Paint-to-Sample Porsche 918 Spyder With 270 Miles Heads to Auction
The exquisite hybrid rocket features the sought-after Weissach package and the iconic Martini Racing livery.
Porsche has been around for a very long time, and therefore has produced many heavy-hitters when it comes to desirable sports cars. Whether it is the early year Speedsters, the vintage 911 racers, or the iconic Carrera GT, there hasn’t been a shortage of pricey sheet metal from Stuttgart. And more importantly, sheet metal that’s bound to appreciate over time. Now that one of their most recent supercars is up for sale, what can hungry collectors (maybe you) expect?
From the get-go, the 918 Spyder made headlines due to its hybrid power plant, its four-wheel steering, and its relatively “subdued” persona compared to its rivals. While the 918 featured traditional Porsche lines that actually resembled a street car, the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1 looked like earth-bound alien spaceships. Regardless, the entire production of 918 Spyders quickly made it into collectors’ private showrooms and its availability became a thing of the past. Until now, of course.
Merit Partners has registered their 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Edition at New York’s RM Sotheby’s upcoming auction dubbed “Icons.” As the name implies, only the most exquisite and iconic vehicles are being offered. The likes of a Pagani Huayra, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Ferrari F12 TDF will go under the hammer in the hopes of finding a new home.
In case you need a little Weissach refresher, the pricey package (approximately $84,000) made the 918 Spyder even cooler, lighter, and therefore faster. It reduced unsprung weight through magnesium, center-locking wheels, used lightweight materials throughout the cabin such as Alcantara instead of leather, deployed even more carbon fiber throughout the vehicle, and replaced the door handles with cloth pull-straps. Yes, straps. Oh, but the former owner decided to not get rid of the only cupholder in the car, so you and your 7-Eleven Big Gulp are covered!
Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of this 918 Spyder is that it’s only seen 270 miles since new. That means that the engine probably isn’t even broken in per Porsche standards. At the end of the day, this bad boy rocked a $1,009,275 sticker when it left the factory.
While it’s a pity that whoever ordered this vehicle did not enjoy it at all, we’re just happy to know that another person will now have another shot at it. Hopefully, they appreciate it for the speed demon that it is.
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