Limited edition 911 is already being sold in the second-hand market

The limited-run Porsche 911 R only made its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and yet a mere month after turning heads with its hardcore, naturally aspirated awesomeness, one 911 R has already made its way to the online auction vortex known as eBay. If that comes as a shock considering that the 911 R has yet to hit the market, the eBay seller who put a price tag of $1.25 million on the limited-run sports car might just do the trick.

The seller is actually asking for a minimum of €950,000, which converts to around $1.08 million. But it might as well be $1.25 million since that’s the amount posted and it’s ridiculous either way. Clearly, the seller considers the 911 R as more than just an exclusive version of the current-generation 911. In some ways, he’s right because Porsche is only building 991 pieces of the car and a majority of the 991 units are already accounted for. But to ask $1.25 million for a car that hasn’t even been launched yet? It seems that whoever owns this 911 R bought it for the simple reason of flipping it for a price that’s six times more than what he paid for. Even the photos he used in his listing are the same press photos released by Porsche when the car was unveiled in Geneva back in March 2016. That tells you that this particular 911 R, if it ends up being an actual 911 R, was bought for reasons that don’t involve enjoying the car’s natural performance capabilities.

It remains to be seen if the 911 R will achieve “classic status” in the future. But if you ask the seller, the car’s already there, hence the asking price. Only time will tell if the 911 R ends up costing seven figures. For now, I don’t think it will, adding even more shame to whoever posted this ad on eBay without any idea on what it can and can’t do for enthusiasts of the Porsche 911 family.

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Why it matters

There may come a point in time when the Porsche 911 R may very well cost in excess of $1.25 million. I just don’t think that time is today, or any other day in the near future. I don’t blame the person who’s selling this particular 911 R. If he has purchased it, he’s free to do whatever he wants with it. I respect the hustle and the guts that come with selling a sports car that might as well turn into a collector’s piece in the future. I just don’t think it should be done this quickly, especially if the car itself hasn’t been released to the public yet.

I think it sets a pretty bad precedent if somebody can place an order for a car and immediately turn around and flip with the assumption that it hasn’t been paid in full yet. It’s not even about the selling price. That’s a whole different story altogether. It just doesn’t look right. It doesn’t sound right. It doesn’t feel right.

Honestly, I don’t think anybody would be foolish enough to buy the 911 R for that price, even if it does end up being a collector’s piece in the Porsche 911 family. I’ve sold my share of knick knacks on eBay and I know if an item is overpriced. This one is overpriced, and then some. So whoever it is that posted this ad, I think he’s going to wait awhile before finding a buyer, if he finds one in the first place. And in the unbelievable chance that he does find a buyer, I’m just going to sit back and shake my head in disbelief.

So if anybody out there has $1.25 million just lying around, one of the 991 units of the Porsche 911 R is for sale on eBay. Think long and hard before making your move.

Porsche 911 R

2017 Porsche 911 R High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the Porsche 911 R here.

Source: eBay

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