AGENCIES, Atlanta: Following a seven-day bidding period and intensive 32 bids, an online auction hosted by RM Sotheby’s for the last Porsche 911 (991) to enter and pass down the serial production line has raised $500,000 (auction hammer price).
Porsche Cars North America has decided to match the winning bid to raise the total proceeds to $1 million. The money will be donated to United Way Worldwide, less taxes and fees, to directly aid its work for COVID-19 relief in America.
At the Zuffenhausen plant in Germany, Porsche added a number of factory upgrades to the car like the 911 Speedster Heritage Design Chronograph created by Style Porsche and implemented by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, this equipment version reinterprets classic elements from the 1950s and 1960s.. It was initially expected that the car would fetch a price of around $300,000 at the auction but as bidding begun, it went beyond to the hand a million mark with seven bids logged in the final minutes of the auction alone.
The winning bidder will receive the 911 Speedster at a special event hosted by Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
The final production 911 Speedster is only one of 1,948 units manufactured by Porsche. It gets a tuned normally-aspirated 502 hp 4.0-litre engine which is capable of belting out of maximum power when mated to six-speed manual transmission.
As a concept vehicle, the 911 Speedster celebrated its world premiere in 2018 at the ceremony for the “70 Years of Porsche Sports Cars” anniversary in Zuffenhausen. Other public appearances followed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Rennsport Reunion VI in Laguna Seca, California as well as the Paris Motor Show in October.
We finished the race strong. Thanks to generous bidders, our 911 Speedster auction raised $500,000. Porsche is adding to that for a total donation of $1 million to benefit the @UnitedWay COVID-19 fund. We are honored that this piece of our history could help an important cause.
— Porsche (@Porsche) April 22, 2020