Help Me Understand, Oppo.

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Hello gang, its been a while. I come to you because you might be the only people remarkable enough to prevent me from having an aneurysm. The car pictured above sold for $2,000,000. Why.


To be clear, I love factory race specials and I especially love these Porsche 911 RSRs. I like flared fenders, I like deep dish wheels and I like cars that deliver a pure driving experience. But in no universe or dimension is this car worth double Dr. Evil’s ransom in my eyes. The only way I would pay $2,000,000 for this car is if it was haunted by the ghost of Ferdinand Porsche, who would guide me through Scooby Doo like misadventures (if it was its own cartoon, I would call it Ferdinand’s Follies and the RSR Gang).

What makes this sale even more mind boggling is at the same auction there was a 918 Spyder that went for a paltry $1,500,000. That means someone paid more for a dusty Beetle with a stretch kit than the successor to the Space Shuttle. I know what you purists are thinking, “the 918 is everything wrong with today’s overly techie culture; it is impure; computers and Facebook blah blah blah.” Normally I would agree with the purists, but the 918 is amazing. It is worth $2,000,000 in my eyes because it is technological wizardry done right. I have not read an article where it said a 918 was over-computerized and failed to deliver a pure driving experience. Most people come away from the 918 debating how much their kidneys are worth, because they have to have one. And before you say “I’d rather have the Carrera GT”, just stop. Unless you are the secret love child of Ayrton Senna and Michele Mouton, your mortal ass doesn’t belong in a Carrera GT.


Technology doesn’t always justify value though. Many bare bones vintage race cars are worth a justifiably high price. But these valuable older race cars tend to have history. Take for instance the GT40. People pay a lot for a vintage GT40 because there is a chance that Dan Gurney threw up in it after sharing a bottle of Jack with Carroll Shelby the night before. People will pay millions to sit in Dan Gurney’s vomit. But this Porsche 911 RSR pictured above has no history what so ever. No one famous or talented drove it, but someone very rich put an ugly red interior in it and let it sit to become a dust farm.

So maybe the RSR’s value comes down to rarity. There were very few produced, and this is an opportunity to purchase a nearly zero mile example of an already rare specimen. But could you put this RSR in the same category of cars worth millions from the same era? For instance, a Ferrari F40 is difficult to duplicate. There is no taking a 308, putting on a body kit, performing an engine swap and calling it a day. To duplicate an F40, you would have to nearly start from scratch. But if I wanted to duplicate a 1993 911 RSR, it would not be that hard and it wouldn’t even cost $1,000,000, let alone $2,000,000. Yes the RSR itself is rare, but the driving experience that an RSR delivers is not. And I know that original Shelby Cobras are worth a lot despite the plethora of inexpensive Cobra kits, but those original Cobras were built in a by-gone era and I don’t think of the 90's as a by-gone era yet.


Ultimately, anything is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. But who would pay $2,000,000 for a 1993 Porsche 911? The amount paid for it is Seinfeld money, but I think the lack of history would not be in Seinfeld’s taste. Adam ‘I drive Datsuns in spite of Toyota’ Carolla is light in the wallet from chasing Paul Newman’s ghost. And I think this is more than everyone’s favorite Rob Zombie impersonator Magnus Walker would pay for a car.

I just don’t get it Oppo. Yes its an awesome car and I would love to have it. Any 911 RSR would be an amazing car to own. But for $2,000,000, I could think of many other cars I would like to have.

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