When the stop button was pressed and Porsche‘s Gen-991 assembly line ceased for the last time, a total of 233,540 units were produced, making the 991 model the most successful 911 version ever built. Making its debut in 2011, the 991 generation was considered as a revolutionary model with as much as 90% of its parts newly designed or heavily modified from the previous model (997). To highlight the success of the Porsche 911 Gen-991, the final iteration to roll-off the line was a Speedster which is visually linked to the very first Porsche sports car, the 356 Roadster from 1948. The Type 991 Speedster was created to honor 70 years of Porsche sports cars and interestingly, a total of 1,948 examples were built as a nod to the year when the 356 Roadster was certified for road use.
The last Porsche 991 Speedster was sold last April at an online auction hosted by RM Sotheby’s and after a seven day bidding period, the hammer dropped at a final bid price of $500,000, handily eclipsing the pre-auction estimate of $311,940. Porsche Cars of North America matched the winning bid raising the total proceeds to 1 Million dollars. The entire amount was then donated to United Way Worldwide for use in their COVID-19 relief operations in the USA.
The Speedster was personally turned over to the winning bidder by Porsche Cars of NA President and CEO Klaus Zellmer. He later stated in an interview that with the last 991 being allocated to the US market, it could be considered to be a “treasure” in that it may inspire people to help the United Way in their efforts against the Coronavirus.