Sotheby’s Paris sale, this particularly special example will be crossing the auction block.
One of just a few examples optioned with a custom Paint to Sample (PTS) finish, this one-of-a-kind 911 R comes with a Slate Grey exterior, silver accenting stripes on the hood, and yellow Porsche lettering on the door panels. The interior, meanwhile, is finished in black leather with bucket racing seats and houndstooth inserts.
But the pièce de résistance comes in the door sills, of all places. The illuminated panels read, "Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting." The car was built entirely as a tribute to the legendary Steve McQueen by its original owner. It’s also the only PTS 911 R delivered new to France, making it that much more rare.
Apart from the number of custom features, under the hood lies the naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter inline-six that came from the factory new producing 500 horsepower (372 kilowatts). The entire car weighs in at just 3,021 pounds (1,370 kilograms), making it one of the lightest 911s in the lineup, and comes paired to a six-speed manual gearbox exclusively.
The car will be auctioned off in February, and though RM Sotheby’s doesn’t give an early estimate, 25 percent of its selling price heading towards research for curing cancer in children, financed by the Gustave Roussy foundation. So if you're in the market for a stunning 911 R, you might want to head to Place Vauban in Paris next year and place your bid.
Source: RM Sotheby's
Steve McQueen Porsche 911 R Tribute Auction
The introduction of the 991-generation of the 911 GT3 RS caused quite the fanfare amongst Porsche’s most faithful customers. Gone was the long-adored six-speed manual transmission, replaced with Porsche’s Doppelkupplungsgetriebe transmission in the relentless pursuit of performance. While some enthusiasts favoured the PDK transmission for its lightning-quick shift times and smooth gear changes, others saw the departure of the traditional six-speed manual as the departure of the true driver’s car.
Porsche heard its customer’s calls and promised something that would be truly incredible: a limited edition 911 with the drivetrain of the GT3 RS but catering to the temperament of the enthusiast driver by fitting a manual transmission. While the car was just rumoured, customers began begging dealerships to take their deposits and give them an allocation in sheer anticipation for what would be an incredible car.
The 911 R was finally introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Mechanically similar to the GT3 RS, the 911 R enjoys numerous changes to the suspension, steering, and most notably, the custom-built six-speed manual. However, unlike the GT3 RS, the 911 R is not about the fastest possible lap time, it is about involving the driver with the car and creating the most enjoyable driving experience possible.
While only made available with two standard colours and stripe options, a handful of clients requested Paint to Sample (PTS) colours and were approved, instantly making those examples the most desirable and unique. This particular 911 R benefits from a host of Porsche Exclusive options and remains as one of the most unique examples seen to date. Delivered new to Paris, it is finished in Slate Grey with contrasting silver bonnet stripes and yellow Porsche lettering, and a Black leather interior and bucket seats with houndstooth inserts. Built as a tribute to Steve McQueen by its original owner, the car features personalized illuminated door sills inscribed with McQueen’s famous quote: ‘Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.’
Furthermore, it is outfitted with the single mass flywheel, Bi-Xenon headlights in black, Bose sound system, Sport Chrono pack, personalized interior with custom floor mats, and the front nose lift, amongst other options. At the time of purchase, the original owner was told that there would not be another 911 R with the same colours or options. The original owner also specified number 967 to celebrate the original 911 R built for racing in 1967.
Finally, 25% of the car’s hammer price above its reserve (with a minimum of €25.000) will be given towards research for curing cancer in children, financed by the Gustave Roussy foundation. Located in Villejuif, just south of Paris, the Institut Gustave Roussy is one of the world’s leading cancer research institutes investing in cutting-edge technology and medicine, with the aim of making major advancements in the fight against cancer.
Tastefully specified with many unique features, including PTS, perhaps Porsche’s own slogan sums up the 911 R best: there is no substitute.