Have Porsche 911 R Values Leveled Out? This One Sold For $300k

Remember the Porsche 911 R? It was a purist’s version of the 991 that Zuffenhausen rolled out a little over two years ago. Production was limited, they sold out quickly, and started trading hands on the open market for ridiculous prices. But those prices may be starting to level out.

At its Fort Lauderdale auction this past weekend, RM Sotheby’s sold a rather splendid example of the 911 R. Not for seven figures, but six. $300,000, to be exact.

That’s less than double the $185,000 that Porsche charged for each one when new. Don’t get us wrong, it’s still a considerable markup. But it’s a far cry from the million-dollar asking prices we saw on some examples in the months following its reveal at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. In fact, we saw one listed for $613k just the other day – more than twice what this one has sold for.

This example was the 430th of the 991 examples made. It’s decked out in a unique white livery with bright blue stripes. And it came equipped with the Sport Chrono package and numerous other options.

What’s happening?

So why is the 911 R selling for so much less than before? Two reasons: namely, the Carrera T and GT3 Touring. You see, Porsche didn’t like seeing these rare machines being flipped at such astronomical rates. So it came out with two models that offered much the same approach.

The 911 Carrera T is based on the turbocharged base model and starts at just over $100k. And the Touring package is a no-cost option on the 911 GT3, which starts at under $150k.

Both are available as standard-production models. And they were designed to offer the minimalist, purist experience of the 911 R… without the inflated values. Judging from the sale price on this example, they seem to be doing the trick.

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  • Christian

    OR buy a 911 T for 200 les!

    • SteersUright

      Naaaaaah. That GT3 engine is a beast of modern engineering and the soul of that car. The 911T is awesome, but that 4.0L 500+hp Flat-6 is on a whole ‘nother level!

  • LWOAP

    Hopefully.

  • Charles Lane

    or buy 2 GT3 with manual. Honestly this car is pretty dumb when it comes to asking price when you see the current offerings from Porsche, it wont be the collectors item it of the future now that the manual is back.

    Now when the finally make the real last limited run manual cars those will be exclusive and sought after.

    • SteersUright

      Totally right. Or, order the always highly collectible and highly prized brand new GT3RS for less and enjoy an even more capable and extreme 911 experience! (yes, I know, no manual. I dare anyone to drive a PDK 911 GT3RS and then whine about not having a manual).

  • SteersUright

    No doubt a cool car…but still rings true for the old, “a sucker and his/her money…” adage. This Porsche is still nothing more than a used GT3 with a manual and you can get an arguably better and brand new model for less as the new “Touring” models have been introduced. Still, if you have more money than you could ever possibly need, buy away, it remains an awesome sports car. I also have a used 2014 Cayman while you’re on that shopping spree which I’ll gladly offer at over original MSRP if you’re interested…

  • Honda NSX-R

    $300,000? I’d say that’s much much more acceptable than selling it for $600,000.

  • Another problem is that the hype has gone and people who are looking for this is no longer the car flipper and investment type.

  • GobbleUp

    The fools who bought high got burned. Porsche screws then by shortly after announcing the return of manual transmissions and values went poof. Laff of a car. Porsche hosed the profiteers and I love it.

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