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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).

Taipan – surpassing interest

“It’s merely a passing interest,” insists Selby — despite owning three variants of the classic VW Beetle, including an unusual VW van that was sold as a body kit for a Subaru. In his defence he points to a 1961 Ford Thunderbird, a car that he converted to right-hand drive. However, on the VW side of the ledger, since he opened Allison Autos in Whanganui 27 years ago, Selby has built 15 VW-powered Formula First cars, followed by a beach buggy, restored a derelict Karmann Ghia, and hot-rodded a common or garden Beetle into something that has to be seen to be believed. As speed is not something generally associated with classic VWs, though, Selby is still waiting for this particular modification to catch on amongst the hot rod faithful.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.