‘Cars’ Inspired Porsche Sells at Auction

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The Porsche 911 Sally Carrera is inspired by the character of the same name.

Pixar has gained a reputation over the years for taking inanimate objects and abstract concepts and turning them into fully-realized characters. One classic example of this is the Cars series of films, set in a world of living automobiles. If you’re a big fan of the Cars films, you may be interested to know that one of its characters has made the jump to real life.

This week, RM Sotheby held a special auction for charity with a one-of-a-kind item: the only Porsche 911 Sally Carrera. If the name didn’t tip you off, the 911 is a unique Porsche model created by the automotive company in the image of the Cars character of the same name. It features Sally’s general body shape and paint job, as well as a mysterious “Kachow! Mode” switch next to the wheel.

This car sold at auction for $3.6 million from an anonymous bidder. The proceeds from this purchase will go to support charities Girls Inc. and USA for UNHCR.

“We are grateful to Porsche and to Pixar for their commitment to this project, which will directly benefit our work,” Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D., Girls Inc. President and CEO, said in a Porsche press release. “The character of Sally, and what she represents, is a great role model for young girls and it is fitting that she should be helping a new generation achieve their dreams.”

“There is reason to hope with the critical support of companies like Porsche and Pixar who have generously stepped up to help ensure their safety and protection in months to come,” Anne-Marie Grey, Executive Director and CEO of USA for UNHCR, added.

“I’d like to express my gratitude and profound congratulations to the winning bidder,” said Kjell Gruner, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “This generous act has made a difference for two important charities and to the lives of those they’ll help. In return, I hope the bidder is very happy to have secured a special and unique piece of our and Pixar’s history.”

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