Stratstone chose Cholmondeley Castle to host its very own Sportscar together day on Saturday 9th June, using the weekend as a perfect chance to celebrate this incredible 70th anniversary milestone.
The Porsche brand itself means so much to so many. With such a varied selection of cars on display from the humble 986 Boxster to the legendary Carrera GT, we take a look at some of our favourite rare and unique Porsche cars from our Sportscar Together Day celebration.
The first production Porsche 356 is unsurprisingly rare to find, especially in such good condition, like the several examples at our Porsche 70 celebration. Due to its rarity it's also unsurprisingly pretty expensive too. Not that we're complaining - the 356 is a fine classic sports car that paved the way for Porsche to create a number of incredible cars over its seventy-year history.
There was a number of 356s on display and for that reason alone we cannot select just one, it would be impossible. We were just happy to see such a strong selection of this rare car join us on the day. Interestingly, Porsche actually produced thousands and thousands of 356s, but as you would expect over 70 years, the number of surviving examples has dropped considerably, making them a rare treat to see out and about.
Character and DNA is shared with Porsche's most iconic car - the 911, as the 356 is rear-engined and features rear-wheel drive. This is all housed in a two-door coupe body, or alternatively you could specify a 356 as a convertible or roadster too.
Porsche 911 (993) GT2
Porsche's 993-generation of the 911 was the last air-cooled generation of the iconic sportscar, so the 993 will always be a hugely sought-after 911. Perhaps the most sought-after 993 is the legendary GT2. In fact, with only 57 road-going GT2s made, it is one of the rarest 911s and Porsche models ever. This particular example of the GT2 that joined in our celebration happened to be right-hand drive, meaning it is one of only thirteen cars ever produced - a rare car indeed.
Produced in the mid-nineties, the 993 GT2 was originally built to meet homologation purposes to comply with motorsport rules. But why did Porsche call it the GT2? Simple, the car was built to meet GT2 racing class guidelines. Therefore, it looks like a serious racer too, complete with wide riveted fenders and a huge rear wing, signalling the GT2's immense performance.
If you don't know your Porsche models, you could be confused by the rear badge on the GT2 as it simply says '911 GT'. Despite the badge seemingly missing the '2', make no mistake that this is very much the range topping 911 GT2 of the nineties.
The 993 GT2 featured a 3.6-litre twin-turbocharged engine, producing 444bhp. 60mph was dealt with in just 3.9 seconds joined by a top speed of 187mph - cementing itself as a serious performance Porsche. This particular example which we spotted at Cholmondeley Castle was finished in a stunning Turquoise colour. It looked simply incredible and was a credit to its owner, and we can only presume he will never part with such a rarity. We certainly wouldn't!
Porsche 918 Spyder
A true hypercar or a super sportscar? Whatever you class the 918 Spyder as, there is no denying it’s a truly incredible state-of-the-art machine. Along with its hypercar looks, the thing that takes some getting used to is the silent noise it makes when pulling away in full electric mode.
This is what struck us most when the 918 pulled into Cholmondeley. Instead of the usual hypercar/supercar noise and drama, the 918 Spyder gracefully entered in near silence.
However, as many know, once the 918 Spyder is properly unleashed, the combination of its naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V8 engine, along with two electric motors ensures the 918 can unload its 875bhp, with monumental consequences. Therefore, 62mph is dealt with in just 2.6 seconds and it will go on to reach 214mph.
An immaculate white example was the pick of the cars at Cholmondeley, with crowds of people constantly surrounding this state-of-the-art showstopper.
Porsche Carrera GT
Arguably one of the greatest sounding cars ever. And this one even comes complete with a beechwood gear knob. The Carrera GT was the flagship Porsche in the mid ‘00s.
Powered by a 5.7-litre V10 engine – which is also naturally aspirated, the Carrera GT gave the driver an unmatchable driving experience. What’s more, the Carrera GT came with a manual gearbox – something which is now highly sought-after in a range topping Porsche model.
The neat touches draw you in on the Carrera GT. Those with a keen eye will notice the race-inspired centre-lock wheels – with the nuts themselves being red on the driver’s side (this particular car was a US example and so was left-hand drive) and blue on the passenger’s side. The values of Carrera GTs are interesting as low-mileage cars sit around £600,000, which when compared with the more modern 918 Spyder – seems somewhat of a ‘bargain’.
Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition
In 1963, the world was introduced to the now iconic Porsche 911. Fifty years later, Porsche unveiled a special limited edition 911 to mark the occasion, and why not, the 911 is often dubbed the world's best sportscar after all.
In simplistic terms, the 50th Anniversary is a Carrera S with the body of a four-wheel drive Carrera 4, keeping the rear-wheel drive of a Carrera S - for the ultimate 911 feel.
Only 1963 were made available (1963 being a nod to the year the 911 was born). This particular example spotted at Cholmondeley Castle was finished in a gorgeous Geyser Grey. However, the limited edition is also available in a darker grey and black finish too - nevertheless we are drawn to the Geyser Grey as it looks great and you don't really see it on many Porsche models.
When launched, this particular model was around £90,000. Today models tend to fetch around £130,000 showing the appeal and appreciation factor limited edition 911s have.
Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series
The 911 Turbo has quite the reputation. Dominating performance is complemented by supreme comfort, attention to detail and everyday usability. The Turbo S takes it even further - but the Turbo S Exclusive Series, well, that raises the bar even more so.
With almost 600bhp on offer, this particular version of the Turbo S is simply phenomenal at covering ground at an almighty pace. With a 205mph top speed and 62mph reached in just 2.9 seconds, this is a 911 that can pretty much embarrass any hypercar or other exotica in an instant.
In this bespoke finish of Golden Yellow Metallic, we believe it is perhaps one of the most striking 911s available, perhaps on par with the eye-popping bright colours bestowed upon the GT3 RS. Black wheels with gold detailing really set the Exclusive Series off nicely, and if you don't like gold, Porsche will spec your own version in a few other carefully selected colours.
Porsche 911 (996) GT2
Unlike its 993 predecessor, the 996 GT2 wasn't built for homologation purposes. It was built in larger numbers too, with 1287 built worldwide. And it happens to divide opinion like no other 911. Why? It implemented huge power - 462bhp, which in 2001 was monumental, and with no traction control and rear wheel drive the GT2 was deemed a serious drivers car - you simply couldn't drive one without 100% commitment.
It looks great too, taking the 996 Turbo body and adding a large fixed rear wing and a few styling enhancements here and there. Finished in black it looks very menacing, if slightly subtle in comparison to other 'supercar' alternatives.
It's very rare too, with around 120 cars ever making it to the UK market. Values are pretty reasonable in comparison for such a rarity, with decent low-mileage examples available for circa £120,000.
Porsche 911 (991) R
What can we say that hasn't been said about the 911 R already? It features in many of our 'Top 5' lists - mainly due to its pure, bespoke driving experience. It will undoubtedly be a sought-after 911 for many years to come and will also blossom into a classic 911 over time.
The 911 R can usually be distinguished by its GT3 body, toned-down aero (no large rear wing or rear air intakes) and usually sports a pair of green or red stripes, along with Porsche decals down the lower sides of the car.
However, what made the 911 R at Cholmondeley so special was its stealth spec. Finished in white, you have to be pretty handy at knowing your Porsche variants to spot that this is not just your ordinary Carrera. A car that fetches around £500,000 has never looked so subtle. And we think that's pretty cool, not having to shout about it.
Lighter than the more hardcore GT3 RS, able to crack 200mph and coming with a purist's favourite manual gearbox, the 911 R will continue to have Porsche enthusiasts in awe for years to come.
Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS
The most powerful 911 road car ever was always going to be a favourite of ours, and it's not exactly common on UK roads.
There was a selection to choose from at our Sportscar Together Day but the yellow GT2 RS - nicknamed 'The Wasp' with its private number plate stood out for all the right reasons. The Nurburgring record holder looks like a road-legal race car of the highest order.
With 690bhp, delivered via the rear wheels only, the GT2 RS can somehow hit 62mph in just 2.7 seconds. It is quite simply the very pinnacle of what a Porsche 911 can deliver and is an extraordinary piece of kit. At around £210,000 new, the GT2 RS can be found offered for sale at around £500,000 - such is the demand for this ultimate 911.
Appearing similar to its GT2 sibling, thanks to its large rear wing, the 993 Carrera RS looks amazing, especially in Riviera Blue. This particular example was absolutely immaculate and featured the more hardcore Clubsport specification.
That means this particular 911 is wonderfully rare, with only 227 Clubsports ever made out of the 1,104 built worldwide. Today, prices for this rare 911 are unsurprisingly steep with low-mileage examples offered for sale north of £400,000.
The Clubsport spec can be identified by items such as the large rear wing and roll cage bolted inside the cabin. It's a more hardcore experience and some argue that the 993 Carrera RS is the best air-cooled, naturally-aspirated 911 ever made.
And our 'favourites' list doesn't stop there...
We could have added plenty more high-calibre Porsche models to this list, but the article would be never ending. In a more fitting bonus, take a look at our gallery to discover more examples of fine Porsche sportscars that joined us at Cholmondeley on the 9th June 2018 for our Sportscar Together Day.
Special thanks to David Roscoe Rutter and Motorsport Vlogs for use of some of their incredible photos.
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