Pixar and Porsche Create Real-Life Car Character for Charity Auction
Pixar has teamed up with Porsche to create a real life version of a beloved Cars character. Animation studio Pixar is known for its acclaimed films, having released 26 feature films to date. Their production includes Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, At the top, Soul, and more. Having achieved great success, many of the studio’s productions have not only garnered nominations, but have in fact won Oscars, Grammys, and other prestigious awards. Many have also spawned their own franchises of sequels, prequels, series, and spin-off shorts, such as toy story and Cars.
The Cars The franchise began with the 2006 film of the same name and features a world populated by anthropomorphic vehicles, with a focus on the main character, rookie race car, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson). While the Cars the film is not as universally beloved as other Pixar titles, the property proved to be a financial success, with the original film spawning two sequels, several television series, short films, a planes spinoffs and lots of merchandise. Now, his impact will continue to be felt through a new charity initiative.
Now by Porsche, Pixar has partnered with Porsche to create a special car inspired by one of everyone’s most beloved 911 models: Sally Carrera, the blue 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera, from Disney and Pixar. Cars. Dubbed the “911 Sally Special”, this actual Sally Carrera car is the only one that will ever be made. Fully customized, created and built by Porsche and a team of Pixar employees, the car is notably available in the custom color “Sally Blue Metallic”. It will be sold by classic car auction company RM Sotheby’s on August 20 during Monterey Car Week in Monterey, California. Proceeds from the auction will go entirely to two charities: Girls Inc. and USA for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. Read a statement on the actual car design from Dr. Sebastian Rudolph, Vice President of Communications, Sustainability and Policy at Porsche AG below:
“Vehicles need a face and a story. And Pixar’s movie Cars did just that, bringing them to life on the big screen. The story conveys values such as friendship, love and mutual support – and in the middle of it all is a Porsche: ‘Sally Carrera’. Together with Pixar, we’ve brought Sally’s spirit to life in a new way, not onscreen, but offscreen. With this one-of-a-kind 911, the Sally Special, which we are auctioning for charity, we want to help people who are in dire need of support, completely in the spirit of the film character.“
In addition to the one-of-a-kind car, the winning bidder of the “911 Sally Special” will receive other special, mostly handmade items created during the construction of the car, including a matching Porsche Design watch , the original color molds used to finalize the paintwork of the car, the car’s show plates, a book chronicling the design and development of the car, and other items that are also unique. Being such a unique package, this creation marks the first time that Pixar has participated in such a project. Although there have been auctions and collaborations held by Pixar before, this is the first, in the creation of a new one-of-a-kind, high-end product, inspired by one of their characters. and the proceeds of which will go to charity.
Girls Inc. is a non-profit organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold through direct service and advocacy. USA for UNHCR is a United Nations refugee agency working to provide emergency assistance to nearly 6.2 million refugees who have been displaced across Europe since the outbreak of war in Ukraine. The entire “911 Sally Special’s” auction for these organizations makes this the latest entertainment-related auction for a cause. It is similar to Matrix paraphernalia auction hosted by the Wachowskis, with proceeds going to the Protect & Defend Trans Youth Fund, which helps trans youth targeted by the state legislature across the United States. Cars Auction is not just auctioning off a really cool item, but it’s also giving back to good causes.