Posts Tagged ‘Porsche’

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster

January 2019 was unpredictable. Brexit, the weather, the economy, post-Christmas retail sales figures and credit card bills hang heavy in this month but the predictable part is that the first day of Spring draws ever-closer and each day passed adds another minute of extra daylight. Woohoo!

Another predictable event is the start of the car auction calendar and as usual The Car Spy is keeping a keen eye on activities to see what clues we can glean from the state of the car market here in the UK and then next month in Europe.

Car auctions are probably the best indicator of car values we can refer to when it comes to the buying and selling of cars. If we had a British Pound for every time we were told by a seller that their car was ‘worth “x” all day long’ then yours truly would be sitting on a super-yacht in Monaco whilst writing this post.

Reality is an unpleasant experience when it comes to a market correction in car values but it is unavoidable. For the past ten years we have seen astonishing prices paid for sometimes very mundane models (in our opinion) and excessive premiums paid for the privilege of owning certain new models.

We just hope that those who came in at the top of the market have bailed out by now because the indications are that the market has ‘softened’. That’s the polite way of describing it anyway. (more…)

1986 Gemballa Avalanche

On sale and finished in Pearlescent White with a Black Leather interior this super-rare, left hand drive Gemballa Avalanche was first registered in the UK in April 2018 and was originally supplied brand new to a dealer in Puerto Rico, USA in 1986.

The Porsche 930 Turbo may well have been one of the fastest and most highly regarded sports cars of the 1980’s but a market for specialist tuners emerged during that time with RUF and Gemballa quickly making a name for themselves. Gemballa was founded in 1981 by Uwe Gemballa, an engineer who started out creating bespoke interiors before developing a strong interest in aerodynamics and associated aftermarket products. Gemballa soon turned his attention to producing complete cars based on Porsche 930’s and quickly gained a reputation for outrageous designs combined with wild performance.

The Avalanche debuted in 1985 with a price tag of 390,000 DM (nearly $700,000 in 1989) and quickly became the wheels of choice for some very high-profile celebrities such as the rap-musician Vanilla Ice who immortalised the car in the lyrics of one of his songs – “Of course a Vanilla rides the groove like a Gemballa Porsche”.

Each Avalanche was created by Gemballa with mostly bespoke body panels plus individual interiors filled with the latest technology for the time. Mechanical upgrades were completed by RUF with the cars being finished off by Gemballa to specific customer requirements.  (more…)

1986 RUF Porsche 930 Flatnose BTR

Finished in Guards Red with a Black Leather interior this left hand drive 1986 Porsche 930 Turbo Flatnose was first registered in the UK in April 1989 and originally supplied through Porsche in the Netherlands it was well optioned from new, the most obvious of course being its distinctive body shape. This vehicle started life as a genuine factory Slantnose, Flatnose or ‘Flachbau’.

As if a 911 Turbo Flatnose didn’t stand out from the crowd enough, early in the car’s life it was sent to world-renowned Porsche tuners RUF Automobile GmbH, who are the only recognised partner of Porsche and, in fact, are recognised by the German government as a manufacturer in their own right. The customer opted for a BTR conversion (B = Group B, T = Turbo, R = RUF).

The basics of the RUF BTR start with the engine, which had the original partially-finned cylinder barrels replaced by those with air-cooling fins around their complete diameter. The bore was increased giving a new displacement of 3.4 litres from the original 3.3 litres. RUF added unique Mahle Pistons plus connecting rods and 935 type camshafts. The intake manifold was replaced, as was the exhaust, A larger KKK K27 unit replaced the turbo, and a larger free-flowing intercooler was added along with the installation of a larger oil cooler behind the RUF front spoiler.

RUF also went to great lengths to modify the standard Porsche 930 4-speed transmission by adding a 5th gear with the help of Getrag. Next, the shift linkage was improved, becoming both lighter and more positive than the stock unit. The cars were lowered and the suspension was stiffened, RUF also fitted their single-piece forged alloy wheels, sized 9×17 and 10×17.  (more…)

1994 Porsche 968 Club Sport

The 968 ‘Club Sport’ or ‘CS’ was Porsche’s attempt to appeal to track-minded enthusiasts by capitalising on the excellent chassis dynamics of the familiar 944/968 series. By lowering the car by 20 mm, tweaking the suspension and stripping off some of the ‘luxury’ elements of the 968 a credible 100 Kg weight-saving was achieved which allowed the CS to sprint to 60 mph in 6 seconds and then on to a top speed of 162 mph. The Club Sport was even crowned ‘Performance Car of the Year’ in 1993 by Performance Car magazine in the UK going some way to establishing the CS as a sports coupe with serious credentials.

This very presentable, right hand drive, 1994 example on sale here is finished in Solid Black with Black cloth interior complemented with red ‘Club Sport’ side-panel script and red painted 17″ Cup alloy wheels. Originally supplied new in New Zealand this 968 CS was imported and registered in the UK in 2016 and comes with an appropriate V5 document.  (more…)

1972 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS Evocation

Often described as the most definitive 911 ever produced by Porsche, the Carrera 2.7 RS was created as an homologation special and the initial 500 examples were sold within a week of the car’s international debut at the 1972 Paris Show. In order to satisfy the overwhelming public demand for the car an additional 1080 examples were produced and it is believed that only 117 were built in right hand drive form.

It was the first 911 to bear the RS moniker and its lean, purposeful stance was complemented with a rear boot-mounted duck-tail spoiler and extra wide rear arches. The RS was designed to do a specific job and provided a driver experience that was hard to match amongst the car’s contemporaries and even today is acknowledged as being probably the best of a succession of RS models from Zuffenhausen to appear in latter decades.

With its minimalist design and without any fripperies to blunt its performance the RS’s 2.7-litre flat-six powerplant developed a healthy 210 bhp which was enough to propel the lightweight body (which weighed less than 1000 kg) to 60 mph in under 6 seconds.

The right hand drive RS evocation we have here originated as a 911E and was converted to RS spec by racing driver Bob Berridge to race in the 1980’s using Porsche OEM parts which were freely available at that time.  (more…)

 

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Funny how two letters of the alphabet can mean so much in the car world. Take ‘GT’ for instance. Literally meaning ‘Grand Tourer’, ‘Gran Tourismo’ or ‘Grand Tourisme’ depending on your mother tongue. That pair from the 26 letters of the alphabet have been around since the beginning of time and certainly back in the 50’s and 60’s a ‘GT’ attached to the boot-lid of your car meant you were driving something very special, indeed highly potent. The problem was that by the 70’s every marketing department in every car mass-producer had cottoned-on to the sales potential of the GT moniker to the detriment of what it actually stood for. Too many mundane hatchbacks were eventually labelled ‘GT’ and so the glamour had gone from the badge.

‘RS’ on the other hand has been treated with a little more respect over the years. For much of its existence as a symbol of power it would seem that Ford had hijacked the ‘Rally Sport’ badge for its high-performance models and all of them deserved to wear the badge with pride. But Ford were not the first to the podium with RS because in 1967 Chevrolet released the Camaro RS, so there. Other manufacturers have trodden carefully with the Rally Sport badge including mainstream makers such as Renault with their rather excellent Clio RS and Audi with the RS4 and RS6.

But RS also stands for ‘Renn Sport’ in Germany which literally translated means ‘racing sport’ and if there was one manufacturer who stands proud and tall in the use of the RS badge it is Porsche. Dating back to its first application for the public in 1973 with the Carrera 2.7 RS the company has reserved these two letters for those road cars which have reached the peak of their development.

A 911 GT3 is a very potent car indeed. But add the RS badge and you have the very best that Porsche can produce which means that it is arguably the best car in the so-called GT3 sector.

The 911 GT3 RS kicked-off in 2003 with the 996-based version and it was an unashamedly hard-core version of the ‘normal’ GT3. The focus was on track-day handling with stiffened suspension and so the interest in 911 RS variants began. Today they have become amongst the most highly desirable and collectable of all 911’s.

And so we come to the 911 (997) GT3 RS that we are advertising on behalf of the current owner.

This GT3 RS is a 997 Gen 1 which means that it is fitted with the legendary ‘Mezger’ 3.6 litre flat-six powerplant that has its origins in the successful 962 and GT1 racing engines.

The car is right hand drive, has so far recorded only 6000 miles from new and has also undergone a recent major service and thorough inspection by Porsche Tonbridge to give the car a clean bill of health.

Finished in sought-after limited edition Pure Orange this GT3 RS is in superb condition, has never been raced or tracked and comes with a comprehensive specification as follows:-

Full Black ‘RS’ Decals/Black Painted Alloys
‘RS’ Fire-resistant-material Carbon Bucket seats
Alcantara Steering Wheel, Gearstick and Handbrake
Floor Mats
Driver’s 4-Point Harness
Porsche Carbon Composite Brakes (PCCB)
Bi-Xenons with Headlamp Wash
Top Tinted Windscreen
PCM System with European SatNav Disc
Sport Chrono Package Plus
Door entry guards in Carbon
Carbon rear Console
Extended Interior Carbon Package
Roll Cage Painted in Pure Orange
Excellent Service History

Following the car’s inspection Porsche Tonbridge told us that it was one of the most original non-abused GT3 RS’s they had seen for a long time. High praise indeed and the car is unlikely to disappoint anybody looking for a particularly cared-for example.

Considering the very high premiums people are prepared to pay for a 991 GT3 RS these days this future collectable Porsche looks a very sound investment for the longer term.

Sorry – this car is now SOLD!

Please note that part exchanges may be considered.

Meanwhile, here is a short video of the car in action….

For pricing details or to arrange a viewing of this GT3 RS please contact The Car Spy on 01892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net

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There are some cars which will always command a lot of attention whenever a new version is announced and the Porsche 911 GT3 is one of them. Since the first GT3 version was launched way back in 1999 just over 14000 have been produced and of those that still survive each one has appreciated in value. In other words, they have been a solid-gold automotive investment.

A few years ago we sold a well cared-for 2005 996 GT3 which would be worth around £70k today…..

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And also this drop-dead gorgeous 2010 997 GT3 RS which would set you back in excess of £135k in today’s money – possibly even more than that soon as values continue to rise northwards.

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We cant tell you what the owners paid for these cars when they bought them from us but they will be comforted by the fact that their GT3’s are akin to having a barrel full of diamonds in the garage. Nice.

The latest (991) GT3 had barely been announced when the right hand drive allocation was sold out – it seems the desire for a GT3 burns bright here in the UK

The only other option it seemed was to purchase a left-hooker since the factory would make a few more of those to satisfy (most of) the rest of the world.

Fortunately we have access to a brand new, unregistered, left hand drive GT3 which has just arrived in the UK from Germany and is vat qualifying.

The specification is as follows:-

Carrera White (Solid)
Leather and Alcantara Interior
GT3 Wheels in Anthracite
Front Axle Lifting System
Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
Sport Seat 6 Point [heated] (Including Harness)
Tracking system (VTS)
Floor mats
Phone Prep
PCM with Navigation
Sound package
Aluminium Interior Trim
Alcantara Steering Wheel
Alcantara Armrest Lid
Red Harness Belts

Just for the record the latest incarnation of the GT3 features a 3.8 litre, flat-six engine mated to a PDK transmission which together produce 475 hp. The car is capable of providing a 0-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph according to the manufacturer.

For further details and pricing please get in touch in the first instance on 01892 506970 because we are not expecting this sought-after GT3 to be available for very long or drop The Car Spy an email at sales@thecarspy.net.