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8 February 2017

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Lot 136

2016 Porsche 911 R

  • Chassis no. WP0ZZZ99ZGS194422
  • Serial no. 967/991

Sold for €515.200

Documents: French Certificat d’Immatriculation


Type 991. 500 bhp, 3,996 cc DOHC horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with direct injection, six-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel carbon-ceramic brakes. Wheelbase: 2,457 mm

  • The only PTS 911 R delivered to France
  • PTS Slate Grey with numerous Exclusive options
  • A one-off ‘Tribute to Steve McQueen’
  • The 967th example of just 991 examples produced
  • The most anticipated 911 of the 21st century
  • Just 600 km from new


The introduction of the 991-generation of the 911 GT3 RS caused quite the fanfare amongst Porsche’s most faithful customers. Gone was the long-adored six-speed manual transmission, replaced with Porsche’s Doppelkupplungsgetriebe transmission in the relentless pursuit of performance. While some enthusiasts favoured the PDK transmission for its lightning-quick shift times and smooth gear changes, others saw the departure of the traditional six-speed manual as the departure of the true driver’s car.

Porsche heard its customer’s calls and promised something that would be truly incredible: a limited edition 911 with the drivetrain of the GT3 RS but catering to the temperament of the enthusiast driver by fitting a manual transmission. While the car was just rumoured, customers began begging dealerships to take their deposits and give them an allocation in sheer anticipation for what would be an incredible car.

The 911 R was finally introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Mechanically similar to the GT3 RS, the 911 R enjoys numerous changes to the suspension, steering, and most notably, the custom-built six-speed manual. However, unlike the GT3 RS, the 911 R is not about the fastest possible lap time, it is about involving the driver with the car and creating the most enjoyable driving experience possible.

While only made available with two standard colours and stripe options, a handful of clients requested Paint to Sample (PTS) colours and were approved, instantly making those examples the most desirable and unique. This particular 911 R benefits from a host of Porsche Exclusive options and remains as one of the most unique examples seen to date. Delivered new to Paris, it is finished in Slate Grey with contrasting silver bonnet stripes and yellow Porsche lettering, and a Black leather interior and bucket seats with houndstooth inserts. Built as a tribute to Steve McQueen by its original owner, the car features personalized illuminated door sills inscribed with McQueen’s famous quote as Michael Delaney in the film Le Mans: ‘Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.’

Furthermore, it is outfitted with the single mass flywheel, Bi-Xenon headlights in black, Bose sound system, Sport Chrono pack, personalized interior with custom floor mats, and the front nose lift, amongst other options. At the time of purchase, the original owner was told that there would not be another 911 R with the same colours or options. The original owner also specified number 967 to celebrate the original 911 R built for racing in 1967.

Finally, 25% of the car’s hammer price above its reserve (with a minimum of €25.000) will be given towards research for curing cancer in children, financed by the Gustave Roussy foundation. Located in Villejuif, just south of Paris, the Institut Gustave Roussy is one of the world’s leading cancer research institutes investing in cutting-edge technology and medicine, with the aim of making major advancements in the fight against cancer.

Tastefully specified with many unique features, including PTS, perhaps Porsche’s own slogan sums up the 911 R best: there is no substitute.





Type 991. Six-cylindres à plat, 3 996 cm³, 1 ACT par banc, 500 ch, injection directe, transmission manuelle six rapports, suspension avant et arrière indépendante, freins à disque carbone-céramique sur les quatre roues. Empattement 2 457 mm

• Seule 911 R à la peinture personnalisée (PTS) livrée en France
• Teinte gris ardoise personnalisée et nombreuses options provenant du programme de personnalisation Porsche Exclusive
• Un hommage exceptionnel à Steve McQueen
• 967e exemplaire de la série limitée de 991 unités
• La Porsche 911 la plus attendue du XXIe siècle

La présentation de la 911 GT3 RS de la génération 991 a provoqué un véritable remue-ménage auprès des clients Porsche les plus fidèles. Disparue la transmission manuelle à six rapports vénérée depuis si longtemps, place à la transmission "Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe" (PDK), dans cette incessante quête de performances. Alors que certains enthousiastes préféraient la transmission PDK pour ses changements de rapports en douceur à la vitesse d’un éclair, d’autres vécurent l'abandon de la boîte de vitesses traditionnelle à six rapports comme la disparition d’une voiture de « vrai pilote ».

Porsche a entendu le message de ses clients et a fait une promesse véritablement incroyable : produire une série limitée de 911 équipées de la transmission de la GT3 RS, mais qui puisse satisfaire les ardeurs des conducteurs les plus enthousiastes en installant une boîte de vitesses manuelle. Alors que des rumeurs commençaient à peine à circuler sur la sortie de ce modèle, certains clients ont commencé à supplier leurs concessionnaires pour qu’ils acceptent un chèque d’acompte et les intègrent dans une liste d’attente, en pure anticipation de ce qui promettait d'être une voiture incroyable.

La 911 R fut finalement présentée au Salon de Genève 2016. Mécaniquement identique à la GT3 RS, la 911 RS profite de nombreuses modifications apportées à la suspension, la direction et surtout la boîte de vitesses manuelle spéciale à six rapports. Toutefois, au contraire de la GT3 RS, la 911 R n’est pas conçue pour signer le meilleur temps sur un tour de piste, mais plutôt pour rapprocher le conducteur de son automobile et lui faire vivre les meilleurs moments de conduite.

Alors que seulement deux couleurs standard étaient disponibles pour la carrosserie et les bandes décoratives, une poignée de clients ont demandé de pouvoir profiter du programme de peinture personnalisé PTS et ont obtenu gain de cause, ce qui rend ces exemplaires particulièrement désirables et uniques. La 911 R présentée ici bénéficie de nombreuses options "Porsche Exclusive" et apparaît comme l’un des exemplaires les plus exclusifs connus à ce jour. Livrée neuve à Paris, elle est de couleur gris ardoise avec des bandes argentées sur le capot avant et un lettrage Porsche jaune sur les côtés. L’intérieur est en cuir noir, avec des inserts en motif pied de poule sur les sièges baquets.

Réalisée dans l’esprit d’un hommage à Steve McQueen par son premier propriétaire, la voiture est équipée de seuils de portière personnalisés et éclairés, comportant la fameuse citation de McQueen : « Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting. » "[La course, c’est la vie. Tout ce qui se passe avant ou après n’est qu’attente"].

En outre, elle est équipée du volant moteur d’une seule pièce, de phares bi-xénon teintés en noir, d’un système audio Bose, du pack Sport Chrono, d’un intérieur personnalisé avec des tapis de sol spéciaux, et de l'avant modifié, parmi les différentes options. Au moment de l’achat, son propriétaire s’est fait préciser qu’il n’y aurait aucune autre 911 R fournie avec les mêmes teintes et options. Il a aussi demandé spécifiquement le numéro 967 (son numéro dans cette série limitée), choisi pour célébrer le millésime 1967, année de la sortie de la première 911 R.

Enfin, on notera que 25 % de la part d’adjudication dépassant le prix de réserve (avec un minimum de 25 000 €) seront donnés à la fondation Gustave Roussy qui finance des travaux de recherche sur les cancers infantiles. Situé à Villejuif, l’Institut Gustave Roussy, qui figure parmi les meilleurs instituts de recherche sur le plan mondial, investit dans les technologies de pointe et les traitements, dans le but de réaliser des avancées majeures dans le combat contre le cancer.

Personnalisée avec goût grâce à de nombreuses caractéristiques spécifiques, notamment le programme de peinture PTS, cette 911 R ne saurait être mieux résumée que par le dicton de Ferdinand Porsche lui-même : "Il n’y a pas de substitut".

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