For some time now, much has been made of Porsche’s procedure – or lack of – when it comes to selecting customers for GT or other collectible sports cars. The undoubted car of the moment is the 991 GT2 Rs-based 935, the details of which were covered in the last issue of Total 911. Well, I’ve had a little insight into the world of acquiring this particular collector’s item, so I thought I’d share it with you – it could point to the fact that Porsche, at last, might be putting some sort of framework in place to ensure the right people get the right car.
In the minutes after the 935 was revealed at Rennsport Reunion, a representative of two wealthy clients approached a senior official from Porsche Motorsport. The two are known to each other. The representative informed he had two clients who wished to purchase one of the 77 examples of this new 935 each, and could transfer the full amount (in excess of £800,000 including taxes) immediately. The representative was rebuffed.
Meanwhile, only a matter of days after RR VI, a long-time customer emailed Porsche Motorsport and declared an interest in the car. An application form came as the reply, where the customer was asked to declare his Porsche car history and, importantly, evidence of a motorsport history. I’m unaware of the outcome of this scenario, but really it’s immaterial.
The point is, centrally speaking, Porsche is going to greater lengths to ensure its most precious sports cars are winding up in the hands of people who love the brand most and who are going to use the cars in the right way – rather than speculators seeking profit from a quick flip. Of course, the system isn’t water-tight – I’ve since seen an email going round offering a supposed confirmed build slot of a 935 for £300,000 over list price – but it’s an encouraging development nevertheless, and should give hope to customers further down the chain when it comes to allocations of future GT cars. We’ll all be watching with interest…
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“The customer was asked to declare his car history”