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Why Are There 8 Porsche 918 Spyders for Sale on Autotrader?
If you want a Porsche 918 Spyder but weren't able to get one from the factory, you're in luck. There are currently eight Porsche 918 Spyders for sale on Autotrader -- which is quite a lot, considering that only 234 were sold in the United States. These 918 models are about as varied as it gets and include one that was ordered without paint and with a matte vinyl wrap from the factory and one that was ordered in Viper Green. Asking prices are between $1.375 and $2 million, with the higher-priced examples featuring the Weissach Package, which lightens the car by about 80 pounds.
But why are all of these 918s for sale? Compared to their competition, they're being resold at a much higher rate. The lack of Ferrari LaFerrari sales makes sense, considering that anyone who sells a LaFerrari will likely be barred from buying the next limited-edition Ferrari hypercar. The lack of McLaren P1 sales, on the other hand, doesn't make as much sense -- there's currently only one P1 is for sale on Autotrader (for the low, low price of $2.3 million). If you were to apply the same percentage at which the 918 is being resold, you'd expect a couple more McLarens to be on the market.
It's probable that the 918 owners just want to make a quick buck. If the cars sell at these prices, owners will have done quite well for themselves, considering the MSRP was $845,000 for the base 918 and $929,000 for the Weissach-equipped models. That being said, if McLaren P1 owners wanted to make some cash, they'd be in an even better position to sell, since the P1's value has doubled from the MSRP of $1,150,000.
I think it's something a little different. My gut tells me that the 918 ended up feeling a bit one dimensional. The owners had their fun -- but somehow, the car lost its luster after a year of ownership, and they traded it in for something new. The McLaren, on the other hand, still manages to excite and feel special, and so you don't see many people wanting to part ways with it. Of course, this is all wild speculation, and only the owners can actually say why they bought it.