It’s expected to go for anywhere between $900,000 and $1,060,000.
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-litre flat-six is completely original, and produces around 130 horsepower.
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 (approx. $1.2M to $1.4M CAD) 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