Porsche enthusiasts rank among some of the most fierce marque loyalists, and as collectors they rival even philatelists in their obsession for rarity, completeness, and condition. One such collector was Matthew Drendel, whose passion for turbocharged Porsches was the catalyst for an unparalleled collection of road and race cars from Stuttgart.
The entire collection of 18 significant automobiles from the Drendel Family Porsche Collection will be auctioned by Gooding & Co. at 11 am on Friday, March 9, during the Amelia Island Auction, which takes place during the Amelia Island 2012 Concours d’Elegance in Florida.
The collection spans 1973 to 1997, Porsche’s glory years of turbocharged competition, and the cornerstone is a 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder ($3.25 million to $4 million). The turbocharged, flat-12 engine developed 1,000 hp, making the 917/30 an invincible predator on the track. Its unmatched performance ultimately caused the demise of the Can-Am series, as other manufacturers withdrew from competition.
Another highlight is a 1974 Porsche RSR Turbo Carrera 2.14 ($1.75 million to $2.25 million). This experimental 911 Turbo was campaigned in Martini & Rossi livery and is a correct and unmolested example of a very rare competition Porsche.
Apart from the usual 911 suspects, even the front-engine, water-cooled 924, 944, and 968 series are well represented. A 1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GT ($450,000 to $600,000) that ran at Le Mans is in every way worthy of inclusion in a world-class collection.
So many significant Porsches are going on the block that this sale will doubtless raise eyebrows—and paddles—of the Porsche faithful around the world. (310.899.1960, www.goodingco.com)