Dozens of Porsches to cross the block at Silverstone

| 16 Oct 2017

More than a half century of Porsches are set to go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ 21 October sale, including a number of low-mileage and low ownership classics, which count among their number the 1985 911 Turbo SE that inspired the Judas Priest hit record Turbo Lover.

In total, 59 Porsches will be offered for sale, ranging from a 1962 356B Super 90 cabriolet through to the most modern car in the sale, a 2008 911 (997) GT2 Clubsport. Of the oldest and youngest examples being offered, it’s the classic 356 which is tipped to fetch the largest sum.

The rare right-hand-drive 356 is expected to fetch as much as £165,000-185,000, making it one of the most valuable cars at the weekend auction. Manufactured in August 1961, it features the revised 1962 model year T6 body style – as evidenced by the twin grilles on the engine lid.

Delivered new to the Kings Road, the Porsche remained with its first owner until 1994, when it was bought by K Klimek. Klimek held onto the car for nearly 20 years, during which time the original engine was replaced with a rebuilt correct-specification unit in 2001. While it has been resprayed and fitted with new wheels, the car remains unrestored. 

Also rare in right-hand-drive trim is a 1992 911 (964) RS Touring. Just 11 examples were built, six of which were destined for the UK market. The model offered more power, more grip and better braking than the standard 964, in addition to carrying less weight. Handling was greatly improved as a result, helped by a suspension drop of 1.5 inches, plus stiffer springs and dampers. 

The car has spent much of its life in a family collection of Porsches, and its history file hints at a cosseted existence. The combination of rarity and condition could see the 911 could top the £200,000 mark. 

Sticking with the right-hand-drive theme is a 1998 911 (993) Turbo S – one of just 26 in that configuration and one of the most desirable models of its era. Its 3.6-litre flat-six produces 450bhp, translating to a 0-60mph dash of just 3.6 seconds and on to 100mph in a whisker under nine seconds.

Those in search of a bargain will do well to keep an eye on a 1976 911 3.0 Carrera Sport, which is estimated at £50,000-60,000. A reasonably high mileage of 144,492 miles coupled with a love-it-or-hate-it brown paint job could work in the buyers’ favour, but both belie the car’s fantastic condition. 

Owned by a Porsche enthusiast since 2008, the car was returned to its original colour during a full glass-out respray, while the seats were also re-trimmed and the engine top end was rebuilt. 

Just £5000 less may be enough to bag a 1970 914-6 – a wonderfully original survivor first delivered to the Sonauto Porsche dealership in Paris, which was responsible for the Le Mans-winning 914-6 GT. The car boasts its original 47-year-old blue paint, but has enjoyed a number of mechanical upgrades including a dealer uprated engine producing 160bhp and a close ratio gearbox with a lower final drive.