1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Sells For Staggering $5,945,000

1985 Porsche 959 Paris Dakar
1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Sells For Staggering $5,945,000 - Image Courtesy Robin Adams ©2018 RM Sotheby's

A 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar has sold for an astonishing $5,945,000 at RM Sotheby’s single-marque Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction.

German engineering fans descended on the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta (PEC), also the home of Porsche Cars North America, early Friday in a bid to gain first viewing of the high quality Porsche offerings at the RM Sotheby’s 70 years celebration of the marque. There was even a special concert with legend John Oates performing on stage.

Bidders represented a staggering 25 countries, with a 50% slice casting their bid for the first time ever. A lively start was acheived with most lots exceeding their reserves by some way, including a group of Porsche 911 Sales Literature, which well-surpassed its estimate at a final $20,400 (est. $5k/7k).

1985 Porsche 959 Paris Dakar
1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Sells For Staggering $5,945,000 – Image Courtesy Robin Adams ©2018 RM Sotheby’s

1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar

The flagship leader of the privately-owned Porsche models was led by a 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar, one of just three built to contest the 1985 Paris-Dakar Rally as a Works entry and the very first example ever offered at auction.

One of seven developmental cars, four of which are retained by Porsche, chassis no. 010015 was piloted by three-time Paris-Dakar winner René Metge, representing Porsche in the most grueling rally of all time.

Several bidders jostled for pole position on the phone and in the auction room, with the Porsche 959 eventually selling for $5,945,000, nearly doubling its high estimate (est. $3.0m/3.4m).

1985 Porsche 959 Paris Dakar
1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Sells For Staggering $5,945,000 – Image Courtesy Robin Adams ©2018 RM Sotheby’s

Veteran Car Specialist and Auction Manager, Alexander Weaver, following the sale remarked:
“After many months of preparation and cooperation with Porsche Cars North America, we were delighted to see so many like-minded enthusiasts, clients and collectors from all over the world make the journey to celebrate the marque’s 70thAnniversary at the most impressive Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

“The overwhelmingly positive response to the cars offered was characterized by a pool of global bidders that helped achieve outstanding prices for many models and numerous exciting moments throughout the auction. The Porsche market continues to establish its own baseline as we witnessed new Porsche enthusiasts join seasoned collectors to take part in bidding on rare and unique examples consigned to our first single-marque Porsche auction”.

1985 Porsche 959 Paris Dakar
1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Sells For Staggering $5,945,000 – Image Courtesy Robin Adams ©2018 RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction – Top Ten Sales

1.       Lot 1961985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar (CHASSIS NO. WP0ZZZ93ZFS010015)$5,945,000
2.       Lot 2202018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold” (SERIES NO. 001/001)$3,415,000
3.       Lot 1852015 Porsche 918 Spyder (CHASSIS NO. WP0CA2A18FS800796)$1,407,500
4.       Lot 2051973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Prototype (CHASSIS NO. 9113600012)$1,325,000
5.       Lot 1751973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight (CHASSIS NO. 9113601580)$1,022,500
6.       Lot 191
1985 Porsche 959 Prototype (CHASSIS NO. WP0ZZZ93ZFS010007)
$1,000,000
7.       Lot 1781980 Porsche 935 K4 (CHASSIS NO. 935-K4-02)$885,000
8.       Lot 1921973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring (CHASSIS NO. 9113600463)$698,000
9.       Lot 2171996 Porsche 911 GT2 (CHASSIS NO. WP0ZZZ99ZTS393096)$643,000
10.    Lot 1832011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 (SERIAL NO. 009/600)$566,000
1985 Porsche 959 Paris Dakar
1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Sells For Staggering $5,945,000 – Image Courtesy Robin Adams ©2018 RM Sotheby’s

Full sales results can be found here.

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