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Used Porsche cars re­turned a mixed show­ing at the first auc­tions of 2018 in Scotts­dale, with col­lec­tors now hold­ing out for only the very rarest of ex­am­ples. A clear case in point was lot 144 in the Gooding & Co sale, where a 2,600mile 997.2 GT3 RS of­fered with no recorded track time sold for $198,000, some way be­low its $225,000 lower es­ti­mate. Porsche pro­duced around 1,500 ex­am­ples of the 997.2 GT3 RS world­wide be­tween 2010 and 2011.

How­ever, the Porsche sale of the week­end also took place at Gooding & Co’s auc­tion as a two-owner, 1973 2.4-litre Targa in Kelly green smashed its $260,000 up­per es­ti­mate, the ham­mer even­tu­ally fall­ing at $313,000. The car had cov­ered just 3,400 miles. Other Porsche high­lights from Gooding & Co in­cluded a 15,000mile 993 Car­rera 4S sell­ing for $132,000, and a sym­pa­thet­i­cally re­stored 1970 2.2-litre 911S which re­alised $209,000.

Scores of 911 sales fell short of their lower es­ti­mates, in­clud­ing a 1967 SWB 911S

(sold for $209,000 with a lower es­ti­mate of $250,000) and a 1989 Speed­ster, which re­alised $192,000 (against a $225,000 lower es­ti­mate). In­ter­est­ingly though, Scotts­dale proved a happy hunt­ing ground for the 964 RS Amer­ica, with two ex­am­ples sell­ing for $88,000 and $117,000. This en­sured a marked rise for the Us-only spe­cial, of which just 701 ex­am­ples were built.

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