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Record-breaking online bid for Porsche 962

29 May, 2015

The most valuable lot ever sold to an online bidder was the top lot at Bonhams’ recent Spa Classic Sale. The ex-Jürgen Oppermann/Otto Altenbach/Loris Kessel Obermaier Racing 1990–’93 Porsche Type 962 C Endurance Racing Competition Coupe (how’s that for a name) was eventually sold for €1,495,000 (NZ$2.28M).

Sold directly from the factory, the Porsche 962 had been carefully maintained by the same private owner for the past 25 years — unsurprisingly, the car provoked much interest with those possessing an eye for historic competition cars.

The fact that this Porsche was sold to an online bidder underscores the continuing growth of the internet as a trusted method of purchasing valuable collector’s cars. 

Elsewhere, Porsches continued to prove popular, with a 1988 Porsche 959 coupé achieving the second-highest result, selling for just over one million New Zealand dollars to a telephone bidder from the UK, while a 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Type 964 coupé sold to a bidder at the sale for €224,250 (NZ$342,370).

As you’d expect, classic Ferraris continue to record strong prices, with a 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta going for €667,000 (NZ$1.1M), and the 1976 Ferrari 308 GT Berlinetta Vetroresina achieving an excellent price of €253,000 (NZ$386,264).

Further highlights of the sale include a pair of S1 3.8 Jaguar E-Type roadsters, both from 1962, which were sold for €172,500 (NZ$263,362) and €170,200 (NZ$269,850) respectively, with a slightly later 1965 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 roadster finding a new owner at €138,00 (NZ$210,690).

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

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