Few names are as sought-after by petrolheads and car collectors as Porsche. Since the first 911 landed in 1963, the company has carved out a niche for itself, producing mainly rear-engined sports cars with horizontally opposed 'flat' engines.
Though Porsche has diversified as time's gone on (now actually producing more SUVs than sports cars) it remains the top choice for thousands of drivers the world over. As such, examples of classic Porsches command incredible values in the classifieds and at auction.
The market is so strong that Silverstone Auctions is now revving up for its third Porsche-only auction on October 21. Set to include cars (both 911 and otherwise), hard-to-find parts, memorabilia and novelties alike, it's bound to see some truly insane prices paid for rare Porsches. A selection of early entries led us to pick out our favourite cars heading to auction – here are our top five.
1992 Porsche 911 RS Touring
With an auction estimate of £185,000-£210,000, buyers will likely need deep pockets to get their hands on this spectacular car. While RS-badged Porsches are rare and valuable enough, this car sets itself apart with its 'Touring' specification. The vast majority of 964-generation 911 RSs were 'Lightweight' cars and it's estimated only six right-hand drive Touring models ever existed in the UK. Eleven were made in total.
This particular example is finished in a classy black, though the shocking pink stripes on the seats could put buyers off. It's said to come from a family collection of Porsches and has been fastidiously maintained.
1973 Porsche 911 2.8 RSR FIA Historic GT racer
As the listing itself says, 'RSR' is one of Porsche's best-known and well-regarded nameplates. It was introduced in 1973 as an evolution of the RS, and was available to privateer race teams wishing to emulate Porsche's own GT endurance teams.
Limited to just 49 examples, the RSR's engine was bored out to 2.8 litres over the standard 2.4, with wide wheelarches and even lighter weight. However, this car isn't an original – it's a 1973 911T, professionally modified to RSR specification and homologated as an FIA Historic race car. That brings its estimated auction price down to 'just' £80,000-£100,000.
2008 Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport
One of the most hardcore and sought-after modern 911s, the GT2 was introduced in 2008 and produced until 2012. It's an incredible set-up for the enthusiast – 523bhp fed through the rear wheels, a track-oriented suspension and brake setup, and of course, that amazing spoiler.
This perfectly maintained example has the Clubsport Package, which adds cloth-lined Recaro seats, racing hardnesses, a roll cage, a fire extinguisher and battery cut-off switch. It's not all track action though, as this car was specified with the Carbon package, Chrono package, sat-nav and telephone. It's estimated to hit £120,000-£140,000 at auction.
1991 Porsche 944 Turbo
Not a 911, but a front-engined, turbocharged beauty – the 944 Turbo still looks good today, even if the massive 'TURBO' decals on the front wings are a touch difficult to stomach. The 944 Turbo featured a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing over 200bhp, while the chassis and brakes were beefed up over the standard car.
This example could be a bargain at its £26,000-£30,000 auction estimate, and has been in the possession of the same owner for 20 years. It was treated to a full refresh in 2015, which has kept it looking sharp. And honestly, pop-up headlights make it hard to resist.
1962 Porsche 'Standard J' Tractor
We often think of the Cayenne as being Porsche's first bona fide off-roader, as well as its first diesel-engined vehicle. But cast your eyes back to 1962, and the Porsche Standard J tractor offers go-anywhere ability and a three-cylinder air-cooled diesel engine.
The listing optimistically suggests it's ideal for working a smallholding – but acknowledges it's more likely to end up tucked away as a curio in the corner of a Porsche collector's garage. With an auction estimate of £13,000-£15,000, it's certainly cheaper than any modern Porsche, and is bound to find favour among the crowds of Porsche collectors at the sale.