This 2016 Porsche 911 R Is a Fabergé Egg: Robb Report
The Porsche 911 R was only on the market for a single year, and with less than 1,000 units produced in total, Porsche created a monster. The 2016 Porsche 911 R was hard to get ahold of in the first place and even harder to get secondhand. Porsche ended up having to create another version for fans once the price of the car hit almost triple the original MSRP on the secondary market.
The 2016 Porsche 911 R Fabergé egg theory
According to Britannica, Fabergé eggs are decorative eggs made by Peter Carl Fabergé’s studios from 1885 to 1917. These eggs contain “objets d’art” from Fabergé. The most famous eggs were the 50 made for the Romanov family given as Easter gifts. “Treated more like Fabergé eggs than automobiles, most 911 Rs show few miles and no discernable use,” Robb Report said.
Porsche made the original price of the 2016 911 R $185,950. However, limited production made the vehicle even harder to get ahold of. Those who could get ahold of the car tried to flip it for over $500,000 immediately. Or, owners hid the 911 R in a garage no one else could find.
When the Porsche community hypothetically revolted, Porsche set out and made the 911 GT3 Touring Package for 2017. It offered a base MSRP of $143,600 and had much higher production numbers. In addition to being easier to get ahold of, it helped keep the prices of the 911 R in check. And with that, the 911 R became Fabergé egg of the Porsche community.
The Porsche 911 R was one of the most exclusive 911s made
ShiftGate is a new automotive bidding website that is offering up this rare 911 specimen. Although the Porsche 911 R is rare enough, this 2016 supercar only has 243 miles on it. Fabergé egg indeed. Rennsport Automobile, the current owner, notes this car is one of the most exclusive 911s that ever rolled out of the factory. Ferdinand Piëch created the original 911R back in 1967. This time around, it was Andreas Preuninger that brought the 911R back.
“Using the hot-rod approach, he took the best parts from 991-series GT3 and GT3 RS models, applied the Porsche secret sauce and crafted the amazing vehicle up for auction here.”ShiftGate
This version up for sale has a 4L flat-six with 500 hp. It only had one transmission option, a six-speed manual. Porsche used carbon fiber and magnesium to keep the weight around 3,000 pounds.
Porsche only offered the 911 R in two paint schemes from the factory. White with dual green stripes as an homage to the 1967 version was one option. The stripes go across the carbon fiber lid, over the magnesium roof, and back to the rear decklid. Even the black Porsche decal surrounded by black stripes on the door was an exclusive detail. This was only an option when the owner picked up the vehicle in Germany.
This one could fetch around $500,000
This particular version was purchased as a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) from an authorized Porsche dealer. The owner last changed the oil in 2018, but it hasn’t gone very far since. The engine was regularly turned over to keep it in good shape. ShiftGate says there are no known mechanical issues, and it comes with a clean title.
So while the Porsche 911 R was rare for its time, finding a 2016 version with 243 miles makes it even more extraordinary. The prices stayed high for a long time before leveling out at about double the original MSRP. However, the value of the 911 R has gone back up again. Bidding for this rare Porsche opened on September 13. If the last sale of a 2016 Porsche 911 R with six thousand miles on it is anything to go by, this special egg could go for around $500,000 again.