Five Most Awesome Porsches Coming up for Auction in January

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RM Sotheby's Porsches

If you’re considering a new ride, look no further than this stellar group of classic Porsches crossing the block on January 17 & 18.

If you’re in the market for a new/old Porsche, buckle up. Because we’re headed into that time of year when some of the biggest auctions on the planet fire up their mallets as countless classics prepare to cross the block. And that includes a staple of the collector car auction world, RM Sotheby’s Arizona sale, which takes place January 17-18 at the Biltmore Resort and Spa.

This year’s docket is full of all sorts of amazing cars, of all makes and models. But of course, we were most interested in what sort of Porsches will make the trip to the Southwestern deserts. And this year’s lineup certainly doesn’t disappoint. Still, we managed to whittle down the plethora of vintage Porsches and come up with our five favorites for your enjoyment. And here they are, in no particular order. Mainly because it would be too hard to rank them otherwise!

1987 Porsche 911 Turbo

1987 Porsche 911 Turbo

Obviously, we’re suckers for the legendary Porsche 930. Most of us grew up idolizing these beacons of performance back in a time when it looked like the sports car might die altogether. A star of countless music videos and a poster on every kid’s wall, the turbo Porsche is a proper legend. And this amazingly well-preserved ’87 black/black whale-tailed example is our idea of the perfect Porsche.

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

The 964-gen 911 has exploded in popularity in recent years. And with the possible exception of Turbo models, few are as desirable as the Carrera RS. Porsche reintroduced this limited edition in 1992 as a tribute to the legendary 1973 Carrera RS, a car that’s virtually priceless today. And like the original, this one was intended to be a no-frills, performance-oriented car. Which, to us at least, is what makes a Porsche a Porsche in the first place.

1973 Porsche 911 S Coupe

1973 Porsche 911 S Coupe

For 1973, the 911S split the difference in performance and price between the standard 911 and the legendary Carrera RS. A proper purist car, the 911S packed more power than the base car, too. And the 1973 model year was significant for styling reasons as well. It was the final year before Porsche was forced to go with larger “safety” bumpers, making this particular model the virtual end of an era.

1969 Porsche 911 T Coupe by Karmann

1969 Porsche 911 T Coupe by Karmann

The 1969 model year was a significant one for the 911, as it marked the car’s very first major changes. Which included, of course, a stretched 2.4-inch longer wheelbase that improved handling. Of the three models offered this year – the 911 T, E, and S, only 3,561 T Coupes were built by Karmann at Osnabrück. And this beautiful Polo Red example might just be one of the best still in existence today.

1970 Porsche 911 E Coupe

1970 Porsche 911 E Coupe

Just 1,304 Porsche 911 E coupes were built in the 1970 model year. And this beautiful example sports arguably the most desirable color combination – Conda Green with a black interior. It might not have enjoyed as high an output as the range-topping S model, but the E coupe was a lightweight (2,249 pounds) performer in its own right. And this stunning ride is a shining example of that quintessential era in Porsche history.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts.

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