As soon as the hammer fell and bidding ceased, a tremor of intrigue and debate was left in its wake: is this particular 964 likely to see the road again? Can such a price tag be justified for effectively a Porsche 911 C2 Carrera that’s been pared by 120 kilos? And what does that mean for the value of a Porsche 911 2.7 RS?
Whatever your stance on the auction sale, it’s certainly taught me that it’s easy to become blind-sighted by the sheer breadth of masterly cars Porsche have produced over the last 50 years – a host of which are in this very issue.
“As soon as the hammer fell, a tremor of intrigue was left in its wake”
The following 116 pages showcase, among others, a Turbo S face-off between the new 991 and halcyon 993 generations, the ultimate road-legal RS in the Porsche 997 4.0, and even the first impact- bumper RSR that has enjoyed as decorated a history away from the race track as it has on it.
However, a unique selling point of the 911 is its accessibility, typified by the marvelous 911 3.2 Carrera. We celebrated this timeless classic in the last issue, but for those of you that missed it, our road trip across Europe in an 1987 911 Targa should suitably whet the appetite for entry-level Porsche motoring.
Of course, by the time this issue has landed on shelves or through the letterbox for subscribers, we’ll be on the other side of the most important 24-hour race in recent Porsche history.
I he clock has been ticking on Mission 2014 ever since news of The Return’ was first leaked in 2011, and regardless of the result, the biggest achievement will undoubtedly be the returning presence of Wcissach on that start grid. Porsche and Le Mans together share a beautiful history to date, but the biggest hope is that there is much history left to be written.