Few automobile manufacturers inspire the devotion that Porsche does. While people may have trouble pronouncing the name, being attracted to the design and performance of a Porsche is quite easy, and in some cases, addictive.
Just look at Jerry Seinfeld. The star of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee and, oh yeah, Seinfeld, love of cars was ignited by Porsche. He accumulated so many of the German vehicles that he could auction off 16 of them and still have plenty to spare.
As impressive as Seinfeld’s collection is, it can’t hold a candle to what Porsche itself has stashed away in its vault. Archiving cars is a lot trickier than other diminutive collectibles such as baseball cards or stamps, but Porsche has made a point of preserving its history and there are some absolute gems. To launch a new weekly series, Dieter Landenberger, the manager of Porsche’s historical archives took the covers off the five rarest production models Porsche ever made.
The list starts with the 964 Turbo S that was created in 1992 with a Speed Yellow paint color developed especially for the vehicle. Only 86 were ever made. Then it moves onto the 924 Carrera GTS, of which 50 were created exclusively for racing. The third is the 911 GT1 race car that was designed for the 24 Hours Of Le Mans. In order to compete in the GT Class, at least 20 street-legal models had to be created and Porsche barely exceeded that, manufacturing only 21. The second-rarest Porsche is one of the coolest. Only 20 of the 911 GT/RS were built for racing, but not on a typical track. The car was designed to compete in rally car events.
The rarest Porsche is the 356 America Roadster that later served as the inspiration for the famed 356 Speedster. Only 16 were ever made, which as Landenberger notes, “now seems a pity.”