With all sorts of companies dropping their normal plans to help out with the fight against COVID-19, you might wonder just how an automaker might get in on the action. Well, Porsche has found a way to help out that will pique the interest of car lovers everywhere. They’re auctioning off a rare, drool-worthy 911 with the intention of donating the proceeds to help battle the coronavirus.
The auction was held on RM Sotheby’s Online Only bidding platform, with bids coming in over a period of seven days. The car being offered was a 991 generation 911. But this wasn’t just any 911, it was the last-ever 991 to go through the serial production line. The car was the last of 233,540 units made for the seventh generation of the 911. Painted in GT Silver Metallic, the car also boasted the Heritage Design package. That package included a bespoke 911 Speedster Heritage Design Chronograph that incorporated design features from the Speedster. The watch also had a strap made from the same cognac leather used in the car’s interior. The silver winding rotor matches the Speedster’s wheels as well. A naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine provides power to the six-speed manual transmission in this special 911 Speedster.
Not only did the winning bidder get an incredible car, they also won a special trip to Porsche’s Weissach development headquarters in Germany for a tour of the facility and a visit to the test track. The tour will be hosted by Frank-Steffen Walliser and Andreas Preuninger, who head up the 911 and GT model lines respectively. The auction also included a book about the assembly of the car. When the social distancing restrictions are lifted, Porsche Cars North America President and CEO Klaus Zellmer will hand over the car to the winner.
And who won the car? The winner wasn’t disclosed, but the car did sell for $500,000. Porsche North America matched the bid, totalling a donation of $1 million dollars to be given to the United Way Worldwide’s coronavirus fund.