What an event. RM Sotheby’s and Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) hosted a perfect charitable auction over the past seven days. The last Porsche 911 Speedster got $1 million for charity. Text: Luca W. © Images: RM Sotheby’s ©

A total of 32 bids raised the mighty Speedster “Heritage Design” (and the last 991 produced) to $500,000. The 510 HP flat-six engine (from the GT3 RS) combines with a 6-gears manual transmission and Porsche built 1948 Speedsters. 1948 is refering to delivery year of the 356 first operating license.

Despite the amazing generosity of the collector car community, Porsche decided to match the winning bid. Collecting a total of $1 million for United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.

A common Porsche thing to do

Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of PCNA, said:

“When we began this project, I wanted to use our voice to help raise awareness and funding for the incredible work of United Way. I’m pleased to have helped draw attention to their efforts and I’m deeply appreciative of the generosity and kindness of all the participants and the winning bidder. We are joining in that spirit by making our own donation on top of the winning bid for this special part of our history. We can now look forward to the funds raised making a direct difference to those who need it most right now.”

“Porsche’s generosity will make a real difference as we fight COVID-19 and prepare for the recovery phase in the communities that we serve,” said Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “United Way is focused on supporting those who need it most right now, and the money raised by this unique sale will go to local healthcare services, food banks, and to providing care and triage for impacted communities. We appreciate the speed and enthusiasm by which Porsche has made all of this possible.”

One million reasons to buy this Porsche 911 Speedster for charity

The new owner will eventually get the car at a special event, hosted by Klaus Zellmer. This event was about to take place during the Monterey Car Week in August. Sadly, it may be postponed due to Pebble Beach cancellation announced today. The owner will be able to visit Weissach and will receive a 911 Speedster Heritage Chronograph realized by Porsche Design. Moreover, he will receive a photo album containing photos of the chassis building process, signed by Dr. Frank Steffen-Walliser (ex-Head of Porsche Motorsport), 718 and 911 Vice-President and Andreas Preuningen, Porsche GT Director.