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Rare Porsche 911 Speedster at Auction in Japan

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, June 25th, 2015

I remember when these were first launched in the late 1980s. Basically a cut down 911 wide body emulating the classic 356 Speedster of an earlier era, the lack of dynamic improvement over the base 911 model meant these 911 Speedsters were seen as rather overpriced.

But they do have one particular strength — they were built in very low numbers (2,065 to be exact) — and were immediately recognized as a collecting opportunity, despite the high asking price of 100,000 USD in the US market.

This particular one has the added advantage of having only 4,200 miles on the odometer. It is a 1989 model, but imported into Japan in 1993, which does raise a small question mark over the mileage. However, the exceptional condition (grade 5 with A grade interior) and the fact that these were seen as collector’s items rather than daily drivers means that the low KM are quite realistic.

Here is the full translation:

“Interior A, first registered May 1993, Speedster model, 5-speed manual, odometer in miles, LHD, not known if gray or official import, 1989, seller claims it has 80 miles when imported, seats wrinkled, paint marks underneath vehicle, minor scratches and also dents, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map”

A similar vehicle with more KM, but also owned by Mrs. Roy Orbison, was auctioned for 198,000 USD in January 2015, so I wonder how much this will sell for?

Porsche 911 Speedster 1989 Japanese auction inspection report

Porsche 911 Speedster 1989 rear

Porsche 911 Speedster 1989 front

Porsche 911 Speedster 1989 interior

Japan Car Auction Finds: Porsche 911 Speedster (1995)

Posted by Stephen On Friday, July 13th, 2012

A modern (now also aging) retake on the classic 356 Speedster, the 911 Speedster was produced in limited numbers between 1989 and 1994. This one at auction yesterday was one of the final examples built.

I remember this model being controversial at the time it came out. Basically a 911 Cabriolet with a chopped windscreen and a fancy tonneau cover but little else to recommend it — except its very limited production run.

And so although this one only has 37,260KM (23,152 miles) on the clock, this kind of low mileage is not so rare for these kinds of cars. It seems that the main attraction of buying one new back then was its collectibility. So owners have always had their eyes on the future value, and as a result have left them locked up in the garage most of their lives.

Nonetheless, this was a good condition example. So perhaps due to the rarity of these cars in Japan, the final sold price was pushed up to almost 7.7 million Yen.

911 Speedster at auction in Japan -- Front
911 Speedster at auction in Japan -- Interior
911 Speedster at auction in Japan -- Rear
911 Speedster at auction in Japan -- auction inspection report

Despite the mixed opinions about the original 911 Speedster, in 2010 Porsche decided to produce a modern take on this 80s vehicle and ended up building 356 of these cars you can see in the video below:

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Japan Car Auction Finds: Porsche 911s Then And Now

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The new 911 (the 991 model) is a masterpiece of modern engineering, continuing the contemporary 911’s reputation as a useable everyday supercar.

But just like highly successful bands like U2, it’s interesting to look back and see just how much has changed and what has remained the same.

Let’s take a look at these two 911s coming up for sale in the auctions in Japan on June 14th. They represent two extremes of 911 development over the last 40 years.

On the one hand, you have this 1971 model (first registered in Japan in January 1972) 911E. A rapid set of wheels in its time, although its 7.6 second 0 – 62 mph time and 137 mph top speed are junior hot hatch territory now. On the other hand, all this performance was from an air cooled 2.2 liter engine — a quite impressive feat with the technology of the time.

1972 Porsche 911 at auction -- front
1972 Porsche 911 at auction -- rear

Now we warp 40 years forward to the latest 991 incarnation of this motoring icon.

The engine in this Carrera S model is now up to 3.8 liters and pushes out 400PS. It can now hit 60 in just 4.6 seconds and go on to a top speed of 180 mph.

And this is a high-tech wonder. In this cabriolet model, for example, the roof may look like a traditional soft top, but super-light cast magnesium panels combined with aluminum and magnesium hinge mechanisms hidden under the fabric conspire to make it as secure and quiet as the coupe when the top is up.

So two opposite ends of 911 development. And two very different ends of the buying spectrum, too: The new 991 has only 40KM on the clock and bidding starts at 12.5 million Yen. The 1972 model? Well the 5-digit odometer means its true mileage cannot be verified, and the starting price of zero means the only way is up.

But rather than get bogged down in questions of money and value, let’s take another look at these two great cars. This time let’s remember how much they have in common: Specifically, the rear-engine layout, and that evergreen classic 911 silhouette.

2012 Porsche 991 cabriolet at auction in Japan
2012 Porsche 991 cabriolet at auction in Japan - rear

Additional sources: Car and Driver,

(c) Integrity Exports Co. Ltd. – Japan car auction buyer and exporter.

2007 Porsche 911 GT3 Club Sport at Auction in Japan

Posted by Stephen On Friday, April 13th, 2012

Something for the weekend, sir?

How about this lovely black with orange trim 911 GT3 Clubsport in the Japanese car auctions?

Porsche Carrera GT3 Club Sport 2007 at auction in Japan - front

Porsche Carrera GT3 Club Sport 2007 at auction in Japan - interior

Porsche Carrera GT3 Club Sport 2007 at auction in Japan - rear

Porsche Carrera GT3 Club Sport 2007 at auction in Japan - auction sheet

And for those of us for whom owning one of these machines is just a dream: While we’re at it, let’s imagine ourselves as legendary racer Walter Rohrl … driving a 911 GT3 … on the Nürburgring Nordschleife:

Ruf 3400K (2009 model) in Japan’s Car Auctions

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Here we go with some wild, but possibly accurate speculation.

First up: This car is not a Ruf 3400S, as stated on the auction sheet, but a 3400k. Why do I think that? For starters, the 3400S was only produced between 1999 and 2002, and this car was at least first registered in Japan in 2009. Of course, it could have been imported secondhand.

But here’s the clincher: The 3400S was based on the original Porsche Boxster that, as we all know, has always been a convertible – never a hard top like this. So I am pretty certain that this car coming up for auction today is a 3400K, the model that starts off as a Cayman.

400 horses in a mid-mounted engine means that it can hit 60 in 4.4 seconds and go on to over 180 miles per hour. And the set up of the car itself means that it can now more than keep up with its big brother, the 911. This is undoubtedly helped by likelihood that Ruf is being coy about both the output and performance figures.

And did I say rare? You know the car you are looking at here could well be the only example of this particular model in the whole of Japan. Why’s that? Well, Ruf is trying to sell one of these in the US right now, and apparently that model is one of only 2 over there. Very roughly, the US has about twice the population of Japan, so if they have 2 over there, that means that the Japanese should have to make do with one, right?

So, expect this car to either not sell at all, or go high. Any takers?

Ruf 3400K at auction in Japan - front

Ruf 3400K at auction in Japan - rear

Ruf 3400K 2009 model auction sheet from Japanese car auction

Import Car Sales in Japan Up 31% in May

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

While Japanese manufacturers saw their domestic sales drop 33.4% in May 2011, sales of non-Japanese import cars rose by 7.9%, with the remaining increase of 31%  the result of greater imports of domestic Japanese brands from their overseas production facilities.

The major winners among the top 10 import car brands are as follows:

  1. Volvo – up 69.7%
  2. Renault – up 45.4%
  3. Fiat – up 40.3%
  4. Porsche – up 29%
  5. Audi – up 21.3%

(Figures are as compared with the same period in 2010.)

The numbers of cars from non-Japanese makers, as well as imports from overseas manufacturing facilities of Japanese makers has now reached an unprecedented level. For example, in April 2011 about 1 in 4 (23.5%) of regular passenger cars sold in Tokyo were of foreign origin, and this level continued the following month with the May figure reaching 21%.

One of the major factors in this increase in overall foreign-origin car imports to Japan has been Nissan’s March manufacturing base in Thailand coming online recently. May 2011 saw Nissan import 3,274 vehicles, as compared with just 4 imported in May 2011.

Although Nissan has recently made a commitment to continue large-scale production in Japan for the Japanese market, it remains to be seen how many other makers will be following their lead in establishing offshore production facilities to service Japanese consumers. As I noted in my previous blog post, premium foreign makers are also seeing an opportunity to grab market share from brands such as Lexus, which could see these marques increasingly infiltrating Japan’s new car market.

Sources: JAIA, Tokyo Shinbun (both Japanese-language)

Lexus LFA, Porsche GT2 RS, F430 GT-3, Corvette ZR1 and Nissan GT-R Battle

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 20th, 2011

Great track battle between some of the fastest cars around. Unsurprisingly, the AWD and electronic gizmos on the GT-R helps it to an overall win. However, you have to wonder whether the extreme cost of the LFA was in the back of its driver’s mind as he jostled for position.

On the other hand, it is not often that you see road cars this expensive pushed quite so hard in a race. The commentary is all in Japanese, but that won’t stop you from enjoying it!

Hat tip: Autoblog

“New” Porsche Hybrid: The Semper Vivus

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 25th, 2011

Ferdinand Porsche created the first petrol-electric hybrid in 1900, and this model has been lovingly recreated over a period of 4 years by the firm that bears his name in time for the Geneva show. Porsche will be showcasing some more modern hybrids there – such as the 918RSR and the Panamera S Hybrid.

So if you think that “Prius” means hybrid, and Toyota came up with this all on their own – think again. It may have taken a while for these early ideas to come to fruition, but it just goes to show that you can’t keep a great invention down!

Source: Autocar