Better late than never, or so the saying goes. And while it may have taken almost 20 years, the combination of a Porsche 996.2 GT3 powertrain with a retro look - aka the Classic Club Coupe - was pitch-perfect in its execution. A 911 with Fuchs wheels, a ducktail and some stripes isn’t a new concept, but it undoubtedly still works, even on a 996. Not that everybody on PH thought so when the car was shown last March, but when do we all agree on a restomod Porsche?
Anyway, in a surprising development given Porsche one-offs tend to reside in the museum or private collections, the 996 Classic Club Coupe is going to be sold at auction. It’ll go under the hammer with Broad Arrow in June at Porsche Atlanta Experience Centre, as part of a 75-car sale to mark the anniversary you might have heard about. Indicating just how significant the old 911 is, it’s the first lot announced, and you can bet there will be many more conventionally exotic Porsches to follow in the catalogue over the coming months. But then there won’t be many bespoke Sonderwunsch commissions originally made with Porsche Club America…
For the moment, the CCC’s estimate is on application, though there isn’t a reserve. Even with the 996 being far from the most collectible 911 era ever made, the uniqueness and factory involvement will guarantee interest - and bids, of course. Plus, well, we live in the world of the £500k Sierra RS500, so who knows what might happen.
The Porsche 75th Anniversary Auction will take place on June 8th-10th, with the Classic Club Coupe actually available to view at this week’s Broad Arrow Amelia Island auction. Make sure the red chinos have deep pockets. For those of us with more realistic budgets, the PH classifieds of course has a plethora of lovingly cared for and smartly modified 996s available, with this stunning 1998 Carrera 2 a real highlight. Without a stripe or a Fuchs wheel in sight, too.
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