Will Any of These 10 Porsches Set New Records When they Cross the Auction Block Next Month?

In a little more than a month the following 10 Porsches will cross the block as RM Auctions lifts the gavel on the distinguished Don Davis Collection. As Davis prepares to ‘downsize’ the collection, more than 50 automobiles, each impressive in its own right, will be offered ‘without reserve’ on April 27, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. Included within the collection are the following 10 Porsches.

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring

Lot: 111 - Estimated at: $400,000 - $500,000 - Offered Without Reserve

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring

Originally delivered in Germany, this 911Carrera RS is one of a reported 30 with the special-order Code 2525 India Red paint. As built, it had a limited slip differential, sport seats, retractable seats, through-the-grille fog lights, and a retractable antenna.

While its early history is not recorded, it is known to have spent time in a Japanese museum. It was imported to the United States by the Symbolic Motor Car Company, of San Diego and purchased by George Valerio in excellent condition, with matching numbers but in the incorrect paint. It subsequently found its way to Phillip Coombs, of Santa Barbara, who immediately commissioned a thorough restoration.

The rotisserie restoration was performed by Kundensport Porsche, of Camarillo, California, with single-marque specialists working on everything from 356s to 917s. The drive-train was rebuilt by Aase Brothers in Anaheim, California. The car has been driven some 700 miles since completion and performs exquisitely. The sport seats are original, restored to perfection by Tony Garcia at Autobahn Interiors in San Diego, as part of his complete renovation of the interior.

Given that the last RS we saw sell at auction wasn't anywhere near as correct as this car we think that the sky is the limit for pricing on this one, especially if there a bidding war ensues.

1988 Porsche 959 'Komfort'

Lot: 147 - Estimated at: $500,000 - $650,000 - Offered Without Reserve

1988 Porsche 959 'Komfort'

1988 Porsche 959 'Komfort'

Serial no. WP0ZZZ95ZJS900143
Engine no. 65H00197

An original German-delivery car, Don Davis’ 959 ‘Komfort’ was acquired through Canepa Design, where it was extensively serviced in early-2012, with all fluids changed, wheels refinished, chassis aligned, and all systems properly checked, in addition to a full detailing. “Stock,” as a Porsche aficionado would want it, it still wears its original Graphite Metallic over a complementary Dark Grey Metallic leather interior. With just over 17,000 kilometers traveled, it shows very little wear and is clean and well-presented throughout—not only on the visible surfaces, but also under the hood and underneath the car. Even the carpets remain in excellent condition under their plastic covers.

Opening the front lid reveals all of the original factory accessories that one would hope to find, including a complete tool kit, jack, and small air compressor. The car was accessorized when new with heated sport seats with electronic height adjustment, an alarm system, and Bridgestone tires, and it comes complete with a list of services performed by Canepa as well as its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.

If this 959 is as clean as it seems to be, we think the strong service history and color combination could push the bidding for this 959 quite high.

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

Lot: 150 - Estimated at: $90,000 - $120,000 - Offered Without Reserve

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Cabriolet by Reutter

Lot: 145 - Estimated at: $100,000 - $150,000 - Offered Without Reserve

1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Cabriolet by Reutter

1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Cabriolet by Reutter

1975 Porsche 911S Targa

Lot: 146 - Estimated at: $40,000 - $60,000 - Offered Without Reserve

1975 Porsche 911S Targa

1975 Porsche 911S Targa

1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Cabriolet by Reutter

Lot: 115 - Estimated at: $100,000 - $150,000 - Offered Without Reserve

Don Drapier Porsches for sale

1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Cabriolet by Reutter

1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster by Reutter

Lot: 127 - Estimated at: $250,000 - $300,000 - Offered Without Reserve

1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster by Reutter

1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster by Reutter

1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Super 'Sunroof' Coupe by Reutter

Lot: 120 - Estimated at: $125,000 - $175,000 - Offered Without Reserve

1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Super 'Sunroof' Coupe by Reutter

1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Super 'Sunroof' Coupe by Reutter

1959 Porsche 356A 1600 Super Convertible D by Drauz

Lot: 155 - Estimate: $125,000 - $150,000 - Offered Without Reserve

1959 Porsche 356A 1600 Super Convertible D by Drauz

1959 Porsche 356A 1600 Super Convertible D by Drauz

2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

Lot: 143 - Estimated at: $75,000 - $100,000 - Offered Without Reserve

2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

We think this particular Porsche could be the deal of the auction. The 997 Turbo Cabriolet, while an amazing example of our favorite marque, doesn't come close in terms of collectability or brand heritage to the other Porsche choices. As a result, it's possible bidding for this car could be light and as it's sold without a reserve someone might just get a steal. We'll have to wait and see.

Will Any Records Be Set?

It's hard to tell at this point, but the '73 911 RS Touring and the '88 959 Komfort is where the action will be. I'm sure you remember the '73 RS that sold at Gooding earlier this month on Amelia for $550k. While it was an "ok" example, it wasn't even close to this one. As for the 959, a prototype version sold at auction for $440,000 a few months ago and that car is said to have come with a piece of paper that said it was basically "unsafe to be driven". Given the clean history and color combination of the 959 in this auction we wouldn't be surprised to see prices well north of $600k...

Check Out the Rest of the Collection

Amazingly, these 10 Porsches make up only 20% of an incredible collection that includes both foreign and domestic beauties. We would highly encourage you to check out all of the lots available on the RM site as any Porsche fan will surely enjoy the rest of the collection as well.

Update: The full digital catalog is now available too at http://www.rmauctions.com/digitalcatalogs/2013/DD13/

We'll be following the auction closely and let you know what prices are realized and if any records are broken.

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10 Comments

    • 993C4S says

      @Jonathon,

      An ’89 Carrera is a fantastic Porsche and a model we would like to add to our collection. However, while I think it will appreciate over time, I don’t think it will ever see the type of pricing the Porsches in this auction will achieve. It’s tough to compete against the low production numbers of the 959 and ’73 RS, etc…

  1. says

    I know Don Davis well and have seen his entire collection of Porsches, Corvettes, Ferraris and Mercedes Benz.. He has been one of the foremost collectors in the country for some time and is one of the most knowledgeable enthusiast I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. The curator of his collection, Shane Dickinson, is equally as
    well-versed. His sale should be one of RM’s best.

    • 993C4S says

      @Gerry,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. While we don’t know Don personally, we can tell by his collection that we would like to. Thanks for your insight and thanks for taking the time to read our site and comment!

  2. says

    All of the 356s will have a strong slowing in my opinion as they are hard to find in this condition. The used car of the bunch is vastly superior to any average car and that is the 2008 911 Turbo, but it is not rare so it is outside of the rare and old stuff. RM does a good job, I just wish they would televise on Speed so I could see the fun. Have a good one, and Happy Motoring.

  3. Ambitious says

    Buyer beware. The Porsche 959 prototype sold a few months ago was a well used test mule. What was not told was how it got into the US to begin with and how it came to have a CA title. I think a wise person can figure out the (il) legalities involved.
    RM will not provide additional details on at least one car being auctioned. If spending more money for repairs because the history is unknown is ok with you, bid away.

    • says

      @Ambitious,

      The Porsche 959 you mention was not sold by RM it was sold by Barrett Jackson. See http://flatsixes.com/cars/for-sale-cars/porsche-959-prototype-for-sale/ for more info. That particular 959 allegedly came with a letter suggesting is was not safe for street use and it was clearly advertised as a prototype.

      What car at the RM auction are you looking for more details on? They just recently published their full catalog and we’ve never found them to hold anything back. At any purchase, of any car, from any seller, it’s always Buyer Beware. Do your homework, inspect the car and bid accordingly.

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