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60 Porsches up for grabs in largest Porsche auction in history

26 August, 2015

An unbelievable 60 Porsches will go under the hammer at the world’s most exclusive Porsche auction on September 6, held by international auctioneers Coys during the famous Porsche Classics meeting at the grounds of the Hedingham Castle in Essex, United Kingdom.

With 2015 marking the 60th anniversary of the debut of Porsche’s 356 Carrera, auctioneers have lined up 60 of the finest and most rare examples of the Stuttgart manufacturer to go up for sale to form a suitable tribute. The vehicles range from well-loved tractors, through to the state-of-the-art Carrera GT supercar, with everything in-between — including a comprehensive list of pure pre-1974 cars. 

Indeed, the 2006 Porsche Carrera GT present at the auction is predicted to be the most expensive car on sale. As a European Specification example, it stands as a truly exceptional variant of one of greatest supercars of all time. With only 6300 miles under its belt from new, it is estimated to sell for between £500,000–£550,000, or NZ$1.2–1.3 million.

The auction will feature a 1966 FIA Porsche 911 SWB, formerly campaigned by the late Roy Lane, which is estimated at £95,000–120,000, or NZ$230,000–290,000. Another highlight is set to be an original right-hand drive 1960 Porsche 356 B T5 1600 Super cabriolet, estimated to sell for between £140,000–160,000, or NZ$338,000–386,000. It’s not the only 356 convertible for sale either, with a 1959 Porsche 356 A Convertible D also available to the highest bidder, estimated to sell for between £130,000 to £160,000, or NZ$314,000–386,000.

Amongst the pre-1974 cars, Porsche connoisseurs will find a very special 1970 Porsche 911S factory car. It’s known as the The Vic Elford ‘Quick Vics’ 911S, having been owned and driven by Porsche-legend Vic Elford. Born in London, Vic was one of the fastest drivers of the sixties and seventies, eventually given the immortal nickname; Quick Vic. This car was assigned to him by Porsche KG Stuttgard as his daily company car. With remarkable documented history, it is one of the most exciting and interesting examples of its kind available on the market today.

Other important cars going under the hammer include a 1982 Porsche 911 3.0 SC ‘Rijkspolitie’ Dutch Police, a high-speed pursuit vehicle estimated at £80,000–100,000, or NZ$193,000–240,000. There’s also a 1994 Porsche 964 Speedster, one of only 14 right-hand drive cars produced, which is estimated to sell for between £160,000–180,000, or NZ$386,000–434,000. And there’s a curious 1956 Porsche 356 Carrera Coupe Grand Sport, which has spent 20 years of its life in the well-known Rene Mauries car collection.

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.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.