Depending on what you’re looking for, eBay is a treasure trove of rare and unique items that people would bid exorbitant sums of money just so they could have the said item delivered to their doorstep. That, naturally, includes cars and eBay has some pretty rare ones in the offing.
The latest that we managed to discover is both rare and expensive, which really isn’t the kind of combination a fair-weather car fan is looking for. However, if you’re an enthusiast and you’ve got money to burn, this just may be that rare treasure you’ve been looking for. This particular car is a 1967 Porsche 910 Spyder coupe, one of only five 910 Spyders Porsche built for a number of European hillclimb competitions back in 1967. The car ended up winning two of the four races it entered in that year, which gave the company the idea to rebuild it and offer it for sale. Eventually, John von Neuman scooped one up and ended up racing it all over the U.S.
The Porsche coupe we are speaking of has an air-cooled, slide-valve fuel-injected flat-6 gasoline engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It has a beautiful white exterior paint job and a red-hot interior color. The 1967 Porsche 910 is currently on sale at eBay thanks to the Symbolic Motor Cars dealership in La Jolla, California. They are currently selling the vehicle for an astonishing $995,000.
Porsche USA has announced prices for the new generation Cayenne that will be offered in four different versions: Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid, and Cayenne Turbo. The standard version which delivers 300 HP out of its 3.6-liter V6 engine is priced at $46,700 while the S version with a 4.8-liter V8 producing 400 hp can be purchased for $63,700. The Cayenne S Hybrid is priced at $67,700 (only $4000 more than the S version). Surprisingly, the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is still significantly less expensive than the BMW X6 Hybrid which retails at about $90,000. The most powerful version, the Turbo has a starting price of $104,800 with its 4.8-liter V8 biturbo producing an impressive 500 hp.
The options list include: 8-speed Tiptronic S Inclusive Auto Start Stop Function - $3,000, Air Suspension with Self-leveling and Height Adjustment with PASM - $3,980, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) - $3,510; Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) - $8,150; Burmester High-End Surround Sound System - $5,690; Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with Navigation Module - $3,645 and more.
Even the rich and famous are susceptible to a little car trouble once in a while. Goes to show that these people are all human after all.
The latest to fall victim to this embarrassing predicament is none other than Jay Leno. We all know him as the guy with about a gazillion cars in his garage. Apparently, owning that many cars makes it a little hard to keep tabs on maintaining all of them as made evident by his 1963 Porsche 356, which, according to the funny man himself, had a fuel pump malfunction as Jay was driving along Mulholland Drive.
Here’s a photo of him loading his precious Porsche on a tow truck. Tough luck there, eh, Mr. Leno.
The Porsche Cayman Interseries may not be one of the most popular racing series in the world, but if you’re a Porsche-loving fanatic, it’s about as close as it gets to enjoying all the Porsche Caymans your heart desires.
What makes it even more appealing, as far as a spectator is concerned, is that the car owners racing their Caymans are required to outift their cars with pre-selected classic liveries. What does this mean? It means that if you’ve been a fan of Porsche racing for a long time, you’re going to recognize all those timeless liveries that these Caymans are adorned in. From the Rothmans Porsche to the Gulf Oil Porsche to the Martinis Porsche to the LeMans 959; you can take your time checking out all the liveries you recognize. And for what’s it worth, the race itself was also pretty exciting.
Recall issues aside, the Porsche Panamera did exactly what Porsche wanted it to do: sell a lot of cars.
The Stuttgart-based manufacturer recently posted record-breaking sales numbers for the Panamera in the US for the month of April, selling 678 units. These numbers make it the best-selling Porsche model in America since the car was introduced in the market last October.
The surge in demand for the Panamera was even more impressive, given the fact that the four-door saloon was still subjected to a recall because of issues with the car’s seatbelts. Despite the strong sales of the Panamera, Porsche still encountered a pretty rough April for the rest of its current model line, selling only a total of 1,747 units for the entire month, which is down 6% from their sales numbers back in April 2009.
Nevertheless, we expect Porsche to be optimistic because the Panamera is doing so well - seat belt issues nothwithstanding - not just in the US, but all over the world as well.
The Porsche Type 64’s journey from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta culminated in the opening of the museum’s new exhibit, the "Allure of the Automobile".
Regarded as the standard-bearer for which all future Porsche models have since been based on, the Type 64 - the only one of its kind in the world - highlighted a dazzling automotive exhibit that features classic cars from a wide range of manufacturers that were all built during the industry’s so-called ’Golden Age’.
It goes without saying that every Porsche you see on the road today was based on this one car, which makes it all the more important to the history of the Porsche brand. As a matter of fact, the folks from Stuttgart value the Type 64 so much that this exhibit in Atlanta is actually the first time the Type 64 has ever left Germany.
Check out the video for a brief primer of the exhibit and take a good look at the car that started it all for Porsche. If you’re in the area until the 20th of June, we highly suggest you make time to go to the High Museum of Art. You won’t be disappointed.
The long-awaited arrival of the Porsche Type 64 in the US drew quite a crowd of over 100 Porsches after the Porsche Club of America organized a parade to commemorate the arrival of the car that was designed by brand patriarch Ferdinand Porsche himself and has become the standard bearer for which Porsche has modeled a lot of their cars, including the 911 and the 356.
The Type 64 will make its first appearance in the US – it’s also actually the first time it’s left its perch at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart - where it will be on display for three months at the Atlanta High Museum of Art.
Porsche Cars North America CEO Detley von Platen explains the historical significance of the Type 64 to the history of Porsche and how a car that was actually never made became the model for all of Porsche cars are based on.
Porsche fanatics – yes, we know that they are a lot of you – will be thrilled to know that the car Porsche considers as the “first ancestor of all Porsche sportscars” will be making its maiden voyage to the US where it will be prominently displayed at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia from March 21 to June 20.
The car, of course, is the Porsche Type 64, which if you must know, was developed back in 1938, making it the predecessor of sorts for the fabled Porsche 356. As a matter of fact, the Type 64 is so important to the history of the brand that just about every Porsche model created thereafter – from the 356 to the newest Porsche 911 - took its styling cues and construction methods from this very same car.
After being meticulously restored, the Type 64 sat in what Porsche describes as the “first and most prominent exhibit” since the company opened the new Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen last year. The three-month trip to the US marks the first time the car will leave its safe confines to be exhibited at the High Museum of Art’s ‘The Allure of the Automobile’ exhibit.
It’s pretty easy to surmise that the history of Porsche can be traced to this one car, which makes it even more compulsory for all Porsche enthusiasts in the US to make the pilgrimage to Atlanta to see up close and personal the car that has shaped Porsche – literally and figuratively – to become the brand that it is today.
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As far back as one can remember, Porsche has always been one of the most visible manufacturers to compete at Daytona. From Vic Elford’s historic victory of the Rolex 24 back in 1968 on-board a Porsche 907 – the event was Porsche’s first of many 24-hour endurance race triumphs – to David Donohue’s triumph last year, Daytona and Porsche have been synonymous with each other that mentioning one without the other is somewhat tantamount to heresy.
There’s no question that the Stuttgart-based manufacturer has had a long history at Daytona and this video highlights the seemingly intertwined kinship between Porsche and Daytona. Both Donohue and Elford narrate their own Daytona stories with Elford, who has been named Grand Marshal for this year’s Rolex 24 endurance race, recounting his monumental victory for Porsche some four decades ago.
Although the Brumos Porsche wasn’t able to follow up last year’s performance with a back to back win, their sister car wearing the Action Express nameplate took home the victory.
If you call yourself an auto enthusiast, then we fully expect you to be glued to the television on January 11, from 9pm ET to 11 pm ET, to watch back-to-back biographies of two pioneers of the auto industry, Henry Ford and Ferdinand Porsche. The episodes will be shown as part of CNBC’s ’Biographies’ show and will give us an in-depth look at the two men and how they revolutionized the auto industry in their own unique way.
The first episode will feature no less than American revolutionary Henry Ford, the same man who gave us the automobile, assembly line, mass production, and the Ford Motor Corporation in 1930, thereby setting a standard for auto makers the world over who would follow in Ford’s lead for generations to come.
After you immerse yourself with the life of Henry Ford, you won’t have enough time to digest all the information you got because immediately after that episode will be the biography of another individual whose vision for making small and affordable cars spurned the creation of one of the most sought-after car brands in the world today: Porsche.
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There aren’t a lot of things in this world that can roar up our juices quite like seeing a supercar perform some serious burnouts. And just like a double shot of espresso, the only thing better than seeing one car do it is seeing two of them do it at the same time.
That’s what happened at a recent supercar meet in LA when two Porsche
Carrera GTs were captured on video - among other mouth-watering supercars – roaring up their engines and giving all of us a taste of that monstrous power sitting underneath their hoods.
Of course, we would have liked it better if they’d gone full throttle, but then again, we can’t expect to get everything we wanted in this world, right? Otherwise, we’d be behind the wheel of one of those cars instead of writing about them.
It’s not really the most ideal promotion to entice people to buy a new Panamera, but then again, free stuff is free stuff, no matter what it is. That’s right; the first 195 people who buy a Porsche Panamera in the US will also receive a free Porsche luggage set, valued at around $3,580.
The highly-unusual promotion came as a result of the delayed release of the Panamera in the US, which came because of a malfunctioning software. To make it up to those that have been waiting longer than usual for the car, Porsche has decided to throw in some nice digs to the first 195 buyers of the Panamera. According to a spokesperson for Porsche, 72 of the 195 cars are already in dealerships with the rest of the 123 cars set to be delivered at the end of the month.
Make no mistake, it’s a nice gesture by Porsche but we’re pretty sure that all those disappointed customers would want something more than just fancy luggages. Five-year free maintenance, perhaps?