Porsche 911 Speedster 991-gen bids heroic farewell, final production model goes for auction to help COVID-19 relief efforts

May 5, 2020

The 991 generation of the Porsche 911 is officially over. This series has been the most successful 911 generation to date, with 233,540 units produced. And, suitably, it was a glorious Porsche 911 Speedster that rolled off the assembly line as the final 991 ever built.

Available in 1,948 examples, the 991-generation 911 Speedster honored 70 years of Porsche sports cars (the production number is a nod to the year in which Porsche’s first sports car, the 356, was certified for the road).

Following a seven-day bidding period in April, an online auction hosted by RM Sotheby’s saw the last 911 Speedster hammering for $500,000, easily eclipsing its pre-auction estimate of $311,940. Porsche Cars North America then decided to match the winning bid to raise the total proceeds to $1 million. The amount was donated to United Way Worldwide to aid its work for COVID-19 relief in America.

Handing over the 911 Speedster to the winning bidder was Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. In a recent interview, Zellmer shared the last 991 happened to be allocated to the US market, making the car a “treasure” that could inspire people to help in United Way’s COVID-19 efforts. He noted the 911 Speedster is actually in “bigger demand than supply.”

In his words, Zellmer shared, “When we began this project, I wanted to use our voice to help raise awareness and funding for the incredible work of United Way. I’m pleased to have helped draw attention to their efforts and I’m deeply appreciative of the generosity and kindness of all the participants and the winning bidder. We are joining in that spirit by making our own donation on top of the winning bid for this special part of our history. We can now look forward to the funds raised making a direct difference to those who need it most right now.”

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Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.