German automaker Porsche and RM Sotheby’s will be holding a charity auction for a special 991-generation 911, the proceeds of which will be donated to United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.
The car itself is the last 911 Speedster ever produced within the 991 generation. Covering only 20 delivery miles, it’s finished in GT Silver Metallic paint and powered by a 4.0-L naturally aspirated flat-six pushing out 502 horsepower, working with a six-speed manual gearbox. Aside from the very special vehicle, the winner of the auction will also receive a Porsche 911 Speedster Heritage Design Chronograph watch, a book documenting the momentous production of the final 911 Speedster, and a private tour of the Porsche AG Weissach development headquarters — including the test track — with Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser and Andreas Preuninger, heads of the 911 and GT model lines respectively.
“We are all profoundly affected by the current situation and the immediate impact it’s having on those most at risk in our communities,” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “United Way continues to step up to the plate and their response to this crisis has been quite impressive. So we are proud to do our part. I also appreciate the swift support of RM Sotheby’s to make this possible and I am hopeful that the sale of a very special Porsche will help in a small way.”
Walliser added: “Not only does this mark the end of what, for me, was a special era but it’s especially rewarding that the last car to reach the end of the line should be the ultimate – the Speedster combined everything we learned and is the 991 in its purest form. I hope this really unique car can make a big difference to those who need help right now – and that the fortunate buyer enjoys it and drives it as we always intended.”
For those interested, the online-only auction opens 11 a.m. EDT on April 15 over at RM Sotheby’s.
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