Call it our non-eBay Find of the Day: 1994 Porsche 911 (964) Turbo 3.6. 34,569 miles. Red/grey. One owner: Slugger Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers. While the car itself is a run-of-the-mill 964 Turbo – its 3.6-liter flat-six putting out 360 horsepower – that particular Turbo was among the rarest of the Porsche Turbo models. These particular air-cooled 911 Turbos were only produced from 1993-1994 with about 1,500 rolling off the line before the company switched over to the newer 993 platform.
Celebrity ownership doesn't always bring extra bucks in a sale, but we're hoping it does in this case. You see, Manny has donated the car to the Dodgers, who are auctioning it off starting July 2, 2010 to raise money for the team's own ThinkCure! charity and for Maryvale, a residential placement home for girls.
The book value on Manny's Porsche is $58,000, but the Dodgers hope to raise a lot more than for the charities that stand to benefit from the sale. So, dig deep and get a move on! The Manny Ramirez Porsche auction ends Monday, July 12 at 11:00 AM Pacific. You can read additional details in the press release after the jump.
[Source: ThinkCure! | Image: Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers]
Rare car donated by outfielder; proceeds to be split by Dodgers' official charity and local home for youth
LOS ANGELES – Dodger outfielder Manny Ramirez has donated a rare 1994 911 Porsche Turbo 3.6 to be auctioned off for charity, the team announced today. Proceeds from the online auction will be split between ThinkCure!, the Dodgers' official charity, and Maryvale, a local residential placement home for girls formerly known as The Los Angeles Orphan Asylum.
The online auction will take place at www.thinkcure.org/manny and will run from tomorrow, July 2 at 11 a.m. through Monday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m.
The 1994 red 911 Turbo coupe with grey leather interior has logged just 34,569 miles and was recently appraised for more than $58,000. Photos of the vehicle are attached, credit: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers.
Porsche released the 964 Turbo 3.6 in January, 1993, featuring a turbocharged version of the 3.6 litre M64 engine and producing 360 PS (260 kW; 360 hp) @ 5500 rpm. The 3.6 litre powered Turbo was produced only for model year 1993/1994, with fewer than 1,500 of them produced in total, making it one of the rarest and most sought after Porsches produced since the 959.
Ramirez donated the car to ThinkCure!, but it was also his desire that the proceeds be shared with a center that specifically helps displaced children. Per his wish, half of the proceeds will be given to Maryvale in Rosemead, a local residential placement home for girls which originated 154 years ago as The Los Angeles Orphan Asylum. It was established by the Daughters of Charity to care for the growing number of orphaned children living on the streets of the then-El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles.
ThinkCure! recently completed its third annual ThinkCure! Weekend which raised more than $400,000 and the Dodgers' official charity has already raised more than $3 million dollars for collaborative research to cure cancer since its inception less than three years ago. The innovative, community-based non-profit was launched in July 2007 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the McCourt family, City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
ThinkCure! researchers at City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles are achieving exciting results that are paving the way for new effective cancer treatments. To learn more about ThinkCure! and the research it funds, go to www.thinkcure.org.
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