What an event. RM Sotheby’s and Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) hosted a perfect charitable auction over the past seven days.
Text: Luca W. © Images: RM Sotheby’s ©

A total of 32 bids raised the mighty Speedster “Heritage Design” (this particular one is the last 991 produced) to $500,000. The 510 HP flat-six engine (from the GT3 RS) is fitted with a 6-gears manual transmission and the Speedster was produced to 1948 units (refering to the year that the first Porsche 356 received its 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.

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.”

The 911 Speedster will supposably be presented to its new owner at a special event hosted by Klaus Zellmer, during the Monterey Car Week in August (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 be gifted a photo album containing photos of the chassis building process. It will be signed by Dr. Frank Steffen-Walliser (ex-Head of Porsche Motorsport), 718 and 911 Vice-President and Andreas Preuningen, Porsche GT Director.