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Pablo Escobar was known for a lot of things, his extravagant taste among them. I mean, the man kept rhinos and hippos in a zoo on his estate after all. Obviously, that taste also encompassed cars, and expensive ones at that. Among them was a very, very special Porsche 911 race car owned by just about anybody who is anybody in the world of race cars, including a Formula 1 driver.

Now, the infamous Porsche 911 RSR racecar is for sale yet again. At the time of his ownership, Pablo Escobar was making almost $420 million a week, but that doesn’t change how special this 911 was then, and is now.

Why is this Porsche 911 worth so much money?

A yellow Porsche 911 RSR race car, shot from the far 3/4 angle in the shade
Pablo Escobar’s Porsche 911 RSR | Collecting Cars

Let’s ignore Pablo Escobar for a moment. At a surface level, this Porsche 911 is already incredibly valuable. The classic car market is a hard thing to put a finger on, but generally, a race-ready Porsche 911 RSR is a $200,000+ car on it’s own. That’s nearly on par with current prices for Porsche IMSA cars. Now, add in the previous owners (aside from El Patron), and you’ve got something incredibly valuable.

The most notable name attached to this particular 911 RSR is two-time Formula 1 World Driver’s Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who raced it in 1974. This model even has Fittipaldi’s signature on the bumper beneath the rear wing. Collecting Cars also states that it was owned by Roger Penske. As in Penske oil. Yep.

Pablo Escobar ties or not, this 911 is special

Pablo Escobar and his wife, Maria pose for a photo in 1983
Pablo Escobar and his wife Maria in 1983 | Eric Vandeville via Getty Images

Now, about Pablo Escobar. The man loved his cars, owning cars like a Lamborghini LM002, among others. The listing isn’t clear about when Escobar took ownership, but it was sometime pre-1990’s, and, obviously, before his death in Columbia in 1993. This Porsche 911 RSR was sold to El Patron by John Tunstall, who in turn bought the RSR from Penske. Funnily enough, Pablo Escobar even raced this thing in Columbia.

Then, at some point, and no doubt through some strange circumstances, the 911 RSR eventually made it back to the States sometime later in the ’90s. At that point, someone restored it to the original bodywork you see here. However, that story isn’t the only reason this car’s auction will end in a lot of zeroes.

This 911 race car will command a premium at auction- again

The rear of the Porsche 911 RSR race car owned by Pablo Escobar
Emerson Fittipaldi’s signature is visible under the rear wing | Collecting Cars

Only 15 IROC-spec Porsche 911 RSR models were produced in 1974. That means this car, in addition to its insane chain of ownership, is one of fifteen, and one of one in just about every other regard. Plus, the car was fully restored back in 2010, apparently winning several concourse rewards.

This isn’t even the first time this Porsche 911 was listed for sale, but it’ll certainly command a much higher selling price than before. The high-end collector market is absolutely rabid for a cool car with a story, and there’s not a whole lot of cooler stories than this one.


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