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Two low-mileage Porsche 911 Club Coupes built for PCA members sold at auction

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Article by Damon Lowney
Above: 2006 911 Carrera S Club Coupe. Image ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

The first Porsche 911 Carrera S Club Coupe was built for the 50th anniversary of PCA, and it was — and still is — an impressive car. The same can be said about the more recent 911 GTS Club Coupe, built for PCA for the club’s 60th anniversary. Only 50 were made of the former, and 60 of the latter, so they’re extremely rare. Both crossed the auction block at the Amelia Island auctions last weekend.

The first Club Coupe had some unique attributes to it, such as brilliant metallic blue paint and the first use of the factory X51 power kit, which bumped horsepower from 355 to 381 and torque from 295 pound-feet to 306.

This example is no. 39, has just 3,100 miles, and was stored in a glass container in a garage built specifically for the car. The MSRP of no. 39 was $151,500 when new. Despite its rarity, it sold for $89,600 at RM/Sotheby’s, probably around $30,000 or so more than what a normal Carrera S trades hands at nowadays.

Above: 2016 911 GTS Club Coupe. Photo ©2020 by Gooding & Company Inc.

The 60th anniversary Club Coupe crossed the block at Gooding & Company, and it brough in significantly more money than the older car, though still sold for $145,600, less than the $160,000-$200,000 estimate.

The 911 GTS Club Coupe had special Club Blau paint that was unique to the car at the time, a ducktail spoiler, and Sport Classic wheels that mimic the Fuchs found on air-cooled 911s. Read more about the car here.

This car has a seven-speed manual transmission, a must for many driving enthusiasts, yet it has only traveled 30 miles. Which leads us to the sidebar below by Porsche Panorama Editor Rob Sass.

Pickling cars — does it pay off?
When are people going to stop pickling cars? It’s the practice of buying a new, limited-edition car, and then hermetically sealing it. Pickling almost never pays off. To wit, the 60th anniversary club coupe that sold new for about $140,000 and four years later sold at Gooding for, you guessed it, about $140,000 was a perfect illustration of both the time value of money and the folly of pickling cars. That $140,000 invested in Amazon in 2016 would be worth about $450,000 today. So, not only did the owner here make a terrible investment, but with just 30 miles on the car, he or she missed out on driving a very pretty and rare 991. The 997 50th Club Coupe also offered at Amelia did far worse. Bought for $151k new, it was stored in a Cameron Frye’s dad-like glass container in a garage specifically built to house it. In just 3,100 miles the car depreciated from $151,000 to the $90,000 that it sold for at Gooding and Company. Repeat after me, stop this silly practice of pickling cars.

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