Amelia Island Auction to Feature 18 Rare Porsche Race Cars

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There’ll be a slice of motorsport history on the auction block at next month’s Amelia Island Auction: renowned auction house Gooding and Company announced that it will sell the Drendel Family Porsche Collection on March 9, putting 18 rare and pristine Porsche race cars up for sale. Combined, the cars could be worth as much as 17 million dollars.

The 18 Porsches are of varying degrees of rarity, which would explain the fluctuations in price. The collection’s least expensive lot, a 1991 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet, is estimated to go for between $25,000 and $30,000.

That pales in comparison to the collection’s priciest lot. The crown jewel of the Drendel Collection is a 1973 917/30 Can-Am Spyder, which was one of only four 917s made at the Porsche factory. Dressed in a deep blue coat of paint and wearing Penske-Sunoco livery, the car has wowed audiences at the Amelia Island Concours as well as the Rennsport Reunion, and is estimated to fetch as much as $4 million.

Other unique offerings include a 1976 935/76, a prototype/development car that wore the infamous Martini and Rossi colors and helped Porsche to score the Group 5 World Championship that year. Thanks in part to the fact that it is Chassis 0001, the very first one made, this 935 is expected to bring in at least $1.7 million.

All told, there will be seven ultra-rare motorsport vehicles on the block, as well as ten others that are offered without reserve. That includes a 1980 model year Indy Car that never competed, a 1987 Formula One car made as a joint venture between Porsche and McLaren, and two cars that competed at Le Mans, a 1992 968 Turbo RS and a 1981 GTP Le Mans.

If, at this point, you’ve decided that you’d like to purchase what has been called “the world’s most significant private collection of turbocharged Porsches,” let’s hope your wallet has more than just a grocery store club card and a few one-dollar bills: Gooding estimates that if you were to purchase all 18 separate lots, you could spend as much as $17 million. That’s more than enough to buy ten Bugatti Veyrons, although said Veyron would almost certainly lose in a drag race to the mighty 917…which is more than enough reason to spend the cash.

Source: Gooding and Company

All images copyright and courtesy of Gooding and Company. Photos by Mathieu Heurtault and Pawel Litwinski

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