It’s perhaps no longer unusual in this day and age to come across special, rare, and irreplaceable artifacts on online auction sites.
So don’t be too shocked to find this incredibly rare, 1/2 scale Porsche 936 Junior replica, one of just 50 to 100 ever made, on eBay.
According to the seller, the story goes that the first 1/2 scale Porsche 936 replica was given to Ferry Porsche in 1984, on his 75th birthday. It was built to commemorate Porsche’s 1981 victory at Le Mans, and the particular Porsche 936 which won the prestigious race.
Ferry enjoyed the Porsche 936 Junior replica so much that he ensured that his original example was preserved at the Porsche Museum, and later commissioned somewhere between 50 and 100 of the replicas to be sold to various Porsche dealers globally. The example shown here is believed to be the last one in the world still new in the crate, with 0 miles on the odometer, and its price is appropriately high; at the time of this writing, the bid stands at $25,100, with the reserve not yet met.
That price may sound absurd for what is essentially a glorified go-kart, but consider that the Porsche 936 Junior is a super faithful facsimile of the Le Mans-winning race car, with working high beam and low beam headlights, turn indicators, disc brakes, spring suspension and shock absorbers, a three-speed gearbox, and a Briggs and Stratton engine. The powertrain is reportedly good for a top speed of around 32 mph, and although the Le Mans-winning Porsche 936 most certainly went faster, you can’t afford a vintage Porsche race car.
Plus, unlike the authentic race car, this replica can be driven indoors.