Despite what you may see on the silver screen, there’s no such thing as a talking, living car. But we’ve got the next best thing:
The Sally Special. A one-of-a-kind Porsche 911 designed in collaboration with Pixar as a tribute to none other than the iconic Sally Carrera of the studio’s “Cars” franchise.
That’s right. A car. Inspired by a fictional character. Which was inspired by a car. The whole thing might sound ridiculous, but what we’ve accomplished with it isn’t.
On August 20, 2022, in a packed bidding hall at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction, the Sally Special was sold for $3.6 million, every last cent of which was donated to charitable causes.
Based on a 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, the most distinctive feature of the car is its “Sally Blue Metallic” exterior paint color, made exclusively for the one-of-one vehicle. Additional exclusive features of the Sally Special include a “Carrera” designation on the vehicle’s rear and a set of custom five-spoke 911 Turbo wheels inspired by those of the vehicle’s namesake.
Included with the purchase was a matching one-of-a-kind Porsche Design custom-built timepiece, adorned with striking Sally Blue Metallic highlights, and designed in collaboration with Pixar.
The exclusive timepiece was further accompanied by a second set of wheels in a bespoke wheel rack and a fitted “Sally Special” car cover, along with a limited-edition book, charting every stage of the car’s creation while also featuring a compilation of original sketches from both Porsche and Pixar.
The full proceeds of the sale were donated across two charities: Girls Inc., a network of organizations which seeks to empower young girls to achieve success in their personal and professional lives; and USA for UNHCR, a UN Refugee Agency working to help refugees displaced by the war in Ukraine.
“What a night and what a result!” said Bonnie Hunt, the voice of Sally Carrera. “The car looked amazing, and I know the team put their heart and souls into creating it. It’s fantastic to see a car inspired by my character do so much good.”