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Autotrader Find: Ultra-Rare Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder

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author photo by Doug DeMuro November 2017

Here's something amazing: There's currently a Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder for sale on Autotrader. If you really, really, really obsess over cars and you really, really, really love Porsche, this will mean something to you. If not, get ready for an interesting story.

The story is this: Back in 2012, when the Porsche 918 Spyder supercar was first announced as something that was coming in the future, also announced was probably the priciest option ever offered in a car: another car. Yes, you could buy your 918 Spyder for $1 million, but you could also buy a second car -- a Porsche 911 Turbo S. And it wasn't just any 911 Turbo S, but it was a 911 Turbo S that was individually numbered to match your 918 Spyder. In other words, if you needed something to tide you over until your 918 Spyder arrived, you could have a 911 Turbo S.

The 911 Turbo S was officially called the "911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder," which is maybe the worst name ever given to a car, and they were incredibly rare. Part of the reason for this is because these were only offered on the "997" body style, which was long gone by the time the 918 Spyder actually went on sale -- meaning only the people who ordered the very earliest 918 Spyders could actually get one. Then there was the fact that most 918 Spyder buyers already had a 911 Turbo S, so they didn't bother with another one. I'd guess there are only a few dozen of these in North America.

And this is one of them. It's a 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S that's just like every other 2012 Turbo S, except it has "Edition 918 Spyder" markings all over it -- including the interior and the doors. This particular model has also been highly modified to add more highly visible markings (an entire graphics package, in fact), all in the same unusual "Acid Green" color that accented the 918 Spyder and various other modern Porsche plug-in hybrid vehicles. Oh, and there's a CB radio.

The whole car is strange, and it's made even stranger by the fact that it's originally a Canadian car that's been imported to the U.S. -- but it's here, it's for sale and it's possibly the rarest "997"-version 911 of them all. It's offered by a private seller in Rancho Mirage, California, near Palm Springs, for $165,000.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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