This is the 1974 Porsche 911S racer that used to be owned and regularly raced by famous Hollywood actor and director Paul Newman, and it will be one of the several incredible classic Porsche that will be featured at Rick Cole Auctions this August at Monterey, California.
This 911S was the car that started Newman and Bill Freeman’s racing duo when they raced it during the 1977 12 Hours of Sebring. The late Newman continued his racing career until his last race in Daytona last 2005.
According to the Cole’s auction representative, it has been completely restored to its racing glory day’s setup that features a professional reworked 360 horsepower 3.0 L flat-six endurance-racing engine. All of the work has been completely documented and it is now ready to go back into classic racing. This legendary 1974 Porsche 911S race car is estimated to be sold from $450,000 to $550,000.
The catalog for the auction described it as follows:
“Carrying exceptional and well-known history including entries at top racing events, this former Newman-Freeman Racing Porsche 911S is a compelling find. While virtually any vehicle with Steve McQueen provenance enjoys the ‘McQueen Premium’ in today’s collector-car market, this 911S marks the true start of Paul ‘King Cool’ Newman’s long-term racing career that would include second at Le Mans and continue to his last race – aged 80 – at the 2005 24 Hours of Daytona. It all had to start somewhere, and it did with Newman-Freeman Racing and this very car.”
Another Porsche racer owned by Paul Newman will also be an auction this August at the Gooding and Company Monterey Auction, this 1979 Porsche 935 was driven by Newman together with driving partners’ team leader Dick Barbour and Rolf Stommelen during the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans where they placed 2nd in the overalls. It is probably one of the most historic Porsche racers in history and it is estimated to be sold between $4,500,000 and $5,500,000.
Paul Newman’s 1979 Porsche 935
Together with Paul Newman’s 911S, the auction will also feature 8 other stunning 911S that include:
This 1967 911S coupe that used to be owned by professional racer Wilhelm Sebastien, who was known for raced a Mercedes-Benz SSKL during the 1931 Mille Miglia.
This 1973 911S coupe which is the last model year of the 911 before the strict emission regulations forced the restyle and reduction of power for most classic.
This 1974 911 Carrera coupe is European model that features a 210 horsepower 2.7L engine.
For anyone interested, the Cole Monterey Auction will be this August 19 to 21 at the Marriot Hotel in Monterey. This unique auction will feature several other rare classic car that will be great to add to anyone’s collection.
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